Weston Ochse

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.


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

San Pedro, California - 2003

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.

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.

Book Soup, Los Angeles, 2010

In 2002, an independent film company attempted to create a feature film based on his short story “Catfish Gods” which appeared in Scary Rednecks and Other Inbred Horrors. The film reached primary shooting before it folded.

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.

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

Barnes and Nobles, Tucson, 2010

Cite: Weston Ochse. (2011, January 20). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 20:01, January 28, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Weston_Ochse&oldid=409057555

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