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David Ohle


USA flag (b.1941)

David Ohle is an American writer, novelist, and a lecturer at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.  His short fiction has appeared in Esquire, the Transatlantic Review, Paris Review, and Harper's, among other magazines. While it remained out of print for over thirty years, his first novel Motorman gathered a quiet cult following, was circulated through photocopies, and went on to become an influence to a generation of American writers such as Shelley Jackson and Ben Marcus.

His subsequent novels The Age of Sinatra, The Pisstown Chaos and The Old Reactor take place in the same dystopian setting as Motorman. Ohle's fiction is often described as weird, surreal and experimental.