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David Benton & W.D. Gagliani

Outside of his writing, David Benton has worn many hats, finding employment as a warehouse worker, landscaper, printing press operator, cheese maker, brick layer, and janitor (long nights, impossible odds). He is also a musician. Current projects include a collaborative novel with Bram Stoker Award winning author John Everson and W.D. Gagliani, a mid-grade novel series and a young adult novel series (both with W.D. Gagliani, written under the pen name A.G. Kent) as well as playing bass guitar on tour with the heavy metal novelty act Beatallica.


W.D. Gagliani is the author of the novels Savage Nights (Tarkus Press), Wolf’s Trap (Samhain Publishing), Wolf’s Gambit (47North), Wolf’s Bluff (47North), and Wolf’s Edge (Samhain), plus the upcoming Wolf’s Deal (novella) and Wolf’s Cut (Samhain, 2014). Wolf’s Trap was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award in 2004. He has published fiction and nonfiction in numerous anthologies and publications such as 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, Wicked Karnival Halloween Horror, The Black Spiral: Twisted Tales of Terror, More Monsters From Memphis, The Midnighters Club, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, BookPage, Chizine, Cemetery Dance, HorrorWorld, Hellnotes, Science Fiction Chronicle, The Scream Factory, and others. 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.


New publications for Benton & Gagliani include a reprint of their Hot Blood 13 story, “Mood Elevator,” upcoming in Old Nick (magazine), and W.D. Gagliani’s review column “Printer’s Devil,” also in Old Nick. Recent publications include a reprint of Gagliani’s “Until Hell Calls Our Names” in the anthology Undead Tales (Rymfire Books). Find W.D. Gagliani online at, or read their “Mysteries & Mayhem” blog at

Their story, "Piper at the Gates," was published in Zippered Flesh 2: More Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad!