Author of The Taking of Colum Pyke

Joe Murphy studied English at UCD, where he received a scholarship to complete an MA in Early Modern Drama. He works as a secondary school teacher.

He has written three other novels, 1798: Tomorrow the Barrow We’ll Cross, Dead Dogs and I Am in Blood.

Joe Murphy has been hailed by The Sunday Times as “an impressive talent” and The Irish Independent described his writing as “cinematic”.

Praise for Joe Murphy’s novels

Dead Dogs is a creepy gem, a twisting serpent of a story that will have you looking over your shoulder.” Eoin Colfer

“Dark and unsettling, Dead Dogs is a modern-day gothic story powered by scenes of horror and comedy, masterfully created by Mr. Murphy’s hauntingly beautiful prose. It is evident from the very first page that the reader is in for something special, and what a special something it turns out to be. Extraordinary.” —New York Journal of Books

“There’s quite a buzz around Irish Crime Fiction at the moment with the suggestion that the Irish could replace the Scandinavians as the next big thing. One of the spearheads for this campaign could very well be Joe Murphy with this intriguing third novel.” —

“An exciting, gripping, breath-taking story of murder, horror, mystery and suspense flavoured with a gothic taste from beginning to end whilst intertwining Victorian times and modern day.” —Love