Dirk Hamel

Fantasy Writer

Dungeon Master

Fantasy Writer


I’m a writer, paralegal, and tabletop roleplaying game enthusiast currently based in Columbus, Ohio. I graduated from Kenyon College in 2017 with a major in English and a minor in studio art.


I enjoy fantasy and science fiction, strong whiskey and stronger coffee, and Dungeons & Dragons.

Current Projects


He stood roughly a half-mile below the surface. The light was dimmer, and the wind whistled against the surrounding buildings. Every surface was slick with the city’s sweat; one careless step could—and frequently did—send unwary individuals plummeting into the abyss below.

—from Blackburn, by Dirk Hamel Tweet

Blackburn is a grim, rain-shrouded city at the heart of the world, ruled by an immortal and apathetic god-king. An industrial accident transforms a brothel into a charnel house, and Inspector Russ Teigen is on the case. Something dark lurks at the center of Blackburn—a conspiracy that will take Teigen from its lowest reaches to the gilded spires of the city’s elite. New allies and old enemies await at every turn.

Published Stories

"Pretty Meta, Write?"

Dungeons & Dragons

The Seeds of Madness

Follow Blackwell’s Bastion as they seek to rid the Sword Coast of the Abyss’s influence. Having liberated the town of Northridge—the mortal seat of the Celestial Paragons—the party travels east across the High Wood to combat the rising threat awaiting at Deadstone Cleft. Beset on all sides by the servants of the Demon Princes, they must use all the might and magic at their disposal to turn the tide.

—Current D&D campaign led by Dirk Hamel, Dungeon Master, featuring the following player characters: Tweet
  • Malovendra Windbourne, cleric of the storm goddess Arianrhod, calls her lady’s thunderous wrath and soothing rains with discerning wisdom.
  • Dr’akis Umbara, once-raider, once-bodyguard, seeks redemption for the lives lost to his hand.
  • Kairon Demonsbane, Mortal Sword of Zariel, fights to fulfill the commands of his liege, reaping souls for Avernus’s cause.
  • Telion, a simple bard to some, wages a secret war against Menzoberranzan’s encroaching influence, wielding a sharp wit and sharper daggers.
  • Flame-haired Khevenna Starling travels on a journey of self-discovery, though wanderlust is not in her nature.
  • Seph O’dabro is a plucky youngster on the lam, with a penchant for punching first and asking questions second.

Together, they must destroy the Seeds of Madness before they are sown, lest the fabric of the Prime Material be rent asunder by the Demon Princes’ assault.


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