A boy learns how to be a man in a post-apocalyptic world . . .

An old man teaches his grandson to do the right thing, with terrifying results . . .

A plane crash leaves a damaged man doing whatever he must to survive . . .

From the dark corners of award-winning horror writer Rob Smales’s twisted mind comes thirteen tales of murder, terror, ghosts, and ghouls. This collection of the scary and sublime will burrow into the most disturbed part of your soul, leaving you wondering: what was that noise in the other room?

Perhaps it was nothing. Or perhaps it was an echo of darkness.



Rob Smales is the author of Dead of Winter, which won the Superior Achievement in Dark Fiction Award from Firbolg Publishing’s Gothic Library in 2014. His short stories have been published in two dozen anthologies and magazines. His story “Photo Finish” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and won the Preditors & Editors’ Readers Choice Award for Best Horror Short Story of 2012.

Most recently, his story “A Night at the Show” received an honorable mention on Ellen Datlow’s list of the Best Horror of 2014, and was also nominated as best short story by the eFestival of Words.

More about his work can be found at, or you can look him up on Facebook

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