My name is Daniele Bonfanti and I’m an Italian adventure enthusiast—mountaineer, trail runner, kayaker, and traveler—enjoying it as well as writing about it. As an author of adventurous science fiction and horror, I am mostly influenced by my deep fascination for nature and its hidden secrets, and then by ancient traditions.
My English debut was the novelette Game, which got a Honorable Mention in Ellen Datlow’s book The Best Horror of the Year, vol.9. My stories appear, alongside top authors (Barker, Straub, Campbell, Kiernan…), in the Stoker-nominated anthologies The Beauty of Death 1 and 2, and in the deluxe hardcover Supernatural Horror.
My published fiction in Italy include the novels Melodia and Quintessenza, and several short stories. I also translate works. My translations include novels by Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Brian Evenson, Brian Keene, Carlton Mellick III, Richard Laymon; short and long fiction by Peter Straub, Jack Ketchum, Poppy Z. Brite, John A. Lindqvist, Stephen King.
See Bibliography for details about my publications.
I am an active member of the Horror Writers Association.
For several years, I worked as well as a beekeeper and natural farmer, a craft which embodies my love for open-air life, self-sufficiency, tradition, and ecology, allowing me to take part in a living ecosystem.
I have written non-fiction, too. About ancient mysteries, esoteric matters, and paranormal phenomena; mostly for the popular print magazine Hera, which I have contributed to for two years with essays (three were cover features) and columns exploring the thin boundary between history and myth.
In the past, for about five years, I learned the ropes working in Italy as a freelance copyeditor and article writer. I worked with several authors and publishers, and co-edited anthologies. For eight years, I also ran a middle-school fiction writing workshop.
Born and raised in Italy, between Lake Como and its mountains, I now live by the ocean on the Macaronesian island of Gran Canaria (Spain), in a house haunted by daughters and a wife.