Monash researcher gets a book deal


Beyond the Gloaming is available now

A Monash University researcher is combining his love of writing with his work as a psychiatrist in a new book series.

Adjunct Associate Professor Brendan Murphy, School of Clinical Sciences, had his first book published this week in the six-part fantasy series. 

Beyond the Gloaming is the first book in the series titled Sebastian and the Hibernauts, published by a US publisher. A Hollywood director has also made the book into an animated trailer. 

“I wanted to write a rip-roaring adventure series like the ones I had loved a as child, but I also wanted to portray a number of other things around trauma,” Associate Professor Murphy said. 

“For example the loneliness of childhood trauma, how children deal with grief, and the soothing power of dreams and dissociation.” 

Beyond the Gloaming is set in 1973 and tells the story of 12 year-old Sebastian Duffy, who has self-esteem issues. 

He is beaten by his parents, bullied at school, steals from his friends and is still mourning the death of his brother. To cap it all, strange things have begun happening around him and he is finding it hard to distinguish dreams from reality. 

The book is published by Phantasm Books, with Hollywood director Kaleb Lechowski creating an animated teaser trailer for it. 

Associate Professor Murphy was raised in Sheffield, England, and always had dreams of becoming a writer. 

“I have written every day since I was nine-years-old,” he said.

Check out the teaser trailer on the first book.