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The Jackson Killer. 1977 The Jackson Killer
by Philip E. High
published in:
The Best of British SF 2
Edited by Mike Ashley
First Edition, First Printing 1977
Orbit / Futura
ISBN 0860079139
Cover illustrator unknown
384 pages
Price: £0.95

The Jackson Killer, a short story by Philip E. High, can be found on pages 110-129 of this anthology.

Published in September 1977.

Introductory Blurb
Philip E. High was born in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, on April 28th, 1914. Shortly after, the family moved to Kent, where he still lives. It was there during his school holidays in the August of 1927 that he discovered the sf magazines, and a whole new world opened to him. Thereafter he devoured all he found, and, eventually, despairing that his favourite authors seemed to be ignoring various aspects of the genre, he started to write himself. The first story to sell, The Statics, appeared in the September 1955 Authentic. Unlike his fellow authors, High came late to writing sf, and his fiction reflects the years of experience behind him. He has been a commercial traveller, an insurance agent, a reporter, a salesman and is now a bus driver, which, he says, suits him admirably. During the war he served in the Royal Navy.

Fiction appeared with increasing regularity over the ensuing decade, although the diminution of the British market in the late 1960s meant fewer of his stories appeared. As a consequence he sold several novels to the American paperback market, some of which have since appeared in this country. Most notable amongst them are The Prodigal Sun (1964), No Truce With Terra (1964), Reality Forbidden (1967), and his most recent Speaking of Dinosaurs (1974).

For High’s own favourite short story we go back to the May 1961 New Worlds and The Jackson Killer. High says:

“No writer worthy of his salt is ever satisfied with his own work. This story, however, almost hit the target from my own personal standard. Further, I enjoyed writing it and can still read it without wincing.

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