I am an Imagineer and Scenarist. A writer of Drama, Horror, Comedy, Speculative and Science Fiction, Technical, Non-Fiction...I have tried to learn to write just about everything. I believe in helping those you meet along the way and when you are doing well, dragging along all the talent with you that you can.
I've been associated with our local indie filmmakers and Studio 724 in Port Orchard, WA. I've also been working with local indie Director Kelly Hughes and his Lucky Charms Studios for the past year or two.
My Amazon Author page has my books in print, ebook and audiobook formats. My flagship novel is Death of Heaven, an epic horror Sci Fi\Horror tale that takes human history and twists it inside out and on its head.
My niece (my sister's daughter) is actress Brandi Nicole Wilson who is doing very well lately after many years of study and hard work. Just like her uncle. She has acted in among other things, "Home Sweet Hell", playing Jim Belushi's wife. I thought she did great in that oddly comical part.
In May of 2010 I began again to write seriously again. I retired from a career in IT on 9/11/2016. I was a Sr. Technical Writer through most of the 1990s. In the past I had worked remotely with east coast Scorpio Pictures prodco for over five years around the turn of the millennium as an in house writer.
I have a couple of horror books out through Zilyon Publishing, more than several ebooks and produced and narrated several audiobooks. I am also in a few Horror Anthologies, all on Amazon. Next up I'm in A-Z Horror Anthology which is being released on Amazon as individual ebooks, one for each author. I got the letter, "X" (X The Unknown).
I was a public TV Producer for a while in the early 90s under my LGN Productions and was much of the crew, writer, director, cameraman, interviewer and editor.
See my web site jzmurdock.com for more information.
My Gray and Lover The Hearth Tales Incident was a 2014 semi-finalist in the Circus Films screenplay competition. which is a strong franchise concept in the Horror Comedy genre. I have several smaller screenplays and a couple of feature adaptations by author's request. Most of them are on MovieBytes.com.
The prose has taken over the past few years, but I've been getting back into filmmaking. That being said, in the sequels to both my epic horror novel "Death of Heaven" (officially re-released August 2014) and a screenplay, I'm merging the teams from my both "Gray and Lover" and the book.
I'm trying to get time to rewrite my a true crime screenplay set in Tacoma, WA in 1974 that I was peripherally involved in, titled Teenage Bodyguard.
At my university my major degree was in Psychology - Awareness and Reasoning Division, focusing on Phenomenology. I was inducted from Intro to Playwriting into a special year long script and screenwriting class, a writer's room type team environment with seven other talented writers and actors. I was greatly honored to work with them and had an incredibly great experience. Mike Rainey was one of them, who along with the late Dave Skubinna, were two of the founding members of Seattle's long running, Seattle's Annex Theater .
I once took a fascinating series of film production seminars with director Stanley Kramer in the mid 1980s at Bellevue Comm. College.
I'm so looking forward finally, to this chapter of my life!
Unique traits: Diverse background and skills. Sr. Technical Writer. Eclectic writer.
The Teenage Bodyguard or Slipping "The Enterprise" Budget: $10M - $30M | Crime ⋄ Biography Based on true events, a gutsy eighteen year old in 1974 protects a female murder witness from the Tacoma, WA mafia.
Anthology of Evil - Horror Sci Fi Fiction Book Horror Anthology of short Horror and Sci Fi fiction ending with a story that is massive and leads into my book Death of Heaven. It also ties into my screenplay, HearthTales. Anthology of Evil on Smashwords Anthology of Evil on Amazon
Colorado Lobsters Drama A recent MIT grad takes his late father's old job at a nuclear power plant for revenge in finding who killed his father. Short script.
Popsicle Death Horror Death comes to visit a young boy for revenge as the one who's slight to a popsicle vendor led to the vendor's suicide.
Sarah Horror An old woman tries to live through the nightmare of her life complicated by Alzheimer's and a geographical nightmare.
Poor Lord Ritchie's Answer to a Question he Knever Knew Comedy ⋄ Horror ⋄ Sci-fi A medieval Lord loses his family sword and his reputation while being lost in time and dealing with his amorous sisters.
Sealed in Lies Romance ⋄ Thriller A spy discovers that the Vice President vies for the Presidency through assasination and tries to stop it while running from his own people with the wife of his nemisis.
Ahriman Adventure ⋄ Horror ⋄ Sci-fi Experiment with computer generated worlds and societies backfires when actual contact is created with a warrior world that plans to use the connection to invade and conquer the earth. Only their own Prophet/Prince stands between their unsavory pursuits and that of Humanity's survival. At 181 pages, this screenplay was ahead of its time. It was ten years before I saw elements in this story in feature films. I'm looking at this now as a miniseries or a three movie set. First script might be earth side, second other planet side, third, final war and resolution. This is on hold as I am currently too busy with other projects.
Death of Heaven - Horror Sci Fi Fiction Book Action ⋄ Experimental ⋄ Horror ⋄ Sci-fi ⋄ War Two childhood friends come together as adults to discover something terrifying that will shake the foundations and the future of Humankind.
Gray and Lover - The Hearth Tales Incident Action ⋄ Comedy ⋄ Fantasy ⋄ Horror To acquire an ancient book of black magic, a hired Voodoo Priest contracts two extraordinary women to protect a horror novelist from his greedy, philandering wife who inadvertently pays for a "Wile E. Coyote"-type demon murderer through her own interference.
Dark of kNight Action ⋄ Fantasy ⋄ Horror ⋄ Romance Home from medical school for her father's funeral, a beautiful coed becomes aware of her wolf shape-shifting bloodline, falls for her childhood BFF's brother and then along with some new vampire friends, all battle the werewolves who secretly killed her father. Adaptation of TL Mitchell's popular Paranormal Romance series.
The Mephisto Box
TV Movie by Lucky Charms Studios / Kelly Hughes (Horror) Actor, Sound, F/X A disgraced psychiatrist redeems himself by treating a fragile mental patient, only to unleash a demonic attack.
Don't Kill Grandpa Until We Strangle the Babysitter
Film (Horror and Short) Actor After an argument with her boyfriend, a college student accepts a last-minute babysitting job. She arrives at the isolated house and meets a stern man and his grandson, enduring a psychic attack which threatens her eternal soul. This has been in several film festivals now and is available for streaming on Watch Troma - http://watch.troma.com/
Lost in Space: A Documentary
Film by Gordon Hayes (Documentary) Executive Producer
Circus Road Films screenplay contest semi-finalist with "Gray and Lover The Hearth Tales Incident"
Rutger Hauer's International short story of the week 2004 for "Poor Lord Ritchie's Answer"