I’m Hal “HJ” Bender, writer, editor, and digital artist.
I began writing fanfiction in June 1995. I didn’t know it was called fanfiction until 1997, when I became active in the online fandom community. I taught myself HTML and began building websites around 1998, although it wasn’t until 2001 that I was finally able to publish my first webpage on the internet. In 2002 I bought my first domain, and though it’s changed names twice, I’ve been running the same personal fandom archive for 20 years.
In the pre-AO3 internet days, I helped build archives, design skins, and maintain websites for fandoms I am no longer active in but that remain very close to my heart, particularly the Alex Rider Slash archive and the Good Omens Library.
I am a slash fan, the majority of my works being M/M. I have been in many fandoms over the years, including (in chronological order):
- Ronin Warriors/Yoroiden Samurai Troopers
- Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Gundam Wing
- Lord of the Rings
- Good Omens
- Van Helsing
- Ghost Rider
- Jurassic Park III
- Band of Brothers
- Alex Rider
- Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
- Captain America
- Star Wars
When it comes to fandom, I’m from the old school of “don’t like, don’t read” and “ship and let ship”. I am not anti anything; I disagree with censorship. I support creative freedom and AO3/OTW. I have a strict “block and ignore” policy when it comes to antis and all forms of thought policing and morality wank. I do not tolerate harassment of real people over fiction for any reason. No, not even those “really gross” things.