Steven E. Wedel
Steven Eugene Wedel (born April 28, 1966) is an American author currently residing in Moore, Oklahoma. He is best known for his series of books in The Werewolf Saga, all published by Scrybe Press of Morristown, New York.
Wedel has earned praise from fellow authors Tom Piccirilli, Gary A. Braunbeck, Brian Keene and others, as well as from genre and mainstream publications like City Slab, Blood Rose and Rue Morgue magazines and The Oklahoman newspaper.
Wedel's earliest influences were authors such as Wilson Rawls and Fred Gipson. He later began reading fantasy fiction by authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and others before becoming an avid reader of horror fiction. Later influences include Stephen King, Charles L. Grant and William Peter Blatty.
Of his most recent book, Seven Days in Benevolence, one reviewer called it, "A classically creepy ghost story, Seven Days in Benevolence is a fast paced, tantalizingly horrific novella that’s perfect for hungry ghost story fans. The short length makes it an easy read, and its dazzling climax will leave readers breathless." Regarding The Werewolf Saga, another reviewer remarked, "What you will find is pure story told in a chiseled down, straightforward style that's as engaging as it is rewarding."
Steven E. Wedel grew up in Enid, Oklahoma, graduating from Enid High School in 1984. He worked as a machinist for about 10 years, eventually moving to Oklahoma City to continue that career. He earned a bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1999. While attending UCO he was a popular and often infamous columnist for The Vista, the campus newspaper, where he wrote two columns, Steven Says and Army of Grass. Wedel began working as a newspaper reporter for The Oklahoman while still in college. He continued working for The Oklahoman until fall of 2000, when he took a job as a writer in Conoco Inc.'s human resources division, transferring to Ponca City, Oklahoma, where he lived until Conoco and Phillips Petroleum Co. merged in 2003. Wedel then moved to Moore, Oklahoma, where he resumed his newspaper career for a short time before moving into the role of public relations director, first for Oklahoma City University, then the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. Wedel earned a master of liberal studies degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2004. In 2006 he obtained a license to teach in Oklahoma and has worked as a high school English teacher since 2007. He now currently teaches English at Western Heights High School, and loves his seniors of 2013.
Wedel began writing in elementary school, but it was not until high school that he began to work seriously on his craft. He sold his first short story to The Midnight Zoo magazine in 1992. Many of his early short stories are collected in his book Darkscapes. His first novel, Shara, was originally published by 3F Publications in 2003 (3F Publications ceased to exist soon after and the book has since been republished by Scrybe Press). He currently has five books in print and has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. His bestselling title to date is Murdered by Human Wolves, a fictionalized account of the death of Katherine Cross.
Novels & Novellas
- After Obsession (Bloomsbury Children, 2011), Co-authored with Carrie Jones
- Murdered by Human Wolves (2011 Graveside Tales; 2004, Scrybe Press)
- Shara (2006)
- Seven Days in Benevolence (2005, 2007)
- Ulrik (2008)
- Little Graveyard on the Prairie (100 copy hardcover limited edition from Bad Moon Books, 2008)
- An untitled second collaboration with Carrie Jones to be published by Tor Teen
- Call to the Hunt (2005)
- Darkscapes (2006)
Selected Short Fiction
- "Unholy Womb" - The Midnight Zoo (1992)
- "The God of Discord" - Corpse Blossoms (2005)
- "Okie Werewolf Seeks Love" - The Beast Within (2008)
- Author Interview: Steven Wedel - FearZone.com
- Seven Days in Benevolence by Steven E. Wedel « Michele Lee’s Book Love
- Steve Wedel's Werewolf Saga - FearZone.com
- The SF Site Featured Review: Murdered by Human Wolves
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