My Fiction

A number of my stories are available out there (many of them for free!); I’ve listed them below. My Amazon author page is here.

To Appear

The Liar (novella, from the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)

Greg Kellogg doesn’t come across much in the way of malevolent forces in Versailles, NH. He’s a nice guy, but he’s not terribly brave and kind of out of shape and just sort of bemused. He has good friends, though, and he is a very good liar.


Claudius Rex (novella, in Alembical 3 from Paper Golem Press )

Andy Baldwin can’t catch a break: fresh out of jail with his PI license revoked, his cranial implant computer is occupied by a rogue artificial intelligence with the manners of a longshoreman, the vocabulary of a Latin teacher, and an obsession with owning physical objects. My homage to the work of Rex Stout (as well as Robert B. Parker and Isaac Asimov); set in Boston shortly after the completion of the Green Line extension.

Available in trade paperback, hardcover, and ebook from Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, Powell’s, or Amazon.
Also available in the forthcoming The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2015 from Prime Books (Amazon; Barnes and Noble; Powell’s)

Death in a Tin Can (novelette, an Amazon Kindle exclusive)

Detective Inspector Jonas Crandall had hoped to sleep off his space sickness during an uneventful voyage. But when one of the passenger ship’s crew is killed mid-flight, he has to contend with murder, smuggling, and the worst vertigo he’s ever had.

No Body (short story, Penumbra, Oct 2014)

An old family wound reopens when the reservoir waters fall.

(Currently out of print)

Crowd Control (collaborative short story at Perihelion magazine)

with Gareth D. Jones, Aliette De Bodard, Nancy Fulda, Deborah Walker, and Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
An experimental blind collaboration: each of us wrote a short section with minimal cueing, which were stitched together by Gareth Jones into a whole.

Ransomware (short story, Daily Science Fiction)

A troubling situation where bioengineering, medicine, and greed meet.

Still Life, With Orange (short story, Lakeside Circus)

Even after dozens of ever-shortening lifetimes, the perfect moment still seemed to last forever.


At the Old Folks Home at the End of the World (short story and audio, Intergalactic Medicine Show; requires subscription)

There is an old folks home at the end of the world, a modest-sized white clapboard building perched at the top of a hill overlooking the sea. A single scraggly rose bush still grows by the front porch. The rose bush is an item of discord: every month or so, Percimandias the Timeless and Enyo the Undying get to arguing over whether the bush ought to be fed with aspirin water or the blood of unicorns.

Mr. Yuk (short story, On the Premises Issue #19, Honorable Mention)

While we walk, I want to tell you a story from when I was a kid. No, there aren’t dinosaurs in it. I was exactly your age come to think of it, back when we lived in California. In fact, this is why we had to move.

Tumbleweeds and Indelicate Questions (flash, Nature; audio to appear at Drabblecast)

These two bar flies have made their bets on whether the bartender killed that big hairy old alien whose head is sitting in with the good whiskeys, but they’re not going to like her answer.


Whalefall (short story at After Ever After)

The beginning and end of the world in an alien sea.


The Body and the Bomb (short story, at Crossed Genres)

A dirty bomb explodes in the woods near Sapphire City, leaving a wrecked cabin, a corpse, and a lot of questions. Chief Constable Fatima Nouri investigates.

(Currently out of print)

Duckhunt (audio flash fiction at Drabblecast)

I was convinced as a kid that this was possible. If only I knew…

Expired (audio flash fiction at Drabblecast)

Archie’s first day at the big warehouse on the hill clears up one of life’s little questions.

Unintended Consequences (audio short story at Drabblecast; original flash fiction; published version)

James Kennedy has a little problem. Of course, one man’s little problem is another man’s little opportunity.

Nor a Real Bastard (flash fiction)

Having fun with an old game.


5 responses to “My Fiction

  1. Harsh Rao

    26 June, 2014 at 7:51 am

    ransomware is movie material!!

  2. Samuel Penning

    29 August, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Just finished Claudius Rex in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Novellas 2015. Loved the story and the setting. It is a fantastic homage to Rex Stout that stands well on its own.

    Any chance we’ll see more future-noir sleuthing by Andy Baldwin and his eccentric boss, Claudius Rex?

    • John P. Murphy

      30 August, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Thank you, i’m glad you enjoyed it! There’s a very good chance of seeing more of them, clocking in at about 80,000 words as of last night :)


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