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John Higgs
John Higgs
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John Higgs

1971 (age 48–49)[1]
Cultural Commentator

John Higgs is an English writer, novelist, journalist and cultural historian. The work of Higgs has been published in the form of novels (under the pseudonym JMR Higgs), biographies and works of cultural history.[2]

In particular, Higgs has written about the so-called counterculture, exemplified by writers, artists and activists such as Timothy Leary, Robert Anton Wilson, Alan Moore and The KLF.


Higgs began as a director of children's television[3] before going on to create and produce the BBC Radio 4 quiz X Marks the Spot. At Climax Group studios he was videogame producer[4] for games that appeared on Xbox, PS2 and Gamecube[5] including Crash 'n' Burn[6] and ATV Quad Power Racing[7]

As a journalist, Higgs has written for The Guardian,[8]The Independent,[9]The Daily Mirror[10] and Mojo magazine.

As an author, Higgs has written the novels The First Church on the Moon and The Brandy of the Damned; biographies of Timothy Leary and The KLF; and works of history and cultural analysis.[11]

Robert Anton Wilson, Illuminatus! and Cosmic Trigger

In his 2013 book, KLF, Higgs's interest in the American counter culture writer Robert Anton Wilson led to him writing about the stage play version of Wilson's The Illuminatus Trilogy! books as directed by Ken Campbell and which were performed at the National Theatre in 1977. During Higgs's research, he interviewed Campbell's wife, the actress Prunella Gee, and learned that their daughter, Daisy Eris Campbell, was at the time thinking about staging a theatrical version of Wilson's Cosmic Trigger. Higgs supported and championed the production of the play with various talks around the country and the play was eventually staged in Liverpool and London in 2014[12][13][14] and staged again at The Cockpit Theatre in London in 2017[15][16][17]

Higgs involvement in the Cosmic Trigger play led to Robert Anton Wilson's estate - the Robert Anton Wilson Trust - to ask him to write an introduction for a new edition of Cosmic Trigger: The Final Secret of the Illuminati, published by the Wilson estate's new imprint, Hilaritas Press, in 2016.[18]


Biographies and history

  • William Blake Now: Why He Matters More Than Ever - (Hachette UK, 2019)[19]
  • The Future Starts Here: Adventures in the Twenty-First Century - (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2019)
  • Watling Street: Travels Through Britain and Its Ever-Present Past - (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2017)[20][21]
  • Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century - (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2016)[22]
  • The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds - (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2013)[23]
  • I Have America Surrounded: The Life of Timothy Leary - (The Friday Project, 2006)[24]
  • Our Pet Queen: A New Perspective on Monarchy - (Signal, 2014)[25]

Fictional works as JMR Higgs

  • The First Church on the Moon - (The Big Hand Books, 2013)[26]
  • The Brandy of the Damned - (The Big Hand Books, 2012)[27]


  • Cosmic Trigger - The Final Secret of the Illuminati - Introduction by John Higgs - (Hilaritas Press, 2016)


  1. ^ Higgs, John (2019). The Future Starts Here: Adventures in the Twenty-First Century. Hachette UK. ISBN 1474609414. Chapter 6.
  2. ^ " John Higgs: Books, Biography, Blogs, Audiobooks, Kindle". Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "John Higgs". IMDb. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "John Higgs Video Game Credits and Biography". MobyGames. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "ATV: Quad Power Racing 2". Retrieved 2019 – via
  6. ^ "Crash 'N' Burn for PlayStation 2 (2004)". MobyGames. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "ATV: Quad Power Racing 2 for GameCube (2003)". MobyGames. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "John Higgs - The Guardian". the Guardian. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Who actually created Marcel Duchamp's 'Fountain'?". The Independent. 8 September 2015. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "The Daily Mirror". Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ Amazon: John Higgs
  12. ^ "'Illuminatus!' director's daughter returns to play that gave her". The Independent. 14 November 2014. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "The Play - Cosmic Trigger". Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "Review: Cosmic Trigger". Confidentials. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ Coveney, Michael (10 May 2017). "Cosmic Trigger: Ken Campbell's daughter captures Illuminatus! spirit in trippy epic". Retrieved 2019 – via
  16. ^ Maxwell, Dominic (5 May 2017). "Daisy Campbell: 'My father was an overpowering, goading godlike being in my life'". Retrieved 2019 – via
  17. ^ "Cosmic Trigger - The Cockpit". Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ Amazon:Cosmic Trigger
  19. ^ "William Blake Now by John Higgs". Google Books. Retrieved 2019.
  20. ^ Amazon
  21. ^ "John Higgs - Watling Street". Retrieved 2019 – via
  22. ^ "Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century: John Higgs: 9781780226576: Books". Retrieved 2019.
  23. ^ "The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds: John Higgs: 9781780226552: Books". Retrieved 2019.
  24. ^ "I Have America Surrounded: The Life of Timothy Leary: John Higgs: 9781905548255: Books". Retrieved 2019.
  25. ^ Amazon: Our Pet Queen
  26. ^ Amazon: The First Church on the Moon
  27. ^ Amazon: The Brandy of the Damned

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