The God of The Labyrinth: Sex and Consciousness
I’ve written an Introduction to Colin Wilson’s mind-and-other-organ-expanding novel The God of the Labyrinth, the third and last in his Gerard Sorme series, following Ritual in the Dark and The Sex Diary of Gerard Sorme. If you haven’t read these you are in for a treat. Wilson can make the telephone book exciting and his ability to analyse the mechanisms of higher consciousness while using the genre of the erotic novel to write gripping prose is nowhere more evident than in this page-turner from the early 70s. In the course of researching the life of eighteenth century philosopher-rake Esmond Donnelly Wilson’s alter-ego Sorme encounters nymphomaniacs, sadists, fetishists, pyromaniacs, sex gurus and a lot more. But the real heart of the book is Sorme’s quest for the secret powers of the mind and his search leads him to the mysterious secret society known as the Cult of the Phoenix. Great fun, great ideas, and enough steamy episodes to keep you up at night.