Tim Murr


From Tennessee, but I've called Boston,Durham, and Syracuse home. I was inspired to become a writer in 2nd grade after reading Treasure Island. I created, write, and maintain the horror culture blog, strangerwithfriction.blogspot.com, and am a featured contributor at www.popshifter.com. My books are Lose This Skin, Conspiracy of Birds/Hounds of Doom,City Long Suffering, and Motel On Fire. My work touches on horror, Sc-Fi, crime, and the weird. I coined the term Avant Noir to describe my debut novel, Conspiracy of Birds.

I'm a movie fanatic with deep love for horror films, noir, spaghetti westerns, Euro-trash, and dark sci-fi. Writers who I hold in high esteem are Don Bajema, Kathy Acker, Jim Thompson, Robert Louis Stevenson, Philip K Dick, Lydia Lunch, Hubert Selby, Flannery O'Connor, William Gibson, and Nick Tosches-to name a few.
I'll be buried in my Black Flag t-shirt and Alice Cooper saved my life.

"I'm a very sympathetic person, but that doesn't always come across in my work, because I'm too busy being mad at everything."
-Lydia Lunch

"- that’s what they want:
a God damned show
a lit billboard
in the middle of hell.
that’s what they want,
that bunch of
admirers of
-Charles Bukowski

"Break your back to earn your pay and don't forget to grovel"
-Joe Strummer

"These poems, with all their crudities, doubts, and confusions, are written for the love of man and in praise of God, and I'd be a damn fool if they weren't."
-Dylan Thomas

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle.
Then I realised God doesn’t work that way, so I stole
one and prayed for forgiveness.
- Emo Philips

"We like the bootleg sound"
-David Thomas, Pere Ubu

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
My desk is piled with a bunch of manuscripts, drawings, pens and pencils, toys, Halloween masks, horror magazines, comic books, and an old Mac computer.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 3rd grade. After I discovered Treasure Island in 2nd grade I knew I wanted to be a writer, but it took me about a year to come up with my first short story. From there I never stopped.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Tim Murr online

Where to buy in print


The Last Mass b/w Seeing Her Again
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,050. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult
The Last Mass b/w Seeing Her Again is a special promotional single being released ahead of the Tim Murr's new horrific short story collection Motels On Fire. In The Last Mass a young man comes home from Afghanistan and finds his hometown in the grips of unspeakable evil. Seeing Her Again finds a couple reuniting after a traumatizing tragedy.
City Long Suffering
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,360. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime
On the first day of summer, a mass murderer called The Terrible Head, resurfaces after two years. On the first day of summer, Maupins City will know suffering. City Long Suffering; First Movement launches a saga of Southern-fried crime and horror from the author of Conspiracy of Birds and founder of the blog Stranger With Friction.
Conspiracy Of Birds with Hounds of Doom
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,090. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
'I didn't want to burn any bridges, but I doused them real good with gasoline just in case.' Conspiracy Of Birds is the new novella from Tim Murr, creator and writer for the blog Stranger With Friction and author of Lose This Skin. It is a hallucinatory skin dive into the nightmare world of a failed writer living on the broken edges of America. Now includes the shorts collection Hounds of Doom.
Lose This Skin
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,360. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Lose This Skin collects the best of Tim Murr's short works from 1994-2011. From his early book- zines of vignettes and poetry to short stories (both published and unpublished) and lyrics to his recent on-line work.

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