Rob Essley

Rob Essley is a fan of odd, fantastical happenings, whether real or imagined. His fiction has been published at and He can usually be found creeping in the shadows around Atlanta.

Stories by Rob Essley


Illustrated by Hong Rui Choo

From a nearby tree, one after another, birds dropped like stones, then, just before they struck the hard earth, swooped toward the front door. Flying fast, like black blurs through the twilight, they stuck their beaks in the heavy timber door like darts. Thwack! Thwack! Ten birds, then ten more, and Silas just lay there, …