Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre – €15 Adults
Explore the art of gothic writing with Joe Murphy:
Styles, Genres and Interests
The Role of Research
Character and Plot Development
Gothic Fiction - Form and Purpose
Getting the damn' thing Finished
Getting the damn' thing Published
Joe Murphy was born in 1979 in Co. Wexford, Ireland. In Enniscorthy Vocational College, he excelled at English, winning several awards and being shortlisted for Young Science Fiction Writer of the Year. Joe studied English at University College Dublin where he received 1st Class Hons and a scholarship to complete a Masters in Early Modern Drama. He went on to qualify as a secondary school teacher.
Joe has written two novels with Liberties Press, 1798: Tomorrow the Barrow We’ll Cross and Dead Dogs. His third, I am in Blood, was published by the O’Brien Press in 2015.
I am in Blood
A multi-layered, Gothic tale of obsession and bloodshed set in modern-day and Victorian Dublin.
Present day: Seventeen-year-old Nathan Jacob’s interest in real-life crime leads him to a series of horrific murders committed in Dublin’s red-light district, The Monto, in the late nineteenth century. As he delves deeper into this grisly mystery, someone – something – begins to speak to him through the pages of time. Something half-formed and dark; something that draws Nathan and his bloodline back to Victorian Dublin and the horrors that took place there.
1890: Sergeant George Frohmell of the Dublin Metropolitan Police is under pressure. His beloved, bedraggled city has become the hunting ground for a faceless monster, a creature that preys on the poor and vulnerable, leaving them butchered in back alleys. As the death toll increases and the violence moves ever nearer to his own heart, Frohmell must find his man – or lose everything.