Nick Wilgus sold his first short story to The Horror Show Magazine at the age of seventeen and has been writing ever since. And as it turns out, he has a lot to say.

A Lambda Award nominee for his novel Bilal's Bread, he was named one of the best columnists in Mississippi and had an award-winning movie based on his first novel, Mindfulness and Murder

A former newspaper editor, Wilgus is a proud dad who lives in Tupelo, Mississippi right down the street from where Elvis grew up.

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  • RAISE IT UP released Aug. 8, 2017 by Dreamspinner Press.
  • RINGO AND THE SUNSHINE POLICE  released in February 2017 by Dreamspinner Press..
  • Schüttel den Zuckerbaum released Sept. 6, 2016 by Dreamspinner Press. 
  • Ravista Sokeripuuta released Sept. 2016 by Telum Saxum.
  • Nick Wilgus was featured on the Scary Mommy page.
  • DEADWORLD: This Is How It Ends released May 3, 2016
  • GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAINS released Feb. 22, 2016
  • BILAL'S BREAD re-released January 11, 2106.
  • Check out this feature on the author from the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
  • THE CURIOUS CORPSE published by Crime Wave Press September 1, 2015.
  • GET YOUR SHINE ON published by Dreamspinner Press on July 29, 2015.
  • Guest blog for Because Two Men Are Better Than One
  • STONES IN THE ROAD released by Dreamspinner Press on January 30, 2015. 
  • Article for Gays With Kids
  • THE DEPTHS OF EVIL released by Double Dragon Publishing on March 7, 2014. Ebook and paperback versions available.
  • SHAKING THE SUGAR TREE released by Dreamspinner Press on January 31, 2014.
  • Sop mai Ngeap, a full-length feature film based on Mindfulness and Murder, was nominated in five categories at the 22nd Annual Subanahongsa Awards, sponsored by the Federation of National Film Association of Thailand. Wannasak Srilalar won Best Supporting Actor. The movie was also nominated for Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Film. The film was produced by DeWarrenne Pictures. 
  • KILLER KARMA, also to be produced by DeWarrenne Pictures, is currently in pre-production.
  • See this article from the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal for an interview with the author. 



by Nick Wilgus

Harmony Ink Press
Released August 8, 2017


Telling the truth might set you free, but only if you’re willing to pay the price. 

Growing up gay in rural Michigan at the height of the Cold War has taught Cyrus Hood how to keep quiet—about a lot of things. With his mother gone, he fights to keep his family together and care for his little brother, Charlie, whose developmental problems are another secret Cyrus cannot risk revealing. 

Add to that an alcoholic and paranoid father, and Cyrus’s life is rapidly falling to pieces even as he’s realizing his feelings for his best friend, Oliver. When things reach their lowest point, it might be Oliver who helps Cyrus find not only his voice but his place in the world and shows him that, when all else fails, love will raise you up.

DEADWORLD: This Is How It Ends
by Nick Wilgus

Publication Date: May 3, 2016
DSP Publications

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High school juniors Billy Gunn and Rory Wilder return from a weekend camping trip to find a mysterious plague has wiped out their small town of Port Moss, Mississippi. The question of why is only the beginning—especially when the dead refuse to stay dead. 

Figuring out what happened is job one for Billy and Rory. But complications quickly set in. Not only do the dead rise, but a freak storm threatens torrential downpours as winter looms. And enormous ships appear in the sky, bringing with them alien visitors with technology never seen before. 

Left without electricity and modern conveniences, Billy and Rory must figure out a way to navigate horrific zombies, advanced alien life forms, and apocalyptic storms, as well as deal with their growing love for each other in a world gone mad.

View the trailer here.


by Nick Wilgus

Freshly edited and revised, BILAL'S BREAD is available once more in paperback and ebook formats from Amazon.

Bilal Abu has a lot to say, but he's scared to say it. And who could blame him? In the wake of 9/11, this 16-year-old Iraqi refugee has to contend with his immigrant family's never-ending drama and his fanatical older brother's sexual abuse. When Bilal falls in love with the son of the community's religious leader, things get better - and a whole lot worse.

In this careful study of what it means to be a stranger - in a new nation, in your own religious community, and even in your own family - Nick Wilgus gives us a courageous character who manages to find his voice just when other people most want him to be silent. Nominated in 2005 for a Lambda Award for Best Gay Men's Debut Fiction.

"Bilal's voice dangerously breaks the code of silence and secret endurance of the Gay Muslim immigrant ... to understand the collision of Old World Iraqi values and new world freedoms, Bilal's Bread is a must-read for our community and our times." - The Advocate, July 5, 2005

"(The author) takes on intractable, monolithic prejudices in this tale of one frail young boy finally learning to stand up for himself, and though the story takes many distressing turns, the eventual outcome offers hope and healing." - Edge Media Network

"Rarely do we get a gem like this that blends a strikingly memorable story with a great cultural learning experience. No review can really do it justice. Captivating in its style, and daring in its content, it will surely become a classic of gay lit and perhaps a landmark young-adult book, too." - Chad Sosna

by Nick Wilgus

Dreamspinner Press

When his mother goes out to party one Saturday night and doesn't come back, seven-year-old Ishmael Hood is taken in by his estranged Uncle Henry and Henry's live-in boyfriend, Sam. As this unlikely trio begins to build a new life together, they encounter both support and hostility in the small Mississippi town where they live. Seems like just about everybody has an opinion on the matter -- and they're not shy about expressing it.

While this blossoming little family finds its feet, outside forces—and ghosts from the past—threaten to tear it apart. Henry, still trying to deal with the tragic death of his parents, finds himself hard-pressed to open his heart to this needy child.

Just as a little shine begins to return to their lives, Ishmael's mother returns and their world is thrown into chaos.

"Having never read any of Nick Wilgus’ previous works, I was overwhelmed with the realness his writing brings through. Days after reading the story, I find myself still reflecting on the message within. While it is set in rural Mississippi, it could be set pretty much anywhere and you will still find people like the characters in the story who aren’t perfect – we all have our flaws, our beliefs, and our differences from others…yet, we can all learn to love one another. If you only read one book this year, this should be the book you read! Highly recommend!" - Joyfully Jay Reviews

"I can’t have enough of Wilgus’ works." - Scattered Thoughts and Rouge Words


by Nick Wilgus

Double Dragon Ebooks
May 7, 2014

John Peletier is a newspaper writer who specializes in the occult. His latest assignment is a visit to an abandoned town in rural Michigan. He is well aware of the town's reputation for evil. Having investigated many such towns, he knows the stories are more interesting than the truth. // The town, Edward's Lake, is deep inside a forest and sits next to a mysterious lake. Its abandoned buildings are full of clues and secrets. And danger. // When the team tries to leave, they find their vehicle has been sabotaged and their cell phones won't work. Stranded, with the night setting in, they decide to spend the night in a church. But as night falls, the full horror of their situation is unleashed – a horror from which only one will walk away.

Order here.

The Acclaimed Sugar Tree Series


by Nick Wilgus

Dreamspinner Press

Wise-cracking Wiley Cantrell is loud and roaringly outrageous—and he needs to be to keep his deeply religious neighbors and family in the Deep South at bay. A failed writer on food stamps, Wiley works a minimum wage job and barely manages to keep himself and his deaf son, Noah, more than a stone’s throw away from Dumpster-diving.

Noah was a meth baby and has the birth defects to prove it. He sees how lonely his father is and tries to help him find a boyfriend while Wiley struggles to help Noah have a relationship with his incarcerated mother, who believes the best way to feed a child is with a slingshot. No wonder Noah becomes Wiley’s biggest supporter when Boston nurse Jackson Ledbetter walks past Wiley’s cash register and sets his sugar tree on fire.

Jackson falls like a wet mule wearing concrete boots for Wiley’s sense of humor. And while Wiley represents much of the best of the South, Jackson is hiding a secret that could threaten this new family in the making.

When North meets South, the cultural misunderstandings are many, but so are the laughs, and the tears, but, as they say down in Dixie, it’s all good.

"The relationship Wilgus has created between Wiley and nine-year-old Noah is one of the most dynamic, deeply loving and honest father/son connections about which I’ve ever read. It’s filled with laughter." - Leslie Criss, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

The best-selling romantic comedy about a gay single father whose deaf son helps him find a boyfriend. Set in Tupelo, Mississippi, it features "the most colorful secondary characters to populate a Southern novel since Tennessee Williams."

"At times it had me laughing so hard I woke up the drooling drunk who had fallen asleep on my shoulder. Later, the flight attendant brought me some tissues to wipe my eyes and asked me if I was all right." - R.H. Coupe, The Jackson Free Press

"I absolutely loved this book ... Nick Wilgus is an extremely talented writer and this book is an example of why I will be reading his backlist and making his future books autobuys. I can’t recommend this book highly enough." - Becky Condit, Mrs. Condit and Friends

"I absolutely loved it. It left me drained. I couldn’t pick up a new book for days. I needed to work through all the feelings this book stirred in me." - Gay List Book Reviews

"Amazing! Can’t say enough! Recommend it completely and it is solidly in my all time favorites list. Wiley, Noah and all their people are unforgettable. This story is all about the LOVE." - The Tipsy Bibliophile

"It. Blew. My. Tiny. Little. Mind. Nick Wilgus is amazing." T.A. Webb

"Not just a breath, but a blast of fresh air. Totally new. Magnificent. I couldn't put it down." - Michael Murphy, author of Little Squirrels Can Climb Tall Trees

"From a charming and significant new voice in gay romance comes a funny and poignant love story sure to make the butter melt right off your biscuits." Rick R. Reed, award-winning author of Hungry for Love and Legally Wed

See this article I wrote for Gays with Kids.

SHAKING THE SUGAR TREE was translated into German (Dreamspinner Press) and Finnish (Telum Saxum).

The German translation is called Schüttel den Zuckerbaum. To order, click here or here.

The Finnish version is called Ravista Sokeripuuta. To order, click here.  

by Nick Wilgus

When his mother goes out to party one Saturday night and doesn't come back, seven-year-old Ishmael Hood is taken in by his estranged uncle Henry and Henry's live-in boyfriend, Sam. As this unlikely trio begins to build a new life together, they encounter both support and hostility in the small Mississippi town where they live. Seems like just about everybody has an opinion on the matter—and they're not shy about expressing it. 

While this blossoming little family finds its feet, outside forces—and ghosts from the past—threaten to tear it apart. Henry, still trying to deal with the tragic death of his parents, finds himself hard-pressed to open his heart to this needy child. 

Just as a little shine begins to come back into their lives, Ishmael's mother returns, and their world is thrown into chaos.

"Wilgus's Stones in the Road puts the style in lifestyle and the fun in dysfunctional families. At once a dark comedy and a rich meditation on love, I can't recommend this book enough!"
--Rick R. Reed, author of Dinner at Home

"Stones in the Road is an amazing follow up to his debut novel, Shaking the Sugar Tree, with some of the most outrageous Southerners ever to jump out of the pages of a book. Hilarious and heart breaking by turns, Stones in the Road will grip your heart and not let go." 
- Becky Condit, USA Today

"I loved this book. I went through so many emotions reading this story. Mostly, I laughed, but there were quite a few moments that I sat with my mouth hanging open or tears running down my face." - MM Good Books Reviews 

"Stones in the Road is an amazing story of tragedy and triumph; the coming together as a family and a community; perseverance and acceptance. It’s love and fortitude in the face of bigotry and poverty. All written in a way that makes me want to jump in my car and drive to Mississippi and meet this amazing man named Wiley and his honking son Noah, and the man he plans to spend his life with, Jackson," - Blogger Girls 

See this excerpt at the Purple Rose Tea House.


by Nick Wilgus

Publication Date: Feb. 22, 2016
Dreamspinner Press

Order here.

Years have gone by since the death of Noah, his special needs son, and Wiley Cantrell realizes it’s time to move on. He and his husband, Jackson Ledbetter, try to adopt little Tony Gorzola, a deaf boy with HIV who is emotionally traumatized.

Difficulties quickly set in. Tony is a sweet boy but very damaged by abuse and neglect. And Tony’s mother, in prison, is unwilling to relinquish her parental rights. No sooner do they get the go ahead to foster Tony when another child they had considered becomes available—the daughter Jackson always wanted.

With two children on their hands, life is complicated—wonderfully so. But just as things begin to settle down, Tony, his immune system compromised, falls ill with pneumonia—and Wiley and Jackson find their little family faced with crisis once again.

SPECIAL NOTE: A portion of the proceeds from this book are being donated to the Kentucky Youth Law Project, whose goal is to reduce homelessness and promote legal protections for LGBT youth in the state of Kentucky. 
See this blog post for more on the new book.

  • Read this 5-star review from Kara's Book Reviews. 

The Father Ananda Murder-Mystery Series


by Nick Wilgus

Crime Wave Press.

When the body of a foreign woman is discovered at his busy temple in Bangkok during a monsoon downpour, Father Ananda finds himself at the center of a dangerous investigation.Who is this woman, and why does she clutch a Koran in her cold, lifeless hands? Was she, as Pol. Lt. Somchai suspects, a Russian prostitute? Or is there more to the story? And why was she murdered on the grounds of a temple? 

As Father Ananda ponders these questions on his alms round the following morning, he is attacked by two Russian men demanding he turn over “the camera.” No camera was found on the body of the murder victim, but Ananda realizes it must contain photographs on the memory card that someone—either in the Russian mafia or the Russian Embassy—desperately wants to keep secret.But, pictures of what? Wrongdoing by the Russian attache´? Or something a bit closer to home for Ananda and his fellow monks? 

One thing is clear: The sooner Ananda identifies the curious corpse found at his monastery, the sooner he can catch a killer—a killer that is still very much on the loose. 

Click here for a preview. Order here

See also:

http://www.amazon.com/Mindfulness-Murder-Father-Ananda-Mystery-ebook/dp/B009SMJ65Q/ref=sr_1_6?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1441154607&sr=1-6  http://www.amazon.com/Sister-Suicide-Father-Ananda-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00B4QCR7S/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1441154492&sr=1-5  http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DDHE70G/ref=series_rw_dp_sw  


by Jerome Wilde

Dreamspinner Press

When the body of a crucified boy is found by the river in Kansas City, Lieutenant Thomas Noel, a priest turned homicide detective, is assigned the case. In their search for the boy’s killer, Noel and his new partner, Daniel Qo, follow the clues to a secretive traditional Catholic group located in the Missouri countryside.

Then another body turns up, and the hunt intensifies. But Noel’s investigation hits too close to home and attracts the attention of the killer….

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Writing as SULAYMAN X

http://www.amazon.com/Tears-Dragon-Five-Kingdoms-Book-ebook/dp/B00A1EJR7M/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406393846&sr=1-7&keywords=tears+of+a+dragon http://www.amazon.com/King-Storms-Five-Kingdoms-Book-ebook/dp/B00A0C898I/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0033SFTEBXANWFGS3YPR http://www.amazon.com/One-Night-Bangkok-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B008IL45OA/ref=la_B001JS1AF6_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406394137&sr=1-5  

For complete ordering information, see Nick Wilgus's Amazon page.

(c) 2017 Nick Wilgus