"Gagliani has brought bite back to the werewolf novel. The
Wisconsin setting is brought vividly to life, as are the regional
secondary characters . . . Wolf's Trap is a hirsute werewolf
story that will grab you by the reading jugular and keep you clawing
the pages until the story's exciting conclusion."
Headline News Book Lizard review by James Argendeli
"This is more than your typical werewolf novel, it is a glimpse
into one man's inner struggle to control his darker impulses, even
using them without being consumed by them ... Simply put, this book
rocks. It's fun, exciting, gritty, sexy, and nasty, and I recommend
it to anyone looking for a great read."
"Wolfs Trap is a solid werewolf novel
Gagliani is skilled enough to make it more than readable, and he
proves himself as a powerful new talent."
Horror Channel website
"From the moment you realize — early on — that hero cop
Nick Lupo is a werewolf, this unique novel's claws have already
dug deep into your skin. William D. Gagliani has deftly managed
to blend several genres into a powerful mix — Wolf's Trap
is one part horror tale, one part police procedural, one part chase-thriller,
and one part classic rock musical! The author had me from the get-go.
What a ride...!"
Raymond Benson, author of Sweetie's Diamonds,
Face Blind, and
several James Bond continuation novels
"Wolf's Trap is fierce and unforgettable. Gagliani
explores his characters' inner wounds and outward violence with
equal, gut-wrenching effectiveness. The drama continues to build
muscle as it gallops toward a no-holds barred finale."
Brian Pinkerton, author of Abducted
"William Gagliani writes with the precision of a vivisectionist,
pulling just the right nerve endings to make your skin crawl and
your pulse race. Wolf's Trap catches you by the throat and
shakes your senses hard. If there were any justice in the world,
the novel would be on the New York Times Bestsellers list. Highly
James A. Moore, author of Under the Overtree
and the Stoker-nominated Serenity Falls
"Wolf's Trap rocks! William D. Gagliani imbues it with
hard-edged wit and a wonderful detective-noir intensity worthy of
Raymond Chandler. This werewolf novel will grab you by the scruff
of the neck and shake you till you see stars!"
Tamara Thorne, author of Thunder Road,
Bad Things, and Candle Bay
"With Wolf's Trap, William Gagliani has begun to fulfill
the promise made with his short fiction; this novel is by turns
tough, suspenseful, poignant, surprisingly erotic, and, finally,
beautifully measured. It can rightfully take its place alongside
Harry Shannon's Night of the Werewolf and P.D. Cacek's Canyons
as one of the best werewolf novels of the last ten years."
— Gary A. Braunbeck, author of Things Left Behind
and In Silent Graves
"I have written elsewhere that one way to gauge the health
of a genre is by counting the number of emerging *good* young writers.
In the past year or so at least 20 excellent young writers have
begun publishing short story collections and novels in the dark
fiction field, indicating the field is healthy indeed. With Wolf's
Trap, William Gagliani demonstrates that he is definitely one
of the top members of this group. I recommend his book with no reservations."
Gene O'Neill, author of The Burden of
Indigo and Shadow of the Dark Angel
"Wolf's Trap is a riveting, disturbing, gut-wrenching
— and entertaining as all get-out — journey into the darkest part
of the human soul, and I loved every page! On the surface it's a
taut, beautifully-crafted hybrid genre piece, a werewolf police
procedural, but underneath the surface it's a rich psychological
suspense story that resonates in all sorts of weird, fascinating
ways. Nick Lupo is a brilliant creation in the noir-fantasy universe,
and I want to see — no, scratch that! — I DEMAND to see comic
books! Movies! Video games! Amusement park rides! Everything! LUPO
Jay Bonansinga, author The Black Mariah,
Sick, The Killer's Game, and Oblivion
"William Gagliani's Wolf's Trap offers a unique spin
on the werewolf fable and snares the reader right from the first
page. Part horror tale, part crime novel, this is first-rate entertainment
that will keep you reading deep into the moonlit night."
Tom Piccirilli, author of A Choir of Ill
Children and The Night Class
"I have generally been disappointed with the werewolf as subject
for horror fiction. There have been a few exceptions but for the
most part werewolf novels seem content to follow pretty much the
same pattern every time. William Gagliani varies it sufficiently
here to have held my interest in his suspenseful story that mixes
serial murder with werewolves. The action also alternates between
the wilderness and the less reputable parts of a big city, which
is another kind of wilderness. He does a good job of making us care
about his protagonist, and the twist which I won't tell you
about is clever enough to keep you guessing until the end.
Another small press title worth chasing down."
Don D'Ammassa, writing
in Chronicle (Dec 2003)
"I had a blast with Wolf's Trap! Well-developed characters,
crisp prose, engaging subplots, Wolf's Trap is the perfect
read for those who crave cross-genre works. Combining crime fiction
with supernatural horror fiction, Wolf's Trap brought me
back to the reason why I love a good scary read in the first place:
it kept me enthralled with bated breath, turning the pages!"
— J. F. Gonzalez, author of Shapeshifter,
Clickers, and Maternal Instinct
"Cops, werewolves, serial killers, violence, and sex! You
get it all! Bill Gagliani's Wolf's Trap, a cross-genre delight
that offers the reader a smart and interesting police procedural,
mixed in with clever lycanthropic themes, making this one of the
more enjoyable horror/suspense novels of the year."
— Michael Laimo, author of Deep In The Darkness,
Sleepwalker, and Atmosphere
"William Gagliani's Wolf's Trap is a brisk, cross-genre
romp that pulls no punches and offers genuine scares. I had a ball
Harry Shannon, author of Night of the
"With Wolf's Trap, William Gagliani has managed to
mix the best elements from different genres into a single potent
mix of raw energy and sheer terror. Well written, and well paced,
the horrors in Wolf's Trap are balanced by a delicious sexual
tension that flows through it like an underground river of lava.
This book flows hot, and ends with a big red bang. Recommended to
anyone who likes their horror hot, wet and just a little bit nasty."
Edo van Belkom, author of Scream Queen
and Blood Road
"Wolf's Trap brings monsters to life through a pair
of compelling characters and a plot that sets its teeth into the
reader and won't let go. William Gagliani's careful attention to
the nature of humanity, and inhumanity, sets up a story that prowls
through genres while staying true to the realities of action and
consequence. A fine addition to the lycanthropic literary canon."
— Gerard Houarner, author of The Beast That
Was Max and Road to Hell
"In Wolf's Trap William D. Gagliani writes of monsters
— the kind that haunted our nightmares as children and the all-too-human
predator who looks 'just like us.' Gagliani is a natural storyteller
and the story he tells not only makes the reader re-examine their
thoughts on MONSTERS, but allows us to look into both the mind and
souls of two very different kinds. Shall I say it was a 'howling'
Author of Canyons
"Bill Gagliani's Wolf's Trap blends all the elements
of a cross-genre novel — plot, character, setting, conflict and
opposition so seamlessly and with such a haunting prose it made
me feel every character — from Nick Lupo to the lowest degenerate
on earth — is real and made of flesh. Wolf's Trap pounces and I
was caught in the jaws of the trap and could not escape until I
finished page last."
Robert W. Walker, Author
of the highly acclaimed Instinct and Edge Series
"A top-notch lunar-challenged hero, a villain bent on painful
revenge, a deliciously developed plot. I read the last half in one
sitting on, appropriately, a night with a full moon. Bravo!"
Elaine Bergstrom, Author
of Shattered Glass and Nocturne
"The best werewolf novel since The Howling!"
J.A. Konrath, Author
of Whiskey Sour
"Wolf's Trap delivers plenty of sex and violence, as
all good werewolf books should. [The] pacing is solid and the climax
is riveting. Werewolf fans should be more than pleased with this
Flesh & Blood
"Hey man, the musical score alone in Wolf's Trap as
it plays in your head is worth the price of admission. Bill Gagliani
is my main man. Can't wait for his next."
— Evan Kingsbury, author of Fire & Flesh
"Wolf's Trap is written like a screenplay: quick cuts
between different points of view, rapid scenes, short chapters,
and a tendency toward snappy dialogue."