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THE X-FILES: TRUST NO ONE includes a story by W.D. Gagliani and David Benton.
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WOLF'S TRAP Finalist for the BRAM STOKER AWARD, this is the first book in the Nick Lupo Series. Reissued by Samhain Publishing in 2012. Followed by WOLF'S GAMBIT, WOLF'S BLUFF, WOLF'S EDGE, WOLF'S CUT, and WOLF'S BLIND (2015).
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writer, editor :
W. D. Gagliani
Author of Stoker Award nominee WOLF'S TRAP
THE JUDAS HIT is my newest novel, a paranormal thriller.

"Gagliani (Wolf’s Trap) doesn’t stint on the gore (“She stared at his face, watching the vitreous and bloody matter leak onto his cheek from the new entry holes”). Action fans looking for an out-there page-turner are in luck. (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, BookLife)

"The Judas Hit is that rare book that combines page-turning action with a meaty plot and characters that sizzle. Simon Pound is the best new hero on the scene in years and his backstory--he was once Judas Iscariot--is absolutely riveting. He works forthe Vatican now, and he's after some supernaturally evil bad guys. Oh, andthere's a prison full of demons under the Vatican! W.D. Gagliani hits all the right notes in his new hard-boiled, supernatural, action-thriller. A dollop of Dan Brown, a dash of Blatty, pinches of Lucifer and Constantine--and Gagliani's own noirish style and divine way with detail make The Judas Hit an absolutely heavenly read. I couldn't put it down."

-Tamara Thorne, author of Haunted, Mother, and Brimstone

"Gagliani has created a tantalizing, fun new hero in Simon Pound that will entertain fans of thrillers, horror, adventure, and pure fun reading, yet he adds in a layer of deep mythology that draws the reader in further. Considering The Judas Hit a cross between the Bond film Spectre and Dan Brown’s thrillers wouldn’t be a bad description. Recommended reading."

-Cemetery Dance Online

"Gagliani has cemented his place in werewolf legend with a muscular and smart series that deserves a much bigger audience..." -- HorrorWorld

WOLF’S CUT (Samhain Publishing)

"Wolf's Cut is a stellar addition to Gagliani's Nick Lupo series. An impressive and addictive read... cements Gagliani's place at the top of the new wave of horror/crime fiction."
--Dreadful Tales


"Let out a howl, because Lupo's back, and badder than ever!"
--John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Violet Eyes and NightWhere


"With his series of Nick Lupo books, W.D. Gagliani has done more than pump a little oxygen into the tired werewolf thriller. He's resurrected the entire genre and added a rush of nitrous oxide excitement. Do yourself a favor and pick up Wolf's Cut, a nice addition to this superior series."
--Gene O'Neill, author of Dance of the Blue Lady and Other Stories


"W.D. Gagliani's Detective Lupo series is the best of the werewolf genre. Top-notch writing, nail-biting suspense, and a ferocious mix of serial killers and werewolves... Gagliani continues to deliver fast-paced horror that will get your heart pumping. Highly recommended."
--Brian Moreland, author of Dead of Winter and The Devil's Woods


"Being Italian and a former cop I can relate to Lupo on many levels. The whole series is a big hit at our store with several of our staff. We can't wait for the next book. Keep howling!"
--Tony D'Amato, Chief Armorer of The Gun Store, Las Vegas, NV

WOLF’S EDGE (Samhain Publishing)

"Wolf's Edge is an exciting page-turned full of suspense, mystery, and thrills. Don't miss it."
--The Horror Zine, on the 4th Nick Lupo novel


THE WORD ON WOLF'S BLUFF, first published in 2010 and now available from 47North:

“In Wolf's Bluff Gagliani once more proves that werewolves are scary as hell. The book is fast, vicious and thoroughly satisfying.”
--Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Wolfman, Rot and Ruin, and the Joe Ledger series including The Dragon Factory


"Gagliani hits another homerun with Wolf's Bluff, a sexy, fast-paced novel that keeps you reading at break-neck speed. You simply won't want this story to end!"
--Deborah LeBlanc, author of Water Witch


"Wolf's Bluff is arguably the best novel in Gagliani's werewolf series, carrying through beautifully on themes introduced in the previous novels and ratcheting up the body count, not to mention the reader's blood pressure. I make no excuses for my admiration of Gagliani's work -- I think he's an exquisite storyteller, and his voice has never been more confident that it is here. Wolf's Bluff is creepy, sexy, fast-paced, and brimming with humanity; just what I expected from a writer of Gagliani's caliber."
--5-time Bram Stoker Award-winner Gary A. Braunbeck, author of In Silent Graves, Coffin County, and Far Dark Fields


"Dark as the North Woods and ferociously intense, Wolf’s Bluff will keep you biting your nails right up until its blood-drenched finale. Gagliani sets a relentless pace from the first page, and never lets up, as Detective Nick Lupo threads his way through a maze of explosive violence, dangerous sex and deadly mystery as he tries to put an end to the new rash of werewolf killings in Wausau. He’ll crush your heart and make you clench your teeth along the way."
-–John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Covenant, NightWhere, and Siren


THE WORD ON WOLF'S GAMBIT, first published Sept. 2009: now available from 47North

"Wolf's Gambit is that rare accomplishment in horror of a sequel that not only surpasses the power of the original but turns your expectations against you at every turn. W. D. Gagliani has taken the central conceit of Wolf's Trap and used it as a springboard for his most unpredictable, accomplished, and rewarding novel to date. His writing has never been crisper, his suspense never more nerve-wracking, and his dry humor so consistently refreshing. If you think you know what you'll be getting, trust me, you're wrong. Gagliani is fashioning an epic werewolf cycle here, one filled with terror, passion, violence, surprisingly affecting sensuality, and enough fantastical twists and turns to satisfy even the most jaded horror reader. Put your preconceptions aside and get ready for one hell of a ride."
-- 5-time Bram Stoker Award-winner Gary A. Braunbeck, author of In Silent Graves, Coffin County, and Far Dark Fields

"A great big bloody beast of a book that enthralls the reader on multiple levels. Vicious, gory, sexy, fascinating--part-supernatural thriller, part-police procedural, pure dynamite!"
--Edward Lee, author of Brides of the Impaler and The Golem

"If you're looking for the same-ol'-same-ol' werewolf story, W.D. Gagliani's Wolf's Gambit is definitely not for you. Gagliani takes a rehashed theme and breathes new life into it with a cast of memorable characters and relentless suspense. He masterfully weaves sensuality and horror throughout the story, taking the reader on a journey that redefines 'love at all costs.' Wolf's Gambit is one book you won't put down, and it's a story you'll never forget."
--Deborah LeBlanc, bestselling author of Water Witch

"Wolf's Gambit is the equivalent of a North Woods rollercoaster -- with each brutal twist the body count rises, but you never want the ride to end! This one goes for the throat over and over again, and as you slip through the slayings with Detective Lupo in a desperate race against time, the pages seem to turn themselves! I couldn't put it down!"
-- John Everson, author of Covenant and Sacrifice


WOLF'S TRAP was a Finalist for the BRAM STOKER AWARD in the category of Superior Achievement in a First Novel (2004). First published by Yard Dog Press (2003), then in mass market paperback by Leisure Books (2006, three printings), then as an ebook and trade paperback by Samhain Publishing (2012).

" I read the last half in one sitting on, appropriately, a night with a full moon. Bravo!"
-- Elaine Bergstrom, Author of Shattered Glass and Nocturne

"... [a] suspenseful story that mixes serial murder with werewolves ... Another small press title worth chasing down." -- Don D'Ammassa, writing in Chronicle; Dec 2003

"... snares the reader right from the first page .... first-rate entertainment will keep you reading deep into the moonlit night." -- Tom Piccirilli, multiple Bram Stoker award winner and author of A Choir of Ill Children and The Night Class

"... will grab you by the reading jugular and keep you clawing the pages until the story's exciting conclusion." -- Headline News Book Lizard review by James Argendeli

"A top-notch lunar-challenged hero, a villain bent on painful revenge, a deliciously developed plot ... Bravo!" -- Elaine Bergstrom, author of Shattered Glass and Nocturne

"I was caught in the jaws of the trap and could not escape until I finished page last." -- Robert W. Walker, author of the Instinct and Edge Series

"Shall I say it was a 'howling' good read?" -- P.D. Cacek, World Fantasy Award winner and author of Canyons

"Wolf’s Trap pounces and I was caught in the jaws of the trap until I finished page last." -- Robert W. Walker, author of the Instinct and Edge Series

I have published over two dozen short stories in various anthologies and one e-book collection (SHADOWPLAYS, see below). Six of my short stories have garnered Honorable Mentions in four separate YEAR'S BEST FANTASY & HORROR annual collections (St. Martin's Press; Datlow & Windling, editors), and one was the 1999 Darrell Award winner.
With collaborator David Benton, I have also published eight short stories and one story collection, MYSTERIES & MAYHEM.

I am a semi- active book reviewer and critic for the Bram Stoker Award-winning webzine The Chiaroscuro (, Cemetery Dance,, and other venues. My experience as a book reviewer dates back to 1986, when I began writing freelance reviews for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I have since written hundreds of reviews for various publications in and out of the Horror/Dark Fantasy field, including the Bram Stoker Award-winning publication Hellnotes, Flesh & Blood Magazine, and BookPage, as well as articles and interviews in publications such as Science Fiction Chronicle, BookLovers, The Scream Factory, Bare Bones, Horror Magazine, and more.

My editing experience includes a stint as editor/publisher of a small literary magazine, and a long run as co-editor of Marquette University Memorial Library's annual newsletter and ExLibris book review publication. I am available for freelance editing and proofreading work, though I prefer to work with fiction, especially Horror and Dark Fantasy. If anyone in the small press needs an anthology and/or chapbook editor, I would be happy to look at proposals. I'd also be interested in novel editing, though I do not have any prior experience in that area (except for my own novel work).

years experience: 30+
Writing, Ghost-writing, Fiction writing, Line-editing, Copy editing, Proofreading
General fiction, Mystery, Suspense/thriller, Fantasy/science fiction, Juvenile fiction, Horror, Dark Fantasy, Suspense/Thriller, Noir/Crime, Alternate History, Occult, Book Reviews and Criticism, Writing and Writing Life
WOLF'S GAMBIT, sequel to WOLF'S TRAP,reissued by 47North.

My first novel, WOLF'S TRAP, was published in October 2003, and later garnered rave reviews and a Bram Stoker Award nomination. The Leisure Books mass market edition (originally published 2006, and then again in 2nd and 3rd printings) is still in print, reissued in 2012 by Samhain Publishing.

"Writing Werewolf Epics" for THE WRITER (October 2011)

"WILBUR SMITH'S WHEN THE LION FEEDS" in THRILLERS: THE 100 MUST READS (Edited by David Morrell & Hank Wagner).

"Take a Scalpel to Those Tropes," a short nonfiction piece, appears in ON WRITING HORROR, edited by Mort Castle (Writer's Digest Books, Oct 2006).

Recent story publications and/or sales:
The story "A Solid Time of Change" (co-written with David Benton) appears in the German-language anthology MASTERS OF UNREALITY (Eloy Edictions, 2008) under its original title, "Do You Want to Be the Song?"

The story "Mood Elevator" (co-written with David Benton) appears in the latest volume of the long-running anthology series HOT BLOOD (Volume 13), titled DARK PASSIONS: HOT BLOOD 13 (Gelb & Garrett, editors; 2007).
I am also the author of SHADOWPLAYS, a multi-genre e-book collection of short stories published by ( Other short stories have been published in the following anthologies: "Icewall" in ROBERT BLOCH'S PSYCHOS (Pocket Books), "Dark Places, Underground" in THE ASYLUM 2: THE VIOLENT WARD (DarkTales Publications), "Starbird" in THE MIDNIGHTERS CLUB (Infinity), "Port of Call" in EXTREMES 3: TERROR ON THE HIGH SEAS (Lone Wolf Publications), "We Were Like Lions" in EXTREMES 4: DARKEST AFRICA (Lone Wolf Publications), "Until Hell Calls Our Names" in MORE MONSTERS FROM MEMPHIS (Zapizdat), "Kiss a Bubba Good Mornin'" in BUBBAS OF THE APOCALYPSE (Yard Dog Press), and the group project "Lookout Mountain" (with Gary Jonas, Don Kinney, and Bob Zazuly) in THE RED RED ROBIN PROJECT (Lone Wolf Publications). Short stories have also appeared in the webzines 1000 Delights, Horrorfind, The Grimoire, and Dark Muse. I have had nonfiction (book reviews, articles, and interviews) published in various publications, including The Chiaroscuro (, Cemetery Dance, Hellnotes, BookPage and, Flesh & Blood, BookLovers, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Science Fiction Chronicle, The Scream Factory, Bare Bones, Horror Magazine, The Science Fiction & Fantasy Workshop Newsletter, and Midnight Journeys.


SHADOWPLAYS is still currently an e-book collection of fiction, and I hope an Italian sale is possible partly because I grew up in Italy, speak (and read and write) Italian fluently, and my story "Icewall" was translated into Italian as part of the Sperling & Kupfer edition of ROBERT BLOCH'S PSYCHOS. An aggressive agent might well score a sale with a publisher interested in the expanded Italian version of SHADOWPLAYS, which would include newer fiction from other anthology publications, such as MORE MONSTERS FROM MEMPHIS and THE MIDNIGHTERS CLUB. (See rights posting.)

WOLF'S TRAP was a 500-copy limited edition from Yard Dog Press -- but mass market rights for the book were purchased by Leisure Books. Foreign and film rights are still available.

Novel-in-progress: COLT'S STRANGE ENGINE, an alternate history set in the US Civil War. Promised to prominent small press publisher for limited edition, but mass market/film/foreign rights are available.

SAVAGE NIGHTS, a noir/horror/thriller featuring Rich Brant, an ex-military intelligence operative whose visions link him to the past and to the victim, in this case his beloved niece. (NOVEL IS COMPLETED - Available from my agent. Synopsis and sample chapters available upon request.)

Novel-in-progress: UNTIL HELL CALLS OUR NAMES, based on the award-winning story from the anthology MORE MONSTERS FROM MEMPHIS. (This one is in the beginning stages.)

Young Adult Mystery/Adventure: THE ANTARCTICA SWITCH CAPER. Proposal (synopsis and sample chapters) available upon request.
Education & Experience:

MA in English, 1986; University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

Five semesters of teaching college Composition and Creative Writing

Co-editor and publisher of Square One (university literary magazine)

Guest Judge for 1995 Wisconsin Writers Ink annual fiction contest



Co-editor of Marquette University Memorial Library's annual newsletter and ExLibris (1998-2013)

Active Member: Horror Writers Association

Active Member: International Thriller Writers

Active Member: The Authors Guild

Awards and Honors:
My novel, WOLF'S TRAP, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award in 2004.

My story from the anthology EXTREMES 3: TERROR ON THE HIGH SEAS ("Port of Call") was selected for a print version BEST OF EXTREMES anthology

Six Honorable Mentions in THE YEAR'S BEST FANTASY & HORROR annual anthologies, edited by Datlow & Windling (including "Port of Call," "Starbird," "Lead Me Into Temptation," "Until Hell Calls Our Names," and "Icewall")

Winner of the 1999 Darrell Award of the Memphis Science Fiction Association, for the story "Until Hell Calls Our Names" in the anthology MORE MONSTERS FROM MEMPHIS

Two Second Prizes in consecutive Science Fiction Writers of Earth contests ("Only Spectres Still Have Pity" and "Kneel at the Shrine" -- both now included in SHADOWPLAYS, representing the Ghosts of the IRA story cycle)

Various (Third, Fourth, Seventh) finishes in other Science Fiction Writers of Earth contests
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