Scott Oden

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Scott Oden
Born (1967-06-24) June 24, 1967 (age 47)
Columbus, Indiana, United States
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 2000 - Present
Genre Historical fiction
Notable works Men of Bronze, The Lion of Cairo

Scott Oden (born June 24, 1967) is an American writer best known for his historical novels set in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. His work imitates the styles and themes of the 1930s pulps, most notably the historical fiction and fantasy of Texan author Robert E. Howard.


Oden was born in Columbus, Indiana in 1967. He graduated from Albert P. Brewer High School in 1985 and attended John C. Calhoun State Community College in Decatur, Alabama, where he studied English and History. Oden began writing at the age of 14, and his first published work was a role-playing game called "Rogue Warrior" in 1986—only memorable, Oden says, for the artwork supplied by a teen-aged Cully Hamner.[1]

Oden's breakthrough novel was 2005's Men of Bronze. It was followed in 2006 by Memnon and in 2010 with The Lion of Cairo, which mixed pulp-style action and sorcery with Crusader politics in Fatimid Egypt.


Oden cites that his writing influences are: Robert E. Howard, Mary Renault, Harold Lamb, Karl Edward Wagner, and Steven Pressfield.



Short stories[edit]

  • "Theos Khthonios" (2011, in Lawyers in Hell)
  • "Amarante: A Tale of Old Tharduin" (2012, self-published)
  • "Sanctuary" (2012, self-published)


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