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JZ Murdock

Fine Horror since 1990!
Turning my Nightmares into your Reality....
WordSmith of the Surreal and the Macabre

and Duplicitious Fellow of...
The Murdock Society

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"J.Z. Murdock has written a horror story that completely had me transfixed! I'm intrigued as to what he is working on next!"
- From Reviewer Lynn Worton on "Death of Heaven".
"[Death of Heaven] ... has a Books of Blood vibe [referring of course to Clive Barker's seminal horror books], which really works well. It's in these tales that the author's writing ability shines. He demonstrates a lovely turn of phrase and some of the writing is almost poetic in its beauty."
From Author & Reviewer
Michael Brookes
Book Web Site / Video Book Trailer

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First, let's get my serious NON-Fiction works out of the way:

"Some Notes on Field Theory, Albert's Mind, and the Status Quo: The Necessity of Contextualism in Psychology". This ebook is only $.99 on Smashwords and also on Amazon. This also includes the article indicated below which is avaialble separately for free as a public service on Smashwords.
"Psycho-neurologically Approaching a Field Theory Understanding of Schizophrenia via Research of a Non-normative, Non-pathological Syndrome: Synesthesia, and the need for more information". This article discusses considering the research on Synesthesia being applied in some ways to the treatment of Schizophrenia and is free as a public service on Smashwords and is also included in the ebook mentioned above.

JZ Murdock has a B.A. in Psychology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

NOW...the fun stuff!
Disturbing. Frightening. Epic.
Choose your next step carefully when you read....
Death of Heaven
BUT... at your own peril.
Book Review by Lynn Worton
gives Death of Heaven 4 out of 5 stars!

Not bad for a first novel, right?

A Writer locked in that region between One's Mind and
the Public's awarness of that by now oatmeal like substance.
Enter the dark shallow recesses of the mind of JZ Murdock
a writer in the mysterious and beautiful American Pacific Northwest Blog
Murdock's Sleeping Buddha - Yes it's real and two feet tall

I think I knew I was a writer all my life, though it took nearly all my life to really get around to it. I wrote my first short story in tenth grade, my first screenplay at university, and finally got my first short story publsihed six years later. It seems like forever ago now, though.

My brother thought I should mention that the last name is Murdock, not Murdoch, I'm no relation to Rupert. Though I can't say that it might not be a good thing there, if I were.

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Novels, Short Fiction, Anthologies

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Original cover here

A Disturbing Horror Novel of Massive Proportions
Cover art by Marvin Hayes

Death of Heaven - on Ask David

Now on Smashwords (new version) and
Amazon (old version, update soon!).

Throughout the whole of Human History many philosophies and religions have attempted to answer that ultimate question:

Where DID we come from?

James and Jimmy, brothers in spirit and tragedy since childhood are about to discover the answer to that ultimate of all questions. They will learn about it in a way that is as amazing as it is unbelievable. They alone will discover that reality is unlike anything that has ever before been considered. They will discover just what it is that nightmares are made of.

Friedrich Nietzsche claimed in 1882 that "God is Dead". But that was only a piece of the whole misleading truth. It is now left for two friends alone to experience the whole story, and along with the rest of the Human Race, to experience firsthand the--

Or buy it now on Smashwords, or Amazon.
An Epic Novel of Speculative Fiction
For more, visit:

Audio Books

Audio books narrated by JZ Murdock, now available on Amazon, and iTunes.

  • The Mea Culpa Document of London
  • The Conqueror Worm (Chapter One from, Death of Heaven)
  • Expedition of the Arcturus

Simon's Beautiful Thought

Get to know Murdock's writing just a little bit with this Quirky little Sci Fi Romance - on Smashwords | on Barnes & Noble

On Amazon

Cover art by Marvin Hayes

"Simon is a strange man. Simon connects with technology and plastic but not with women made up of flesh and blood. Simon is so afraid of screwing up a relationship that he almost screws it up. This story is so well written that you just have to read it. It's a cute spin on dating and finding the right one."
- Carole McKee, Author
Anthology of Evil on Smashwords

On Amazon

Kindle [ Story Listing ]
Cover art by Marvin Hayes
For more on the stories -

JZ Murdock's "Anthology of Evil" exhibits some disturbing and occasionally surreal tales that delve into nightmares of the technological, demonic and psychosocial as he brings his twisted Dreams into your once safe Reality. This new collection of nine short stories and one novella take you quite far along into some uncomfortable social as well as some very personal realms of Horror.

The Anthology opens with Murdock's first short story ever to have been published, "In Memory, Yet Crystal Clear". Updated for this release, it is a technological tale of Social Horror about a world famous Surgeon and Father who does whatever he can to help his late son's best friend. It is a process that ends up changing the entire world forever. Also included is the surreal Medieval short story, "Poor Lord Ritchie", once selected as a winner by actor Rutger Hauer in his international writing contest.

The novella, "Andrew" not only closes the Anthology but it also sets the tone for the next book to come out, an epic tale of Horror and Speculative Fiction titled, "Death of Heaven", coming out April 2012.

Also on JZ Murdock on

A Horror Sci Fi Novella
Cover art by Hannah
Thanks also to Cal Miller of Zilyon Publishing
Please note: this is not the CALVIN Miller of "Letters to Heaven" fame.
"Andrew" sets the stage for the upcoming novel, "Death of Heaven".

JZ Murdock short Horror stories are also in:

World of Pirates
A Giant Tales book

("Breaking on Cave Island")

For other great Giant Tales books
visit Writers750 and the inimitable Heather Schuldt

Hunger Pangs: Dark Confessions Anthology
("Mr. Pakool's Spice") on Amazon

Rhonny Reaper's Creature Features Anthology
("The Conqueror Worm") on Smashwords and Amazon
Proceeds going to Diabetes Research.

The Undead Nation Anthology
("Gumdrop City") on Smashwords and Amazon
Proceeds going to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Other Short Stories of Note

EarVu is a story about the trial and tribulations of being Scientists literally on the "cutting edge" of technology.

"Quantum History"
Now, what if you aren't a scientist at all and you aren't doing any "cutting edge" research, but you still get sucked into the badness, nonetheless?

"Expedition Of The Arcturus "
This short sci fi story first published on is about Earth's first generational spaceship. As with any journey which includes family, there's always going to be problems. Also available as an audio book on Amazon, or iTunes.

"Gumdrop City "
What might it be like if you had a serial killer living across the street from you, hiding in plain site?

"Japheth, Ishvi The Light"
A religious commune, a main member who God is talking to, a military HAZMAT team all as the Zombie Apocalypse hits. Shouldn't be any problems there.

"Mr. Pakool's Spice"
Mr. Pakool, the nice man who showed concern and gave a little help. But let's never run into him again.

We all love grandma, even with her forgetfulness, her hallucinations, and the part about death lurking in the backyard.

"The Conqueror Worm"
Two young boys, fast friends, bored, and a yard, and a shovel. What could go wrong? Also available as an audio book on Amazon, or iTunes.

"Mea Culpa"
Ever been a Medieval Witch Hunter / Judge and run into long lost relatives? Close relatives? Also available as an audio book on Amazon, or iTunes.

"Poor Lord Ritchie's Answer to a Question he Knever Knew"
This story was selected by actor Rutger Hauer in an international short story contest held back in 2002. The expanded story is contained in, Anthology of Evil (or see links above).

"In Memory, Yet Crystal Clear"
This story was originally published in 1990. It was my first ever published short story and is also in Anthology of Evil (or see links above).

And don't forget my first ever short story ebook,
"Simon's Beautiful Thought"
(also, see above)

Marketing Sites:

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As of 9/28/2015

Press Release
Interview with
Indies Unlimited

On Other Sites:

Murdock in the Media:

- "Chasing Ice Film Review"
Part I only [Full PDF]

On Indies Unlimited
- by LA Lewandowski:
"Gender Bender"
- Special Choice 4/6/2012:
"Freebie Friday" for
Anthology of Evil
- Special Choice 5/4/2012:
"Freebie Friday" for
Death of Heaven

- by Blake Basell (quoted):
"Martial Arts
Teaching The Mind"

[Local Copy]

- Author Interview
by Sumiko Saulson

Historical Favs:


- EA Poe
- Clive Barker
- RE Howard
- HP Lovecraft

- Mark Twain
- Kurt Vonnegut
- Tom Robbins

Sci FI
- HG Wells
- ER Burroughs

- Len Deighton

Speculative Fiction
- Ray Bradbury
- Harlan Ellison

- JRR Tolkein
- Jim Butcher

Non-Fiction Writers
- Jeremy Scahill
- Fareed Zakaria

Film Directors
- Woody Allen
- Alfred Hitchcock
- Stanley Kubrick
- Ridley Scott
- Tarkovsky
- Francois Truffaut

- Dali
- Van Gogh
- Marvin Hayes

- Liberty Bay Books
- Eagle Harbor Books

JZ Murdock