psychological thriller :: crime story :: horror story :: murder mystery :: mystery thriller
READER reviews
  • This is a pacey, scarey thriller with engaging characters that I really cared about. Can't wait for J.A's next one.

    - Irene - Dublin
  • Ellen Hunt is the latest psychopath on the block. It is her twisted obsession for Steven that fuels this story and when he fails to reciprocate she sets out to punish him in the cruellest way possible. Gripping and gory - a must for any psychological thriller fan.

    - Suzie - Spain
  • A thoroughly gripping and entertaining read. The style is very self-assured for a debut novel and I look forward to reading more from this author.

    - Lola - London
  • The object of her desire, Steven, is unfortunate enough to catch Ellen’s eye when he takes a room in her mother’s house. We follow the story from murder of female rivals to kidnap of Steven’s child and the havoc wrought by the jealous Ellen to an ending which I won’t reveal. J A Campion writes beautifully and I can truthfully say a star is born.

    - John Coxam - Maine USA

Doreen Lawrence

For most, Christmas Eve is spent either in a frenzy of last-minute gift buying, enjoying a festive drink with work colleagues, or wrestling with wrapping paper and sticky tape dispensers.

Doreen Lawrence, mother of murdered teenager, Stephen Lawrence, marks the occasion in a very different way. Every Christmas since 1993, she has undertaken a pilgrimage. It takes her to the South London district of Eltham, to an unremarkable suburban street where Stephen, her teenage son, was stabbed to death – simply because he was black.  A plaque marks the spot. Doreen wipes it clean, lays tulips in his memory and talks to him.

‘I know he’s not there, I know he can’t hear me,’ she says simply, ‘but it’s something I can’t help but do.’

This year the visit to the site where her son breathed his last was particularly emotional. The Lawrence family had just spent 35 days listening to traumatic evidence, outlining her son’s last moments and the outcome would finally give Doreen the justice, she and her family had campaigned so tirelessly for.   In 2003 she was awarded an OBE for her charitable work, after setting up a Trust to provide bursaries for youngsters from ethnic minorities to pursue their educational ambitions. Stephen would be so proud of her.

There can be nothing more tragic than losing a child, to lose one in such a mindless, racially-fuelled attack must be doubly difficult.

In thinking of Doreen Lawrence, I can’t help thinking of my own mother.  She may not have earned an OBE but I am still proud of her. She was the one who took the time to introduce me to great music and some of our greatest literature and she was also the one who encouraged me to write.

A quote from Oliver Wendall Holmes seems appropriate today:

Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.’

Ten Great Psychological Thrillers

If you were lucky enough to have received a Kindle for Christmas you may feel completely overwhelmed by the choice of titles now available. Here are ten of my favourites that might provide a little inspiration:

  • The Talented Mr Ripley – Patricia Highsmith
  • Single White Female – John Lutz
  • Gaslight – Patrick Hamilton
  • The Behaviour of Moths – Poppy Adams
  • Stepford Wives – Ira Levin
  • Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin
  • Psycho – Robert Bloch
  • Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  • Secret Smile – Nicci French
  • Hannibal – Thomas Harris

Most of the above authors have sold more than a million copies of their novel so you are not relying on my opinion alone. Poppy Adams is a newcomer and I eagerly await her second novel.

I am just starting out too with my first novel, Lovesick. You have come to my website so you may be considering downloading a copy. In common with some of the best-sellers listed above, Lovesick’s central theme is obsession and develops into a chilling tale of urban terror.

I’m not suggesting you should choose my novel over some of the great writers listed above. They are tried and tested after all, but of course were you to download a copy of Lovesick too, I would be honoured to be included amongst such eminent company.

Serial Killers – We’re stuck with them

Serial Killers are often a source of fascination in fiction because of course they have been created that way by the writer. Hannibal Lecter and Gretchen Lowell are two of my favourites.  Lecter is an erudite man, a connoisseur of art, music, fine food and wine.  What’s not to like?  Well, maybe his unfortunate appetite for human flesh is a tad disappointing.

Lowell is as fiendishly clever as she is beautiful and just when she’s close enough for you to smell lilacs, she’ll whip out your spleen before you’ve had time to blink – but then of course, no one’s perfect, and look how tenderly she tortures Archie.

Real serial killers are anything but the glamorous, charismatic creatures of fiction of course.  Peter Sutcliff was a hen-pecked lorry driver who killed thirteen women and attempted to kill seven more.  Fred West, a wooly-haired, gap-toothed wearer of nasty sweaters, was purportedly a manual worker of low intelligence, who along with his overweight, bespectacled sidekick, still managed to carry out what must be the most heinous British crimes of this century and become one of this country’s most notorious serial killers of all time.

Emerging from the past and the swirling fogs of Victorian London is the most notorious and romanticised serial killer of them all, the Whitechapel Murderer, better known as Jack the Ripper.

Jack is credited as being Britain’s first modern serial killer and for decades his crimes have inspired both horror and intrigue.  Speculation about the identity of this killer has lasted for over a century and there is a long list of eclectic suspects.  In the frame at various times has been the Duke of Clarence, artist Walter Sickert, poet Francis Thompson and Sir John Williams, Queen Victoria’s obstetrician.  As all the murders were carried out long before the invention of DNA it is highly unlikely we will ever know his true identity – and it’s probably just as well.  Illustrators at the time often depicted him as a deranged toff, going about his dark deeds in a top hat and swirling cloak, and who amongst us wouldn’t be disappointed to learn that his identity was much more mundane? That this particular serial killer was in reality a Polish migrant or a lowly sailor?  If Jack had been apprehended and this proven to be the case, he and his dreadful crimes would have been forgotten a long, long time ago.

The Love of Fear

If you’ve come to this website to download a copy of Lovesick, you must be amongst the large percentage of the world’s population who enjoy being scared.

Weird isn’t it that people will pay good money to be frightened, either watching a horror film like The Hitcher, reading a scary thriller or taking the SAW ride at Thorpe Park?

Whilst reading Stephen King’s novel, Pet Sematary, I had to resort to putting the book outside my bedroom door each night before I turned off the light as I was too terrified to keep it in the room while I slept. Crazy, illogical, but nevertheless, it’s what I did.

Perhaps the love of fear stems from our childhood.  Being thrown into the air and caught, someone jumping out at you and shouting, boo! Childish games that formulate a link between fear and fun in our young subconscious mind.

Perhaps also, the love of fear draws us into exploring just how we might handle fear or violence if, God forbid, it ever came our way in real life.

Finally the love of fear is what brought you to my website.  Enjoy!