Joseph D'Agnese

Biography

Joseph D'Agnese has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, This Old House, and many other publications. His science writing has been published extensively in Discover, Seed and Wired, and was twice named to the annual anthology, Best American Science Writing. His crime fiction has appeared in Shotgun Honey, Beat to a Pulp, Plots With Guns, and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm not solidly indie. I've published more than a dozen books with traditional publishers, and have learned a lot about that business model. One thing that saddens me is that, under that model, books are not forever. They go in and out of print all the time, which is no way to build a fan base. I enjoy the freedom of hiring freelancers to work on my products, creating the files, uploading them, and knowing that these books will be available for all time.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
We all daydream. Writers conceive characters, plots, settings and scenarios that would get them ostracized or arrested if they tried to enact them in the real world. But putting your imagination down in words is a safe outlet for expressing those feelings. And it's the most satisfying art I've ever known.
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Books

Harm and Hammer
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,730. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2015. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
In this short crime story, a young woman in witness protection adopts a strange new hobby as a way to deal with her guilt and boredom, with tragic results. This story first appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
Nighthawks
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,270. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2015. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
This short crime story purports to tell the "true" story behind Edward Hopper's famous 1941 painting, "Nighthawks." Four people alone in a diner at night. What's going on in that famous scene? You're about to find out. This story first appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.
The Box Top Man
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,150. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2015. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Three short stories—of infidelity, murder, and betrayal—by a recent finalist for the Derringer Award for short mystery fiction. D’Agnese gives us three tales that read like Cheever gone from bad to worse, where disillusioned characters dwell in the realm of metro-suburban surreal.
Back to the Boke
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,360. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2015. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
In this short crime story, a local hoodlum who turned himself around grapples with the loss of his "straight" job in the light of the tragic events of 9/11. This powerful short story first appeared in the online noir magazine, Beat to a Pulp. This ebook edition features the bonus novelette, "Last Dance in Hoboken." One quirky American city, two hard-hitting stories by a recent Derringer finalist.
Stand Up Johnny
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,060. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
In this country noir short story by a recent Derringer Award finalist, a troubled young man returns home to find deceit, heartache, and murder in the arms of an old flame. The story first appeared in Plots With Guns.
Button Man
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,910. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
An idealistic young man returns home after the Korean War, and clashes with the corruption he finds in his father's business in New York's Garment District. Written by a recent Derringer Award finalist, this Runyonesque short story first appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
The Sweatergeist
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,970. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Meet Archie Bleecker, the fingerless detective. He earns his keep by solving New York’s most irrelevant cases. When a rich man hires him to investigate the case of a sweater that won’t stay put, Bleecker’s got more than mystery on his hands. Part ghost story, part private eye yarn, this short story first appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
The Marshal of the Borgo
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,110. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A troubled police captain investigates a series of murders in a small Italian village which force him to use a power he has long denied. A paranormal mystery featuring murder, witchcraft, ghosts, and vino.
Bloody Signorina
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,240. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
In this short detective story, a privileged yet unworldly young woman embraces a deadly habit as a means to deal with her anger and grief while living in one of the world’s most beautiful cities—Rome. This story is a Derringer Award finalist. It first appeared in the September 2013 issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
Sunshine Lady
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,560. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Determined to exact revenge on an unfaithful husband, a beautiful witch has a dying wish: to be buried in a glass-topped tomb so the sun can always look upon her corpse. Inspired by a true story.
Glow
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,360. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Two brothers stumble upon a website so entrancing that it marks them for death.
Skullworm
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,700. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
A lovesick executive rents a hideous creature bred to nibble his cares away, with horrifying consequences.
Arm of Darkness
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,300. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
A mysterious demonic stranger intrudes upon the lives of unsuspecting people, forcing them to make choices with horrific consequences. A collection of six short stories.
The Mesmerist
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 88,780. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Occult
A skeptical young cop and a federal agent with a taste for the occult become embroiled in a series of bizarre killings in an alt-version of 1979 New York City, in an era when looks can kill and hands can heal.
Jersey Heat
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,190. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
JERSEY HEAT: A retired cop and a young slacker take on corruption in an eco-thriller reminiscent of the works of Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen.
The Scientist and the Sociopath
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,100. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Science and Nature » History of Science
THE SCIENTIST AND THE SOCIOPATH presents 16 remarkable nonfiction stories, some of real-life scientists tackling theories and discoveries that will change our world, others of laymen grappling with some aspect of science in their lives. Culled from the author’s reporting for magazines such as Discover, Wired and Seed, these tales are presented together for the first time.

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