W. D. Gagliani’s Wolf’s Trap was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award in 2004. His novels Wolf's Gambit, Wolf's Bluff, Wolf's Edge, Wolf's Cut, and Wolf's Blind also feature Homicide Detective Nick Lupo, as does the novella Wolf's Deal. He is also the author of the hard-noir thriller Savage Nights and numerous short stories published in anthologies such as Robert Bloch’s Psychos, Dark Passions: Hot Blood 13 (with David Benton), Wicked Karnival Halloween Horror, Small Bites, The Midnighters Club, and More Monsters From Memphis, among many others. "The Great Belzoni and the Gait of Anubis," also a werewolf tale of sorts, is available through Amazon.com. His stories have appeared in e-zines such as Dead Lines, Wicked Karnival, Horrorfind, and The Grimoire. His book reviews are published regularly in Cemetery Dance, the Bram Stoker Award–winning Web site Chiaroscuro (www.chizine.com), the Web site HorrorWorld, and others, and his nonfiction has been in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, BookPage, BookLovers, The Scream Factory, Horror Magazine, Science Fiction Chronicle, and various others. When not writing, reading, or reviewing books, he listens to old and new progressive rock, plays with vintage synthesizers and his Theremin, and collects interesting weaponry. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA), the International Thriller Writers (ITW), and the Authors Guild. MYSTERIES & MAYHEM is a collection of stories, published and new, written with David Benton. MOOD ELEVATOR is one of those, previously published in HOT BLOOD 13.
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The Great Belzoni and the Gait of Anubis
by W.D. Gagliani
Giovanni Battista Belzoni was an Italian circus strongman and one of the earliest European antiquities procurers. Also one of the first Europeans inside the Great Pyramid. I gave him a "chronicler" in the Sherlock Holmes vein and a new set of supernatural adventures fit for an explorer of his caliber. Followed by short-short "The Great Belzoni and the Monster of Goa," this novella is 9800 words.
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