JZ Murdock

Biography

JZ Murdock is a writer/author and wannabe screenwriter, turned filmmaker in Bremerton, Washington. His works delve into science fiction, horror, the macabre and the bizarre, reminiscent of the "Twilight Zone", Poe, Lovecraft and PK Dick. His first horror story published was in a horror quarterly in 1990 and is also an audiobook ("In Memory, Yet Crystal Clear"). It's a Philip K Dick type story about how America becomes a dystopian society by foolishly following one man control over their media.

JZ Murdock's short stories are published in his books as well as various anthologies with other authors. He holds a degree in Psychology from Western Washington University. He was a Sr. Technical Writer in IT around the Pacific Northwest on some very high level teams, including one involved with national cybersecurity issues.

For ten years he shared his blog at Murdockinations.com since 2010, where his articles are now available as an archive of articles.

His newest film is a "filmic poem" and historical documentary titled, "Pvt. Ravel's Bolero". Released in January 2022 it won an award within a week on the film festival circuit as "Documentary - Best Film".

His previous film, "Gumdrop", a short horror, also won multiple international film festival Official Selections and several award wins (Best Noir Film, Best Horror Film, etc.). A prequel to his short true crime fiction story, "Gumdrop City", it's a disturbing tale of a very disturbed individual.

Murdock's screenplays include his true-crime biopic, "The Teenage Bodyguard". His horror-comedy screenplay, "Gray and Lover The Hearth Tales Incident", about a steampunk duo who fight demons, has been well received and was a semifinalist in the Circus Road Films screenplay contest.

The first full chapter his book "DEATH OF HEAVEN", is titled, "The Conqueror Worm", also available as a standalone ebook and audiobook (http://amzn.to/21QDauB). It's been said it is hard to start reading and not feel you have to turn the next page. One author/reviewer said at times it borders on poetry.

His first book, "Anthology of Evil" contains his older original short stories and a novella at the end that grew into, his first full epic book, "DEATH OF HEAVEN". His sequel, "Anthology of Evil II" is a two book volume. Book II, "The Unwritten" is a curious tale of three universes as they are drawn together to a curious ending.

His audiobooks are available on Amazon, Audible.com, and iTunes - http://bit.ly/1qXtMSl

Please feel free to stop by and visit JZMurdock.com for more. Also, LgNProductions.com, the film production company he co=- founded in 1993 and is now producing his own films through.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
First, I do have more books and audiobooks on Amazon.
"Death of Heaven" came out in 2012 but I have a new editor and we have just about finished up with an extensive re-edit. We should be re-releasing it sometime Spring of 2014. It is a unique book about two childhood friends who grow up, despite their past into a world no one understands; until one of them begins to receive "stories" that change everything for them both. They find they can do nothing but watch the events unfold that change the world and to some degree, the entire universe. Certainly, it changes how humankind views life and history going back before the beginning of recorded time.
The book is based on a previous novella published in my book, "Anthology of Evil", and titled, "Andrew". Andrew is a five year old genius who has experienced a traumatic event that changes his life more than any human being has ever experienced change. That period of time is juxtaposed against his efforts years later in a war as an adult in the military. Through all this time he has been watched and guided by others, but who are they, what do they want with him, and what will happen to Andrew?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My writing style and stories are unusual and hard to put into a slot that established publishing houses like to see. That is a perfect situation and opportunity to publish independently. The community of indie authors I know are interesting people and I'm happy to know and be counted among them.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find JZ Murdock online

Videos

YouTube Channel - Death of Heaven
Visit TheJZMurdock YouTube Channel for video trailers of all my books listed on Smashwords. Included here is the link to my book, Death of Heaven. Take a look at the other trailers on YouTube, too! Cheers!

Books

Anthology of Evil II Vol. II The Unwritten
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 63,280. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Three very different universes. Three very different stories. Yet somehow they are all the very same story. That story is leading to the end of all three while most don't even have a clue what is at stake. And those who do, have no idea how to fix it. In the end, not one of them will have anything to do whatsoever with the resolution.
Anthology of Evil II Vol. I
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 115,860. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
A collection of sixteen new unpublished and published horror and sci fi works. The intended end novella as in "Anthology of Evil", outgrew the novella limitations and so will be in a second standalone book titled, "Anthology of Evil II - The Unwritten."
Xibalba Unleashed
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,060. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
A research expedition to an ancient Mayan cave in Belize leads to dire events being released back out into the world after over a thousand years.
Andrew
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,190. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
"Andrew" is the story of a very young boy of a brilliant married couple who were rather unusual scientists. It is a story about how Andrew deals with an event more traumatic than anyone should ever have to experience. This was one of my first and very well received stories and is also the foundation story for my book, Death of Heaven.
In Memory, Yet Crystal Clear
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,110. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
In a world that is reminiscent of a Philip K.Dick novel since the US Presidential 2016 election, or this story here where a world-famous surgeon helps his missing son’s best friend. Only to find that his actions lead to monumental changes in the United States and as well around the world. All in ways he would never have foreseen. Available elsewhere as an audiobook.
Sarah
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,040. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » General
Sometimes we find we are immersed in Evil and even the best we can do, simply isn't good enough. At every turn we find that there is simply no good choice, only ones that get us deeper into the darkness. Evil can be found in a twisting of our mental processes through situation or disease in the formation of our thoughts. Includes the short story, "The Fall".
Expedition of the Arcturus
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,540. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Earth's first generational space ship is sent to its destination. Will they all make it? Why might some of them not make it? What is really going on? In a reverse timeline, the story unpeels layer after layer of the reasons and meanings behind the lives of generations on Earth's first colonization space ship and the political motivations behind it. Available elsewhere as an audiobook.
Poor Lord Ritchie's Answer
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,640. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
A medieval Lord is sent to deliver a gift to his enemies in order to complete a negotiated peace and save his Royal family. But he has a few problems along the way. Are the problems his, or is someone trying to convince him he is insane? Or, is something else entirely going on? A winner in Rutger Hauer's International Short Story contest of 2004.
The Conqueror Worm
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,490. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Jimmy and James are two young boys, best friends, adventurers in the realm of childhood. They decide to dig for buried treasure and dig up a terror beyond their ability to put into words. Unless that word is, a scream. Also available as an audiobook.
Mr. Pakool's Spice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,720. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
A father and his two children are trying to make it through the wintry backwoods of Oregon state to somewhere safe, through the zombie apocalypse. Available elsewhere as an audiobook. Book Trailer - http://bit.ly/MrPakools ALSO included in this ebook is a second short-short story, called "The Regeant's Daughter - 'An Eye for an Eye'" that won a little award.
Japheth, Ishvi and The Light
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,630. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Based on the Biblical tale of Abraham and his son Isaac, Japheth loves his son Isaac. Along with Ishvi's siblings, they live in a religious commune known as, "The Light". Life is good. They have land, and love. Community. Until the Zombie Apocalypse burns into the ground as terrifying pillars from the skies and throws in some devastating confusion.
Quantum History
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,630. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A science experiment goes wrong in unforeseeable ways, affecting a man and his wife across the country, in a bizarre and humorous fashion.
Gumdrop City
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,600. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Horror » Crime
Sequel to the film ("Gumdrop", a short horror - 2020). Gumdrop City is based on a True Crime story. This is one of the cover artist's favorite of all of JZ Murdock's stories and is included in, "Anthology of Evil". However, this short story came first.
Mea Culpa Document of London
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,640. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Horror » Occult
A medieval Witch Hunter and Judge of the Inquisition has a problem; the same one his mentor had to deal with years before. This is a document that was found by a modern researcher, who had his own problems (further explored in “Death of Heaven” as "Vaughan's Theorem"). Available elsewhere as an audiobook.
EarVu
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,750. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Horror » General
Dr. James Michaelson is working on a fantastic new technology, on a three person team of Quantum Physicists: the lead and creator of this new "tech", Dr. Garrison; a magnetic theorist, Dr. Johnson; and himself. But something is wrong at the lab. They seem to be rather light on attendance today. He can feel it, something has gone terribly, horribly wrong.... Video Trailer - http://bit.ly/1tCik1P
On Psychology: With Illustration in Psychopathology via Synesthesia and Schizophrenia
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,890. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » General
A brief history of Psychology and some of the systems and processes therein, with an illustration of an aspect of psychology through research in Synesthesia / Schizophrenia. Included is an op-ed piece in an Addendum about our current times and views on drugs and the political climate. Available elsewhere as an audiobook.
Death of Heaven
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 147,580. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
2014 revised 2nd edition. Two only would discover why the entire world was dying all around them.
Anthology of Evil
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,930. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
The tales in this anthology examine the many forms of Evil. Evil is in our relationships, on the streets we travel, in the news, and in our entertainment. At times it's right in front of us and we don't even recognize it. No matter what the circumstances, Evil surrounds us in our daily lives, It is all around us, taking many forms. It patiently waits. Choose your next step well.
Simon’s Beautiful Thought
You set the price! Words: 11,820. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
(3.00 from 1 review)
A newly edited version is now available in "Anthology of Evil II". “I love you Simon. I wish I didn't, but I do. It’s destiny, as if I were made for you.” She looked up at Simon, her eyes big, twinkling, passionate, and tracking him perfectly. He felt as if he could fall into them. “I love you too,” Simon said. “But sometimes, love is not enough. Sometimes, loving someone, is just not-- right..