Jeff Rovin

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Jeffrey Daniel Rovin
Born (1951-11-05) November 5, 1951 (age 64)
Brooklyn, New York City, United States
Pen name Jim Grand, Harry Bergen, Jeffrey and Lila Dubinsky
Occupation Novelist, columnist, magazine editor, freelance writer, consultant
Genre Horror, fantasy, science fiction, supernatural

Jeff Rovin is an American magazine editor, freelance writer, columnist, and author, who has appeared on the The New York Times Best Seller list.


Jeff Rovin has been editor-in-chief of Weekly World News, an assistant editor and writer for DC Comics,[1] and an editor for Warren Publishing and Seaboard Periodicals, as well as a science and media columnist in such magazines as Analog, Omni, and Famous Monsters.

His How to Play video game books of the 1980s and 1990s detailed strategies for dozens of games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, and Game Boy. This series was preceded by his The Complete Guide to Conquering Video Games in 1982, and followed by his Gamemaster series that lasted until the late 1990s, which began containing a violence rating for the games included in these books. His publisher at the time St. Martin's later decided to continue the "How To Win At", series but this time written by Hank Schlesinger, covering Nintendo 64 and PlayStation games, as well as Pokemon.

Rovin has written encyclopedias about popular culture, including The Encyclopedia of Superheroes (Facts On File, 1985), The Encyclopedia of Super Villains (Facts On File, 1987) The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cartoon Animals (Prentice Hall, 1991), and The Encyclopedia of Monsters (Checkmark Books, 1990). He has worked on biographical and film books on such performers as Kelsey Grammer, Lana Turner, Adam West, Ellen DeGeneres, Jackie Chan, Charlton Heston, Elvis Presley, Sylvester Stallone, Richard Pryor, Luke Perry, Jason Priestley, and Julio Iglesias, and on the animated series The Simpsons. Additionally, he has written quiz and joke books.

His novels are in the fields of thriller, horror, adventure, and mystery, in addition to the military field with books in the Force Five and Tom Clancy's Op-Center series,[2] one of which, Tom Clancy's Op-Center: War of Eagles, became a New York Times Best Seller.[3]

His later Unit Omega books were written under the name pen name Jim Grand.[4] He then began writing further military suspense books under his own name, such as Tempest Down, Dead Rising, and Rogue Angel novels.


Fiction and novels[edit]

  • April Fool's Day (Novelization of the April Fool's Day 1986 movie)
  • Broken Arrow (Novelization of the 1996 movie Broken Arrow)
  • Cat Angles
  • Cliffhanger (Novelization of Cliffhanger movie)
  • Conversations with the Devil
  • Dagger
  • Dead Rising
  • The Devil's Rangers (writing as Jim Grand)
  • Fatalis
  • The Game (Novelization of The Game, based on its screenplay)
  • The Hindenburg Disaster
  • Hollywood Detective: Garrison
  • Hollywood Detective: The Wolf
  • The Madjan
  • Mortal Kombat (based on Mortal Kombat videogame)
  • Re-Animator (Novelization of Re-Animator movie)
  • The Red Arrow (With Sander Diamond)
  • Return of the Wolf Man
  • Starik (With Sander Diamond)
  • Stealth War
  • Tempest Down
  • The Transgalactic Guide To Solar System M-17
  • Vespers
  • Unit Omega: Loch Ness (writing as Jim Grand)
  • Unit Omega: Medusa (writing as Jim Grand)
  • Force Five series
  • Destination: Algiers
  • Destination: Norway
  • Destination: Stalingrad
  • Tom Clancy's Op-Center series (with Tom Clancy, Steve Pieczenik)
  1. Op-Center
  2. Mirror Image
  3. Games of State
  4. Acts of War
  5. Balance of Power
  6. State of Siege
  7. Divide and Conquer
  8. Line of Control
  9. Mission of Honor
  10. Sea of Fire
  11. Call to Treason
  12. War of Eagles

Nonfiction books[edit]

  • Adventure Heroes: Legendary Characters from Odysseus to James Bond
  • Aliens, Robots, and Spaceships
  • The Book of Dinosaurs
  • The Book of Dumb Movie Blurbs
  • The Book of Movie Lists
  • The Book of TV Lists
  • Country Music Babylon
  • Did You Ever Wonder; Why Do Cowboys Wear High Heels?; Who Put Boys in Blue and Girls in Pink?; Are Bats Really Blind?
  • The Fabulous Fantasy Films
  • The Fantasy Almanac
  • Fascinating Facts from the Bible
  • From Jules Verne to Star Trek
  • From the Land Beyond Beyond
  • The Great Television Series
  • The Laserdisc Film Guide: Complete Ratings for the Best and Worst Movies Available on Disc
  • Laws of Order: A Book of Hierarchies, Rankings, Infrastructures, Measurements, and Sizes
  • Mars!
  • Movie Special Effects
  • Of Mice and Mickey
  • A Pictorial History of Science Fiction Films
  • The Second Book of Movie Lists
  • The Science Fiction Collector's Catalog
  • Simpson Fever!
  • The Spirits of America
  • Sports Babylon, (With Steve Burkow)
  • TV Babylon
  • TV Babylon 2
  • The Unbelievable Truth
  • What's the Difference?; A Compendium of Commonly Confused and Misused Words
  • The Encyclopedia of Monsters
  • The Encyclopedia of Superheroes
  • The Encyclopedia of Super Villains
  • The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Cartoon Animals


  • Always, Lana (With Taylor Pero)
  • Back to the Batcave (With Adam West)
  • Ellen DeGeneres Up CLose. The Unauthorized Biography of the Hot New Star of ABC's Ellen (With Kathy Tracy)
  • The Essential Jackie Chan (With Tracy Perrell)
  • The Films of Charlton Heston
  • Joan Collins: The Unauthorized Biography
  • Julio!
  • Luke Mania/Jason Fever
  • Richard Pryor, Black and Blue
  • Stallone!: A Hero's Story An Unauthorized Biography
  • The World According to Elvis''

Humor and trivia[edit]

  • 500 Great Doctor Jokes
  • 500 Great Lawyer Jokes
  • 500 Hilarious Jokes for Kids
  • 500 More Hilarious Jokes for Kids
  • 1,001 Great Jokes
  • 1,001 More Great Jokes
  • 1,001 Great Pet Jokes
  • 1,001 Great Sports Jokes
  • 1,001 Great One-Liners
  • Dinomite Dinousaur Jokes
  • Don't Even Think About Telling this Joke at Work (writing as Harry Bergen)
  • Don't Even Think About Telling this Joke to a Lawyer (writing as Harry Bergen)
  • The First Good News/Bad News Joke Book
  • Goldie's Lox and the Three Bagels (writing as Jeffrey and Lila Dubinsky)
  • Mother Gooseberg's Book of Jewish Nursery Rhymes (writing as Jeffrey and Lila Dubinsky)
  • The Second Good News/Bad News Joke Book
  • In Search of Trivia
  • Winning at Trivial Pursuit
  • Count Dracula's Vampire Quiz Book
  • The Supernatural Movie Quizbook
  • The Superhero Movie and TV Quiz Book
  • The UFO Movie Quizbook
  • The Unauthorized Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Quiz Book

Video game books[edit]

  • The Complete Guide to Conquering Video Games: How to Win Every Game in the Galaxy
  • The Best of How to Win at Nintendo Games
  • How to Win at Nintendo Games
  • How to Win at Nintendo Games #2
  • How to Win at Nintendo Games #3
  • How to Win at Nintendo Games #4
  • How to Win at Nintendo Sports Games
  • How to Win at Super Mario Bros. Games
  • How to Win at Game Boy Games
  • How to Win at Super Nintendo Games
  • How to Win at Sega & Genesis Games
  • Gamemaster: Conquering Super Nintendo Games
  • Gamemaster: Conquering Sega Genesis Games
  • Gamemaster: The Complete Video Game Guide 1995


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