I am not Brad Murgen.  My real name is Jeff Bumgardner, and Brad Murgen is an anagram of my last name.  I chose this nom de plume because I figured it would be easier for people to remember and spell correctly (people usually misspell Bumgardner) and because it was unique in terms of the internet (no other Brad Murgens, many Jeff Bumgardners).  Think of it as my creative brand.

I have been writing fiction on and off since the late 90s, since my college days, but never got serious about publishing anything until around 2011.  I've held a variety of jobs in a wide array of industries – corn detasseling, fast food (Taco Bell), a box factory, a mailroom, an insurance company, drummer in a death metal band, a registrar in an emergency room, finance and data mining in telecommunications, iOS app developer, technical writer – and will probably hold a few more before all is said and done.

Here are my socials:

Brad Murgen
Facebook page

Jeff Bumgardner

I currently live in San Jose, CA with my wife and daughter, and my cranky old loudmouth cat Goblin.


  1. Hey man...interesting page! Since Broken Hope has a new album....Does it contain songs that they wrote during the time you were in the band?

    1. It does... I recognized a few of the songs immediately. I'll have to pull out the old demos and see if there are more. "Flesh Mechanic" was actually the working title of the album at time, too.