The casualty rates were horrific for both sides, one advancing into a hail of machine gun bullets, the other crushed under the weight of artillery.
The Battle of Arras was meant to be a turning point in the war. There were stories, rumours even, of strange events. Stories that circulated among us Tommies, of a phantom battalion that battered through a hail of machine-gun fire, falling upon the Germans within unheard of rage. They called them Tigers.”
Oliver Gill. Captain in the 1st Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry. Interviewed post-war for an unpublished research paper on the Battle of Arras, 1917.
I’ve been working on a new story for the last few months. In fact, this work in progress comes from an idea I was playing with a year ago, partly inspired by a series of interviews with World War One veterans published by the BBC History Magazine. The teaser above, from this new book, is actually the opening section, a fictional aural history interview.
I’m just working through the first draft of the first story. Provisionally the series has been titled RZC – wonder if anyone will work out what the initials stand for without any extra clues? The story is clearly set during World War One, introducing a new group of characters and a secret weapon known as Tigers. There are a variety of inspirations for this story, but I’ll keep them to myself for now or the teaser will give away too much.
The Butcher’s Funeral – The Thief is out today on Amazon.
The Thief is part 6 of the medieval short story serial (approx 5,100 words). In The Thief, a boy struggles to survive in the city, using his wits, charm and skills as a thief. Things go wrong for the boy.
The Butcher’s Funeral is a series of short episodes covering medieval crime, punishment and health. Who killed the butcher and to what ends? Was it his wife, the surgeon or maybe the carniter? Who was his love rival and could it have been him?
The final part, The Trial, will be released late in November or early December 2015. An anthology of the whole series will also be released before the end of the year.
Well this is the fifth blog I’ve written over the years. The first was while I was working as postgraduate in the late 90s; the most successful was kept going for eight years and was for a business I used to run; then there have been a couple of smaller and badly maintained projects. So I’ve no idea how this will go.
It’s my aim, at the moment, to use this blog as a way of updating readers on the latest progress with my writing. I’m also thinking about uploading the odd short fiction story as well. We’ll see how it goes as I’m currently putting more time into writing than ever before.
Currently I have two projects in progress. I’m finishing up ‘The Butcher’s Funeral‘ series of short stories, editing the last two parts of this Medieval story – hopefully there will be an update on this soon. The Butcher’s Funeral will also be published in a single volume. I’m also in the middle of a writing a story on zombies and World War One.
My full range of published writing can be found on Amazon – C. M. Harald books.