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. 

Come Get Your Pirate On!

The crew of the Ravager thought they were on top of the world, taking what they wanted and burning the rest―even the Royal Navy couldn't stop them.

Then they met the tribe.
Then they found the fog.
And in the fog they couldn't see what was coming until it was far too late.

Penned by Rob Smales, this pirate tale of guns and blood and white, white wood is the newest installment in Grinning Skull Press's Grave Marker series.

Red Blood, White Wood, a standalone not-so-short story, available now in the Kindle store for just 99 cents!

Beware the fog.

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Wittier Than Thou


Coming out of Haverhill House Publishing, edited by David Goudsward, touted as "tales of whimsy and mirth inspired by the life and works of John Greenleaf Whittier," and featuring my own contribution―the original short story, "Don't Quit"―all the proceeds from the sales of Wittier Than Thou will go to benefit the upkeep and operation of the Whittier Birthplace museum and the surrounding 69 acres of farmland in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Other contributing authors include the redoubtable David Bernard, the notable Gregory L. Norris, and the improbable Jeff Strand.

Other Stuff You Can Grab Right Now:

Strangely Funny 


Carnival of Strange Things

Mystery and Horror, LLC, has released the sixth in their series of  weird, dark, humorous anthologies, and this time they took me along for the ride! 

The tales between these covers are aimed toward those of us who, let's face it, have the kind of sense of humor that gets us funny looks from time to time. Included in the mix  for six is my own little story, "Do I Fat?" Introducing the not-so-dynamic detective duo of Flowers and Carr, "Do I Fat?" is a sweet little mix of fairy tale, police procedural, and buddy comedy that ought to put a smile on your face―and that's just one of the stories included in the purchase price.

Not convinced? Check out this excerpt of "Do I Fat?"

Out of the strange murky depths of Limitless Publishing comes one fun little read, the latest (so, third) installment in their Creepiest Show on Earth series, Carnival of Strange Things.

If you have a penchant for tales of  the bloodsoaked big top, menacing midway, sinister sideshow variety, then this is the series―and book―for you! Featuring a longer-than-average short story of mine, "The Fate Machine," as well as  "All the World's a Show" by my writing partner, Stacey Longo, the dozen stories set on these pages  are sure to entertain.

And just to help you make up your mind, check out this  excerpt of  "The Fate Machine" I've decided to share with you because:

  1. I love you all, and

  2. Let's face it, I'd really like you to buy the book.

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!

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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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