What is: our latest book

The Darkest Lord

In the epic conclusion to Jack Heckel’s whimsical fantasy series, Dark Lord Avery Stewart must join the Company of the Fellowship in a frenzied war against Moregoth and the corrupt forces of Mysterium. . . and destroy the magical artifact fueling the interworld chaos.

In The Darker Lord, Avery Stewart learned a terrible truth about Mysterium: the home of his beloved university and the reality-center of the multiverse is not the world he thought it was. The true Mysterians, innately endowed with the power to manipulate reality, were displaced eons ago by the subworlders with whom they shared their magical teachings, and written out of the reality pattern of their own world. For years they have lived in exile in the subworld of Trelari, shielded from the Mysterian pursuit led by Moregoth and the Sealers. That is, until Valdara, the warrior queen of Trelari, reopened the subworld to the rest of the multiverse and challenged the Mysterium to a final showdown.

One year later, a violent war of worlds drags on, and Avery can’t help feeling that all of this is his fault.

But the good news (if you can call it that) is that Avery might hold the key—literally, a key—to ending the suffering and saving Trelari. For Avery possesses the Reality Key, a magical artifact with the power to bend reality to one’s will, often to the immediate detriment of neighboring worlds. . . and, if it falls into the hands of the Mysterian forces, much more. To protect his friends, save Trelari, and bring order to Mysterium, Avery will need to do the unthinkable: travel to the heart of Mysterium, destroy the Key, and rewrite Mysterium’s reality pattern to restore balance to the multiverse, once and for all.


What was: our other books

What will be: future stories

His picture may not show it, but Jack is always working on something new for his beloved readers to enjoy. On this page you can find summaries and even snippets of what Jack is writing or dreaming of writing. Check back often and when you do send Jack an email and let him know what you want to read next!

Greetings from Jack

Jack Heckel welcomes you to his whimsical worlds! To give you a little orientation, Jack Heckel is the pen name for the writing duo of John Peck and Harry Heckel (shown in approximation in the About section). Our novels like to have a little fun with common fantasy and sci-fi tropes. In the Books section you can read about our two series: The Charming Tales, which twists fairy tales in amusing ways; and The Mysterium Trilogy, which is part Lord of the Rings, part Dungeons & Dragons, a touch of World of Warcraft, a hint of Magic: The Gathering, and a wee pinch of Amber, just for good measure. Please browse and explore. If you see something you like please let us know. If you don’t see something you would like to know about let us know that too, and you can be sure we will respond.

Jack Heckel is the writing team of John Peck and Harry Heckel.


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