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Publication date: December 28, 2015


You make this a Christmas to dismember, Killing feelings in the middle of December, Strangers meet, one unwillingly surrenders, Oh, what a Christmas to dismember . . .  welcome back to Deathlehem . . .  again! Where a mutated Christmas has a taste for human flesh; where a trio of trespassers are terrorized at an abandoned holiday-themed tourist attraction; where elves thrive on the torment delivered to others; where holiday shopping drives people to commit extreme acts of violence; and many more! Twenty-three tales of holiday horror to benefit The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.


Check out Deathlehem Revisited

Publication date: December 5, 2015


"Christmas?"
"Too commercialized."
"Krampusnacht?"
"Too mainstream."
When Brian and Carol came to England, all they wished for was the most traditional holiday celebration they could find: a dance in the village square, dinner in the inn's taproom, and a lovely winter stroll beneath the stars.

No one told them to be careful what they wished for: they just might get it.

A terrifying new tale from seasoned horror writer Rob Smales, just in time for the holiday. Because not all Christmases are bright.


Check out Carol of the Bells

Publication date: October 10, 2015


Reality slides into madness again in these eleven tales from some of New England’s finest storytellers. Feel your heartbeat quicken as your senses drift to dark places: the howls of horror, terrifying visions, a hint of mystery in the air, and the bitter taste of death. You may never sleep with the lights off again.


My stories: 

The Book of Shadows

The Perfect Game


Edited by Stacey Longo 

and Rob Smales



Check out Insanity Tales II: the Sense of Fear

Publication Date: May 13, 2015

Welcome back to another journey through the wonders and terrors of New England. Twenty Wicked Tales of fear, madness and horror from the region’s most prolific writers of dark fiction. Contains stories from Michael J Arruda, Matthew M. Bartlett, E. A. Black, Kristin Dearborn, Peter N. Dudar, Timothy P. Flynn, Sam Gafford, Christopher Golden, John Goodrich, Rick Hautala, Bracken MacLeod, John McIlveen, Paul McMahon, Holly Newstein, David North-Martino, Howard Odentz, Rob Smales, L. L. Soares, Trisha J. Wooldridge, K. H. Vaughan and T. T. Zuma. Introduction by Chet Williamson, and covert art by Ogmios.

Publication Date: April 24, 2015

Firbolg Publishing's fifth anthology, Enter at Your Own Risk: Dreamscapes into Darkness, explores the old adage of "Be Careful What You Wish For." Journey down wishful thinking's twisted pathways and discover what dark ends and detours await-with an introduction from Daniel Knauf, and featuring stories from D.H. Lawrence, Mary Shelley, A.M. Burrage, H.P. Lovecraft, and more Gothic masters from yesteryear and today... enter at your own risk, and be careful not to make a wish!

Publication Date: January 5, 2015

A wildly adventurous collection of stories and verse that cross the thresholds of genre. Here you'll find epic battles as the forces of order combat alien extremism in space; the confrontation between Norse Gods and the almighty Cthulhu; and otherworldly invaders causing havoc by controlling the elements. But there's much more. In these 29 well-crafted pieces of prose, verse, and artwork, there are more subtle moments: cozy mysteries, time travel, apparitions on lonely highways, isolation, and moments of nail-biting suspense. Over 300 pages of exciting and startling fiction, verse, and art.

Publication Date: December 13, 2014


Publication Date: July 6, 2014


The fourth installment of the Demonic Visions series. This new collection of macabre tales includes short fiction by all members of the Demonic Visions team. Every new book that we publish will take you deeper into the minds of these talented writers, and acquaint you with their various styles of prose. So enjoy, and I hope that you will join us for the entire Demonic Visions saga which is intended to last many, many years and span many, many volumes…



Publication Date: March 13, 2014


Demonic Visions: Book 3

The third installment of the Demonic Visions series. This new collection of macabre tales includes short fiction by members of the Demonic Visions team. Every new book that we publish will take you deeper into the minds of these talented writers, and acquaint you with their various styles of prose. So enjoy, and I hope that you will join us for the entire Demonic Visions saga which is intended to last many, many years and span many, many volumes…


Check out Demonic Visions:Book 3.

Publication Date: February 5, 2014
It has been said that love is a many-splendored thing, but where's the fun in that? Within this collection, the writers have chosen to present to you all the many other faces of Love. Jealousy, obsession, interspecies and supernatural pairings and even the fires of passion burning for those no longer among the living are all just as splendid in their own way, right? 
Delve into the unusual delights of The Bloody Book of Grotesque Love and you'll never, ever look at Love quite the same.


Publication Date: December 29, 2013

The Bloody Book of Halloween includes a collection of stories and poems that are sure to make your skin crawl. You’ll think twice about trick or treating after reading Rob Smales, offering. Two tales about human sacrifice and an evening with the Ouijas board and a dead uncle by author Lisa McCourt Hollar will have you shaking in your seat. You’ll be cheering for the pumpkins to get the better of three foul boys in a story by W.J. Howard and R.J. Robyn shares his take on the origins of dressing up children as monsters at Halloween. And last but not least, enjoy fright filled poetry by Jeffery Hollar, Blaze McRob and Robert A. Read.


Publication Date: December 25, 2013
The First Book in the Seasons of the Dead Quartet. 

Ghosts and spirits manifest for various reasons and in many different ways. 
An invisible intruder. 
An invading memory. 
A soft voice in the snow. 

The dead of winter: The coldest part of winter. 
~The Oxford English Dictionary 

Dead of Winter: A trio of ghostly tales to chill your blood on those cold winter nights. 
~Rob Smales





Publication Date: September 2, 2013

Dark Bits is a collection of 52 +1 horror flash fiction stories. Short, but not sweet, they move quick to grab you. Got a minute? Go ahead, try one.

Publication Date: December 16, 2013
Welcome to the second installment of the Demonic Visions series. This new collection of macabre tales includes short fiction by each member of the Demonic Visions team. Every new book that we publish will take you deeper into the minds of these talented writers, and acquaint you with their various styles of prose. So enjoy, and I hope that you will join us for the entire Demonic Visions saga which is intended to last many, many years and span many, many volumes…



Publication Date: November 7, 2013
New England has a rich tradition of eerie storytelling, born of shadowy forests and long winter nights. Stories that make you shiver in warm rooms, and glance behind you for no reason. WICKED SEASONS continues and enriches that heritage. From fresh voices like Rob Smales, Scott Goudsward and Kristy Peterson Schoonover, to established writers like Christopher Golden and James A. Moore, this volume showcases the best of today’s New England horror fiction.


Publication Date: October 21, 2013
COFFIN HOP: DEATH BY DRIVE-IN is the first collection of stories from the ranks of the annual Coffin Hop online horror extravaganza. Brains from Space! Robot Squids Gone Wild! Radioactive Microwave Men! Monster Mash Massacres! Crotch Tentacles and more, much more!

...wait, did I just say "Crotch Tentacles"?

Featuring interior art by the legendary Nik Seizure and an introduction by B-Movie expert and cult classic Stink of Flesh director Scott S. Phillips! 
Get your popcorn ready and dim those headlights. The Dusk ‘til Dawn is about to begin, and it’s gonna be killer, baby!

All profits from COFFIN HOP: DEATH BY DRIVE-IN will be donated to LitWorld.org!

Publication Date: September 9, 2013
Welcome to volume one of the Demonic Visions 50 Horror Tales series. This book features short horror tales by some of the best horror writers from around the world. Each book within the series will feature new work by each of these writers, both the established, and new up and coming talent. Volume one features tales of cannibalism, murderous underworlds, zombie carnage, portals to alternate dimensions, and many, many more demented masterpieces. So enjoy, and I hope that you will join us for the entire Demonic Visions saga which is intended to last many, many years and span many, many volumes…

Publication Date: May 13, 2013
Between the land of the living, and the realm of the dead, the body passes through the hands of many. The most important of those are the hands that prepare the deceased, whether they belong to a Mortician, Medicine Man, or something else, they are the final touch.
Who really are these "Handlers of the Dead?" What brought them to this profession? This way of life? Who, and what are they, really?
Between the cover of this book you are about to find out, and what you learn may change the way you perceive them forever.
Enjoy Rigorous Mortis, and listen carefully, as the Mortician shares his tales.


Publication Date: November 13, 2012
WINNER 2012 P&E Readers Poll - Best Anthology of 2012! 

Machines define human society.
But that doesn’t mean they have to play nice. 

A new collection of steampunk inspired ghost stories from some of the best rising talent in speculative fiction. Plus a genre gem by Stoker Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author Joe Hill. 

Featuring the Winner 2012 P&E - Best Short Horror Story: Photo Finish, by Rob Smales


Publication Date: February 23, 2013

Who said love was only for the living? In this anthology, the authors have proven that your sex drive does not die once you've been buried six feet in the earth. With a brilliant mix of humor and horror, Zombies Need Love, Too will turn you on and make you vomit at the same time. Consider reading it aloud with a spouse to rekindle a dying relationship, and take solace in the fact that " 'til death do us part " is no longer relevant.

Publication Date: September 25, 2012
Dangers Untold isn’t your normal horror anthology; not a vampire, zombie or werewolf to be found. Filled with unusual monsters and unexpected terror, Dangers Untold is a series of seventeen short stories from horror industry professionals who have a different take on what makes for good horror. From a legend come true to hidden artifacts in the ice to a child’s playmate, these tales will creep in through the cracks when you aren’t looking to linger in your mind long after you have closed the book. Keep the lights on because you’re about to read Dangers Untold .


The June 2012 issue of DarkMedia E-zine Let Them Eat Cake.

The August Issue, where I won three weeks in a row with three different stories: Tribe ; Good Fences Make Good Neighbors ; and All the Little Children.

Read each story in its place in the ezine for FREE simply by clicking on its name above!


Publication Date: October 26, 2012
Can Santa learn a lesson from the Savior?
Can a foreign exchange student help you see Christmas a little more clearly?
Do things really look better from a distance?
And just how many holiday ornaments does one woman need?

Get in the Christmas Spirit with Checkin' it Twice, Volume 2 of award-winning stories from LDS Publisher's 2010 and 2011 Christmas Story Contests! Sixteen short stories from popular LDS authors to help you remember the reason for the season!


Publication Date: May 30, 2012

Issue #12 of Dark Eclipse

Short Fiction:
Finders Keepers (Rob Smales)
Music Man (Bruce Memblatt)
Helen Bound (Mark Lee Pearson)
Luella Miller (a classic short story by Mary Wilkins)
Float On (part one of a new serial by Max Booth III)

Plus: Columns, Reviews and Articles, Flash Fiction and Poetry

Publication Date: May 14, 2012
For as long as there has been civilization, the horse has been by man's side. 
Some horses are lucky enough to have caring owners that give them a nice peaceful retirement when they become old or lame, but for many others, fate is not so kind. These horses suffer abuse, torment, starvation, cruelty and eventually death at the hands of their owners or are sold to "meat men," for a small profit.
By purchasing this Scarlet Whispers, you are giving a horse a chance at a better life, providing much needed supplies, vet and farrier care, and helping to rehabilitate a wounded soul. On behalf of all these majestic creatures, we thank you.


Publication Date: April 28, 2012

Issue #11 of Dark Eclipse, Dark Moon Books’ e-magazine.


Short Fiction:

Possessions (EB Loan)

The Gun (Lori Michelle)

It's Not What You Think (Rob Smales)

Letting Go (Jack Ivey)

Operation Relay (Jay Wilburn) 

I Dare You" (Sean M. Davis)


Plus: Columns, Reviews and Articles, Flash Fiction and Poetry

Publication Date: March 6, 2012
We are not sure how many body pieces Victor Frankenstein used to create his "monster," but it is likely he used a lot less than Dark Moon Books did in stitching this creation together.

Frightmares: A Fistful of Flash Fiction is packed with 129 tales that will rattle your bones, cause you to ponder your future, make you lose some sleep and, yes, even bring a smile to blood-smeared lips. The creation is sewn up tight and ready for a jolt of lightning to bring it to life. And, yes, that time has come, my friends. "It Lives!"

Publication Date: October 1, 2011
The dark days of winter are howling outside the windows and the winds are like frosty fingers scratching at thin wooden doors. Yes, the season of the witch is upon us and the moon grows blood red. So, curl up before a nice roaring fire and feed upon the darkness with new tales from Issue #5 of Dark Moon Digest. With Marc Olivent's "Slaughterhouse" graphic serial wrapping up and Kevin McClintock's "Tenants" coming to a climatic end, our 1st anniversary issue is a real page turner. But keep that flame in the hearth glowing bright. You'll need it as evil toys, haunted amusement park rides, worms, rats and insects invade your mind. Not to mention evil in the form of humans. Or what we thought were humans. What was that? Did the lights just flicker? Probably all in your mind. Right...?


Bewildering Stories E-Zine 

A home and an audience to speculative writing.

All Genres welcome! 

Just the place to find my short story, Gotcha!  - When a boy takes hold of a leprechaun, who really has whom?

 Check it out HERE for free! 



My Hunting & Fishing

My first work intended for anyone else to see, written for a contest -- and I won!

Click HERE to see my story of The Accidental Bass, free! 



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