John Helfers

John Helfers

John Helfers is an award-winning author and editor currently living in Green Bay, Wisconsin. During his eighteen years at Tekno Books (the largest commercial book packager in the nation at the time), he co-edited twenty short story anthologies, and oversaw the production of more than one hundred anthologies and dozens of novels in all genres. He’s worked with many bestselling authors and co-editors, including Lawrence Block, Lee Child, Mary Higgins Clark, R.L. Stine, Larry Bond, Elizabeth George, Dale Brown, Stephen Coonts, Nelson DeMille, Charlaine Harris, John Jakes, Anne Perry, Jeffery Deaver, Michael Connelly, Walter J. Boyne, Harold W. Coyle, Mercedes Lackey, Margaret Weis, Kevin J. Anderson, Ice-T, Richard Belzer, and Max Allan Collins. He has also edited more than one hundred novels by such authors as Doug Allyn, Brendan DuBois, Mel Odom, James Patrick Hunt, Elizabeth A. Vaughan, and Jean Rabe. He’s published more than fifty original short stories in anthologies such as If I Were An Evil Overlord, Time Twisters, and Shattered Shields. His fiction has appeared in anthologies, game books, novels, and on websites for the Dragonlance™, Transformers™, BattleTech™, Shadowrun™ and Golem Arcana™ universes. He’s written both fiction and nonfiction, including the third novel in the first authorized trilogy based on The Twilight Zone™ television series, a YA novel in the Tom Clancy’s Net Force Explorers™ series, and a history of the United States Navy. He also wrote three novels (including the launch book, The Powers That Be) in the Room 59™ espionage series for Gold Eagle/Worldwide Publishing, as well several novels in their Deathlands™ and Mack Bolan™ series. His essays on the military have appeared in Beyond Shock and Awe, edited by U.S. Navy SEAL founder Eric Haney, and in the Civil War and World War II volumes of the How to Lose a War series. The Vorkosigan Companion (co-edited with Lillian Stewart Carl) a nonfiction guide to the science fictional world of award-winning author Lois McMaster Bujold, was nominated for a 2009 Hugo Award. In 2010, the original Shadowrun anthology Spells & Chrome won the Origins Award for Best Game-Related Publication, and the bibliography of Martin H. Greenberg, titled “I Have an Idea for a Book…” was nominated for the Best Related Book Hugo Award in 2013. He’s also appeared on writing and editorial panels at national conventions, including DragonCon, GenCon, and the World Science Fiction Convention. Currently he’s working on several tie-in and original projects, including overseeing the production of new novels in the Shadowrun™ and Battletech™ game universes for Catalyst Game Labs. His editorial and literary fiction management company, Stonehenge Editorial, assists authors such as Mercedes Lackey on her Valdemar and Elemental Masters shared-world anthologies, Esther Friesner on Chicks & Balances, the latest Chicks in Chainmail anthology, and the Mystery Writers of America on their original and reprint anthologies.