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4.50  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  21 reviews
After publishing some of his short stories on his blog, Hugh W. Roberts, who is dyslexic, received numerous requests to publish his short stories in a book.

Here, at last, are 28 short stories that will take your mind on a roller coaster of a ride into worlds that conceal unexpected twists and turns.

‘Glimpses’ allows the reader a peek into the lives of everyday people w
Kindle Edition, 144 pages
Published December 6th 2016 by Mumbleton Pier Publishing
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Robbie Cheadle
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts to be quite a unique book. It is a collection of short stories, mainly written along a supernatural theme. I am a great lover of supernatural and horror books and have been avidly reading Stephen King since I was ten years old, so this was right up my street. I had two absolute favourite stories/groupings of stories in this lovely book. My outright favourite was The Truth App which I read twice. It is a collection of a few short stories all in the same theme a ...more
Sally Cronin
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glimpses is an eclectic mix of genres including fantasy, science fiction,ghost, horror and drama. Each story has a twist or two that either make you smile or hide behind the sofa.The serial story, The Truth App, in particular makes you look at your online activities in a new light!

The characters are well drawn, and hopefully not all from experience, as you get a very strong sense of evil from some of them. such as in The Easter Bunny and The Gingerbread House. There are also some very poignant m
M.J. Mallon
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This is undoubtedly an excellent collection of short stories from Hugh W. Roberts.
In my opinion, short stories are so difficult to write as the author has to encapsulate so much into such a rigid format and end on an engaging twist too.  Hugh effortlessly manages to introduce us to such a wide range of well-crafted stories, encompassing several genres, ranging from
Janice Spina
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An Enjoyable Eclectic Collection!

Glimpses is a collection of short stories that will delight, surprise and shock you. Each story displays not only the talents of this author to write a myriad of genres but also his ability to write the unexpected.

There are twenty-eight stories in this collection that are sure to entertain everyone. I enjoyed them all but found one hard to read due to its gory descriptive nature. Horror fans will love it! The author has to be commended on his incredible imaginati
Sacha Black
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fantastic read. I love that it was full of short stories. It means it's perfect for picking up and putting down for the busy reader. I even found myself taking Roberts book to work because I knew I could read a couple of stories over lunch. Roberts has a dark and twisted mind! I can tell you that. There are a couple of quite gory stories, so if you're the more imaginative reader, be warned! There are more twists at the end of each story than a roller coaster, it makes each read fantastically e ...more
D. Peach
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In his introduction, Roberts describes a childhood fascination with The Twilight Zone and Tales of the Unexpected. His enjoyment of tales with a twist plays out in this debut collection of 28 short stories that I'd lump together into the broad category of speculative fiction. The stories range from sweet (Last Train to Aldwych) to sinister (Lipstick), from humor (Blackout) to horror (Needles). The wide variety makes this an easy and enjoyable collection to read in one sitting or visit when time ...more
Victoria Zigler
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great collection of unique stories, usually with an unexpected twist to the tale. The stories are often a bit creepy, and not for the squeemish, so be warned. If you like that kind of thing though, you'll enjoy this book. ...more
Colleen Chesebro
I was excited to begin reading Glimpses because recently, I have found a new love for short stories – especially written by a British author. I lived in England for a few years back in the early 1980’s, and I think my love of the country and people is rekindled by these stories. I could quickly read a few stories each night which fit my schedule perfectly. The author writes in numerous genres which I also found to be a pleasant surprise.

Glimpses literally gives the reader a brief look into the l
D.G. Kaye
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Linda Bethea
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Loved this so much. I follow Hugh's blog and had been eagerly awaiting this book. Read it through in one sitting. Great read, Hugh! I hope you are at work on your next!
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found the short stories in this book to be reminiscence of the Outer Limits TV show. The setting appear to be normal everyday situations. However they each have a startling twist to them. Some such as The Bridegroom has a dramatic twist and it is the first of a four part story that is a murder mystery. The short stories in this book cover the gamut of genres including ghost stories, horror, comedy, sci-fi, fantasy, supernatural, drama and thrillers. These 28 short stories in this book are sure ...more
Eloise Sousa
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great collection of tales of the unexpected. Each short story glimpses into someone's past or present; their little worlds telling us a tale of horror, or vengeance or humour. I loved the set of short tales that linked together through a wedding, giving different perspectives of each individual's take on the events surrounding the wedding and the dire consequences. Hugh has managed to harness the power of telling all in sweet bites that leave us with a taste, a glimpse, of the worlds that lie ...more
Terri Schrandt
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Here is my 5-star Amazon review:
Glimpses is a delightfully twisted set of short stories inspired by author Roberts’ blog. If you follow his blog, you may recognize a few of his terrifying tales reminiscent of stories in the sci-fi genre of Twilight Zone or Outer Limits peppered with a dash of horror. “The Truth App” is the piece de resistance in this collection of 28 stories. Roberts’ biting wit and deft tale-telling will have you reading on the edge of your…well, your reading device! A great re
Brigid Gallagher
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am not usually a reader of short stories, but I was hooked on this winning collection from the outset. It includes romance, horror, thrillers...
Hugh is indeed a very talented writer with a vivid imagination. The Truth App. story was my personal favourite.
I suspect Hugh will pen many more excellent books.
Dawn Shepherd
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully dark and yet made me smile so much. Fabulously written. Couldn't help but stop, take a moment and really think about each story. Smile and continue. Loved it. The Truth App, I Believe in Father Christmas, What if Summer Never Arrives, Ticket to 'Where?' and The Fence, are my favourites. Considering they are short stories, the images conjured are exquisitely detailed. Bravo, I say! ...more
Chris The Story Reading Ape
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Short, Supernatural and entertaining reads

If you like short stories with a dash of the supernatural and a twist in the tale, then this is the book for you.

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Liesbet Collaert
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Roberts’s second story collection, “More Glimpses”, I looked forward to checking out his first one, “Glimpses”. It didn’t disappoint! Again, the e-book’s cover, layout, and table of contents with summaries of the stories are professional and attractive. The stories are sad, sweet, romantic, funny, unimaginable, devastating. Most short; some on the longer end. The reader’s emotions are bound to swing between extremes as the characters encounter different situations in these well-wri ...more
Deborah Bowman
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
An Outstanding First Book!

I can't wait for Roberts's next book. The sequence of shorts that reveals so much beyond the wedding ... secrets that piece together in surprising installments. Other stories in multiple genres (SyFy, futuristic, historical, contemporary) all with attention to detail, smooth flow and well-paced reading that leaves you wanting more, more, more! Don't miss this anthology that takes you to great heights and depths of enjoyment!
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Take a wild ride with author Hugh Roberts as he whisks you on unexpected journeys across the past, present, and future. Hugh’s 28 short stories will delight, surprise, shock…. and make you think. The author’s extraordinary imagination and brilliant story-crafting abilities combine together for an exceptional read. If you would like a change from predictable story endings, this is definitely the book for you.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this - I was hoping for something a little like Night Shift by Stephen King. The stories were ok but I was hoping for a little more development, this collection was more like a journal of ideas. Some of the stories could have been brilliant but I just needed a little more.
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Janet Gogerty
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was not sure what to expect from this collection and with each story I still did not know what to expect! A delightfully diverse collection, some of the tales are linked, all keep us on our toes. I enjoy writing about the dark and the unexpected so I really appreciate this author's imagination. I look forward to reading more from Hugh Roberts. ...more
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