ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Weston Ochse is a former intelligence officer and special operations soldier who has engaged enemy combatants, terrorists, narco smugglers, and human traffickers. His personal war stories include performing humanitarian operations over Bangladesh, being deployed to Afghanistan, and a near miss being cannibalized in Papua New Guinea. His fiction and non-fiction has been praised by USA Today, The Atlantic, The New York Post, The Financial Times of London, and Publishers Weekly. The American Library Association labeled him one of the Major Horror Authors of the 21st Century. His work has also won the Bram Stoker Award, been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and won multiple New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. A writer of more than 26 books in multiple genres, his military supernatural series SEAL Team 666 has been optioned to be a movie starring Dwayne Johnson. His military sci fi series, which starts with Grunt Life, has been praised for its PTSD-positive depiction of soldiers at peace and at war. Weston likes to be called a chaotic good paladin and challenges anyone to disagree. After all, no one can really stand a goody two-shoes lawful good character. They can be so annoying. It's so much more fun to be chaotic, even when you're striving to save the world. You can argue with him about this and other things online at Living Dangerously or on Facebook at Badasswriter. All content of this blog is copywrited by Weston Ochse.

Monday, October 25, 2010

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Sierra Vista author Weston Ochse has won the inaugural Buffalo Screams Screenplay Competition for his screenplay Desert Dogs, announced last night at the closing ceremonies of the Buffalo Screams Horror Film Festival in Buffalo, New York. Started by two independent film makers Greg Lamberson and Emil J. Novak to promote the visual arts in upper New York, the four day festival drew industry professionals from Europe, U.K., Asia and the U.S. 

Desert Dogs tells the tale of two X-gen soldiers fresh back from the war who spend all their time lost in video games rather than in the real world.  “I wanted to write about the dehumanization of war, but in a way that people would readily watch,” says Weston. The soldiers’ world changes when they encounter a pack of were-coyotes that give them the choice to become part of their pack and leave humanity forever, or stay human and deal with the consequences from which they have been running. The screenplay takes places in southern Arizona.

Weston Ochse has also won the International Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for his short fiction. He can be contacted through his website, www.westonochse.com. 

PS: If anyone would like a copy of the screenplay, please feel free to contact me.

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