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MURPHY'S LORE

Welcome to the NYC bar at the end of the rainbow!

Welcome to Bulfinche's Pub!

First drink is on the house!

For more than 20 years, the fantasy humor series MURPHY’S LORE had entertained readers at Bulfinche’s Pub, the bar at the end of the rainbow. Owned by leprechaun Paddy Moran, it’s a place where Dionysus pour the drinks and Hercules watches the door. It is a second home to the legends of our day and a beacon of hope to troubled souls, lead there by the simple magic of the rainbow. One never knows what will come in the door next: Armageddon or a terrified man with no socks. Whatever happens, two things are certain: Hope and Happiness never die, and the first drink is always on the house.

MURPHY'S LORE: TALES FROM BULFINCHE'S PUB

Let’s admit it. The world is far from perfect. Nobody believes in magic anymore. Or gods. Or vampires. Hope itself is on the endangered list. Especially in New York City. Despite this, there is a place in Manhattan where the impossible not only exists but bellies up to the bar to drink its fill. Owned by a leprechaun, staffed by gods and mortals it is a second home to the legends of our day, led there by the simple magic of the rainbow. The name of the place is Bulfinche’s Pub. One never knows what will come in the door next: Armageddon or a man with no socks. Whatever happens, two things are certain. Hope and Happiness never die and the first drink is always on the house.

The staff and patrons of Bulfinche’s Pub speak out on Tales From Bulfinche’s Pub:

“A MASTERPIECE. THE MUST READ OF THE YEAR.” – Murphy’s Mom.
“EXHILARATING AND BEAUTIFUL. HILARIOUS AND TOUCHING. And those were just the parts with me in it. Beats the Iliad and the Odyssey hands down.” -HERCULES, god hero, bouncer at Bulfinche’s Pub.
“I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. Murphy glued it to my hand.” -ROY G. BIV, paraplegic clown, patron.
“PLACES FOURTH ON MY LIST AFTER WINE, WOMEN, AND SONG.” -DIONYSUS, god of wine, women, and song. Bartender at Bulfinche’s Pub.
“WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD, AT LEAST IN PAPERBACK.”-PADDY MORAN, leprechaun. Owner and proprietor of Bulfinche’s Pub
“DEVILISHLY CLEVER.” -MATHEW, angel on the lam, dishwasher.

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FOOLS' DAY

a Tale from Bulfinche's Pub

     There’s no better place to spend the day than in Bulfinche’s Pub, the bar at the end of the rainbow. That is unless it’s April 1st when the world’s tricksters compete for the honor of the Lord High Trickster. No prank is too big or small, and no target is safe. Rather than be trickster fodder, most of the staff and patrons have wisely fled NYC and gone into hiding until the contest is over. This year, a patron named Hex’s future self possesses his body in the present, but it’s no prank. In mere hours, a Sidhe Queen will seize a Trident missile. After learning that a formerly unknown foreign power has a door into the American heartland and a nuclear warhead, the US military will launch a pre-emptive first strike. Faerie is destroyed. The surviving Gentry escape to Earth, as does mystic fall out, aka Nuclear Magic. Because of it, magics twist and darken. Gods are driven mad. Monsters no longer stay in the shadows. World governments crumble. Millions die, including Paddy Moran. Bulfinche’s Pub is destroyed.
This future must never come to pass. Hex has come back with a plan–have Paddy and the gang put things right before they go bad. Unfortunately, not even Paddy can rally his divine and mystic friends, all of whom think it’s part of some elaborate trickster prank. That leaves a handful of tricksters against the US Air Force, Mab’s Faerie Army and the mystic might of rival Faerie king Oberon.

Happy Fools’ Day.

The patrons of Bulfinche’s Pub speak out on FOOLS’ DAY:

     “The Greatest Book Of This Or Any Other Millennium.”    -MURPHY’S MOM

“I Laughed, I Cried, I Felt Human Again. Not that that’s a compliment by any stretch of the imagination.”    -COYOTE, Native American Trickster god

     “More Fun Than A Barrel Of Humans. Even one going over Niagara Falls.”    -SUN WUKONG, The Monkey King

     “Bah. Real warriors don’t read books. Besides, everything Murphy says about me is lies.”    -MAB, Faerie Warrior Queen

     “A Truly Amazing Book. This is the novel that all literature has been working toward for centuries. Kinda makes you want to cry when you think about it.”     -HEX, cursed magí

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THROUGH THE DRINKING GLASS

Tales from Bulfinche's Pub

    The gang from Bulfinche’s Pub is back in this new collection in which a hitman attempts to cheat the devil; a knight tries to save a dragon in the sewers under NYC; Death witnesses a murder so foul that even he cannot allow the killer to go free; a gothic princess stalks vampyre Lucas Wilson; two teams face off in the bar hockey semi-finals; Uncle Sam is found to be real & running a not so secret government agency; Coyote answers a prayer and takes on a con man; Hex confronts a serial body snatcher as Guardian Angels try to capture the renegade seraph Mathew & his succubus wife Ryth; Nemesis reveals why Zeus has fled the mortal plane & we learn why vegetarians go hungry in Bulfinche’s Pub on Arbor Day; the Devil tries to take his revenge on Paddy Moran and friends, and Paddy finds the ultimate billboard – the Moon.

The patrons of Bulfinche’s Pub speak out on THROUGH THE DRINKING GLASS:

     “Murphy’s Lore just keeps getting better & better with each book.” -MURPHY’S MOM

     “IT’S GOOD. How good? I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you. Or at least crash your hard drive.” -THE WORLD WIDE SPYDER, cyber entity, federal agent for the Department of Mystic Affairs

     “MURPHY’S DONE IT AGAIN. Of course, if he keeps doing it, I may just have to have a chat with him and tell him to stop.” -NEMESIS, legendary enforcer

     “Shorter than the bible.” -FATHER MIKE RYANN, priest

     “IN A CHOICE BETWEEN A GARLIC ENEMA AND MURPHY’S LORE, MURPHY WINS HANDS DOWN.” -LUCAS WILSON, vampyre

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SHADOW OF THE WOLF

a Tale from Bulfinche's Pub

     Werewolf Ted Brand had not had an easy life. His soulmate Shan is a wolf & his twin cubs change into human children when the moon is full. Fortunately, he found Bulfinche’s Pub where folks don’t look down on his lifestyle choices. In a flash, his life has completely unraveled. Ted has been beaten, his family taken by another more powerful werewolf. To make matters even worse, he has found out Paddy Moran has kept secrets in order to protect him. To track down and save his family, Ted will have to unlock the secrets of the werewolf in order to stop the rogue D.M.A. agent Buck Lang. His quest will take him from the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Department of Mystic Affairs to the Eternity Club in Philadelphia. Ted thinks he has to go it alone, but the staff & patrons of Bulfinche’s Pub take care of their own, whether they want it or not. With the help of the cursed magí Hex, vampyre Lucas Wilson, two former Knights of the Round Table, & bartender John Murphy, Ted will get his family back, no matter who or what stands in the way.

The patrons of Bulfinche’s Pub speak out on THE SHADOW OF THE WOLF:

     “DESTINED TO BE A CLASSIC.” -MURPHY’S MOM

     “A BOOK WORTHY OF A KING. HERE KING…” -Sir Dagonet, The Infinite Jester, former Knight of the Round Table

     “RED HOT STUFF!” -Mox Monroe, Department of Mystic Affairs agent, fire demigoddess

     “ON THE ADVICE OF MY ATTORNEY, I CANNOT COMMENT ON THE EVENTS OF THIS BOOK.” -Buck Lang, rogue DMA agent, werewolf

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Redemption Road

a Tale from Bulfinche's Pub

    After centuries of imprisonment and torture, the Norse trickster Loki is freed for a day in payment for a good deed done years past. The god of deception promises to return but manages to find a way to turn that day into weeks. The only catch is he has to bring bartender John Murphy along for the ride, literally. While visiting distant worlds they are drawn into a war, fighting for those who cannot defend themselves. They are joined by goblins, trolls and a fugitive thunderer. In the midst of the struggle, Loki arrives at a crossroad. One way lies personal freedom, but at a terrible cost to the people he is trying to save. The other path may well destroy him, but could stop Ragnarok. Can someone considered evil truly change? Will Loki continue on the path to destruction or take his first steps on …

REDEMPTION ROAD.

PARTICIPANTS OF THE KARMA WAR speak out on REDEMPTION ROAD:

     “A dazzling display of storytelling skill. If this book isn’t on your bookshelves, your personal library is incomplete.” -Murphy’s Mom

     “A great book. Delicious as an appetizer or entree. Even better with a little salt.”-Pace, Primitive Troll

     “War is hell. I should know. I’ve fought in a hundred campaigns on dozens of worlds. So in a choice between war and Murphy’s book, I recommend the book. However, I don’t recommend using it as a weapon unless you’re fighting tiny insects.” -Tock, Goblin Commander

     “I can’t guarantee this book will protect you against lightning strikes, but I can honestly say that I’ve never known anyone who owned this book that was struck by a thunderbolt. And I’ve seen plenty of people struck by lightning, usually right after they tick me off.” -Thunder Jack, The god formerly known as Zeus

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BARTENDER OF THE GODS

Tales from Bulfinche's Pub

     The legendary gang from Bulfinche’s Pub in New York City returns in new stories in which: A bridge jumper is saved by a god in winged sneakers while the goddess of suicides & a guardian of graves hunt a beast that feeds on death; the cosmic chicken lays an egg as toilet goddesses & a god help Murphy out with a problem; a priest manages to stop a murder without breaking the seal of the confessional; talking babies reveal that some gods feast on certain souls in the afterlife & we find the succubus Ryth & angel Mathew are expecting; a foolish criminal tries to start a protection racket in the neighborhood of Bulfinche’s Pub; a woman gets a last chance in a game of bingo where Death & The Fates are playing; a date rapist learns that Hell hath no fury like a baby shower; Hercules & other warriors learn it takes more than strength to be a hero; the satyr Fred saves a girl enslaved to a news anchor; The Mother of the Streets gets a job; & the only one who can save Paddy Moran & the world from the rising of an elder evil is… bartender John Murphy?

Patrons of Bulfinche’s Pub speak out on BARTENDER OF THE GODS:

     “IF EVERYONE IN THE WORLD READ THIS BOOK, IT WOULD BE A MUCH BETTER PLACE. It would mean that my son would have more royalties to spend on his mother,” -Murphy’s Mom.

     “I FOUND IT FASCINATING. THEN AGAIN, ALL I USUALLY HAVE TO READ IS TOMBSTONES,” Moni, Lasa/Graveyard Angel, guardian of graves.

     “MUCH MORE PLEASANT THAN THE PROSPECT OF LABOR,” Ryth, pregnant succubus.

     “I COULDN’T WISH FOR BETTER,” Tommy, jinn, hot dog vendor.

     “I COULD,” Edgar Tonic, hot dog vendor.

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NIGHTCAPS

a Murphy's Lore After Hours Collection

     Evil walks the Earth in many forms, but so do those who oppose it. Protecting the innocent & seeking justice, they fight to beat back the darkness. Their names are legend or soon shall be.

Welcome To Murphy’s Lore After Hours.

     The legendary patrons of Bulfinche’s Pub get their own collection in which: Hex rescues a reluctant vampyre; Terrorbelle finds herself a bouncer in a bar that serves blood; Layla tries to do business with a man bleeding to death in a tub; Nemesis works so a Middle Eastern politician can see the world through a woman’s eyes; the Soul for Hire saves a little girl who may be more dangerous than her kidnappers; Moni the Graveyard Angel contends with a crooked monument builder; we see one of Mathew & Ryth’s first encounters & later hope Murphy, Ryth, & her unborn child can escape the succubus’ stalker; Agent Karver of the Department of Mystic Affairs faces the Beast With Two Backs; Coco Joe starts to make his move; the Infinite Jester contends with a unicorn serial killer; we meet Daye the Daemor assassin; Loki & Heimdal search for common ground; Mosie the psychic saves a hunted woman; & Paddy’s kids do him proud.

The Patrons of Bulfinche’s Pub speak out on NIGHTCAPS:

     “ANOTHER LITERARY TRIUMPH,” -Murphy’s Mom.

     “BLOODY GOOD,” -Layla, vampyre owner of the club Plasma.

     “READ MURPHY’S BOOK’S WHILE YOU CAN, because I will wipe him & the rest of Bulfinche’s ilk from the face of the Earth,” Coco Joe, thunder god, secret leader of the Stormers

     “READ THIS BOOK. I PREDICT YOU’LL LOVE IT,”-Mosie, drunken psychic

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EMPTY GRAVES: Tales of Zombies

a Murphy's Lore After Hours Collection

HOPE AND HAPPINESS MAY NEVER DIE… BUT PEOPLE DO…

It’s never a good sign for the living when the dead rise & leave empty graves behind. In this of zombie tales Murphy & friends face down a jinn’s death wish; Moni the Graveyard Angel tries to close down a brothel offering dead women to their clients; in Camelot, the Infinite Jester learns the cauldron of life is not all it’s reputed to be; Agent Karver must face down one of his dead that has left her grave; a vampyre zombie & a tiny necronate cause trouble in the Crimson Midnights; the Council of Thrones calls upon Nemesis to ensure a soldier answers for his part in a genocide; in the alternate future of the Mysticaust the honored dead rise to defend Uncle Sam against a traitor; in the past Faerie soldiers forever scar young Terrorbelle & kill her mother for a darker purpose; Zombielicious lets her marital strife spill out onto the streets of New York; a mother asks Hex to kill her baby, but the infant’s already dead & eating the neighbors; the Soul for Hire learns the hard way that a bullet for the dead isn’t always enough to stop them; & Hell’s Detective must capture a demon-possessed zombie before it slaughters more innocents.

The patrons of Bulfinche’s Pub speak out on EMPTY GRAVES:

     “A STUNNING ACHIEVEMENT! IF I HAD TO BE BURIED ON A DESERT ISLAND, THIS IS THE BOOK I’D BRING,” – MURPHY’S MOM.

     “MORE FUN THAN A DIRGE,” – MONI, the Graveyard Angel.

     “ALMOST AS HOT AS ME,” – the corpse known as ZOMBIELICIOUS.

     “NOW THAT I’VE READ THIS, I CAN DIE HAPPY. THAT WAY I’D NEVER HAVE TO READ IT AGAIN,” – Negral, Hell’s Detective

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Praise for the Murphy’s Lore series:

     “Mix  Gaiman’s American Gods and Robinson’s Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon on Prachett’s Discworld and you get an idea of Thomas’ Murphy’s Lore.” -David Sherman, author of STARFIST and Demontech

     “HUMOR, OUTRAGEOUS ADVENTURES, & SOME CLEVER PLOT TWISTS.” -Don D’Ammassa, SCIENCE FICTION CHRONICLE

     “SLICK… ENTERTAINING.” -Paul Di Filippo, ASIMOV’S

     “ENTERTAINING, INVENTIVE AND DELIGHTFULLY CREEPY.”  -JONATHAN MABERRY, Bram Stoker Award Winning Author of BAD MOON RISING, ROT & RUIN and ZOMBIE CSU: The Forensics of the Living Dead

     “JOIN HEX, PADDY & THE GANG IN THEIR RACE TO UNDO THE FUTURE IN PATRICK THOMAS’S FOOLS’ DAY, PART OF HIS COMIC MURPHY’S LORE SERIES.”  – PUBLISHER’S ‘S WEEKLY

     "THE CAST OF CHARACTERS AT BULFINCHE’S PUB IS ALWAYS CHANGING, BRINGING NEW LAUGHS, PERILS, & ADVENTURE. DON’T MISS THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF THIS WONDERFUL SERIES.” -Edward McFadden, FANTASTIC STORIES 

      “CHECK OUT MURPHY’S LORE. IT’S A HOOT AND A HALF.” -JOSEPHA SHERMAN, best-selling author

     “WANT TO LEAVE YOUR LIFE BEHIND? THEN FOLLOW ME TO BULFINCHE’S PUB… THE CLIENTELE WILL NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE YOU.” –Michael Laimo, PIRATE WRITINGS

     “A GIFTED AND INTELLIGENT WRITER, PATRICK KNOWS HOW TO TAP HIS KNOWLEDGE OF THE HORROR GENRE AND USE IT TO CRAFT UNIQUE AND ENTERTAINING STORIES.”  -EDWARD DOUGLAS, MIDNIGHT SYNDICATE, Director of THE DEAD MATTER

     “SUCH IS THOMAS’ UNIQUE BLEND OF FANTASY/HORROR/HUMOR THROUGHOUT THE… SERIES, THAT HORROR FANS WILL LOVE THE CAST OF WEIRD CHARACTERS… BULFINCHE’S PUB IS ALWAYS A FAST FUN READ & A PLACE YOU’LL WANT TO VISIT AGAIN.” –Nick Cato, THE HORROR FICTION REVIEW

     “HERE MAGIC IS THE NORM… MURPHY’S LORE OFFERS THE READER A LOOK AT THE WORLD BEYOND.” -Alan Zimmerman, THE NEW YORK PRESS

     “AMUSING STUFF. WONDERFUL STUFF.” -Andrew Andrews, TRUE REVIEW

     “A DELICIOUS COCKTAIL OF HUMOR, FANTASY & HEART WITH A DASH OF SUSPENSE THAT YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO PUT DOWN.” -Beth Hannan Rimmels, THE LONG ISLAND VOICE

     “I WAS THOROUGHLY ENCHANTED…AN OFF THE SCALE BOOK.”  -BUZZ BOOK REVIEW

     “PATRICK THOMAS CONTINUES TO AMAZE ME WITH THE MURPHY’S LORE SERIES. JUST WHEN I THOUGHT HE COULD NOT TOP HIMSELF, HE PROVED ME WRONG AND CREATED ANOTHER EQUALLY ENTHRALLING BLOCKBUSTER.”  -Jon Minners, BANDWIDTH