#BadMoonRising: Reaper: A Horror Novella by Jonathan Pongratz #horror #paranormal

Today’s author is perfectly suited to write in the horror genre.  He’s ready to break out the Ouija board and head for the graveyard.  Haunted house?  Been there, done that.  Move on to the next supernatural adventure.  His horror novella is waiting in my TBR, and it sounds perfect for a creepy Halloween read.  Welcome Jonathan Pongratz!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

I’ve stayed in a haunted house before, although it wasn’t abandoned, so let’s go with the graveyard. Give me a Ouija board and I’m ready for some ghostly conversations!

I’ve never been in a graveyard at night, much less a haunted one, so I’d be curious to see if I could rouse some spirits in the spirit of Halloween. The occult has always held a sort of fascination for me.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

Vampire, hands down. Ever since reading Anne Rice in high school I’ve been obsessed. I mean, who would give up the chance to walk the night forever in exchange for a little bit of blood? Not this guy!

Would you rather be locked in a haunted insane asylum or lost in the woods with a killer on the loose?

Being in the woods with a killer would maybe be a bit too real for me, so let’s go with haunted insane asylum. I’ve seen some footage from those ghost hunting shows, and I think whether or not you make contact, just being stuck in a haunted insane asylum would be extremely terrifying in a psychological way. And that’s before the haunting starts. How exhilarating!

 If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

I would love to write a book set in a small town in New England. I’ve been itching to write a werewolf detective mystery of sorts for a couple years now, and I absolutely love the fall in that area. It’s truly mesmerizing, and the perfect backdrop for some supernatural goings on.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Too many to count if I’m being honest. My most promising ones are an urban fantasy series centered around demons hunting humans with supernatural abilities (first book’s revised manuscript complete, just not published), an LGBT horror centered in South America, and the werewolf mystery I mentioned earlier.

And that’s just the beginning! I like to have at least ten years’ worth of work at any given point in time. It definitely keeps things interesting if I want to switch to another project at the drop of a hat.

What are you working on now?

The sequel to my debut novella Reaper: A Horror Novella. I’m currently writing the second act (I divided the plot into three acts like a play) and am hoping to self-publish sometime around the end of the year if possible.

It’s about twice as long as my first novella, and I’m super excited to finish Gregory’s story. Definitely keep your eyes peeled!

Gregory and his little sister Imogen love spending Halloween with their parents. But this year is different. If he proves he can take care of Imogen all by himself, he’ll finally have the allowance he’s dreamed of.

That was before the basement door opened on its own. Before the strange door appeared in the basement and Imogen was taken from him by the monster.

Now everyone in town is blaming him for her disappearance, but no one is listening to his story. Where did the door come from? What was that creature? And most of all, can he find his sister before it’s too late, or will he bury his memories of her along with his parents?

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Jonathan Pongratz is a writer and author of captivating horror, urban fantasy, and paranormal stories. When he’s not writing, he’s busy being a bookworm, video game junkie, and karaoke vocalist. A former resident of Dallas, he currently resides in Kansas City with his halloween cat Ajax. By day he works magic in finance, by night he creates dark and mesmerizing worlds.

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#BadMoonRising: Keyport Cthulhu 2 by Armand Rosamilia #horror #occult

I think today’s author has been a part of Bad Moon Rising from the beginning.  He takes a very practical approach to the vampire/werewolf question, and already has his unusual (though again, practical) supply list ready whenever a secluded writing cabin opportunity pops up.  Welcome Armand Rosamilia!

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf? 

Vampire would be hard because I’m not a night person. Even if I were a vampire I’d probably fall asleep before midnight and miss all the good blood-drinking time. Not to mention the hot women in bodices I could rip and then bite on the neck. Sadly, because I’m rather hairy to begin with (my kids used to call me Sasquatch when I took off my shirt) I think werewolf wouldn’t be that much of a stretch for me. Ripping through my clothes might be awful, though. I’d hate to have to keep buying new black t-shirts after every full moon.

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

Definitely aliens. I’ve seen enough science fiction movies and read enough books to know the aliens are really friendly and want to help mankind, but then we go and do something stupid like try to shoot at their mother ship or infect it with a virus or have Jeff Goldblum involved. My goal would be an ambassador of peace, and hope they have insane crazy good chocolate on their planet.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

Strangely, I’ve never watched a full episode of X-Files. Not sure why not. Maybe someday. I have watched the original Ghostbusters movie, and I think I’d fit in with them. They seemed like they didn’t take it too seriously, and bumbled through saving the city and the world. Of course, I’d never be a part of the remake with those annoying chicks. Awful. Um… anyway, I’d ghostbust as long as the song wasn’t being played constantly.

 If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

Norway. I’ve always wanted to go there and see it. Live in the remote areas and get snowed in. Be trapped in a cabin with only a few items: my laptop, internet connection, 37 lbs. of M&M’s, 400 lbs. of coffee, creamer, sugar, 41 boxes of Oreos and Chips Ahoy, author Chuck Buda, various candy bars, my podcast subscriptions and some adult entertainment: a stripper pole so I can practice my moves.

What is your favorite cover of all your books?  Why?

Keyport Cthulhu 2 comes to mind. It was done by Jeffrey Kosh, and I love it. He’d done the original Keyport Cthulhu cover as well as the serialized versions of the stories with great artwork. I asked him to give me something that would work for the cover, and he came up with such a great one I actually wrote a bonus short story with the cover in mind. It’s also one of my favorite books I’ve written since it’s my take on the Cthulhu mythos, and I got to co-write it with author Chuck Buda as well as write a follow-up short story with my daughter, Katelynn.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I am a huge baseball fan. My wife and I (sorry, ladies, I’m taken) are season ticket holders to the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Double-A team for the Miami Marlins. I’m even the booster club president. We help the players by packing snacks for road trips and we have three players who live with us during the season. We really get to know the players and love seeing them move up to the major leagues.

Thanks for the great questions! Feel free to find me on all social media!

For the survivors of the horrific night when The Esoteric Order of Dagon attempted to unleash their dark god from the bay, the nightmare seems to be only beginning.

What new cosmic horror does Keyport have for those who look too closely under the veil of this small fishing village, seeing what cannot be unseen? 

Another journey into madness awaits readers in this thrilling sequel!

With a Foreword by cosmic horror author Mary SanGiovanni 

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Bio and Social Media

Armand Rosamilia is a New Jersey boy currently living in sunny Florida, where he writes when he’s not sleeping. He’s happily married to a woman who helps his career and is supportive, which is all he ever wanted in life…

He’s written over 150 stories that are currently available, including horror, zombies, contemporary fiction, thrillers and more. His goal is to write a good story and not worry about genre labels.

He not only runs two successful podcasts…

Arm Cast: Dead Sexy Horror Podcast – interviewing fellow authors as well as filmmakers, musicians, etc.

The Mando Method Podcast with co-host Chuck Buda – talking about writing and publishing

But he owns the network they’re on, too! Project Entertainment Network

He also loves to talk in third person… because he’s really that cool.

You can find him at http://armandrosamilia.com for not only his latest releases but interviews and guest posts with other authors he likes!

and e-mail him to talk about zombies, baseball and Metal:

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#BadMoonRising: The Mind’s Plague by Morgan K. Tanner #horror #occult #shortstories

Today’s author offers a compelling reason why he’d choose to be abducted by aliens over a serial killer – totally makes sense to me.  On the cover of his featured book, The Mind’s Plague, is his own terror-stricken face.  How cool is that?  Welcome Morgan K. Tanner!

Would you rather spend a night in The Overlook Hotel with Jack Torrance or be in the high school gym during prom with Carrie?

The Shining is one of my favourite films of all time and it still never fails to unnerve me with its creepy vibe and claustrophobic atmosphere. That being said, I’m pretty sure I could survive one night in there with crazy Jack, especially if he’s only limping after me with his axe. Plus I know that the cupboard in the kitchen’s a good place to hide (if I’d fit, though), and I could copy Danny’s excellent tactic of disguising his footprints in the snow. And when I’d finally outrun him I could enjoy some quality time riding on those 70s carpets on my little pedal bike.

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

I’m of the belief that if aliens really wanted to harm us they’d have either done it already or would simply spread a plague-like disease that would wipe us out in no time at all. So being abducted wouldn’t frighten me that much (he says!). I suppose it would be interesting to see life from another planet, and their spaceship would be awesome, I’d imagine. It certainly beats a serial killer because I’ve read enough books and watched enough movies to know how that would ultimately end. They usually aren’t very nice people.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

Ghostbusters all the way! Not that the characters would be a laugh-a-minute, and would probably spend long nights talking about science and other ‘intellectual’ stuff. I think Mulder would get a bit heavy after a while; he’s not exactly brimming with charisma. Although hanging out with Scully may have its benefits. Plus, if I was a Ghostbuster I’d get to wear a proton pack and slide down that sweet fireman’s pole whenever I wanted. The young me would be ever so jealous.

What is your favorite cover of all your books?  Why?

My debut novella, An Army of Skin, has such an awesome cover that really encapsulates the tone of the book, I think. M.R. Tapia was responsible for it; I’d submitted my manuscript to him originally and he emailed me back with three covers he’d ‘doodled’. When I saw what eventually became the cover, I was blown away. So much so I now have the design tattooed on my arm.

I must mention the cover of my short story collection, The Mind’s Plague and Other Bites of Brutality, if only for the fact that the strange, terror-stricken face in the TV screen is none other than my beautifully handsome face. There was absolutely no Photoshop involved, either.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I haven’t really been at the writing game long enough to have lots of unfinished books; I try to keep going to the end. There are a few short stories that still haven’t seen the light of day, although they probably never will as they are, well, not up to scratch. I do have an 80000 word novel that I am planning to re-edit and do with something with, either self-publish again or submit it somewhere. I haven’t looked at it in about 3 years – intentionally – so we’ll see how it holds up when I eventually do.

What are you working on now?

Right now I’m writing a short story about a burglar who is tied up and tortured by the man who’s house he breaks into, but by the time this is posted I hope to have finished this one. I’m also writing what was a short story but now seems to developing into a novella (at least) about a haunted house. But instead of the house being old and derelict, it’s a new build property, so hopefully it’s a different take on the genre. There’s not a bricked up hole or creaky floorboard in sight. We’ll see how things pan out, though.

Three friends search for an infamous internet video of an urban legend with devastating consequences; a passionate drummer joins the band of his dreams, or perhaps his nightmares; a man tries to find fame in a world where the mundane call the shots; and a grieving father loses his grip on reality.

These ten stories delve into a world of darkness and suffering, where the terrors are more vivid than they may first appear. Blood is spilt, minds are destroyed, as madness ultimately reigns victorious.

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Bio

Morgan K Tanner is a writer, drummer, and golfist currently residing in the English countryside. The idyllic surroundings make it an ideal place to write, drum, and hide the bodies. The busy sound of the typewriter is perfect to drown out the hum of the antiquated torture equipment.

 

When not writing or inflicting pain and suffering on his numerous victims, he indulges himself in all things horror and metal.

 He is the author of An Army of Skin, and The Mind’s Plague and Other Bites of Brutality.

 You can praise or indeed abuse him by visiting http://www.morganktanner.com or find him on Twitter @morgantanner666.

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#BadMoonRising: A Halloween Tale by Austin Crawley #YA #supernatural

As a kid, who wasn’t dared (or even double or triple-dog-dared) to do something?  Like, say, go into the neighborhood haunted house?  Today’s author reveals what happens when a group of teens accept that dare with his new release, A Halloween Tale.  Welcome Austin Crawley!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

I’d choose the haunted house. Graveyards are pretty wide open and the best you might get is a wandering spirit. Haunted houses can get really intense!

Would you rather boogie down to Monster Mash or get your groove on to Thriller?

Monster Mash, definitely. It has a beat anyone can dance to while Thriller is more a professional dancer production thing.

Would you rather be part of the X-Files team or Ghostbusters?

Funny enough, I would choose X-Files. I never saw the Ghostbusters team as sustainable and investigative work appeals to me.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

Loch Ness. I’ve traveled in small villages in England and Scotland and would love to stay in one for a year, but Loch Ness has the lake monster mythology to contribute to creativity.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Half-finished, two. One is a Halloween story and the other is an expansion of my short story, The Locked Door [online at https://www.inkitt.com/stories/mystery/15277%5D. One other I’ve got partially done is the first of a projected four book supernatural Dystopian series. I have another unrelated series in notes so there’s plenty of new books to come from me in the next few years.

What are you working on now?

My most immediate project is the Halloween story which I hope to release in October. It’s called A Halloween Tale.

Other than that, I’m sort of bouncing between the other two part-finished projects but mostly on The Locked Door, which might have a different title when it comes out. Or maybe not. I haven’t decided yet. I get bursts of inspiration for the supernatural Dystopian series and sometimes just have to sit and write some of it.

Five teenagers, goaded on by a 10-year-old little brother, enter the neighborhood haunted house looking for spooky adventures for Halloween. What they find is more than they bargained for, but now they can’t get out!

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Austin Crawley writes Horror and Dystopian fiction with a supernatural twist. His lifelong love of ghost stories and interest in comparative religions has led him to seek the darker corners of human existence and to exploit them in prose, touching on our deepest fears. He has been known to spend his vacations visiting places that are reported to be haunted.

Crawley is the author of A Christmas Tale, a story about three young women who perform a séance to raise the fictional ghosts of Dickens’ A Christmas carol with surprising results, and of Letters to the Damned, about a post box in a small English village that reportedly transmits written requests for favours to the dead and damned. His most recent release is A Halloween Tale, to be released October 2019, a haunted house tale filled with horrific, inter-dimensional terror.

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#BadMoonRising: Brother Love – A Crossroad by Teagan Riordain Geneviene #YA #paranormal

Happy Friday!  And I’m about to make your day even better.  The creativity of today’s author never fails to astound me.  From her three ingredients stories (objects chosen by readers) to her collaborations with other authors, the tales are wildly entertaining and inventive.  If you’re not familiar with her work, here’s your opportunity to change that.  Welcome Teagan Riordain Geneviene!

Hi, everyone. I’m Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene. Firstly, Teri, thanks for letting me be a part of Bad Moon Rising, 2019! I know you sort of stretch the limits of the theme to let me participate, but this year I have a “Twilight Zone-ish” novella to share.

Promotional image by Teagan R. Geneviene
Promotional image by Teagan R. Geneviene

Teri asked some fabulous, whimsical questions, and here they are!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

Both sound like my warped idea of fun. There’s a dark and mysterious figure in Brother Love – a Crossroad. He sits on tombstones, playing blues songs on his guitar. So, I’ll choose the graveyard, maybe he’ll let me sing along. As he says, “Ain’t nobody here gonna complain about the noise.”

Would you rather boogie down to Monster Mash or get your groove on to Thriller?

Ha! I’m not coordinated enough for Thriller, not to mention the fact that my back would probably get stuck in some very awkward position. Play the Monster Mash for me, Teri.

Besides, even though the featured novella was inspired by a Neil Diamond song from a later time, there’s some fun 50s music in Brother Love — a Crossroad. I had fun with the old song “Love Potion No. Nine” naming streets and even a character for the streets and people mentioned in that song.

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Jinx on rotary phone next to “Brother Love – a Crossroad” on my Kindle.

Would you rather be locked in a haunted insane asylum or lost in the woods with a killer on the loose?

You mean the door isn’t locked? And there’s no serial killer lurking in the alley where the trash cans are? Hmmm…

If that seems like a strange answer, then click here and you might understand.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

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Sunset from my back yard

I’m actually very close to that right now. I relocated from Washington, DC to a very small city in the “high desert” Southwest (USA) this spring. Years ago, I started (barely) a story that I meant to be a three or four volume series. The setting for the story is here – or rather fictional area in the state of New Mexico. Sigh… there are so many stories I want to tell. I need to live to be 120 years old.

What is your favorite cover of all your books? Why?

Ugh! I can’t seem to choose. “The Skull of the Alchemist” is probably my favorite. (Book awaiting rewrite.) However, I was very happy with this one for Brother Love, because I was able to combine so many elements of the story without it seeming “busy.” Thanks to fellow blogger, Dan Antion for letting me use his photo of a hymnal page as the background. Dan also provided photo illustrations for the story when it was a blog serial.

I make all my own covers and promotional images, and love the work. (If anyone is interested, I’m exploring the prospect of doing that for others.)

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Promo image by Teagan R. Geneviene

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

As I’ve already alluded to this, I guess I should choose this question. Let’s see… Notes and plans for the third book in the Atonement series. It will explore backstories for characters, including Teri’s favorite, Lilith the calico cat. I mentioned The Skull of the Alchemist, that’s book-2 for my fictionalized Cornelis Drebbel. In the where-would-you-live question, I meant the series (started, if barely) that begins with Tatterdemallian the Electric Zucchini, an urban fantasy/steampunk mashup. There’s also The Guitar Mancer, an urban fantasy. And… I’ll finish this answer by taking the liberty of using an extra question ― next.

What are you working on now?

I recently did a double cover reveal for two books I hope to launch soon. Click here. This includes the third of my 1920s mystery books about Pip and her friends, A Ghost in the Kitchen. Also my first non-fiction book – a dictionary of Roaring Twenties slang, Speak Flapper.

A Ghost in the Kitchen by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene
A Ghost in the Kitchen by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene

Oh, I’m also in the middle of a #Steampunk serial on my blog, Teagan’s Books. It’s called The Delta Pearl. This is actually a rewrite of yet another novel that was waiting on the shelf for publication. It’s a Victorian looking mystery set on a magical riverboat.

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The Delta Pearl book cover created by Teagan R. Geneviene

Teri, thank you again for letting me participate in Bad Moon Rising. I realize you put a ton of work into this event. I look forward to it every year. So many exciting books! Enjoy the rest of October.

Author Bio and Universal Purchase Links

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Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene’s work is colored by her experiences from living in the southern states and the southwest (of the USA). Teagan most often writes in the fantasy genre, but she also writes cozy mysteries and steampunk. Whether it’s a 1920s mystery, a steampunk adventure, or an urban fantasy, her stories have a strong element of whimsy. There are no *extremes* in violence, sex, or profanity.

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#BadMoonRising Unclear Purposes (Driscoll Lake #3) by Joan Hall #thriller #suspense #giveaway

Today’s author has no problem spending time in cemeteries – in fact, she enjoys exploring them and taking ghost walks.  She’s also generously offering one of her e-books (your choice) as a GIVEAWAY to a random commenter.  The winner will be announced here next Thursday, October 24th.  Welcome Joan Hall!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

I love to explore old cemeteries. The older, the better. I like to envision how the people lived. So, I would choose the haunted graveyard. Maybe I’d ask one of those ghosts a few questions.

Would you rather be a vampire or a werewolf?

A vampire. I’d been rather fond of them since the days of Dark Shadows and Barnabas Collins. I’ve seen some pretty good-looking male vampires here and there. Oh wait, maybe I should clarify I’ve only seen them in the movies or on TV.

Would you rather boogie down to Monster Mash or get your groove on to Thriller?

Monster Mash because it sounds like so much fun. And they had a fabulous list of guests at the party—Zombies, Wolfman, Dracula, and his son.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

Keeping it close to home, but I would probably choose New Mexico. I plan to set at least one book of my next series in the Land of Enchantment and it would be nice to learn firsthand more about the culture.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I enjoy reading (wish I had more time). I’ve already mentioned I like to explore cemeteries, but I also like to take ghost walks. I love to hear the legends and folklore behind the stories. We (husband and I) have been on ghost walks in nearby Jefferson, Texas, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Vicksburg, Mississippi. However, I’ve yet to encounter a ghost.

What are you working on now?

A group of short stories that I plan to publish in the next few months. Most are in the mystery/suspense genre, but a couple are romance, and at least two involve characters who served in the military.

Some people take secrets to the grave…

Three years after her husband’s murder, Christine Lawrence still struggles for balance. She has a rewarding career and a close circle of friends but feels oddly unfulfilled. Worse, the close relationship she once had with her teenage daughter has grown increasingly strained.

Former FBI agent, Vince Green, is battling demons of his own—painful secrets that drove him from Driscoll Lake. Newly resettled in the small town, he makes his living as a private investigator.

When Vince and Christine cross paths, stumbling over the body of a murder victim, he’s forced to confront memories he thought long buried. The circumstances surrounding the killing are eerily similar to a victim from his past.

As the body count continues to rise, Christine finds herself drawn to Vince. With a murderer stalking the streets of Driscoll Lake, neither is aware the killer has targeted her as the next victim—or that Vince’s past is key to unmasking a disturbed and deadly killer.

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Author Bio:

Joan Hall likes to create character-driven fiction with strong, determined female leads and enigmatic male characters. She has always enjoyed reading a good mystery or suspense story, so it’s only natural that’s her favorite writing genre. When she’s not writing, Joan likes to take nature walks, observe the night skies, and explore old cemeteries. She also likes ghost walks and learning local folklore. Joan and her husband live in Texas with their three cats.

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#BadMoonRising: More Glimpses by Hugh W. Roberts #shortstories #paranormal #horror

I had the pleasure of reading today’s featured book last spring, and with horror, comedy, science fiction, mystery, and paranormal short stories, it offers something for everyone.  I like this author’s plan of dealing with a killer loose in the woods, and I fully intend on following up to see how he’s time-traveled.  Welcome Hugh W. Roberts!

Would you rather walk through a haunted graveyard at midnight or spend the night in a haunted, abandoned house?

Given that the option of walking through the haunted graveyard is only at midnight, I’d go for that option as it seems the quickest of the two.

However, I’d have to wear a mask that had tiny peepholes for eyes. Why? Well, shortly after my 21st birthday, it suddenly dawned on me that it didn’t matter which graveyard I went into, the first grave I looked at always had the date of death of the occupant as my birthdate. I’m not talking about the year, just the month and the date.

At first, I thought it was a coincidence, but now I’ve stopped reading the tombstones of graves because seeing my birthdate engraved on one gives me the shivers.

Would you rather be abducted by aliens or a serial killer?

Aliens. Who knows, they could be friendly and take me on another trip through space and time (something I want to do more of). Keep this to yourself, Teri, but as I’ve already time-travelled several times, I’d like to check out if time-travel is possible on another planet.

Would you rather be locked in a haunted insane asylum or lost in the woods with a killer on the loose?

I’d rather be lost in the woods with a killer on the loose.

Unlike many of the movies I have watched where somebody is lost in the woods with a killer on the loose, I’d climb the first biggest tree and take in the view. That way, I could see if the killer is anywhere in sight. If he/she is, I would do my impressions of an owl and hope that the killer would walk on by.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in the same setting, where would you choose?

London. Even though I lived and worked in London for 27 years, I have an unfinished book based on my time living and working there. It’s currently in the deepest archives of the hard drive of my computer.

I’m confident that by going back to live in London, I would get the book finished and have started the second book of the series. I would serialise the first book either on my blog or on Wattpad to see whether or not it had any chance of becoming a success.

My inspiration for doing this comes from the ‘Tales of the City’ books by Armistead Maupin, although he serialised the first book in a newspaper before it actually became a book.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters of the opposite sex?

I hope you don’t mind me doing this, but I’ve turned this question around. For me, as a gay man, it’s writing from the point-of-view of a heterosexual man that I can sometimes find difficult. Does that make sense?

I’ve written a short story about two men in a relationship, and I’ve written a story about an elderly widow who goes on a strange, eerie journey so she can be reunited with her dead husband, but I had never been able to write a proper story about a man and woman in a heterosexual relationship.

However, after telling my editor I’d never write a rom-com, she challenged me to write one. Well, it took me a long time to come up with something and, after telling her the two main characters would be a man and a woman, both she and I were amused and shocked by the results. I’m not sure how much she really liked the story, but I saw it as a challenge I had completed and included the story, ‘Double Eighteen’, in my latest collection of short stories.

What are you working on now?

Having recently returned from a six-week blogging break, I’m currently spending all my writing time on writing new articles for my blog.

For some reason, I don’t feel now is the right time to be writing more short stories for my next short story collection. I have a lot more subjects to write about on my blog, and my readers seem to be enjoying the blog posts I am publishing.

I always enjoy giving my readers food-for-thought. Thus, the majority of my blog posts are attracting large amounts of comments which I enjoy reading and answering.

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 in order 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!

Purchase Link

Amazon US
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Bio

Hugh W. Roberts 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 dogs, Toby and Austin. Although he was born in Wales, he has lived around various parts of the United Kingdom, including London where he lived and worked for 27 years.

Hugh suffers from a mild form of dyslexia but, after discovering blogging, decided not to allow the condition to stop his passion for writing. Since creating his blog ‘Hugh’s Views & News’ in February 2014, he has built up a strong following and now writes every day. Always keen to promote other bloggers, authors and writers, Hugh enjoys the interaction blogging brings and has built up a group of online friends he considers as an ‘everyday essential’.

His short stories have become well known for the unexpected twists they contain in taking the reader up a completely different path to one they think they are on. One of the best compliments a reader can give Hugh is “I never saw that ending coming.”

Having published his first book of short stories, Glimpses, in December 2016, his second collection of short stories, More Glimpses, was released in March 2019.

A keen photographer, he also enjoys cycling, walking, reading, watching television, and enjoys relaxing with a glass of red wine and sweet popcorn.

Hugh shares his life with John, his civil-partner, and Toby and Austin, their Cardigan Welsh Corgis.

Social Media

Blog: Hugh’s Views and News
Twitter: @HughRoberts05
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Mix.com
Amazon Author Page
Goodreads
Universal Link for buying Glimpses
Universal Link for buying More Glimpses