Harry “Jack” Heckel

Harry HeckelHarry Heckel grew up in Mechanicsville, VA, and after leaving home, strangely found his way back there, where he lives with his wife, daughter, and two cats. He loves roleplaying games, tabletop games, painting miniatures, and superheroes.

Harry started his career writing roleplaying games. He has authored, co-authored, or contributed to over thirty products for games such as Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Mage: The Ascension, Star Wars: The Roleplaying Game and Star Trek. He still freelances today, and his most recent roleplaying work was for Mummy: The Curse. He also writes for tabletop and miniatures games with work done for Arcadia Quest: Inferno and Arcadia Quest: Pets along with the miniatures game Dark Age.

His first novel was set in the grim darkness of Warhammer 40K, when he was selected to co-author two Space Wolf books under the name Lee Lightner. He wrote a few books that came from completing Nanowrimo over the years and published through indy presses under his own name.

Currently, Harry is a co-author of comedic fantasy, being half of Jack Heckel. The Charming Tales, which are collected in A Fairy-tale Ending and Pitchfork of Destiny, are novels that blend a bit of The Princess Bride and Shrek, while his current series, The Mysterium, has fun with epic fantasy, roleplaying games and university life. The first book, The Dark Lord, begins the story of Avery Stewart, a wizard grad student experimenting in a sub-world as a Dark Lord. The second book, The Darker Lord, was released in paperback on September 4th, and the final volume, The Darkest Lord, comes out this winter.