I’ve seen Rob read a few times at Pandemonium Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His readings are always lively and memorable. He’s a talented reader as well as a masterful writer. If you get to see him read, consider yourself fortunate.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from his novel, Friends in High Places. One never knows what to expect with Rob Smales. I’m here to tell you, this novel will haunt me for quite some time. His characters, in this case, a group of young boys, are not only engaging but familiar. We’ve all been there. We all had childhood fears and phobias. And I bet we’ve all had a special group of friends to share those terrifying times with. It’s part of growing up. It’s how we learn to become adults and deal with difficult situations. If you’re like me those childhood memories are alive and well in me today. I’ve learned to keep them at bay (most of the time).
When I was eleven or twelve. I had an overactive imagination. Same as most kids. I always believed that writing horror for twenty-two years made me immune to the scares. Rob proved me wrong. His novel spooked me beyond words. This is a classic ghost story in a whole new light, or dark in this case. From the moment I opened the book, I realized Rob was taking me someplace I didn’t want to go, yet I couldn’t say no. I couldn’t stop reading because I was there in the story with the four friends. I was not only witnessing the events that unfolded I was also living it.
I knew Rob’s craft of storytelling is impressive, but I had no idea how unique and twisted his stories could get. Rob has brought my childhood fears to life once more, and I’m constantly looking over my shoulder. Thanks, Rob.
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