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Rich DiSilvio is the multi-award-winning author/artist of both fiction and nonfiction. His skills as a multi-genre author and creative artist have yielded a consistent and impressive record of award-winning books, all of which he designed and illustrated.

Rich DiSilvio


Fun & inspiring, Meet My Famous Friends
is DiSilvio's First Place winning picture book that presents role models to kids of all ages
in a highly creative and comical fashion.

Don't miss Danny and the DreamWeaver,
written under the pen name Mark Poe! DiSilio's wild tale will have you laughing and learning as you follow Danny on his fantastical dream adventure.




Short Stories I

The Award-Winning Book that Started it All!
Short Stories I
featuring riveting thrillers, mysteries and historical works.


DiSilvio's critique of Jonathan Jones' The Lost Battle.

The Arnolfini Art Mysteries


The Arnolfini Art Mysteries features the dashing and clever private eye, Armand Arnolfini, as he hunts down master forgers, unscrupulous thieves and ruthless killers.

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Tales of Titans Vol 1

Tales of Titans Vol. I features concise and compelling semi-ficitional narratives of famous figures from ancient Rome to the Renaissance, coupled with nonfictional essays.

Volumes II and III available now.

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Short Stories II

Short Stories II is DiSilvio's 2X Gold Award-winning collection of crime mysteries, shocking thrillers, and historical vignettes from DiSilvio's acclaimed Tales of Titans series.

Titles include The Phantom Forger, The Russian Link, A Courtroom Calamity, Trapped, Object Lesson, Charles Bonaparte, Augustus, Marconi, FDR & Churchill.

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Rich DiSilvio's literary works cover a vast canvas, from fictional thrillers and mysteries to non-fictional historical works to Sci-Fi & fantasy, and children's books. Professional reviewers, PhDs, and readers often credit DiSilvio's firm grasp of history, art, music, politics etc. with making his novels vividly rich and authentic.

In Liszt's Dante Symphony, DiSilvio cleverly demonstrates how revolutionary leaders of the 19th and 20th centuries battled for domination in Europe, while spinning two complex tales with spies, ciphers, and mysterious homicides that weave together two generations, from Bismarck's belligerent Prussia to Hitler's brutal Third Reich. Central to this Hellish whirlwind is the touching tale of a father and son, torn by war and baffling mysteries yet each compelled to take action.

In the award-winning novel A Blazing Gilded Age, DiSilvio once again covers the 19th century but on a different continent. While Europe was embroiled in wars, America was chugging full-steam ahead in an industrial revolution that spawned such giants as J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and a firebrand politician named Theodore Roosevelt. The fictional framework of the novel centers on the ugly underbelly of this golden era to portray the hardships of a poor coal-mining family abused by the mine's ruthless owner, a highly productive yet warped and greedy man who ran roughshod under an unregulated capitalist system governed by corrupt and inept politicians.

In the Gold Award-wining novel My Nazi Nemesis, DiSilvio covers the horrors of the Holocaust and subsequent fear amid the Cold War, while weaving a sinister tale with adrenaline-pumping rivalries, razor-sharp dialogue, jarring twists, and a shocking conclusion that reaches terrifying heights.

Over the course of writing a solid collection of well-received books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles, DiSilvio has skillfuly treated titanic figures of antiquity, including Julius Caesar, Augustus, Cleopatra, Nero, and Constantine; icons of the middle ages, such as Charlemagne and Dante; Renaissance geniuses and rulers, like Leonardo, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, the Medicis, the Borgias, Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth, and Shakespeare, to the bold leaders that shaped the revolutionary times that followed, including Napoleon I and III, Otto von Bismarck, Garibaldi, and Pope Pius IX. Also covered, are the courageous women leaders, Elizabeth Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman and others who fought for civil and women's rights.

In addition to all the giants of antiquity featured in The Winds of Time, DiSilvio masterfully analyzed the founding fathers, and a vast assortment of scientists and inventors, including Edison, Tesla, Marconi, Einstein, and Enrico Fermi, all of whom had catapulted mankind into a new Electro-Atomic Age, one that would literally explode years later during World War II, as Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and Hirohito all vied for world conquest, unleashing a fury so intense that it spread across the globe like napalm.

Moreover, DiSilvio deftly covered the Cold War years, leading up to the War on Terror, which still haunts us today. Accompanying that plethora of political leaders, scientists, and inventors, DiSilvio has crafted thought-provoking commentaries on numerous religious leaders, as well as on great explorers, like Columbus and John Smith; great classical composers, including Mozart, Liszt, and Wagner; great architects, such as Brunelleschi, Bramante, McKim, Mead & White; and a host of other titanic figures that shaped Western civilization.

Due to DiSilvio's expertise in the fields of art and music, the majority of his books feature various great artists, such as Caravaggio, Albert Beirsdtadt, Caspar David Friedrich, Gustave Doré, Thomas Nast, Renoir, Dali, and Picasso among others, and numerous composers, such as Franz Liszt, Antonín Dvorak, Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, Alfredo Casella, Felix Mendelssohn and modern musicians, including Elvis Presley, Dion, the Four Seasons, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Yes, and many more.

As such, DiSilvio's broad spectrum of knowledge exposes readers to a plethora of topics and key figures of Western civilization, from politics, religion, and science to music, art and architecture, thus explaining why many have labeled DiSilvio a modern Renaissance Man.

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Short stories III A Blazing Gilded Age Short Stories IV