Wolf's Edge Info
Wolf's Bluff Info
Wolf's Gambit Info
Wolf's Trap Info
For the Press
Short Stories
Gilberto Dario Gagliani
Dennis Michael
Photo Galleries
Contact Info

Enter the dark world


Wolf's Edge

Samhain Publishing

October 4, 2011
Buy from Amazon

Trade Paperback:
January 3, 2012
ISBN-10: 1609286685
ISBN-13: 978-1609286682
Buy from Amazon

WOLF'S EDGE is the 4th novel in the Wolf Cycle, featuring Nick Lupo... Can one werewolf stop a pack of super-wolves? Nick Lupo is a homicide cop with a difference. He's a werewolf. He's worked hard to control his condition, but it isn't easy to contain the beast inside him. It also means he has some very powerful enemies. Wolfpaw Security Services is a mercenary organization that wants Lupo dead. They want to infiltrate the US military with their own werewolves and they can't let anyone—especially a fellow-werewolf like Lupo—stand in their way. Wolfpaw's genetic experiments have created a "super-wolf" nearly invulnerable to silver, and soon their ranks will be filled with these invincible warriors. Can one wolf—even a fierce beast like Lupo—face the fangs and claws of a pack of these killers and hope to survive?

More information

"Gagliani once more proves that werewolves are scary as hell."
—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times-bestselling author of The Dragon Factory

"Gagliani has brought bite back to the werewolf novel!"
—CNN Headline News Book Lizard

"The best werewolf novel since The Howling!"
—J.A. Konrath, author of Whiskey Sour on Wolf's Gambit



Wolf's Bluff

Homicide cop — and werewolf — Nick Lupo has battled other werewolves before, killers who unlike Nick have no problem hunting human prey. So when a new series of savage animal attacks terrifies the area, Nick already has a suspect in mind. And he knows that if he's right it'll be up to him to destroy her. But even as he begins his surveillance, someone else is out there, watching them both. Someone with a very deadly plan. Someone who knows just what it takes to kill a werewolf.

More information

"In Wolf's Bluff Gagliani once more proves that werewolves are scary as hell. The book is fast, vicious and thoroughly satisfying."
— Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Wolfman

"Wolf's Bluff is arguably the best novel in Gagliani's werewolf series. It's creepy, sexy, fast-paced and brimming with humanity."
— Gary A. Braunbeck, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Far Dark Fields

"Wolf's Bluff will keep you biting your nails right up to its blood-drenched final. Gagliani sets a relentless pace from the first page and never lets up."
— John Everson, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The 13th


Wolf's Gambit

Wolf's GambitSome people are afraid there’s a wild animal on the loose, savagely tearing its victims apart. Others, like Nick Lupo, know better. Lupo knows a werewolf attack when he sees one. He should, since he’s a werewolf himself, though he’s been able to control his urges and maintain his secret. He’s also a homicide cop, so it may be up to him to hunt down one of his own kind. It looks like there’s a new werewolf in town, a rogue out only for blood. But looks can be deceiving.

Wolf's Gambit is the sequel to the Bram Stoker Award-nominated novel Wolf's Trap. Order copies from the author.

More information


Wolf's Trap

Wolf's Trap

Samhain Publishing

August 7, 2012
ISBN-10: 1609287495
ISBN-13: 978-1609287498
Buy from Amazon

Bram Stoker Award nominee Wolf's Trap to be reissued by Samhain Publishing!

This is the first Nick Lupo thriller, first published in 2003. Samhain will release it first as an ebook in March 2012, then in a trade paperback edition a few months later (August 2012)...


The city is its own trap. The killer stalks its streets, eager for twisted revenge.

But Up North the trap is even more brutal. The stakes are higher. And the revenge can be sweeter...

Up North, a chill wind whips through the treetops.

Clouds race past the silver-white disk rising above the woods. Moonlight bathes the landscape in silver tints.

Somewhere in the woods, a creature howls. The sound is forlorn, tragic, full of sadness. But there's rage, too, rage at the moon and its influence.

Water laps at the pier supports up and down the chain of lakes. But people lock their doors and draw their shades. Whatever's out there, they don't want any part of it.

The wind ripples through the trees, bringing with it the smell of woodsmoke.

And fear.

More information



Savage Nights Kindle Edition (Tarkus Press)
Amazon Digital Services $1.99
616 KB
(Also available for the
Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony Reader, Smashwords, Mobipocket, and iPad)

First novel in a projected series starring Rich Brant, intelligence agent, fixer, avenger, ex-Tunnel Rat, criminal, hero...

Tormented Vietnam veteran Rick Brant is forced to use his inconsistent and unreliable psychic ability when his beloved 19-year old niece, Kit, is kidnapped from a busy mall. Realizing that Kit has been snatched for auction by an international sexual slavery ring, Brant reconnects with his Vietnam buddies, some of them ex-cops, to help him pry her from the clutches of the ruthless Goran ("the Serb") and his gang. Her ultimate destination may be a modern harem, a brothel, a dungeon, or one of the Serb's kinky slavery clubs. Or worse. As the horror of Kit's captivity increases daily, Brant becomes rescuer, avenging angel -- and executioner. In his quest, he may find redemption for his own past sins. SAVAGE NIGHTS is a tough, pulls-no-punches, hard-noir thriller that's not for the faint of heart. You have been warned!

What they said:

"(L)et it be known that Gagliani is one of the best authors in the business today when it comes to producing gut-wrenching, violent prose. When he sets out to write a scene that is designed to knock you off your feet, you can bet that he's going to succeed in spades. His powerful words leap out of the book and throttle the reader into submission, riveting their eyes to the page ... Gagliani is a powerful writer, and a talent that deserves to be known throughout more of the horror community, and the literary landscape at large."
— Colum, DreadfulTales.com

"The action in this book is incredible. As I got closer to the pinnacle of the plot, it was as if I could not read fast enough. My eyes flew across the words, hungry for what would happen next. I was surprised at some of the twists and turns, and when the story was over, I was exhausted. It was that intense ... I think that male readers especially will devour this book, with vigor. I also think there is a good market for other female thriller fans who, like me, will appreciate the book in a much different way than men."
— Tiffany Harkleroad, Tiffany's Bookshelf

"This is a fantastic read but be warned... it is definitely not a PG-13 rated book. Although the author warned me about the explicit sex and violence in this book when he contacted me as a reviewer, I was still not prepared for the graphic dreams and flashbacks of a Viet Nam Tunnel Rat veteran suffering from PTSD. I have obviously been sheltered by friends and relatives who are veterans of that war ... Thus warned (but be prepared) don't miss out on this fantastic suspense thriller."
— Lynnette's Book World

"All in all, I cannot recommend Savage Nights enough. Gagliani has crafted a scary, nail-biting, make-you-sick thriller that doesn't hold punches or back away from the ugly side of war, death, and modern-day sex slavery."
— Judy Black, Judy Black Cloud (blog)

"I was familiar with Gagliani's horror work but I'm pleased to see he can take it to the streets, too. Tense, raw, and rich with drama and passion. Gagliani's a keeper."
— Scott Nicholson, best-selling author of Liquid Fear, The Skull Ring, The Red Church

"W.D. Gagliani writes with an almost stream of consciousness style of prose that pulled me right into the story. The characters are living, breathing masses of contradiction. The plotting is exceptional. The action is non-stop ... Picture this. If Sam Peckinpah wrote a novel, how would it read? Probably like this one ... Download it now. Read it and hold on tight."
— D.E. Mack, author of Least Wanted and Identity Crisis



Mysteries & Mayhem 5 stories by David Benton & W.D. Gagliani

(Kindle, Nook, and all popular formats) plus several bonus short stories by both authors and guest John Everson!

"Mysteries & Mayhem (is) a very fitting title for such an ambitious little collection of short horror stories. Luckily, the book lives up to its name, and delivers on both the noir-ish feeling of some of the yarns, to the outright insanity and action that accompany the rest. Gagliani, as you well know, is a master wordsmith capable of bending words to his will. Benton, a newcomer to this reader, is obviously on par, holding his own and then some. The direction that these two take with these tales is not easily defined, as they jump from Dark and Sinister, to Erotic, over to a black-tinged humor, on to straight-up procedural, and then back again.

"Gagliani and Benton are a writing team made in horror heaven.

"Brilliantly relentless, sometimes nasty, and completely worth it, Mysteries & Mayhem is not only a highly recommended by from Dreadful Tales, but also a must have for anyone needing a W.D. Gagliani fix at a low price."
—Colum, DreadfulTales.com



ShadowplaysA collection of short stories (most of them published in highly visible anthologies). Six Honorable Mentions in The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror collections. Available for your Kindle, Nook, and all popular formats.


Thrillers: The 100 Must-Reads

Edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner

Thrillers: 100 Must ReadsOceanview Publishing
Hardcover, 408 pages
ISBN-10: 1933515562
ISBN-13: 978-1933515564

The most riveting reads in history meet today's biggest thriller writers... Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads examines 100 seminal works of suspense through essays contributed by such esteemed modern thriller writers as: David Baldacci, Steve Berry, Sandra Brown, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, Heather Graham, John Lescroart, Gayle Lynds, Katherine Neville, Michael Palmer, James Rollins, R. L. Stine, and many more.

Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads features 100 works — from Beowulf to The Bourne Identity, Dracula to Deliverance, Heart of Darkness to The Hunt for Red October — deemed must-reads by the International Thriller Writers organization.

Much more than an anthology, Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads goes deep inside the most notable thrillers published over the centuries. Through lively, spirited, and thoughtful essays that examine each work's significance, impact, and influence, Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads provides both historical and personal perspective on those spellbinding works that have kept readers on the edge of their seats for centuries.

Table of Contents

  1. Homer’s The Iliad and the Odyssey (7th Century B.C.)  — William Bernhardt
  2. Beowulf (between 700 and 1000 A.D.) —  Andrew Klavan
  3. William Shakespeare’s Macbeth (1605–1606­) —  A.J. Hartley
  4. Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719­–1722)  —  David Liss
  5. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus (1818) — Gary Braver 
  6. James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans (1826) — Rick Wilber
  7. Edgar Allan Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838) — Katherine Neville
  8. Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo (1845) — Francine Mathews
  9. Wilkie Collins’s The Woman in White (1860) — Douglas Preston
  10. Jules Verne’s Mysterious Island (1874) — D. P. Lyle
  11. H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines (1885)  — Norman L. Rubenstein
  12. Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1886) — Sarah Langan
  13. Anthony Hope’s The Prisoner of Zenda (1894) — Michael Palmer
  14. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) — Carole Nelson Douglas
  15. H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds (1898) — Steven M. Wilson
  16. Rudyard Kipling’s Kim (1901) — Tom Grace
  17. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles (1901) — Laura Benedict
  18. Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness (1902) — H. Terrell Griffin
  19. Erskine Childers’s The Riddle of the Sands (1903) — Christine Kling
  20. Jack London’s The Sea Wolf (1904) — Jim Fusilli
  21. Baroness Emma Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel (1905)  — Lisa Black
  22. Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan of the Apes (1912) —  Craig Reed
  23. Marie Belloc Lowndes’s The Lodger (1913)  — James A. Moore
  24. John Buchan’s The Thirty—Nine Steps (1915)  — Janet Berliner
  25. E. Phillips Oppenheim’s The Great Impersonation (1920)  — Justin Scott
  26. Richard Connell’s "The Most Dangerous Game" (1924) — Katherine Ramsland
  27. W. Somerset Maugham’s Ashenden or The British Agent (1928) — Melodie Johnson Howe
  28. P. G. Wodehouse’s Summer Lightning (1929) — R.L. Stine
  29. Edgar Wallace’s King Kong (1933) — Kathleen Sharp
  30. Lester Dent’s Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1933) — Mark T. Sullivan
  31. James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice (1934) — Joe R. Lansdale
  32. Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca (1938) — Allison Brennan
  33. Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (1939) — David Morrell
  34. Eric Ambler’s A Coffin for Dimitrios (1939) — Ali Karim
  35. Geoffrey Household’s Rogue Male (1939) — David Morrell
  36. Helen Macinnes’s Above Suspicion (1941) — Gayle Lynds
  37. Cornell Woolrich’s "Rear Window" (1942) — Thomas F. Monteleone
  38. Vera Caspary’s Laura (1943) — M. J. Rose
  39. Kenneth Fearing’s The Big Clock (1946)  — Lincoln Child
  40. Graham Greene’s The Third Man (1950) — Rob Palmer
  41. Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train (1950)  — David Baldacci
  42. Mickey Spillane’s One Lonely Night (1951) — Max Allan Collins
  43. Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me (1952) — Scott Nicholson
  44. Ernest K. Gann’s The High and the Mighty (1953)  — Ward Larsen
  45. Jack Finney’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1955)  — James Rollins
  46. Hammond Innes’s The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1956)  — Matt Lynn
  47. Ian Fleming’s From Russia with Love (1957) — Raymond Benson
  48. Alistair MacLean’s The Guns of Navarone (1957)  — Larry Gandle
  49. Richard Condon’s The Manchurian Candidate (1959) — Robert S. Levinson
  50. Len Deighton’s The Ipcress File (1962) — Jeffery Deaver
  51. Fletcher Knebel & Charles W. Bailey’s Seven Days in May (1962) — James Grady
  52. Lionel Davidson’s The Rose of Tibet (1962) — Milton C. Toby
  53. Richard Stark’s (Donald E. Westlake’s) The Hunter aka Point Blank (1962) — Duane Swierczynski
  54. John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963) — Denise Hamilton
  55. Wilbur Smith’s When the Lion Feeds (1964) — W. D. Gagliani
  56. Evelyn Anthony’s The Rendezvous (1967) — Sandra Brown
  57. Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain (1969) — Josh Conviser
  58. James Dickey’s Deliverance (1970) — Terry Watkins
  59. Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal (1971) — F. Paul Wilson
  60. Brian Garfield’s Death Wish (1972) — John Lescroart
  61. David Morrell’s First Blood (1972) — Steve Berry
  62. Trevanian’s The Eiger Sanction (1972)  — Lee Goldberg
  63. Charles McCarry’s The Tears of Autumn (1974) — Hank Wagner
  64. Peter Benchley’s Jaws (1974) — P. J. Parrish
  65. William Goldman’s Marathon Man (1974) — Hank Wagner
  66. James Grady’s Six Days of the Condor (1974) — Mark Terry
  67. Jack Higgins’s The Eagle Has Landed (1975) — Zoë Sharp
  68. Joseph Wambaugh’s The Choirboys (1975) — James O. Born
  69. Clive Cussler’s Raise the Titanic! (1976) — Grant Blackwood
  70. Ira Levin’s The Boys from Brazil (1976)  — Daniel Kalla
  71. Robin Cook’s Coma (1977)  — C J Lyons
  72. Ken Follett’s Eye of the Needle (1978)  — Tess Gerritsen
  73. Ross Thomas’s Chinaman’s Chance (1978) — David J. Montgomery
  74. John D. MacDonald’s The Green Ripper (1979) — J. A. Konrath
  75. Justin Scott’s The Shipkiller (1979) — Lawrence Light
  76. Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Identity (1980) — Linda L. Richards 
  77. Eric Van Lustbader’s The Ninja (1980) — J. D. Rhoades
  78. Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon (1981)  — Bev Vincent
  79. Jack Ketchum’s Off Season (1981) — Blake Crouch
  80. Thomas Perry’s The Butcher’s Boy (1982)  — Robert Liparulo
  81. Tom Clancy’s The Hunt for Red October (1984)  — Chris Kuzneski
  82. F. Paul Wilson’s The Tomb (1984) — Heather Graham
  83. Andrew Vachss’s Flood (1985) — Barry Eisler
  84. Stephen King’s Misery (1987)  — Chris Mooney
  85. Nelson DeMille’s The Charm School (1988) — J. T. Ellison
  86. Dean Koontz’s Watchers (1988)  — Lee Thomas
  87. Katherine Neville’s The Eight (1988)  — Shirley Kennett
  88. Peter Straub’s Koko (1988)  — Hank Wagner
  89. John Grisham’s The Firm (1991)  — M. Diane Vogt
  90. R.L. Stine’s Silent Night (1991)  — Jon Land
  91. James Patterson’s Along Came a Spider (1992)  — Mary SanGiovanni
  92. Stephen Hunter’s Point of Impact (1993)  — Christopher Rice
  93. John Lescroart’s The 13th Juror (1994)  — Karna Small Bodman
  94. Sandra Brown’s The Witness (1995) — Deborah LeBlanc
  95. David Baldacci’s Absolute Power (1996)  — Rhodi Hawk
  96. Gayle Lynds’s Masquerade (1996) — Hank Phillippi Ryan
  97. Lee Child’s Killing Floor (1997)  — Marcus Sakey
  98. Jeffery Deaver’s The Bone Collector (1997)  — Jeffrey J. Mariotte
  99. Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code (2003)  — Steve Berry
C L I C K    H E R E    T O
C L I C K    H E R E    T O
Buy signed copies

Website design by Deena Warner Design LLC.
All content copyright © William D. Gagliani. Except where indicated, photos are copyright © William D. Gagliani.
All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction or use is strictly prohibited.