Weston Ochse

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Weston Ochse
Ochse at the 2017 Phoenix Comicon
Ochse at the 2017 Phoenix Comicon
Born (1965-06-20) 20 June 1965 (age 53)
Gillette, Wyoming, U.S.
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Genre Horror, fantasy, science fiction, military fiction, thriller fiction, literary fiction
Notable works Scarecrow Gods and SEAL Team 666
Notable awards Bram Stoker Award
Partner Yvonne Navarro
Website
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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 [1] 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 [2] has attached himself to the film to executive produce as well as act in a leading role.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

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.

Career[edit]

Weston began writing professionally in 1997. He won the Bram Stoker Award for his first novel, Scarecrow Gods, in 2005. Since then he has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, received four additional Bram Stoker Award nominations, and won three New-Mexico Arizona Book Awards.

Weston's work has appeared in comic books (IDW Publishing and DC Comics), 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).[3] The film reached primary shooting before it folded[3].

In 2013, MGM optioned the film rights to SEAL Team 666 from MacMillan Films Division. Dwayne Johnson [2] 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 [4]What if there's an even more special SEAL Team that protects America from supernatural attack.

In 2017, he appeared in a DC Comics Special, DC House of Horror Vol 1, where he wrote a story about a possessed Shazam.[5]

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 associate professor for Southern New Hampshire University, and has run the online Guerrilla Fiction Writing Workshop.

He currently lives in Southern Arizona with his wife, and fellow author, Yvonne Navarro.[6]

Awards[edit]

  • 2002 Appalachian Galapagos Short Story Collection (Nominated for the Pushcart Prize)
  • 2005 Scarecrow Gods (Won Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel)
  • 2008 Redemption Roadshow (Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction)
  • 2009 The Crossing of Aldo Ray (Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction)
  • 2011 Multiplex Fandango (Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Collection)
  • 2012 Righteous (Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Short Fiction)
  • 2013 SEAL Team 666 (Won New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Adventure/Drama Novel)
  • 2014 Age of Blood (Won New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for SF/Fantasy Novel)
  • 2015 Reign of Evil (Won New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Adventure/Drama Novel)

Comics[edit]

  • 2005 The Keep #2 (IDW) (short story Blue Heeler appeared in the back)
  • 2005 Shadowplay #2 (IDW) (short story Blue Heeler appeared in the back)
  • 2005 Shaun of the Dead #5 (IDW) (short story Blue Heeler appeared in the back)
  • 2005 Angel: The Curse #5 (IDW) (short story Blue Heeler appeared in the back)
  • 2005 CSI: New York - Bloody Murder #4 (IDW) (short story Blue Heeler appeared in the back)
  • 2017 Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors (IDW) (short story The Other Government Guys)
  • 2017 DC House of Horror Vol 1 (DC) (Shazam)

Bibliography[edit]

Novels

Collections

  • 2000 Scary Rednecks and Other Inbred Horrors Darktales Publications Trade-paperback
  • 2002 Appalachian Galapagos Medium Rare Books Hardcover
  • 2004 Scary Rednecks Omnibus, Delirium Books 26 Deluxe Edition HB
  • 2011 Multiplex Fandango Dark Regions Press 26 Deluxe Edition HB
  • 2011 Multiplex Fandango Dark Regions Press Trade Edition HB

Single Book Novellas

  • 2001 Natural Selection Darktales Publications
  • 2007 Vampire Outlaw of the Milky Way Bad Moon Books
  • 2008 Redemption Roadshow Burning Effigy Press
  • 2009 Lord of the Lash and Our Lady of the Boogaloo Bad Moon Books
  • 2010 The Loup Garou Kid Bad Moon Books
  • 2010 The Last Kobiashi Maru Crossroads Press
  • 2011 Nancy Goats Dark Fuse

Commercial Properties Worked On

V-Wars
Midian
X-Files
Predator
Hellboy
Aliens

Short Fiction and Essays

Weston has more than a hundred and fifty professionally published short stories and essays in various anthologies and magazines such as Cemetery Dance, Nightmare, and Soldier of Fortune.

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