JZ Murdock


JZ Murdock, a versatile writer/author, filmmaker, and aspiring screenwriter who resides in Bremerton, Washington, captivating audiences with his captivating works spanning science fiction, horror, and the enigmatic. His creations bear resemblance to the timeless classics such as Rod Serling's "Twilight Zone," EA Poe, HP Lovecraft, and PK Dick, in evoking a sense of mystery and fascination. One of his earliest published horror stories, "In Memory, Yet Crystal Clear," is available as an audiobook and delves into a dystopian society where America has succumbed to the control of a single man, akin to works of Philip K Dick.

With an impressive repertoire of short stories published in his own books and various anthologies alongside other esteemed authors, JZ Murdock seamlessly combines his passion for storytelling with his academic background in Psychology, having earned a degree from Western Washington University. Notably, he has played significant roles as a Sr. Technical Writer in the PNW IT sector, contributing to high-level teams including one dedicated to national cybersecurity issues.

Since 2010, JZ Murdock has captivated readers and enthusiasts alike through his popular blog at Murdockinations.com. The extensive collection of 1500+ thought-provoking articles serves as an invaluable archive, preserving his unique perspectives and insights.

Adding to his creative endeavors, JZ Murdock's latest cinematic creation, "Pvt. Ravel's Bolero," stands as a remarkable "filmic poem" and antiwar historical documentary. Garnering acclaim within a week of its release in January 2022, the film has repeatedly triumphed as "Best Film" in various categories including bes Documentary category across international film festivals.

Continuing his success, JZ Murdock's previous fiklm production, "Gumdrop," a short horror, is a chilling short horror film, and has garnered multiple international film festival Official Selections and numerous accolades, including Best Noir Film, and Best Horror Film. Serving as a prequel to his haunting true crime fiction story, "Gumdrop City," the film delves into the disturbed psyche of a deeply troubled serial murderer

His screenwriting portfolio includes a repeatedly well recieved, true-crime biopic titled "The Teenage Bodyguard". As well as a horror-comedy screenplay titled, "Gray and Lover: The Hearth Tales Incident." The latter, revolves around a female steampunk duo's battle against demons, and has gained notable recognition as a semifinalist in the esteemed Circus Road Films screenplay contest.

Within the pages of his epic horror sci fi book "DEATH OF HEAVEN," readers are instantly captivated by the gripping opening chapter titled "The Conqueror Worm." The allure of the narrative is such that it becomes almost impossible to resist turning the next page. One esteemed author/reviewer noted that the books prose at times has a poetic essence to it.

JZ Murdock's literary journey began with his debut book, "Anthology of Evil," featuring a collection of his earlier original short stories. The book concludes with a novella that blossomed into his first epic masterpiece, "DEATH OF HEAVEN." To expand upon this dark universe of short tales, in 2023 he released a two book sequel, "Anthology of Evil II," in two-volumes as Books I & II. The later being further subtitled "The Unwritten," wihch ventures into the realms of three interconnected universes destined for an intriguing convergence: "Three Hells. Three Universes. One Ending."

For those seeking an immersive experience, JZ Murdock's captivating audiobooks are readily available on popular platforms such as Amazon, Audible.com, and iTunes, delivering his narratives in an engaging format.

For more information and to delve deeper into the world of JZ Murdock, please visit JZMurdock.com. Additionally, explore LgNProductions.com, the film production company he co-founded in 1993, and responsible for producing his captivating films.

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.
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Where to find JZ Murdock online


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!


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.
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.
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
(5.00 from 1 review)
Sequel story to the film, "Gumdrop", a short horror (2020). "Gumdrop City" is based on a True Crime and included in, "Anthology of Evil" (2014). This short story came long before the movie prequel, now available exclusively on ThrilzTV - https://thrilztv.com/videos/gumdrop-a-short-horror
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.
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..