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.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

BLOOD OCEAN Press Release

Ripped from the Publishers site here


On the high seas, if you don’t live large… you just sink

The Afterblight Chronicles:
Blood Ocean
by Weston Ochse
Released on 16th February in the UK and 14th February in US & Canada

£7.99 (UK) ISBN 978-1-907992-87-2
$9.99 (US & CAN) ISBN 978-1-907992-87-2
Will also be available as an ebook

In a world reduced to ruin by all-consuming plague, one young boy embarks on a mission of revenge after one of his friends is found dead … harvested for his blood!

Kavika Kamalani is a Pali Boy on Nomi No Toshi, the floating city. The post-plague heir to an ancient Hawai’ian warrior tradition that believes in overcoming death by embracing one’s fears and living large, Kavika’s life is turned upside down when one of his friends dies – and he sets out to find the killer.

When he is kidnapped and subjected to a terrifying transformation, Kavika must embrace the ultimate fear – death itself. It is the only way if he, his loved ones, and the Pali Boys are to survive.

This stand-alone title is the latest pulse-pounding story of post-apocalyptic survival in The Afterblight Chronicles series from Weston Ochse – a writer who pulls no punches.

“Weston Ochse is an artist whose craft, stories and voice are so distinct and mesmerising that you can’t help but be enthralled.” – Dani Kollin, Prometheus Award-winning author of The Unincorporated Man

About the Series
The Afterblight Chronicles is a post-apocalyptic series in which a devastating epidemic has ravaged the world. In the Afterblight, pockets of humans attempt to continue civilization amidst the mounting chaos of the collapsed infrastructure . Mobs run rampant while cults and warlords fight for authority over the survivors of the global plague.

One of the three series with which Abaddon Books launched in 2006,The Afterblight Chronicles is a collection of stand-alone novels that has showcased the talents of a number of brilliant, up-and-coming authors, including Scott Andrews, Paul Kane, Jasper Bark and Rebecca Levene. Blood Ocean is the eleventh Afterblight Chronicles title.

About the Author
Weston Ochse is the Bram Stoker award-winning author of various short stories and novels, including the critically-acclaimed Scarecrow Gods and Tomes of the Dead novel, Empire of Salt.

He is much in demand as a speaker at genre conventions and has been chosen as guest of honour on numerous occasions. Weston lives in Southern Arizona with his wife Yvonne and their menagerie of animals.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Macmillan Films, SEAL Team 666 and the Hardest Working Editor in NYC

I'm hitting the final third of SEAL Team 666. As I sit here in Washington D.C., writing a scene where our star is remembering when he was a possessed kid playing in the trash piles of Subic Bay, Phillipines, I'm trying not to fall asleep. I've already nodded out twice, despite Justice rocking through the headphones. So to stay awake sometimes, I check my email. I've long since had an ongoing google search for my name. So when it appears somewhere, I get notified.  Here's what I got today-

Several projects are under wraps at nascent Macmillan Films: Seal Team 666 — to be written by Weston Ochse; Grimm City, co-created with Gareth Jefferson Jones and to be written by K.W. Jeter — a Philip K. Dick protégé; Single-Minded; and Cityscape, for starters. Under Macmillan /Holtzbrinck thrive some 50+ imprints. “I’ve met with the heads of some of the other imprints,” says Deneen. “Everybody’s interested.”

Turns out that my editor at Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Press, Brendan Deneen, was interviewed and highlighted in the online magazine Publishing Perspectives-- Brendan Deneen Takes Macmillan From Publisher to Producer

It's terrific and inspirational and tells the backroom story of editing and agenting. Everyone should read it.

I've known Brendan since we first met in 2004 at the World Horror Convention in Phoenix. He's come a long way in that short time. He's reached what some would consider a peak. But he's looking for higher hills to climb. It's going to be fun watching him climb. And at least for now I have a front row seat.

What I'm Listening to!
Listen to Justice. This is Bad Ass Music!

Now back to the novel. The kid is done with this scene. Now back to being a grown up U.S. Navy SEAL who's knocking down bad guys like he's in the middle of a life-size game of terrorist whack-a-mole.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Horror and Science Fiction in Tucson, Arizona

Where are you going to be this weekend? Are you going to be in the East Coast. Has it snowed there? Have you had to de-ice the car? Do you know what slush means?

If you lived in Arizona you could have 70-80 degree weather right now. You could walk outside dressed in a T-shirt. You could swim in the pool.

You could also spend a weekend at the Best Little Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Convention in Arizona-- TUSCON!  This weekend is TusCon 38. Previous GoHs include Theodore Sturgeon, Vernor Vinge, Robert Bloch, Karl Edward Wagner, Diana Gabaldon, John Ringo, Laurell K. Hamilton, Weston Ochse, Stephen R. Donaldson, Tim Powers, Jim Butcher and Shannon K. Butcher, to name just a few.  Begun in 1974, TusCon has a rich history of supporting the interests of fans, authors, artists, librarians, booksellers and gamers in Tucson, and throughout the Southwest
I'll be on several panels, reading from MULTIPLEX FANDANGO, as well as just hanging out. Come out and see us and have a great time.

Click for information about the convention

Hope to see you there!