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Thomas Altman

A pseudonym used by Campbell Armstrong

Pseudonym for Campbell Armstrong. Other pseudonyms are (Campbell Black and Jeffrey Campbell). He also wrote books under his real name. Campbell Armstrong was born in Glasgow. He has a degree in philosophy from the University of Sussex. He taught creative writing from 1971-74 at the State University of New York; from 1975-78 he taught at Arizona State University.

He disliked teaching immensely so, in 1978, he began to write fiction fulltime; he had already published Assassins & Victims (1968); The Punctual Rape (1969) and Deaths Head (1971). In 1979, after he quit the academic life, he published Asterisk Destiny, and the following year Brainfire.

He remained in Arizona until 1991, during which time he wrote the novelization of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Brian De Palmas Dressed To Kill. He also wrote the novels Jig, Mambo and Mazurka, between 1986 and 1989. In 1990 he published Concert of Ghosts, and in 1991 his novel of corrupt American influence in the Philippines, Agents of Darkness.

After 20 years in the US, he longed to return to Europe. Early in 1991 he moved to Ireland, to the heart of the bog, with his wife Rebecca. He has since written Jigsaw, Heat, Silencer and Blackout. He also published a memoir called I Hope You Have A Good Life (2000).
He has three sons and a daughter, and lives in an old house reputed to be haunted.