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Allen Wold

Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan, where he began writing when he was about eight years old. He still has some of those early “stories” somewhere.

He finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father, and gave up writing for about three years. In 2003, he became a full time writer again, when Darcy went off to college, also at Pomona.

He has published nine novels  (six of which have been re-issued by ReAnimus Press), several short stories (mostly for the Elf Quest anthologies), five non-fiction books on computers, and a number of articles, columns, reviews, and so forth, also concerning computers He stopped doing that a long time ago.

Under his own imprint, Ogden House, he has published Stroad’s Cross; Sturgis; Dead Hand; his collected stories for Blood of Ten Chiefs, Freefoot; A Closet for a Dragon and Other Early Tales; and Cat Tales, Reminiscences.

Currently, Allen is working on a pseudo-Lovecraftian novel; a space-opera in six parts; a pseudo-steampunk faerie story, and other projects in hand. The first volume of his epic-heroic fantasy, The Black Ring: Zhanai’degau, has been accepted by Double Dragon, and should be out late next year. The other five volumes should follow.

Allen has been running his version of a writers’ workshop at various conventions for more than thirty years, and has had some success, since several people have not only finished but sold stories they started in the workshop, and a couple have even won awards. He also runs a plotting workshop, an interactive lecture, which  is a lot of fun, and which people have found helpful.

Allen is a member of SFWA.