H.K. Abell is a writer, a poet, a sometime musician and artist, and the father of three beautiful girls.
Sometimes, he writes as the enigmatic Helena Hann-Basquiat, a self-proclaimed dilettante who dabbles in whatever she can get her hands into just to say that she has.
As Helena, he published Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume One, and this past April, released Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume Two, as well as the Shakespearean-style play, Penelope, Countess of Arcadia.
His pseudonym Helena has her own pseudonym, Jessica B. Bell, who not only writes strange, dark and twisted fiction, but is herself the subject of the meta-fictional novel JESSICA, and its sequel, SINGULARITY, written in collaboration with a host of talented writers.
VISCERA, a collection of strange tales, will be published by Sirens Call Publications later this year under the name Jessica B. Bell.
Find more of his writing at
http://www.helenahb.com or http://www.whoisjessica.com
Who is Helena?
Helena Hann-Basquiat dabbles in whatever she can get her hands into just to say that she has.
She’s written cookbooks, ten volumes of horrible poetry that she bound herself in leather she tanned poorly from cows she raised herself and then slaughtered because she was bored with farming.
She has an entire portfolio of macaroni art that she’s never shown anyone, because she doesn’t think that the general populace, or, “the great unwashed masses” as she calls them, would understand the statement she was trying to make with them.
Some people attribute her with inventing the Ampersand, but she has never made that claim herself.
She was completely self-educated in a private institute in the Catskills where she majored in Pop Culture and Unpopular Music. She wrote her doctorate thesis on the films of John Hughes, and awarded herself a doctorate, though it’s not generally recognized.
She enjoys short walks on the beach and getting smashed on Grey Goose and grapefruit juice and then staring at the SUN studios logo until it looks like it’s alternately setting and rising.
She was born in the small village of Bichon-Frisse near the France/Switzerland border, daughter of a part-time cello teacher and a painter — well, her mother painted nails at the Happy Time Nail Salon — so that’s sort of painting. And that bit about her father being a part-time cello teacher, that was not so much of a lie as a typo — it should read Jello teacher — he taught Home Economics three days a week at the local high school, and really was only called upon for his culinary expertise in the medium of Jello.
Helena is currently working on a rock opera based on the life of Cecil B. DeMille, tentatively titled “Cecil B. Goode”, or perhaps “The Ten Commandments of Love”
Who is Jessica?
Jessica B. Bell is a writer of strange, dark fiction. She lives in a damp basement and writes her stories on musty old parchment by candlelight. Her keeper, one Helena Hann-Basquiat, brings her moldy scraps of bread and sour wine on occasion, and transposes her mad scribbling into the digital world for the amusement and entertainment of her readers. Jessica’s other writing can be found at http://whoisjessica.com/ She is also currently working on a trilogy of quasi-historical weird fiction the likes of which you’ve never seen.