|From||United States of America|
|Birth||1 January 1965, Gillette|
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.
He currently lives in Southern Arizona with his wife, and fellow author, Yvonne Navarro.