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A Picture of J.R. Murdock

Who is this J.R. Murdock fellow?

Despite what you may think, J.R. Murdock did have a normal childhood. If you consider swimming in lakes, playing hide and seek in the woods, and spending more time with his imagination than a television, then yes, it was normal. There are those times when little voices will talk to him inside his head. This was never a frequent occurrence and he learned to ignore them. Most of the time.

His first book was attempted over several years (probably closer to a dozen) and somehow that book about Dungeon and Dragons characters just never really worked out the way he wanted it to. Someday it might! Just you wait and see. Those characters will not stay down. They will have their story told! I'm telling you here and now...

Shhh, calm. Relaxed. Don't scare away the nice people that have come to this page and might want to buy a book (or three).

Where were we? Oh, yes, the voices inside his head. They like to talk to at inappropriate times. Fortunately they also talk to at appropriate times and that's when books happen. Yes, the voices must have their story told or they just keep talking over one another and it's just a big old jumbled mess and nobody will want to read anything like that, right? So it's good that they get their chance to come out so that you'll have something to read and enjoy.

When not listening to the voices inside his head, J.R. Murdock spends time with his wife and his favorite daughter (yes, there is only one daughter that's why she's his favorite). They reside in sunny San Diego which is about as close to paradise as you can get and still be in a big city.

Visit the blog at http://jrmurdock.com

V & A Shipping

V&A Shipping

What happens when Star Wars crashes head long into Smokey and the Bandit?
An Intergalatic Beer run!

Vic and Argmon are just trying to make a simple delivery, albeit while being chased by the local fuzz. They pick up an unexpected stowaway on their planet to planet run.

Joey, the unwitting stowaway, is thrust into space and must deal with not only being in space, but with all the alien creatures aboard the SS Acid Rat.

Once the delivery is complete, Vic, Argmon, and their new crewmate Joey, are offered a double or nothing gamble to pick up a second delivery for a celebration party. They must return to Planchar in twenty-four standard hours with a shipment of beer.

It sounds so simple, perhaps too simple.
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V&A Shipping II

In an argument over who lost the planetoid they were towing, Vic and Joey find themselves outside the S.S. Acid Rat looking for the planetoid and trying to determine what is hitting the outside of the ship. Vic is hit by a stray rock and Joey must fight to get Vic pulled back inside.

Once everyone is back inside and the planetoid is relocated, they discover that their old friend, Sheriff B.T. Justice is on their trail. During the excitement, they passed through the sheriff's system and pursuit ensues. The crew decide to hide on the planetoid they're towing.

It isn't until the land that they discover the planetoid's secert; it's hollow! Not only is it hollow, but an entire civilizaton exists on the inside. Being pulled away from their home star, the planetoid is struggling to stay running and the citizens inside the planetoid need the crew's help. Unfortunately, Sheriff B.T. Justice isn't going to let them out of his grip this time!
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Golden West

Golden West: Season 1

Abigail Champski and her father, Cecil, are headed out west to California. Her father has been offered a job to improve his boss's gold mining operation. They must pack up and make the cross-country trek by any means available. On their way they encounter many strange people including war deserters, giants, and orphans.

They way is made difficult by Reginald Sneller. He has seen what Cecil is capable of and feels it should be his due to head out west and improve the gold mining operation. Ever chance he has, he does what he can to undermine the Champski's progress.

Abigail just wants to get to California, or just go back home.

Follow their journey across the United States from New York city, to the wild west and beyond!
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Golden West: Season 2

Abigal and her father have set themselves up in the California mining town. Her father, though had at work, has been plagued by a rash of unexplained explosions, missing equipment, and unfulfilled orders.

While she would love to help her father with his building, she has taken on the duties of sheriff and when an explosion kills several miners, she must investigate to determine if it was an accident, or something more sinister. Alister Limon appears and tries to be helpful, but always disappears just when the answer seems to be forthcoming.

Reginald Sneller keeps himself hidden in the woods between town and Cecil Champski's workshop. Even though his attempts have not dissuaded Cecil from building his mining machine, he continues to push harder and harder to get the man to quit. All the while dealing with Jax, who has proven to be more than a handful.

Will Abigail be able to find out what Reginald is up to and what secrets Mr. Limon is hiding before someone else has to die?

Of Gnomes and Dwarves

Of Gnomes and Dwarves: Book 1 - Chance Encounters

Winter has come too soon to the kingdom of Fleuve. The king is missing. A bloody, Laderan uniforn has been found inside the castle. The king's brother, Semal takes his time to contemplate the situation before sending Reeg and the soldiers to break the long held peace between Fleuve and Landera.

Maus is a hideous ugly gnome that hunts during the warm months and comes into town to trade his wears. His world is turned upsidedown when he encounters a drunken, amnesiac dwarf, Willie. The two foil a robbery attempt by an elven theif, Slick, and kidnap the thief to teach him a lesson. Upon hearing the king has been kidnapped, Willie offers the trios servies to the king's cause.

Nothing goes right. Everyone is at risk when treachery rears its head and Reeg, Maus, Willie and Slick must do all they can just to survive the twists that bring them all together.

Astel

Astel: Chosen

The Princess of Strell wants to be like any other sixteen-year-old on her birthday. Unfortunately a young dragon shows up and proclaims Astel Farakas is the Chosen One to be taught magic. The Wizard Sangdanee insists that she must be secured inside the castle. He demands she be taught science by a wizard. So Astel does what any other sixteen-year-old in her situation would do.

She flees the castle.

Now Astel, along with her two handmaidens and an unwilling suitor, must figure out what to do before the Chosen One falls into the wrong hands.
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Billy Barbarian

Billy Barbarian - Sethopolis

For a barbarian, life is simple. Hunt. Eat. Build. There's not much else. But for Billy Barbarian there has to be more to life. So he's decided to head down to the big city and check things out. In the mighty, booming metropolis of Sethopolis Billy seeks employment, and finds it. His first job is to protect Ms. Celine Dijon while she is giving a concert at Stump Arena. Through his assignment, Billy gets to meet the famous real estate developer, Ronald Stump.

But the fun and joy don't last long, as Billy uncovers a plot against Ms. Celine's life. Can this sturdy barbarian do what needs to be done to protect her? Is he strong enough and quick witted enough?

Join Billy, Jack Indabocks and Phat Cao as Billy tries to deal with dragons, skyscrapers, wizards, and evil plots as they try to keep Ms. Celine safe. Will his first job in the big city be his last? Find out!
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Murdockian Tales

Murdockian Tales

Zombie romance? Check. Paradoxical time travel? Check. Astral projection? Check. Intelligent Design? Hey, you can't have everything, now can you?

Murdockian Tales is a collection of short stories. At one point J.R. Murdock wrote 100 short stories in a year and this is just a small sampling of those works. Some have been published and some have never seen the light of day until now, some are short (flash fiction) and some are long (novella), some are funny and some are depressing, some are insightful and some are fun, but all are about as different as they can be from one another.

Welcome to the inside of my head. I hope you enjoy the view.
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Paradise Palms: A Murder Mystery in a Time-Traveling Trailer Park

Paradise Palms

A Murder Mystery in a Time-Traveling Trailer Park.

Half of Sam Jeffrey's best friend was discovered in the woods around the Paradise Palms Trailer Park. He is determined to figure out what happened.

Young genius, Lin Pza Pza, has had someone hacking into her servers and is determined to find out who it is, with the help of her Canadian counterpart, Tiger Lily Smith.

Both investigations lead to the same discovery: the Paradise Palms trailer park is traveling to prehistoric times.

That's when the real adventure begins.
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Supernatural Learning

My Teacher is a Zombie

Stanley and his best friend, Bert, are 8th graders just trying to get through middle school and move on high school. Just like other kids in middle school they have things to deal with day-to-day; lunch, bullies, grades, parents. What that did not expect to have to deal with is an old teacher that has become a zombie!

Knowing that that their parents won't understand their teacher's evolution into the undead, they take matters into their own hands. With the help of some of their classmates, Penny, William, and Zita, and also accompanied with Rex, the biggest kid in the 8th grade, they head to school to deal with their teacher. To get out of the 8th grade, passing class won't be enough.
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My Teacher is a Werewolf

Stanley, Bert, and the rest of the gang know something has changed at their school. After having to deal with a teacher that became a zombie, they've been on edge. Getting through the 8th grade shouldn't be so difficult, but their new teacher seems to have some strange mannerisms.

After some investigation, they discover that a wolf is loose in town killing some of the local animals and putting the residents of the town in danger. The group sneaks out and discovers that a werewolf is loose! They do their research and try to figure out a way to deal with this new monster in their town. Will they ever make it to high school?
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My Teacher is a Vampire

Stanley doesn't want to be in summer school. Worse, he doesn't want to deal with another teacher that isn't what they appear to be. He'd rather be with his friends looking at the moon or playing their game or reading comics.

Instead, Stanley and his friends need to investigate what they caught overnight on their camera and determine if it's a threat or not. Stanley wonders if just once he could get a normal teacher.
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My Teacher is a Witch

8th grade was rough on Stanley, Bert, and the rest of their little group. At least 9th grade seemed to get off to a good start. That was until Stanley notices some strange things and it isn't just his new classmates. Much like his 8th grade teachers, his 9th rgade teachers are exhibiting peculiar behavior. Even before the homecoming dance, something Stanley is dreading, he must confront yet another teacher.

Anthologies

Emperor's Fist

Spring 1889

Agent Reginald Coffey and Special Liaison Meiying Ling are deep within the jungles of China, setting technology against the oldest of dark Chinese magic. The two are set on a rendezvous with the most sinister of sorcerers and a plot to plunge the world into darkness.

Tales from the Archives are short stories set in the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. They explore events mentioned in the novels, characters seen and unseen, and may include novel teasers of things to come.

Method to the Madness

The quintessential guide for aspiring ne'er-do-wells everywhere. A collection of 24 papers presented by evil luminaries, destined to become a legendary yet practical handbook to the pressing subjects of:

- Cognitive Perspective in the Pursuit of Evil;
- Principles of Biology and Genetics for Minion Breeding Programs; and,
- The Importance of Date Night to the Married Super Villain.

... to name but a few subjects.

Dead Ends

For this anthology I've assembled seven bloody, stark horror stories by myself and six other talented writers of horror and suspense. A sinister power in 'In The Deep Dark' by Justin R. Macumber is overtaking men at the bottom of a West Virginia coal mine. A golden liquid sur-rounds a boy's treehouse in Edward Lorn's 'Morning Dew' and its taste for human flesh is standing between the boys and safety. Reggie in Scott Roche's 'Power in the Blood' discovers that his thirst for blood can give him strength, but may cost him his soul. Philip Carroll brings us a tale of 'Getting Even' where the wealthy Mr. Hasbrook must pay for his sins of greed and murder. Paul E. Cooley's 'Breakers' remove the broken 'cogs' from society's machinery as ruth-lessly as possible. In J.R. Murdock's 'Breakup', Ruby wants to leave her boyfriend Victor, but he wants eternity or nothing. Finally, Jake Bible reminds us in 'Blister' that going to the doctor early is a good idea, particularly if your affliction makes you a happy little psycopath.

Tales from the Archives: Volume 4

Tales from the Archives are short stories set in the world of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. They explore events mentioned in the novels, characters seen and unseen and may include novel teasers of things to come.

This volume includes:

Sins of the Father by Tee Morris:Summer, 1888. Arthur Books welcomes home his son, Wellington, from the jungles and deserts of Africa. In his own manner, the invalid father bestows upon his heir all the pride and respect due to actions in the field. The returning war hero, though, has returned more than a decorated soldier in Her Majesty's Army; and Arthur collects on an investment spanning across decades.

A Swan in Siam by P.J. Schnyder. Fall, 1863. Phailin is not your typical personal guard to the King of Siam. This royal protector of secrets finds herself intrigued by a guest of the British Ambassador's, the enigmatic John M. Alvey of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, and his quest for a swan possessing mythical powers!

Women of the Empire by JR Blackwell. Wellington Thornhill Books and Doctor Josepha Raven Blackwell share 'an encounter' after-hours at the Ministry, all part of Dr. Blackwell's research into hysteria. Brief as the encounter, one of them will not come out quite the same from it.

The Emperor's Fist by JR Murdock. Spring 1889. Agent Reginald Coffey and Special Liaison Meiying Ling are deep within the jungles of China, setting technology against the oldest of dark Chinese magic. The two are set on a rendezvous with the most sinister of sorcerers and a plot to plunge the world into darkness.

Lucky or Unlucky: 13 Stories of Fate

In this second annual SFFWorld.com anthology, N. E. White presents 13 speculative fiction stories from authors of the SFFWorld.com Writing forum.

The apocalypse rides into town and only one man can stop it. An engineer stationed on an aluminium world attempts to thwart a superhero gone mad. A lucky device proves the opposite. Magic and mayhem ensue at the 13th gate of hell. Can two unlucky people change their fate?

These are 13 tales of luck. All richly told stories of characters down on their luck, relying on their luck, or simply have bad luck.

Featuring all new stories by Michael Aaron, Charlotte Ashley, Eric Best, Nils Durban, Wilson Geiger, Andrew Leon Hudson, A. Lynn, J. R. Murdock, J. M. Odell, Michell Plested, Tristis Ward, and N. E. White. The collection is rounded off by dark-fantasy writer Mark Lawrence, author of the Broken Empire series.

Short Stories

Don't Eat the Bread

Mike's girlfriend is having a celebration. He's hungry and a little drunk, but she won't let him eat any bread until her friends have arrived. What happens after they eat the bread, Mike will never forget.

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Call of Gthulu

What if H.P. Lovecraft's Call of Cthulu had been written by slugs and snails? This short story was written for an anthology contest and though it got great remarks, was ultimately not chosen for the anthology.

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Don't Use the Phone

Beatrice Paisley, a homeless woman, is waiting for a call. She's not sure who will call, but she sits and waits day after day and will not allow anyone to use her phone. A fiction story with a slight Christian theme.

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Freeway Man

A man sits on the side of the freeway isn't cause for alarm. Is he waiting for something to happen, or to make something happen?

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Kance Encounter

Beatrice Paisley, a homeless woman, is waiting for a call. She's not sure who will call, but she sits and waits day after day and will not allow anyone to use her phone. A fiction story with a slight Christian theme.

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Moving at the Speed of Thought

A woman learns how to Astrally project, only to be sought out, not for her ability, but for her potential to go father than any human has before.

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Grandpa's Little Red Barn

As grandpa passes away, he hands me a key. The key opens the door to his little red barn. But not the key to the front door.

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