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I write character-driven dark fiction.

             What do you do?

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. 

Oh, look! A book!

It's been a while, I know (since 2018, actually), but I've finally got a new book out!

From the Amazon page:

Old Mr. Ross didn’t believe in LaundryLegs. He thought the monstrous centipede was made up by his wife—a joke to scare their kids. After his wife’s death, Mr. Ross finds himself face-to-face with the creature. Or does he?

Stricken with grief over the loss of his wife, and fearful of his looming mental decline, Mr. Ross begins to doubt his own sanity. Is the monster in his basement real?

Is it an alcohol-fueled nightmare?

Or is he losing his mind?

Does that sound like fun or what?

If you're interested, the ebook can be found over on Amazon.

Not a fan of ebooks? You'd prefer an actual book? Not to worry, the paperback is coming―but first, the signed, numbered edition will be available from the publisher, Weird House Press! This little baby (my first signed edition ever, so I'm kind of stoked) will go on sale May 15―two weeks from me posting this―but is available for preorder (and a preorder discount) right now, so don't wait! Preorder now!

Hey! Look over here!

Remember the '80s?

Would you like to?

Between these covers await eleven tales full of that good old-fashioned, pre-smartphone, boom-boxy, popped collar and big hair feel, while at the same time each is something totally new you've never seen before―leading off with my own cross between Night of the Comet and The Breakfast Club, "Stardust."

100% of the proceeds from Totally Tubular Terrors goes to the Help Jim & Tessa Fund, so not only are you getting a really fun book, you're doing something nice for someone else. You can count it as your good deed for the day!

Totally Tubular Terrors: the fun horror book that actually helps you get into Heaven. 


So . . . Kind of late for an announcement, but I've been on the New England Horror Writers board since January this year (2023). In case you haven't noticed (or seen/heard me saying as much) I'm terrible at self-promotion. I did say something over on Facebook at the time, but there was definitely a lack of trumpets or other fanfare, and it just occurred to me that I might want to say something about it on my actual damned website.

I did mention the terrible at self-promotion thing, right?

Anyway, you'll see me taking part―and occasionally running―NEHW events and stuff as the year progresses.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled life, already in progress . . .

In Other News . . .

Over in the main page, I talked a bit about the signed, numbered edition of LaundryLegs that's coming out and how cool that feels. What I did not mention was the Deluxe Edition LaundryLegs that Weird House has in the works.​ With five short stories included after the novella, it's double the size and triple the fun, including a couple of new stories you won't find anywhere else!

Just a little something to keep in mind . . .

Site Under Construction!

I'm in the process of giving the site an overhaul—in 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.