Who is Black Halo Interactive?

Black Halo Interactive is the sole propriety of myself (Kevin van den Essen) and is officially registered as such in the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce KVK (Kamer Van Koophandel).

In 2014 I graduated in IT (with a focus on application development) from a MBO-4 (post-secondary vocational education level 4) school after which I started my journalism studies at the Fontys University of Applied Sciences. During this time I followed a six month Minor in Creative Writing where I wrote an English science fiction story. I received my Bachelor of Arts at the dawn of the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.

After my graduation I started a creative writing course at the Schrijversacademie (Writers Academy) where I completed the basic course. I'm currently attending a specialization course on science fiction and fantasy writing at said academy. My activities at Black Halo Interactive take up half of my week. The other half I work as a deliverer of mail and packages for PostNL. I also write articles for the Dutch progressive rock magazine iO Pages on a voluntary basis.

Where does the name Black Halo Interactive come from?

The name is derived from a concept album by the American power metal band Kamelot called The Black Halo. The album is the second part of a two-part story (the first part is told on Epica) and is based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust.

What inspires you?

My personal life and real life events have a lot of influence on my writing, but science fiction, fantasy and western stories from many different entertainment media inspire me too.

What are your favorite artists, books/comics, movies, series and videogames?

Gee, that's going to be a long list. Below you'll find an overview of some of my favorites per category.

- Artists: America, Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One, et al.), Frank Sinatra, Journey, Kamelot, Muse, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.

- Books/Comics: Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi, Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic, The Witcher saga.

- Movies: A Knights Tale, Aliens, Back to the Future Trilogy, Coming to America, Crossroads (1986), Indiana Jones Trilogy, John Wick, Lethal Weapon Quadrilogy, Lion King (1994), Predator, Star Wars: Episode I – VI + Rogue One, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Holiday, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, True Lies.

- Series: Are You Being Served?, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Downton Abbey, Deadwood, Farscape, Fawlty Towers, Firefly, Lonesome Dove, Once Upon a Time, Stargate (SG-1, Atlantis, Universe), Star Trek (TNG, Voyager, DS9, Enterprise).

- Videogames: Bloodborne, Borderlands (2, 3), Dark Souls (1, 3), Deus Ex (Human Revolution, Mankind Divided), Devil May Cry (3, 5), Fire Emblem (Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn), Mass Effect Trilogy, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139..., Portal 2, Rock Band 4, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Super Smash Bros. (OG, Melee, Brawl, Ultimate) The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

What are you currently working on?

I'm working on my first interactive story under the working title The Ornalis Project. Check the Developer Blog for my progress. More detailed info and a short synopsis of the story will follow in the future.

How much freedom of choice do the stories give me and will the choices have an impact?

My goal with Black Halo Interactive is to give you as much freedom as possible, but there are limitations to the choices I can offer. I'm still looking at what will work best for the story I'm currently writing.

How can I contact you?

Every and all inquiries can be send to info@blackhalointeractive.com. You can also follow Black Halo Interactive on Twitter and LinkedIn.