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Our menu tonight goes something like this:

"In Memory, Yet Crystal Clear" - is a Science Fiction tale of how one man can change the world. This was my first short story ever to get published in a magazine way back in 1992. It is a work of Social Horror. I have updated it for this book as the technology in it as it was getting dated. I had also updated it before it was originally published as I had written it some years even previous to that, in the 80s. Originally it was written as a dare, a lark, a challenge, when I had jokingly said one day to some friends while we were partying together one night, that I could make any storyline plausible. Due beware of making such claims as it was a lot of work from then on.

"Gumdrop City" was published in 2010 in Zilyon Publishing's "The Undead Nation Anthology". It is a horror story, pure and simple. I originally heard about from a Professor in my University Abnormal Psych class. He told it to us as a psychological study. It is however, a true crime story. I fictionalized the father and daughter in it, as well as a few other things but once you walk through a certain door, the fundamentals there are despicably true. I have since worked up a treatment for this story as a screenplay with the help of a Hollywood Producer. So it is possible that one day, this short story could hit the silver screen.

"Quantum History" was done as a friendly experiment between three friends to choose a theme and write it, then compare stories. It is a Science Fiction Comedy for all intents and purposes. There are two other versions of this theme floating about and I'm willing to bet that other than mine, those other two will never see the light of day.

"The London Mea Culpa Document" is a document about the document called "The Mea Culpa Document". It is a one page description from the "authoritative journal" it was published in.

"The Mea Culpa Document" following the "London" piece, was originally written back in college with the help of a Theater Professor who is into Medieval Literature (he also helped me with "Poor Lord Ritchie", see below). It is a story about a great burden that an idealistic Witch Hunter has to bear in the Medieval Ages in England. Mea Culpa documents used to be documents that some used to write out all their sins and then typically burn them. But in this case, this document was stored for posterity, for reasons that will be made clear.

"Poor Lord Ritchie's Answer to a Question He Knever Knew (on the Night that the Knight Lost All)", was chosen by actor Rutger Hauer (as the "Replicant Roy Batty" in the Ridley Scott film, "BladeRunner" and so many other films) as a winner in his International Short Story contest that he ran for two years back in the late 1990s. I entered it because I just knew that he would like this story most out of all of my stories. It is a surreal tale of a confused Medieval Lord who has been abused by genetics and his position. It is about a man lost and his descent into either temporal displacement, or madness; in the end, let it be your decision.

"Sarah" has now been built into my screenplay, "HearthTales" which I've been sending out to production companies. Sarah is a woman lost in the misery and dementia of Alzheimer's Disease. I had heard some examples of what it was like to live with someone suffering from this disease, from a girl in, once again, my Abnormal Psych class at our University. She told me about her grandmother and some of her experiences. They were such moving stories that I had to find a way to share them.

"The Fall" was a recent exercise in an online writer's group I participate in; one of several. Another story, "Simon's Beautiful Thought" (on Amazon KDP and Smashwords) was another exercise coming out of that group, just previous to "The Fall". "Simon" was about obsession. "The Fall" is about madness or the descent into it, depending how you take it. It is about how romance can intertwine with insanity to lead to the worst of all possible of life events.

"Japheth, Ishvi and The Light" is my first attempt at a full blown Zombie story. It is based on the Biblical tale of Abraham and his son Isaac and is about the religious commune they live in. Throw in some devastating confusion, a few soldiers, God, and well, there you have it.

"Andrew" is the story of a very young boy, the child of a very brilliant married couple who were also rather unusual scientists. It is a story about how Andrew tries to deal with an event more traumatic than anyone should ever have to experience, no matter what age they are. This is then juxtaposed with how he learned to deal with it as an adult, who he developed into by that point in his life, and where his parent's efforts end him up. Yes, there is certainly a lot more than that going on.

I hope you find these tales as entertaining to read as I found them to write.
-JZ Murdock

About the Author

JZ Murdock lives and writes from his home in Suquamish, Washington, nine and a half miles across the waters of the Puget Sound from Seattle and home to the grave of Chief "Seattle". Located on several forested acres in the Pacific Northwest's incredibly beautiful Olympic Peninsula, there is definitely something magical about this area that evokes creativity. He lives with his faithful German Shepherd and his two adult offspring also live locally in the Northwest.

With a degree in Psychology from Western Washington University and a minor in creative writing including screen and script team writing, some of his writings from back then are contained in his first book, Anthology of Evil. The novella in that book is the basis for his next book, Death of Heaven, a massive story about things not being at all like we believe them to be and the horror that comes sometimes, with learning what is true in the world.

During his time working at the University of Washington for just over seven years in computers, some of his work included volunteering with the Psychology department's Martial Research facility which led to his being involved in a BBC documentary. Around that time he became a Viacom Public Access TV producer.

Lately he has been concentrating on screenplays and film production, but is regularly putting out short stories in anthologies with other authors. Two of his screenplays have been requested by a London production company. One being a biopic of his first week long gig as a bodyguard at eighteen back in 1974; thus aptly titled, "Teenage Bodyguard". The story details his protecting a murder witness and local strip club waitress from the local mob until she could escape town.

After getting involved with a few years ago, he has started working with local director Kelly Hughes on producing his newest horror film.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Zilyon Publishing (April 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615450741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615450742
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,335,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born a Writer, lived as just another of Life's Adventurers.

"[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 Michael Brookes, Author & Reviewer

Since the start of the new Millennium I have been writing from my home, tucked away on some very pleasantly forested acreage, just across Puget Sound from Seattle.

So far, I've survived a strange and wonderful life. Okay, not always so wonderful.

My childhood was pretty intense. I survived ADHD as a kid and evolved into ADD which was challenging and seemed useless at times. I found through those trials and tribulations that it either sits on your head throughout your life, or it raises you up on its shoulders. But it's one's own choice.

There was lots of tension in our home. My reading HG Wells, HP Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Edgar Allen Poe and others of that type, probably had something to do with keeping me sane. Those writers certainly gave me the escape I needed to survive. Along with music. All kinds. Heavy Metal before it was cool, psychedelic, experimental, classical, electronic.

I later discovered (along with the rest of the world) Stephen King and the other usual suspects. Eventually I graduated (in my mind) to Clive Barker. I tended to move in cycles from being fascinated by Horror, then Science Fiction, then Fantasy, then Science Fact, finally cycling back around to Horror, SF and so on. I ran through that cycle over much of my lifetime.

I also found along the way that people liked my writings. I started trying to sell them and people started to buy them. Now I have a a couple of books out, a bunch of ebooks, and some audiobooks. I'm trained at University to write screenplays and so I'm also working in that arena.

Do what you love to do. Compromise only to stay alive. In the end, it's a short life, live it well and leave an enduring legacy.

Screenplays -

I started writing screenplays in college when I got chosen for a special year long class with seven other talented individuals who were actors, writers and comedians. All theatre majors and I, the only Psych. Major.

My screenplays include a screen adaptation of TL Mitchell's paranormal romance novel, "Dark of kNight"; and Author Kelly Abell's, "Sealed in Lies", a spy romance novel.

Of those original screenplays of mine currently roaming the world for a home is a Horror/Comedy titled, "Gray and Lover: The Hearth Tales". A story about two very interesting Steampunk females who are Demon Fighters and named Gray and Lover. They may very well have adventures in a sequel as they seem to be very popular among those who have read this screenplay.

It is about a famous Horror writer being stalked by a murderously defective Demon, conjured up by his Gold-digger wife in order to kill him. It opens with the death of a very famous terrorist we all know and an alternative explanation for what "really" happened that fateful day, May 2, 2011 in, Abbottabad, Pakistan.

I do hope you enjoy my works as much as I've enjoyed the hard worked I've put into them.

Cheers! / /
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Anthology of Evil runs the gamut from tame to terrifying .

The terrifying > "Andrew" An epic story about a boy who must search for his true self amidst chaos and confusion . Not knowing really who or where he came from . Bits and pieces of his life unfold into a mystifying past , present and future where his role is bond with all life forms and existence itself .

Traverses from his introverted beginnings to his super extroverted future .
We first find Andrew nearly helpless and very confused . As he recalls the past . There is much more to Andrew than your average boy . This boy unravels his past then grows into a complex mysterious figure of a man . Along the way putting together the puzzle pieces of his life . Finding things from his past that he probably would have liked to have permanently forgotten . Horrific scenes unfold definitely not for the squeamish or faint of heart .

AOE is a compilation of various horror , Sci-Fi in which Andrew is the end of . Andrew is also the first part of the currently two part story in which the second part is the epic Death of Heaven , also known as DOH .
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