About Hasslein Books
Hasslein Books, co-founded by Paul C. Giachetti and Rich Handley, publishes unauthorized genre-based reference books. Many new titles are coming your way soon—"LIKE" us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed regarding all Hasslein projects. (Headshot illustrations courtesy Pat Carbajal.)
Meet Our Founders
Rich Handley (Editor, Co-founder)
- Timeline of the Planet of the Apes: The Definitive Chronology (2008)
- Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes: The Comprehensive Encyclopedia (2010)
- A Matter of Time: The Back to the Future Lexicon (2012)
- Back in Time: The Back to the Future Chronology (2013)
- All Hasslein Books titles
Rich Handley has written or co-written five books (Timeline of the Planet of the Apes, Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes, The Back to the Future Lexicon, The Back to the Future Chronology and the novel Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes), helped to update the reference book Planet of the Apes Revisited, and penned articles for POTA magazine Simian Scrolls. Rich has written fiction and other works for Lucasfilm's licensed Star Wars franchise, and has contributed essays to IDW's Star Trek newspaper strip reprint books, Fantom Press's upcoming Tales from the Forbidden Zone: The Unseen Scripts of Doug Moench, Sequart's New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, and ATB Publishing's impending Star Trek anthology, Outside In: TOS 109. In addition, he has written for or edited numerous other publications, including Star Trek Communicator, Star Trek Magazine, Cinefantastique, Dungeon/Polyhedron, RFID Journal (for which he currently serves as managing editor), and Realm Press's Battlestar Galactica comic book line.
The Hasslein Family
Joseph F. Berenato
Thanks, in no small part, to his mother's influence-or brainwashing, depending on one's point of view-Joe began, by age three, a life-long love affair with comic books, monster movies and science fiction. Hailing from Hammonton, NJ, Joe obtained a B.A. degree in English and spent four years as the entertainment editor of The Hammonton Gazette before returning to his roots at his family's blueberry farm. In 2010, Joe was a contributor to Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters. Besides his writing and editing duties for Hasslein, Joe is spearheading and contributing to New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics, due in 2014 from Sequart Research and Literacy Organization. He is a graduate student at Rowan University, and is slated to obtain a Master of Arts in Writing in 2015. In what little spare time he has, he serves as an administrator, art director and content contributor at Atomic Wanderers.
Joseph Dilworth Jr.
Joseph Dilworth Jr. has been writing ever since he could hold a pencil. Back then, it was one of those big, red pencils, the Faber-Castell Goliath. Remember those? Now, that was a pencil! He has been writing for the Internet for nearly ten years, and for six years he served as founder, editor and lead writer for Pop Culture Zoo. At PCZ, Joe wrote numerous reviews, conducted many highly acclaimed interviews and offered fair and balanced opinions about numerous topics. He is currently co-host of The Flickcast's weekly podcast, is contributing two essays to the upcoming book The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes from Sequart Organization and regularly blogs about TV at Long Island Pulse Magazine. He firmly believes that Doctor Who is the greatest show ever created, period, and Cinema Paradiso is his favorite film. Joe resides in the Pacific Northwest, where he spends time with his family, brews beer, writes, reads and expresses his opinion to whoever will listen. Just be warned: never, ever feed him after midnight. You can often find him on Facebook or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Simpson has written official guides to the TV series Farscape and Smallville, in addition to the films The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. He has also authored unofficial books about subjects as diverse as James Bond, Nicole Kidman and the TV series The O.C. Paul wrote an unofficial guide to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, as well as That's What They Want You to Think for Zenith Press. A regular visitor to film and TV sets, he has reported for numerous newspapers and magazines, including TV Guide. For five years, he was the editor of the official licensed Star Trek Magazine. Paul's recent work includes A Brief Guide to Oz for Running Press, as well as Middle-earth Envisioned: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: On Screen, On Stage, and Beyond (with Brian J. Robb) for Race Point Publishing.
Alan J. Porter
- The James Bond Lexicon: 007 in Movies, Novels and Comics (2015)
- The Lexicon Affair: The Guide to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Upcoming)
Alan J. Porter has been a regular writer on various aspects of popular culture and technology for more than fifteen years, with magazine articles published in Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States. He is the author of Batman: The Unofficial Collectors Guide (Schiffer Books), Before They Were Beatles: The Early Years 1956-1960 (Xlibris), James Bond: The History of the Illustrated 007(Hermes Press) and Star Trek: A Comic Book History (also from Hermes Press). In addition, Alan has contributed to more than 10 other book titles. His comic book credits include God Shop (Tokyopop) and Disney/Pixar's The World of Cars series for BOOM! Studios, plus several corporate comic projects. His technical book titles include Wiki: Grow Your Own for Fun & Profit (2010) and The Content Pool (2011), both published by XML Press. He is also an editor-at-large at RevolutionSF.com
Gillian Porter has pursued several interesting careers, from medical laboratory scientist to paralegal in a criminal law office, to working in local government. Along the way, she has also spent many years supporting, and helping out with, her husband Alan's writing career, with reviews, critiques, notes and proofreading. Now it's time for her to join him on the front cover as co-writer of The James Bond Lexicon, where she is focusing on the Bond novels of John Gardner, plus the Young Bond and Moneypenny Diaries series.
James McFadden has written more than a dozen articles for the United Kingdom's Official Star Wars Fact File, as well as the article "The Forgotten War" for StarWars.com. In addition, James has contributed to a number of fan Web sites. His first book, Fighting for Freedom: The Unauthorized G.I. Joe Chronology, is coming soon from Hasslein Books.
Greg Mitchell is a screenwriter and novelist living in Northeast Arkansas, and is the author of The Strange Man (The Coming Evil). His short stories have seen publication in The Midnight Diner, as well as in the upcoming Bigfoot Among Us anthology, from Coscom Entertainment. Greg offered contributions to the Star Wars mythos through Lucasfilm's What's the Story campaign at StarWars.com, and served as a writer for HalloweenComics.com, where he created original tie-in material for the Halloween license based on the classic John Carpenter film. He is currently writing Back in Time: The Unauthorized Back to the Future Chronology for Hasslein Books—and he still wonders what the heck a gigawatt is.
Jean-François (JF) Boivin collaborated on Echoes of the Jedi—the fourth adventure of the Dawn of Defiance campaign for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game—with Abel G. Peña. He is a founding member of the Star Wars Fanboy Association, and contributes comics reviews for TheForce.Net. Boivin was listed in the acknowledgements for Ann Margaret Lewis' The Essential Guide to Alien Species, as well as Ryder Windham's Jedi vs. Sith: The Essential Guide to the Force.
A native Toledoan, Jim Beard was introduced to comic books at an early age by his father, who passed on to him a love for the medium and the pulp characters that preceded it. After decades of reading, collecting and dissecting comics, Jim became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since that time, he's written Star Wars and Ghostbusters comic stories, and has contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history. Recently, he edited a book of essays about the 1966 Batman TV series, titled Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters. Currently, Jim provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics Web site; is a regular columnist for Toledo Free Press; and is also writing a book about the comics industry during the decade that made him the huge fan he is today—the 1970s.
- 2002—HAWKMAN SECRET FILES(DC Comics)—all profile pages
- 2003—JLA/JSA SECRET FILES(DC Comics)—"Stormchasers" (story) and 5 profiles
- 2003—STAR WARS TALES #15 (Dark Horse)—"Falling Star" (story), chosen from among three decades of SW stories to appear in the 2008 hardcover collection, LUKE SKYWALKER, LAST HOPE FOR THE GALAXY
- 2008—ALL-STAR COMPANION VOL. 3 (TwoMorrows)—"The One That Got Away" (text piece)
- 2008—FLASH COMPANION(TwoMorrows)—nine text pieces
- 2008—HAWKMAN COMPANION (TwoMorrows)—six text pieces
- 2009—ALL-STAR COMPANION VOL. 4 (TwoMorrows)—"All-Star Funny Stuff" (text piece)
- 2010—GHOSTBUSTERS: CON-VOLUTION(IDW Publishing)—one-shot co-written with Keith Dallas
- 2010—GOTHAM CITY 14 MILES (Sequart)—editor and essayist
- 2005 to present—Marvel.com—writer
- 2005 to present—Toledo Free Press—writer
Toledo, Ohio, native Becky Beard has worked as a musician, as an actor and as a dancer. She is a contributor to Gotham City 14 Miles: 14 Essays on Why the 1960s Batman TV Series Matters and Toledo Free Press, and is currently working on an adaptation of Manly Wade Wellman's tales of John the Balladeer for Sequential Pulp Comics. Becky's love of monsters was instilled in her at an early age by a father who would shamble after her á la Kharis (from Universal Studios' 1940s Mummy series ), much to her terror and delight.
David A. McIntee
British writer David McIntee has written many spin-off novels based on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, as well as novels based on Final Destination and Space: 1999. He has also written a non-fiction book about Star Trek: Voyager, and another about the Alien and Predator movie franchises. David has penned several audio plays, and also contributed to various magazines, including Dreamwatch, SFX, Star Trek Communicator, Titan's Star Trek Magazine, Death Ray and The Official Star Wars Fact Files. He has aso published Star Trek fiction: "On the Spot," a short story in the Star Trek: The Next Generation anthology The Sky's The Limit. He currently writes for the United Kingdom's Asian-entertainment magazine, Neo.
Matthew J. Elliott
Matthew is probably best-known as a writer/performer on RiffTrax.com, the online comedy experience from the makers of cult sci-fi TV series Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K to the initiated). He is the author of Sherlock Holmes on the Air and the editor of several collections of H P Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard collections for Wordsworth Editions. His short story Art in the Blood can be found in The Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries 8. Other short fiction and articles have appeared in the pages of SHERLOCK, Total DVD, The Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine and Scarlet Street. To date, Matthew has written more than 200 plays for U.S. radio, including episodes of The Twilight Zone, Vincent Price Presents, Wrath of the Titans, The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Allan Quatermain, Logan's Run, Raffles the Gentleman Thief, The Father Brown Mysteries, Kincaid the Strangeseeker, The Adventures of Harry Nile, The Perry Mason Radio Dramas, Fangoria's Dreadtime Stories and the Audie Award-nominated New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer. He is the creator of The Hilary Caine Mysteries, which first aired in 2005. He also writes comic books for Bluewater. Matthew does nothing in his spare time, because he doesn't have any.
Brian J. Robb
Brian J. Robb is a New York Times/Sunday Times best-selling author. Among his works are Timeless Adventures: How Doctor Who Conquered TV (Kamera, 2009), A Brief History of Star Trek (Constable & Robinson, 2012) and A Brief History of Star Wars (Constable & Robinson, 2012). He has also written Silent Cinema (Kamera, 2007), Counterfeit Worlds: Philip K. Dick on Film (Titan, 2005) and Screams and Nightmares: The Films of Wes Craven (Titan, 1998). Brian is a biographer of River Phoenix (Plexus, 1994), Heath Ledger (Plexus, 2008), Brad Pitt (Plexus, 2001), Johnny Depp (Plexus, 2006) and Keanu Reeves (Plexus, 2003), among others. He has also written books about Laurel and Hardy (Pocket Essentials, 2008), Ridley Scott (Pocket Essentials, 2005) and James Cameron (Pocket Essentials, 2002). His recent work includes A Brief Guide to Superheroes for Running Press, as well as Middle-earth Envisioned: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings: On Screen, On Stage, and Beyond (with Paul Simpson) for Race Point Publishing.
COVER AND INTERIOR ILLUSTRATOR:
- All Hasslein Books titles
Pat Carbajal, the cover and interior illustrator for Hasslein Books' various titles, started as a political cartoonist for national newspapers in Argentina, then worked on realistic portraits for financial newspaper Ambito Financiero. He started producing art for the American market in 2007, with covers for Adamant Entertainment's Tales of Fu Man Chu and Foe Factory: Modern. In 2009, Pat painted the cover for Bluewater Productions' Female Force: Sarah Palin, followed by biographical comics on Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, Al Gore, Ted Kennedy and Colin Powell, in the Political Power series. Rock stars were next, including Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix, in Rock and Roll Comics: The Sixties, as well as Ozzy Osborne, AC/DC and Guns n' Roses, in Rock and Roll Comics: Rock Heroes. The first graphic novel illustrated by Pat was Bluewater's Allan Quatermain, written by Clay and Susan Griffith. Together with the Griffiths, he created "The Raven" for Bluewater's horror comic, Vincent Price Presents, in which he debuted as a writer.
Matt Orsman draws pictures. He's been working as a professional cartoonist and designer since 1986, and his graphic design has contributed to the successful completion of three major motion pictures: the first Transformers and Iron Man films, and Get Smart. His work was actually seen ON SCREEN in all three films—and, in the case of Get Smart, it graced the key art (read: movie poster), too!
Matt is also the producing director of CathARTic Art and Film Events, LLC, an organization that puts on workshops, screenings, forums and art shows based on film genres, such as horror, sci-fi, Westerns and film noir.
The Hasslein Bloggers
- Greg Bakun (http://www.from-the-archive.co.uk)
- T. Scott Edwards (http://timelordapprentice.blogspot.co.uk)
- Edward M. Erdelac (http://emerdelac.wordpress.com)
- Rocko Jerome (http://atomicwanderers.com)
- Mark Martinez (http://www.startrekcomics.info)
- Abel G. Peña (http://www.abelgpena.com)
- Ben Smith (http://www.comicscube.com/search/label/Back%20Issue%20Ben)
- Matthew Sunrich (http://dork-blog.blogspot.com)
- Duy Tano (http://www.comicscube.com)