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W.D. Gagliani

W.D. Gagliani is the author of the novels Savage Nights (Crossroad Press), Wolf’s Trap (Crossroad), Wolf’s Gambit (47North), Wolf’s Bluff (47North), Wolf’s Edge (Crossroad), Wolf’s Cut (Crossroad), Wolf’s Blind (Crossroad) plus Wolf’s Deal (TarkusPress, novella). Wolf’s Trap has been in print since 2003, was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award in 2004, and is the first book in the Nick Lupo series. Nick Lupo also appears in a World of JA Konrath Jack Daniels tie-in, “Hair of the Dog” (Kindle Worlds). “Voracious in Vegas” (with David Benton) is an official Kindle Worlds Vampire Diaries tie-in. Gagliani is also the author of the novella “The Great Belzoni and the Gait of Anubis” (Tarkus Press and in an extended edition from Acheron Books).

Gagliani has published fiction and nonfiction in numerous anthologies and publications such as The X-Files: Trust No One, SNAFU, SNAFU: Wolves at the Door, Masters of Unreality (Germany), Malpractice: An Anthology of Bedside Terror, Dark Passions: Hot Blood 13, and Dead Lines (all with co-writer David Benton), plus Robert Bloch’s Psychos, Fearful Fathoms, Undead Tales, Wicked Karnival Halloween Horror, The Black Spiral: Twisted Tales of Terror, More Monsters From Me phis, The Midnighters Club, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, BookPage, Chizine, Cemetery Dance, HorrorWorld, Hellnotes, Science Fiction Chronicle, The Scream Factory, and others. Six of his short stories have earned Honorable Mentions in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror collections. His nonfiction has appeared in the books On Writing Horror, They Bite!, Thrillers: The 100 Must Reads, and in The Writer magazine (October 2011).

Some of his fiction is available in the collection Shadowplays (Tarkus Press) and various Benton & Gagliani collaborations are available in the collection Mysteries & Mayhem (Tarkus Press). With David Benton, he also writes middle-grade fiction as “A.G. Kent.” He is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA), the International Thriller Writers (ITW), and the Authors Guild. Raised in Genova, Italy, as well as Kenosha, Wisconsin, W.D. Gagliani now lives and writes in Milwaukee. Find him online at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at @WDGagliani.

His story, "Piper at the Gates," written with David Benton, was published in Zippered Flesh 2: More Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad!