Colin Stanley was born at Topsham, Devon, UK in 1952 and educated at Exmouth School.
Beginning in 1970, he worked for Devon Library Services, studying for two years in London, before moving to Bovey Tracey with his wife, Gail, and thence to Nottingham where he worked for the University of Nottingham until July 2005.
One of the founders and Managing Editor of Paupers' Press, he now devotes his time to writing, editing, reading and watching cricket.
He is the author of two experimental novels, a slim volume of nonsense verse and several books and booklets about Colin Wilson and his work. He edits and contributes to the 'Colin Wilson Studies' series which features extended essays from Wilson scholars worldwide. His vast collection of the author's work has recently been acquired by the University of Nottingham and will form the basis of an archive.