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20 June 1965 |
Gillette, Wyoming, U.S.A.
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Weston Ochse (Born 1965 in Gillette, Wyoming) is an American author and educator. He has won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel  and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for his short fiction. His novel SEAL Team 666 is currently under development by MGM Films. Dwayne Johnson has attached himself to the film to executive produce as well as act in a leading role.
Weston Ochse was born in Gillette, Wyoming. By the time he was ten years old, he'd lived in ten states including South Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, Ohio, New Jersey and Tennessee. He spent the greater part of his childhood in Chattanooga, Tennessee where he graduated from Tyner High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army after high school and became an intelligence officer. He was stationed in the Republic of Korea, Fort Jackson, Fort Gordon, Fort Bragg, Fort Carson, Fort Huachuca, Presidio Monterey and Los Angeles Air Force Base. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2004 with an Honorable Discharge.
Weston began writing professionally in 1997. He won the Bram Stoker Award for his first novel, Scarecrow Gods, in 2005. His co-written collection of short stories titled Appalachian Galapagos, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for Short Fiction. In 2008, his novella Redemption Roadshow was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Long Fiction. In 2009, his short story The Crossing of Aldo Ray was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction. In 2012, his short story Righteous was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction.
Weston's work has appeared in comic books (IDW Publishing), professional writing guides, magazines, anthologies, as well as his own novels. He has been widely reviewed and has been hailed by his contemporaries as "one of the few new writers who will help redefine the field of dark literature for the future" (Edward Lee (writer)).
In 2002, an independent film company attempted to create a feature film based on his short story "Catfish Gods" (appeared in Scary Rednecks and Other Inbred Horrors). The film reached primary shooting before it folded.
In 2013, MGM optioned the film rights to SEAL Team 666 from MacMillan Films Division. Dwayne Johnson has attached himself to the film to executive produce as well as act in a leading role. SEAL Team 666 and the ensuing books was inspired by the U.S. Navy SEAL take down of Osama Bin Laden and the idea of What if there's an even more special SEAL Team that protects America from supernatural attack.
Weston holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Literature from Excelsior College and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from National University (California). He travels extensively to book signings and conventions where he has been Gross Out Contest bouncer, toastmaster and guest of honor. He is a frequent speaker at libraries and schools. He has been an adjunct faculty member for Cochise Community College and runs the online Guerrilla Fiction Writing Workshop.
Grunt Life, Solaris Books, May 2014
Age of Blood, Thomas Dunne Books, Oct 2013
SEAL Team 666, Thomas Dunne Books, Dec 2012, Hardback
Blood Ocean, Abaddon Books, Feb 2012, Mass Market Paperback
Empire of Salt, Abaddon Books, Apr 2010, Mass Market Paperback
Scarecrow Gods, Delirium Books, Mar 2005, 300 Limited Edition HB(Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel)
Scarecrow Gods, Delirium Books, Mar 2005, 26 Deluxe Edition HB
Scarecrow Gods, Delirium Books, TPB
Cycle of the Aegis:
Recalled to Life, Delirium Books, Feb 2007, 300 Limited Edition HB
Recalled to Life, Delirium Books, Feb 2007, 26 Deluxe Edition HB
The Golden Thread, Delirium Books, 2008, 300 Limited Edition HB
The Golden Thread, Delirium Books, 2008, 26 Deluxe Edition HB
Blaze of Glory, Bloodletting Press, 2009
Scary Rednecks and Other Inbred Horrors, Darktales Publications, 2000, TBP
Appalachian Galapagos, Medium Rare Books, 2002, Trade Hardcover (Nominated for the Pushcart Prize for short fiction)
Scary Rednecks Omnibus, Delirium Books, 2004, 26 Deluxe Edition HB Multiplex Fandango, Dark Regions Press, May 2011 (Finalist for a Bram Stoker Award for Best Collection 2011)
Single Book Novellas
Natural Selection, Darktales Publications, 2001
Redemption Roadshow, Burning Effigy Press, 2008 (Finalist for a Bram Stoker Award for Best Long Fiction 2008)
Nancy Goats, Dark Fuse, 2011
SEAL Team 666, Audible, 2013
Smokey Mountain Horrors, Pulp Studios, 2009
Babylon Smiles, Crossroads Press, 2012
Butterfly Winter, Crossroads Press, 2010
Velvet Dogma, Crossroads Press, 2011
Blaze of Glory, Crossroads Press, 2011
- Bram http://www.horror.org/stokerwinnom.htm
- Pushcart Prize-http://www.pushcartprize.com/nominate.htm
- Author's Website
- Fearzone/ Interview 2009
- Deep Blue Interview 2008
- Really Scary Dot Com Interview 2001
- Online Presence
- Weston Ochse at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Fantastic Fiction Database
- Storytellers Unplugged
- Good Reads
- Weird Fiction News
- Publishers Weekly