I write character-driven dark fiction.
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Greetings and salutations, readers and writers! My name is Rob Smales, and this is my website; a place for stories to be told and talked about, and for me to occasionally pat myself on the back for getting something published. 

Available Now:
Friends in High Places!

Coming to you out of  Bloodshot Books, I'm all kinds of happy to announce my new novella, Friends in High Places, the coming-of-age tale of a teen hazing gone horribly awry and the silent, creeping horror that follows.

With original art by Lynne Hansen, this little baby will be making its public debut at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival, on October 13!

And if you like the art, Lynne will be releasing a signed, numbered, limited edition print—and I've already got dibs on #1.

Looks good, doesn't it?

Now, there's a long paragraph coming up, but you're going to want to read it. Trust me.

For those of you who actually read my website, I have a treat for you: for a limited time (probably until the book festival in October, but I reserve the right to shut it down if I get too many orders to keep up [like that'll ever happen]), you can get yourself a free electronic review copy of Friends in High Places for free. Just  bop on over to my Contact Me page and let me know you want a copy. I'll send it, and you can load it into your Kindle or tablet as a document (which is how I can do it for free) but it'll look and act just like an honest-to-goodness e-book. All I ask is that you leave me an honest review on Amazon―and it can be as short as Loved it! or Not my cup of tea if you like. Just so long as you leave one, and as long as it's honest.

Oh―and if you're not sure how to load a .mobi file into your Kindle or tablet, just let me know and I can help you with that. Trust me: if I can do it, anyone can do it.

Also in time for Halloween:

Carnival of Nightmares

Limitless Publishing has tossed us a release date for their Carnival of Nightmares anthology, featuring my not-so-short short story, "The Biggest Little Show On Earth." 

This creepy little sucker's going to be available for pre-order on October 6, but you won't be able to get your hot little hands on it until the 16th.

Remember: clowns are friendly, funny people.

Until they're not.

Belly Laughs of the WTF? Variety!

Rolling right at you out of Books & Boos Press, is a brand new horror/humor anthology titled A Sharp Stick in the Eye (And Other Funny Stories), edited by yours truly!

With stories of the ghastly-giggle-inducing variety from fourteen different authors, including an original tale from the great Jeff Strand, the editor (that's me!) has been quoted as saying:

"Stick in the Eye was insanely fun to compile, a barrel of laughs to edit--by God, it's a shitload more fun than a sharp stick in the eye!"


P.S. You know what? Because I'm in such a good mood, having two books come out with my name on the covers so close together―and because I'm so damned proud of them―I'm offering the same deal to anyone who actually reads this here: hit me up on the Contact Me page, tell me you're interested, and I'll send you a free e-copy of A Sharp Stick in the Eye if you'll write up a review. It can be as short as . . . ah hell, see above examples.

Let us tell you a story!

Books & Boos Press recently released Triplicity: The Terror Project, Volume 1 as an audio production, read for you by Mark Rossman, available now on Audible and Amazon!

Now you can have your horror:

  • While you drive
  • While you walk.
  • While you work.

Just click on the image, buy the audiobook, download, and go.

Oh, don't forget the most important part: Enjoy!

Site Under Construction!

I'm in the process of giving the site an overhaulin between writing, editing, and working a day job (yep, in that order). Please bear with me.

Navigation menus may change. Sidebars will change. Things will be updated. Some stuff will be added. Some stuff will disappear.

Come on back every once in a while and check out the progress. I'd love to have you.

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