In October of 2014, seven writers came together to answer the question “Who is Jessica B. Bell?” Here is what Helena had to say:
“There are rumours that I keep a writer trapped in my basement… but I assure you… Jessica is and always was here of her own free will. Until one day she disappeared, and I began to realize that everything I thought I knew about her was wrong. Everyone has a terrifying story about Jessica B. Bell. Some of them are even true.”
Then, in the summer of 2015, in the wake of the startling conclusion of Jessica came Singularity, which begged the question of how far Jessica would go to become real.
Again, Helena gives us her insight:
“Jessica B. Bell is not real.
I think it’s important to clear the air about that.
A couple of years ago I started writing horror stories and rather than use the name Helena, I created a new pseudonym, and Jessica was ‘born’.
I had fun creating a twisted and ominous biography for her, painting a picture of some crazy hermit who lived in my basement and wrote stories on old parchment using her own blood for ink.
I even went so far as to make an entire book about her – a speculative meta-narrative about her alleged past and curious origins. I wanted to blur the lines between fiction and reality, and so I treated it as factual – or at least plausible – events, even creating fake newspaper clippings and audio clips.
But it was just a story. You have to understand that above all else, darlings, because I don’t want there to be any confusion.
Jessica B. Bell is not real.
Let me repeat myself: JESSICA B. BELL IS NOT REAL.”
The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
Following quickly on the heels of Singularity, the creators of that book released Voices, a collection of short fiction guaranteed to terrify.
What people are saying about Jessica and Singularity
“What makes for a truly terrifying read? For me it isn’t all about the cover or some creative monster that jumps out of the closet or hides under the bed. I want the author to know, instinctively what scares the hell out of me. I want to face my worst nightmare staring back at me from the page and wonder how the author knew what I feared most and how to bring it to life. Jessica, will do that to you. If you don’t want to sleep at night, perhaps you should read this book.”
“I would call Singularity intelligently horrific. Hann-Basquiat (and the rest of her contributors) makes such clever use of names, of words, of connections. The book is peppered with references to the Bible, literature, pop culture, mythology… I found the words “oh, clever…very clever” whispered aloud several times as I read. Singularity is indeed clever. It is engaging and complex.”
“Such a creative premise. In a world where everything goes by formula, Singularity is a refreshing (and horrifying) departure from formula. These writers worked together to weave a psychotic tale with characters who will haunt your nightmares. If you seek an unpredictable, creepy reading journey, this book is definitely a must read.”