I have published three books now:

Overstory: Zero, Real Life in Timber Country 2nd edition came out in the fall of 2014 with Sylph Maid Books, my self-publishing enterprise, and has sold well, with over 1,000 copies sold. Along with the original 1995 hardcover edition with Saquatch Books and Sasquatch Books’ 1996 paperback edition it has sold over 7,000 copies. It is available in Kindle, Apple and Nook e-book formats.

The World Pool, A Literary Variety, came out in 2016 with Sylph Maid Books. It is a retrospective covering thirty years worth of freelance writing 1985-2015. It contains five Oregon history articles, some short lyrical prose nonfiction pieces, essays and columns.

Children of Death came out in February of 2019 with Sylph Maid Books. It is a book-length meditation on the migrations of my Heilman ancestors from Alsace France in 1810 to Russia and from Russia to the United States in 1909. It covers a good deal of history and the culture of the German from Russia.

Sylph Maid Books, P.O. Box 932, Myrtle Creek, OR 97457


Overstory: Zero, 2nd edition Release

I am releasing a special revised and expanded edition of my critically acclaimed award-winning essay collection, Overstory: Zero, Real Life in Timber Country. I touched-up a few of the original pieces, cut one altogether and added ten new essays written between 1996 and 2013. This 2nd edition has the same look as the original but runs about 100 pages longer with the new material. It is available now on Kindle and Nook. I’m in the process of placing it with Apple ibooks and there will be a 340 page trade paperback on the market November 1st 2014. The e-book versions sell for $9.99 and the paperback will go for $15.95.OverStoryZero-FrontCover_525x800

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When my son was little he lived two lives, one the small, tender and ignorant child whom he was, and the other an imaginary warrior, a hero, tireless, invincible and feared. Little boys shift easily from one existence to the other, live equally in this world and the other, the world of cold fact and the warm imaginary world which underlies it and makes it bearable. Continue reading

Of Terror

It was not really surprising but, well, disappointing to hear that I’d been called an “eco-terrorist” by one of my fellow Umpquans. The news was second-hand, of course, which somehow made it worse. Whoever pronounced the judgment, whether she or he, hadn’t bothered to tell me about it, but let it slip, off-hand, as if it were a well-known fact.

“Him? He’s an eco-terrorist,” as though there was nothing more that need be said, as though I had it printed on my business card, “Bob Heilman, Eco-terrorist.” Continue reading

The Enemy Among Us Or The Enemy Within?

“It is easier to love mankind as a whole than to love one’s neighbor.”—Eric Hoffer

Two years ago I was at Shasta Lake, waiting on a dock with some time to kill when I met a woman from Klamath Falls. Since we were both away from home, our conversation soon turned to Oregon and the old growth timber debate between the environmentalists and the industrialists. Continue reading

Of Flower Power And The War With The Newts

The Speaker has said that he wants to undo the effects of the 1960’s hip counterculture on American civilization and no one he’s talked to lately knows enough about the era to laugh in his face. Believe me, the stone-cold hippie of old would have found the notion hysterical—yet more proof that the cosmos really does have a sense of humor. Apparently, Newt Gingrich and a lot of other “Mr. Jones” types just weren’t in on the joke. Continue reading