Allen Wold was born in south-western Michigan. He began writing on an old portable typewriter when he was about eight. He finished high school in Tucson, AZ, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, CA, where he met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he became a full-time writer. In 1986, he became a full-time father, which occupied him completely for about three years. He and his family lived in England from 1995 to 1998.
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 (he’s completely self-taught, and it probably shows), and a number of articles, columns, reviews, and so forth, also concerning computers (written in language even he can understand).
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; Cat Tales — Reminiscences; Sturgis; and Slaves of War. He is still working on a pseudo-Lovecraftian novel; a cycle of stories called Star Kings; and is waiting for a cover for A Thing Forgotten, a pseudo-Victorian faerie story.
Allen has been running his Writers’ Workshop at SF conventions for more than thirty years. Several who have taken it have 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.