Rob Smales.com 

I write character-driven dark fiction.
What do you do?

Short Stories and Anthologies

If anyone ever asks me where I learned to write, I'll just tell them "By doing it," and direct them to this page. If I go back and read some of my earlier stuff now it makes me cringe, but here it all is, for better or worse: a chronological list of my publication credits―some of which you can't find out there anymore, but I'm including here for posterity, and so I can look back at them sometimes and say "Awww . . ."


They're also a reminder to me that I've come a long way, though I still have a long way to go.

Including my contribution, "Don't Quit." It ain't literary, but it's a laugh.

Publication Date:  May 26, 2019

Carnival Of Strange Things (Creepiest Show On Earth Book 3)


Featuring a fun little story of mine, titled "The Fate Machine."


Publication Date: May 14, 2019



Where you'll find my ghoulish giggle, "Do I Fat?"

Publication Date: April 21, 2019


Including the not-so-short short story, "The Biggest Little Show on Earth," by Rob Smales

Publication Date: October 16, 2018



Featuring my story, "The Road to Gallway."

Publication Date:  October 15, 2017

Insanity Tales III: Seasons of Shadow


From the writers of The Storyside comes the third installment in the Insanity Tales series.


Featuring my stories, "A Bee" and "Tracks in the Snow."


Publication Date: June 6, 2017

Wicked Witches


The New England Horror Writers proudly present a new anthology which pays tribute to those whose ancestors were accused, hung, pressed, drowned, or burned at the stake. Featuring "Moving House," by Rob Smales.


Publication Date: October 16, 2016

Demonic Visions 50 Horror Tales Book 6

Featuring my short, "Stranger Than Fiction."

Publication Date: February 17, 2016
44 Lies by 22 Liars: A Flourish of Flash from the Fabulous Fibbers at Post Mortem Press

Featuring my tales, "Spreewald Dreams," and "Was it Good For You, Baby?"

Publication Date: January 26, 2016





Twenty-three tales of holiday horror to benefit The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, including my own story, " 'Twas the Night Before Krampus."

Publication Date: December 28, 2015


Insanity Tales II: The Sense of Fear


Reality slides into madness again in these eleven tales from some of New England’s finest storytellers. Features "The Book of Shadows," and "The Perfect Game," from Rob Smales.


Publication Date: October 10, 2015

Wicked Tales: The Journal of the New England Horror Writers, Volume 3


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.


Featuring my story, "Keepsakes."


Publication Date: May 30, 2015

Enter at Your Own Risk: Dreamscapes into Darkness

Firbolg Publishing’s fifth anthology, Enter at Your Own Risk: Dreamscapes into Darkness, explores the old adage of “Be Careful What You Wish For.”

Featuring "First Horse," by Rob Smales.

Publication Date: April 24, 2015

Anthology: Year Three, Distant Dying Ember


A wildly adventurous collection of stories and verse that cross the thresholds of genre, including my short story, "Northern Lights."



Publication Date: January 5, 2015


Demonic Visions 50 Horror Tales Book 5


The fifth volume in the Demonic Visions series, featuring my story, "Saying Goodbye."




Publication Date: December 13, 2014


Demonic Visions 50 Horror Tales Book 4


Welcome to the fourth installment of the Demonic Visions series, featuring my "Finders Keepers."



Publication Date: July 6, 2014


Demonic Visions 50 Horror Tales Book 3


Welcome to the third installment of the Demonic Visions series, including my two tales, "Night Game" and "Obsession."



Publication Date: March 13, 2014

The Bloody Book Of Grotesque Love
―Out of print

All the many other faces of love: jealousy, obsession, inter-species and supernatural pairings, and even the fires of passion burning for those no longer among the living―including my short story, "Obsession."

Publication Date: February 6, 2014

The Bloody Book of Halloween

―Out of print


Featuring my short, "Only the Lonely."


Publication Date: January 2, 2014

Demonic Visions 50 Horror Tales Book 2


Welcome to the second installment of the Demonic Visions series, featuring my "A License to Kill."


Publication Date: December 16, 2013


Wicked Seasons: The Journal of New England Horror Writers, Volume II


Featuring "A Night at the Show," by Rob Smales



Publication Date: November 7, 2013


Coffin Hop: Death by Drive-In

A collection of stories from the ranks of the annual Coffin Hop online horror extravaganza, including my "The Colossal Monster."


Publication Date: October 21, 2013

Demonic Visions 50 Horror Tales


Welcome to volume one of the Demonic Visions 50 Horror Tales series, including my short tale. "The Tank."


Publication Date: September 9, 2013



Dark in the Limelight


Featuring "Let Them Eat Cake."


Publication Date: October 7, 2013

Rigorous Mortis: A Mortician's Tales

―Out of print

Between the land of the living, and the realm of the dead, the body passes through the hands of many.  Includes my tale, "Bedtime Story."


Publication Date: February 18, 2013

Zombies Need Love, Too

Take solace in the fact that " 'til death do us part " is no longer relevant.

Featuring "Maxwell's Silver Hammer,' by Rob Smales.

Publication Date:  February 23, 2013

Dangers Untold


Not a vampire, zombie or werewolf to be found.


Featuring "Mutes."Publication Date: September 25, 2012


The June 2012 issue of DarkMedia E-zine


Featuring my short, "Let Them Eat Cake."


Publication Date: June 2012


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!


Checkin' It Twice & Other Heartwarming Holiday Tales


Get in the Christmas Spirit with Volume 2 of award-winning stories from LDS Publisher's 2010 and 2011 Christmas Story Contests! Featuring Rob Smales's "Fishing Buddy."


Publication Date: October 26, 2012


Dark Eclipse, Issue #12

―Out of print


Featuring my "Finders Keepers."



Publication Date: May 30, 2012

Scarlet Whispers

For as long as there has been civilization, the horse has been by man's side. Featuring my short, "Justice."

Publication Date: November 13, 2012

Dark Eclipse, Issue #11

―Out of print


Featuring my story, "It's Not What You Think."


Publication Date: April 28, 2012

Frightmares: A Fistfull of Flash Fiction


Featuring "Modern Problem," by Rob Smales.


Publication Date: March 6, 2012

Dark Moon Digest, Issue #5


Featuring my first paid published story, "Playmate Wanted."


Publication Date:  October 1, 2011

Bewildering Stories Ezine


Home of my first for the love publication, "Gotcha!"


Though "Playmate Wanted" (above) was accepted first, "Gotcha" was technically published first, earlier in 2011.

MyHuntingAndFishing.com


My first work intended for anyone else to see was titled "The Accidental Bass," written for a contestand I won!

Unfortunately―or fortunately, for me anyway (my earliest stuff tends to make me cringe now)―the site seems to have either been entirely revamped or changed hands, and the old contest page no longer exists. I still have the story around here somewhere, though, and I'm leaving this up here to commemorate the first time I thought I might actually be good at this.


Publication Date: hell, sometime in early 2011?