Justin Hellstrom Portfolio
Novelist//Game Writer//Podcast Editor-Maker
Welcome to my works! I break them down by category below:
Infinite Adventures: Contract Writer
This is a JRPG inspired Dungeon crawler I have worked on for the last few years. My main contributions were in writing and audio engineering, but I also helped with some creative design (NPCs, enemies) and helped show the game at three conventions (ECGC, MomoCon, PAX East 2018) and acted as a playtester – you know, the whole indie developer many-hatted octopus thing.
Writing – Lore, All Side Quests, Main Quests, Dialogue, Item and Various Description Writing. This was my main focus on the project.
Audio Engineering – processed, damage-controlled, and edited all 40,000 spoken words of dialogue into the game from over 40 voice actors. (My 2+ years of podcast editing/producing came in handy here.)
The Tide Will Erase All
This is by far what I would consider to be my “best work” to date, despite it not being published. It is the most personal and character-driven fiction I’ve attempted to write. I’ve worked on it for the last 5-6 years and plan on publishing it in late summer of this year. The novel is narrated by an eleven-year-old girl during a complete astrophysical meltdown and follows her friends, an astronomer, and the surreal phenomenon which infects their hearts along with all conceivable worlds.
I could talk about it for hours. Below you can find the first three chapters which showcase the kind of stories and characters I am trying to write; strange, true, and violently wonderful.
PDF File: The Tide Will Erase All 1-3
This is a wet blend of fantasy and scifi that takes place in a higher plane’d reality on a forgotten spit of aquatic moon called the Ladle, and is narrated by a (human) royal executioner, a hulking hexepdal “exonet” nerd, and a several billion-year-old bipedal moth. Still with me? Yeah, I’m still working on the pitch (laughs to himself). Anyway – the visual aesthetic of the novel is inspired by the ruinous landscape of Hyper Light Drifter, the works of Moebius, and our own plastic encumbered oceans. It features major world-building, inter-dimensional action, and a hyper-stylized (hopefully) eye cutting environment filled with incredible leviathans and ecosystems affected by greed from all conscious entities. Yes, you and me included.
Here is the first chapter as narrated by Selluin – the only human in the novel.
PDF File: Juturnacene Chapter 1
The Great Chameleon War
This is a forthcoming audio drama I am in the process of writing and producing. It is a surreal narrative that blends poetry and fiction together by making them crawl in trenches plowed by the snouts of incomprehensible, 70 meter tall chameleons. Sound weird? Good. I have a draft of the transcript for episode one for you to read below – I will hopefully launch episode one at the end of Summer 2018.
PDF File: The Great Chameleon War Ep 1