I’m thrilled to have Hugh Roberts over at my blog today to share in promoting his newest – long awaited, follow up book – More Glimpses. Hugh is known for his crafty short stories which reel us in with curiosity, holding our attention till the very end as we await the ‘twist’, which Hugh has come to be known for.
Welcome to my blog today Hugh, and I know my readers are in for a real treat with a sneak peek into one of your characters – Jane Collins from the story – The Jump. Are your dreams real? Do your dreams haunt you? Read Hugh’s introduction to this mysterious story and get hooked.
Hugh W. Roberts is a published author who lives in Swansea, South Wales, in the United Kingdom.
Hugh gets his inspiration for writing from various avenues including writing prompts, photos, eavesdropping and while out walking his dog, Toby. Although he was born in Wales he has lived around various parts of the UK, including London where he lived for 27 years.
Hugh suffers from a mild form of dyslexia but, after discover Blogging, decided not to allow the condition to stop his passion for writing. Since creating his blog ‘Hugh’s Views & News’ back in February 2014, he has built up a strong following and now writes everyday. Always keen to promote other bloggers, authors and writers, Hugh enjoys the interaction Blogging brings and has built up a group of on-line friends he considers as an everyday essential.
Hugh is a writer of short stories and the author of Glimpses and More Glimpses. A keen photographer, he also enjoys cycling, walking, reading, watching television, and enjoys relaxing most evenings with a glass of red wine.
Hugh shares his life with John, his civil-partner, and their fur babies, Toby and Austen, their Cardigan Welsh Corgis.
Do you believe in fairies at the bottom of the garden? Or know the real truth about what lurks inside every mobile phone? Would you steal items from a blind person, or send your neighbours on a time travelling adventure fraught with danger and menace to save the human race from a bug? How about staying in a sleepy village where many murders have taken place or coming to the aid of royalty while out shopping?
These are just some of the subjects covered in the second collection of short stories and flash fiction from author and writer, Hugh W. Roberts.
‘More Glimpses’ gives the reader an opportunity to take a peek into the lives of normal, everyday people whose lives are all on a path full of twists, turns and unexpected endings. However, it’s not only about the humans; nothing escapes the extraordinary journeys Hugh has planned for you. If you are a lover of shows such as ‘Black Mirror’ or ‘The Twilight Zone’ then you’re in for another exciting trip in this second collection from Hugh. Come and meet the characters who had no idea their lives were about to be turned upside-down. Enjoy the ride!
“Hugh W. Roberts is back with More…Glimpses, that is! This is his second collection of short stories showcasing the dark and somewhat twisted mind of humankind. Roberts’ witty imagination, coupled with his love of stories from The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, crafts 32 more tales of dark humour and hair-raising tales in a variety of genres, some a short read, others a little longer to get your heart racing! In every case, just when you think you’ve got the tale figured out, Roberts drops in a completely unexpected ending that may make you jump, laugh or even ponder your use of technology! The Tunnel, Baby Talk, Floral Hall and The Right Choice were my favourites!” – Terri Webster Schrandt, Writer and Blogger.
Are the strangers in your dreams real people?
My pseudonym is Jane Collins. Unless you’ve read the story ‘The Jump’, from the book ‘More Glimpses’, then you won’t know who I am… yet.
I first appeared in a dream that the author, Hugh W. Roberts, had. I’m not here to talk about his dream, but it’s a significant piece of information. Why? Because when Hugh woke up from that dream, I heard him ask himself if I was a stranger in his life or just a figure of his imagination.
As a writer, Hugh thought that I was a figure of his imagination, but something at the back of his mind has been niggling at him as to if that statement is true.
Now, with the publication of his new book, you’re all about to find out the answer.
Every day, life brings us into contact with people, many of whom we may only cross paths with for a split-second. However, that brief encounter can be the doorway for people, like me, to enter your dreams.
I’m glad, and you’ll be glad to know that some of us don’t have the power to be remembered. Why? Because we rely on you to remember your dreams. After all, we all dream every night, don’t we? However, how often do you remember what you dreamt about last night; let alone what you dreamt about last Wednesday night?
Here’s another question I keep hearing Hugh asking himself: Are the people in the dreams we don’t remember, more dangerous than the ones we do remember?
It’s an interesting question and, one day, you will find out the answer.
I’m delighted that I ended up as a character in one of Hugh’s stories. I helped him with the ending. I’m not giving anything away here, other than it was the perfect ending for me.
A word of warning, however. Once you read the story, don’t judge me. The same goes for when I enter one of your dreams. Don’t judge me until you get to know me.
If you’re as lucky as Hugh, you will be able to control what I do in your dream(s). On the other hand, maybe you should tread carefully when you first encounter me. It’s entirely up to you. Who knows how many times you will face me?
I’m delighted with the role Hugh gave me in the story. I can’t say whether it’s an accurate reflection of who I am, because that would spoil the story for you. Let’s say that he gave me the perfect role.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that if you don’t read ‘The Jump’ that you’ll never encounter me in your dreams. You’ve read what I’ve written here, haven’t you? Now, our paths have crossed.
‘Are the strangers in our dreams real people, or just figures of our imagination?’
Here is a first review for More Glimpses:
March 18, 2019
January 12, 2017
Roberts has come to be known for his engrossing short stories in mixed genres from fantasy to frightening, and all of them keeping his audience gripped to the sometimes bitter end of each story as he has become known for, his twisted endings that will leave you in surprise from nothing you may have anticipated from the beginning of his stories.
Some of these stories are notable as Roberts had shared some of them on his blog, which initially captivated readers and had them wanting more. Some have become classics by Roberts, such as: The Truth App, about an Ipad of the future which has the power to kill off wrongdoers who dare to open the App, The Bridegroom murder mystery in 4 parts with its mind-boggling ending, The Rose Wish, which will have you thinking again to be careful what you wish for, and lessons in the tale of Father Christmas. Some character story favorites are also a delight, such as: Rusty and Richie, and the perils of Martha Dumplin. There are also some other fascinating stories to be read in this book. And no doubt with the imagination of this author, I’m sure we can be expecting more books to come.