Campbell Armstrong

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Campbell Armstrong
Born 25 February 1944
Glasgow, Scotland
Died 1 March 2013
Dublin Ireland
Occupation Novelist
Genre Political Intrigue (genre)
Notable works Jig, Concert of Ghosts, Agents of Darkness, All That Really Matters, Mambo, Deaths' Head, Assassins & Victims

Campbell Armstrong (25 February 1944 – 1 March 2013) was born Thomas Campbell Black[1] and was a Scottish author who graduated with a degree in Philosophy from the University of Sussex, England.[2] He taught creative writing from 1971 to 1974 at the State University of New York at Oswego; from 1975 to 1978 he taught at Arizona State University. He worked for some years as a fiction editor with various London publishing houses.[3][4][5] After living for many years in England and the United States, he moved to Shannon Harbour, Ireland. He died on 1 March 2013, four days after his 69th birthday.

His novels Assassins & Victims and The Punctual Rape won Scottish Arts Council Awards. The Last Darkness and White Rage were nominated for the Prix du Polar. His quartet of Glasgow novels consists of The Bad Fire, The Last Darkness, White Rage, and Butcher. He also wrote a memoir titled All That Really Matters, retitled in the United States as I Hope You Have a Good Life.

His work has mainly been influenced by R L Stevenson and he ascribes a certain 'dark apect' of his writing to the opening scenes of Treasure Island. Among other influences he included Kafka, Fred Vargas, Kobo Abe and Camus.

His books have been translated into French, German, Greek, Japanese, Italian, Hebrew and Polish.


  1. Assassins & Victims (1969)
  2. The Punctual Rape (1970)
  3. Death's Head (1971)
  4. Asterisk (1976)
  5. Brainfire (1977)
  6. The Wanting (1978)
  7. Mr. Apology (1979)
  8. Letters from the Dead (1980)
  9. Dressed to Kill (Based on movie script) (1980)
  10. Raiders of the Lost Ark (Novelization) (1981)
  11. Jig (1987)
  12. Mazurka (1988)
  13. Mambo (1989)
  14. Agents of Darkness (1991)
  15. Concert of Ghosts (1992)
  16. Jigsaw (1994)
  17. Heat (1996)
  18. Blackout (1996)
  19. Silencer (1997)
  20. Deadline (2000)

The Glasgow Novels[edit]

  1. Bad Fire (2002)
  2. The Last Darkness (2003)
  3. White Rage (2004)
  4. Butcher (2006)


  1. I Hope You Have a Good Life (UK title: All That Really Matters) (2000)


  1. Death’s Head (BBC-TV) (1968)
  2. And They Used to Star in Movies (Peacock, Dublin: Travers, Edinburgh; Body Politic, Chicago. Soho Poly, London) (1970)
  3. The Trial of Mr. Punch on Charges of Cruelty (2008)

" "Whispering", a radio play, was broadcast by the BBC in 2008.


  1. ^ "Obituary: Campbell Armstrong". Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "MBA Literary Agents | Campbell Armstrong | Authors | Scriptwriters and Directors". Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
  3. ^ "Campbell Armstrong". Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Browse Authors at HarperCollins Publishers". 24 March 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Campbell Armstrong at Allison and Busby". Retrieved 18 December 2011. 

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