About Hasslein Books

Hasslein Publishing, a New York-based publisher of reference guides by geeks, for geeks, is named after Doctor Otto Hasslein, a time-travel expert portrayed by actor Eric Braeden in the film Escape from the Planet of the Apes. The company, 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.

Meet Our Founders

Rich HandleyRich Handley (Editor, Co-founder)



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Rich Handley is the editor of Hasslein Books and the author or co-author of Timeline of the Planet of the Apes, From Aldo to Zira—Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes, Back in Time: The Back to the Future Chronology, A Matter of Time: The Back to the Future Lexicon, and the novel Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes. He is currently co-editing and contributing to an officially licensed Planet of the Apes short fiction anthology for Titan Books. Visit Rich's Amazon Author Page at

Rich has co-edited five essay anthologies to date for Sequart—The Sacred Scrolls: Comics on the Planet of the Apes; Bright Eyes, Ape City: Examining the Planet of the Apes Mythos; A Long Time Ago: Exploring the Star Wars Cinematic Universe; A Galaxy Far, Far Away: Exploring Star Wars Comics; and A More Civilized Age: Exploring the Star Wars Expanded Universe. He has also contributed essays to each volume, in addition to contributing to Sequart's New Life and New Civilizations: Exploring Star Trek Comics.

In addition, Rich has contributed numerous fiction and non-fiction works to Lucasfilm's Star Wars franchise. A former columnist and reporter for Star Trek Communicator magazine, he has also written for Star Trek Magazine, Cinefantastique, Movie Magic, Sci-Fi Invasion, Cinescape, Dungeon/Polyhedron, Bleeding Cool Magazine, and more. By day, he is the managing editor of RFID Journal and IOT Journal magazines. Somehow, he occasionally manages to sleep.



Alan J. PorterPaul C. Giachetti (Art Director, Co-founder)



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Paul Giachetti designs and lays out Hasslein's various reference books. A graphic artist with more than 20 years' experience in the graphics field, he began his career working for smaller printing companies, such as RMS Printing and Agrecolor Inc., where he honed his desktop publishing skills, learned the nuances of four-color printing and gained experience troubleshooting jobs and computers. Later, he advanced beyond working for mom-and-pop-owned print shops and stepped into the larger publishing field, obtaining a job with PTN Publishing (now known as Cygnus Business Media) and learning the finer points of magazine production, ad creation and media design as the art director for Advanced Imaging and Locksmith Ledger International magazines. After a decade-long stint at Cygnus, Paul joined the team at Executive Business Media, where he now designs magazines dedicated to the military, campus hospitality and recreation industries. In addition, he does freelance work for such businesses as Bridge Holidays and Cirjon Photography, contributes digital images to, and maintains a blog at As if that wasn't enough, he decided to write his debut book about his own favorite franchise, Red Dwarf, in between other projects for Hasslein Books, giving him yet another excuse to re-watch the series. Visit Paul on Facebook.


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Jean-Francois BoivinJean-François Boivin



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.


Steve CafarelliSteve Cafarelli



Steve Cafarelli is a professional web developer and designer, musician, and writer who maintains Hasslein Books' Web site. Full biography coming soon.


Pat CarbajalPat Carbajal


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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.


Joseph Dilworth Jr.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




Matthew J. ElliottMatthew J. Elliott



Matthew is probably best-known as a writer/performer on, 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.

James McFaddenJames McFadden



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 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 MitchellGreg Mitchell



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, and served as a writer for, 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.


Haven RineyHaven Riney



What I do: Owner, lead content writer, editor-in-chief and site admin, Messing With Telemarkers

What I do to actually make money: Remodel project manager for 7-Eleven

Hometown: Plano, Texas (suburb of Dallas)

Believe it or not, I make my living as a project manager for a large company with locations all over the world. My job focuses on construction projects in the United States and Canada, and has me traveling quite frequently. In early 2012, I spent about six months traveling back and forth from Dallas to San Diego for a series of renovations I was overseeing. I usually would leave on Monday and return on Friday. Depending on how weekends went, I would sometimes have to quickly repack my bag Sunday night, or even on Monday morning.

Now, I used to be very overweight. I'm still overweight, don't get me wrong, but I mean really overweight. As in, at one point in my life, I had gotten up to 365 pounds. When you are six feet tall, 365 pounds is pretty obese. By the time the projects in 2012 had rolled around, I had dropped just over 80 pounds and was down to 285 pounds. I had dropped three clothing sizes, and had gotten rid of most of the clothing that was from my 365-pound days. Except, of course, for one pair of black slacks. They hung in my closet, and every so often I would take them out and put them on in the morning while getting ready for work. I would realize that it was "those" pants again, take them off, and throw them on the bed, intent on getting rid of them that evening. They would invariably end up falling on the floor and being scooped up into a laundry basket, rewashed and hung back in my closet. The cycle would then begin anew, until one Monday, I scooped them up into my luggage as I rushed to the airport to make my flight.

Four days passed, and I got ready to do my site visits on Friday before catching my plane back to Dallas. In a hurry, I put the super-sized trousers on and realized what I had packed. My two other pairs of slacks had had things spilled on them and couldn't be re-worn, and my only other pair of pants available were jeans which I could not wear to the site due to executives visiting this week. So after cinching up my belt, I found that, while they were a bit baggy, as long as I kept my belt on I would be fine. I went to the site visits, had a productive day, and then went to the airport to catch my flight home.

I got to the airport security line, and was putting items in the X-ray bin when I remembered about the pants. I took the belt off and put one hand in my pocket to hold them up as I approached the screening point. They were letting people through the metal detector and not the body scanner! Thank God! Then, as I approached, the TSA agent held up a hand to stop me before waving me over to start screening back up at the body scanner. I knew that once I pulled my hand out of my pocket, these pants were not going to resist gravity for more than about two seconds. I was shuffled into the body scanner, where the TSA agent told me to put both hands over my head for the screening.

So I did. I cocked out both knees in an attempt to keep my pants from falling down. The TSA agent watching the scanner told me to stand up straight. So I did. As soon as I did, my pants dropped to my ankles. Looking down, I was happy to find that today was a boxer day. People in line behind me snickered and gasped, but the best reaction was from the female TSA agent.

THEM: Sir, I need to check a… OH MY GOD!!!

ME: Yep… So…


ME: You took my belt, so they fell down.

THEM: I need to get my supervisor!!!

ME: Can I pull up my pants?

THEM: WAIT HERE! I need to get my supervisor.

ME: Does this preclude me from pulling up my… and you're leaving…

She ran off to find the supervisor, and returned with him before I could make my third loud crack asking if it was drafty in here to anyone else. The supervisor allowed me to pull my pants up before hearing my explanation. He laughed, made a joke about how I was obviously not hiding anything, and let me go on my way.


Brian J. RobbBrian 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.


Paul SimpsonPaul Simpson




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.


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