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.
It Came From the Trailer Park: Volume 2
Why do hurricanes and tornadoes always head straight for trailer parks?
’Cause that’s where the fun is!
Have yourself a double-wide helping of horrific humor with this redneck rodeo of low-class laughs. Come listen to “Buford Greene’s Mountain Jug Band” (Philip K. Booker) play at “The Starlight Drive-In” (John M. Floyd), then stick around to have “Road Beers with Norm and Tank at Twitchy’s Hatchet House” (Jonathan Maberry)!
And more! So much more—including my own little contribution, “Cemetery Man.”
Publication date: October 21, 2022.
A charitable anthology to help out a very sick, very special lady,
featuring my story, "Home of the Skunk Ape."
Publication date: November 4, 2020
Including my contribution, "Don't Quit." It ain't literary, but it's a laugh.
Publication Date: May 26, 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
―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
―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
Featuring my short, "Let Them Eat Cake."
Publication Date: June 2012
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 #11
―Out of print
Featuring my story, "It's Not What You Think."
Publication Date: April 28, 2012
My first work intended for anyone else to see was titled "The Accidental Bass," written for a contest―and 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?