Scott Oden

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Scott Oden
Born (1967-06-24) June 24, 1967 (age 54)
Columbus, Indiana, United States
Period2000 - Present
GenreHistorical fiction
Notable worksMen of Bronze, The Lion of Cairo
SpouseShannon Morris Oden

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 returned in June 2017 with his critically acclaimed “Orc novel”, A Gathering of Ravens — the first in a projected trilogy of stand-alone novels featuring the savage orc Grimnir. The second book, Twilight of the Gods, appeared in February 2020.


Oden identifies his writing influences as J. R. R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, Mary Renault, Harold Lamb, Karl Edward Wagner, and Steven Pressfield.[citation needed]



  • Men of Bronze (June 2005, Medallion Press, ISBN 978-1-932815-18-4)
  • Memnon (August 2006, Medallion Press, ISBN 978-1-932815-39-9)
  • The Lion of Cairo (December 2010, Thomas Dunne Books, ISBN 978-0-312-37293-4)
  • A Gathering of Ravens (June 2017, Thomas Dunne Books)
  • Twilight of the Gods (February 2020, St. Martin's Press)

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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