(The above graphic created by TallyDude)
Nickolaus Pacione is a misogynistic, racist, homophobic forty-year old mentally ill man from Morris, Illinois who has a long, documented history of abuse, harassment, and stalking of public figures — particularly authors, musicians, and clergy — including myself, Clive Barker, Mary SanGiovanni, Cherie Priest, Ramsey Campbell, Billy Martin (Poppy Z. Brite), Kealan Patrick Burke, Sarah Jezebel Diva, Joe Ripple, the members of Thirty Silver, Karen Koehler, Ray Garton, RL Baupader, Kent Hovind, and dozens and dozens and dozens more. He has threatened violence, attempted doxxing, and even made threats against the school of an author’s child. Despite numerous complaints and police reports from precincts around the country, he remains free due to the incompetence — or possible malfeasance — of his local authorities. Most people know this. So why am I talking about it again? Because there are still those who don’t, and there are still people who fall victim to him.
Yesterday, author Aimee Marie Bejarano asked me to quote: “let others know I have nothing to do w Nickolaus Pacione” after receiving a one-star review on Amazon’s page for her book, THE GATEWAY, for her perceived connection to Pacione.
Over the past year, Pacione has been advertising his services via Linked In and Facebook as a book designer. Unaware of his history, Aimee hired him to design THE GATEWAY. Those familiar with Pacione can easily guess what happened next. He uploaded the book to Amazon, listed himself as a co-author, and filled Aimee’s bio and the book description with his inimitable screed of attacks on others. Aimee quickly disengaged from Pacione, removed the book from sale, removed Pacione’s contributions, and then put it back up for sale. Pacione predictably responded to this perceived slight with rancor on Twitter and elsewhere. Despite this, Pacione’s association with the book remains in the minds of some members of the public.
We talked recently about the abuse of Amazon’s customer review system, and this is another example of the argument to overhaul it. But it’s also an example of why we continue to occasionally warn the public about Nickolaus Pacione. If he contacts you, be it with an offer to design your next book or the details of his conspiracy theory about how myself and other public figures are engaged in a conspiracy to replace him with an army of actors equipped with his Social Security Number, it’s best to simply report him and then block him. And if you are an author, always, always, ALWAYS take five minutes to Google somebody before working with them, no matter what their claimed credentials.