I’ve finally had the artwork made for ‘Tigers on the Western Front’. Actually I’ve been sitting on the finished product for a week as the release date for the book has slipped. Over the last few weeks I’ve been tied up by a rather strung-out, and convoluted, house move. At the start of the month I also started at a new, and challenging, coastal school, so the day job is keeping me rather busy.
Back to the book then. The final edits just need to be completed, the artwork needs uploading, and then the book will be live on Amazon for the whole world to read. I’ve just got to fit that around marking 150 pupil’s exercise books this weekend.
I like this cover, by the same artist as who did the cover for Blood, Mud and Corpses. This cover has a far more pulpy feel, which fits well with this type of story. I’m looking forward getting the artwork done for the third book, ‘Gas! Gas! Gas!’ and also the, as yet unnamed, final book in this first sequence. I’ve not yet come up with a name that I’m happy with for the final book, although I do have a couple of ideas. Moving further afield, I’ve already got the second and third sequence of books roughly planned, probably a further eight stories of 25,000 words each.
So over the next few days, hoping to get the final edits finalised. Stay tuned to this blog for the latest information.
Tigers on the Western Front, as the second book in the series and picks up from the end of book one. Marsh and his friends are getting to grips with the new weapon they stumbled upon. The British have a new war winning weapon to break the deadlock of the trenches. The zombie knows no pain and inflicts terror on the enemy. The Allies pin their hopes on a great victory at Arras.
Book two, Tigers on the Western Front, of the Royal Zombie Corps series will be released at the end of August. It’s undergoing a final read through and the cover design still needs finalising. There are four books in the initial RZC series and the intention is to release each a month apart. So to wet the appetite of those who have already read the first book, here’s a teaser from book 2.
The story carries straight on from Blood, Mud and Corpses, and this teaser sees the characters returning to the camp at Étaples to work on a special project.
The journey to Étaples was far more comfortable than their original journey to the front had been. For a start, there was no fearful anticipation of the unknowns of combat on the front line. Furthermore, the train was not been overly crowded with them having their own carriage to themselves. In the locked mail compartment, there was a large sealed animal crate.
‘We’re going to find the girls when we get there.’ Morgan had been insisting on variations of this theme for most of the journey. Now sat in some sidings, waiting for the line to clear, the idea was beginning to wear thin.
‘What girls? You’ve been to Étaples and there were no girls.’ Simmonds explained, ‘Not a single one.’ He had rejoined the squad just before they had marched off with their special crate carried on a wagon. Despite being bitten by a zombie when they had first encountered them in the village, he had not turned into one himself.
‘There must be some. Surely those Canaries have them hidden away?’ Morgan argued, ’They’ve got every other luxury there. Why’d they not have girls there?’
‘Canaries don’t like girls. That’s why they’d not have any girls there.’ Simmonds explained, ‘They only like themselves don’t you know.’
‘There’s the fishing town?’ Morgan insisted, ‘Plenty of girls there.’
‘The officers will have them all to themselves, I bet.’ Simmonds suggested, ‘Even the fishwives I ‘spect.’
‘I’d let you know lads.’ Scott laughed, ‘But I’ve got to nursemaid you lot. So no trips to town for me.’
The time on the train passed slowly. At one point they had been delayed and rumours of sabotage or aerial bombing circulated. During that pause to the their journey, Wells had left the train, quickly returning with several liberated bottles of wine that he claimed he had traded for some cigarettes. The rest of the journey had passed quite merrily and without further major delay. The sheer volume of traffic moving towards the front lines had been impressive. Train after train of soldiers, supplies, and heavy equipment such as artillery, flowed past in an unending procession.
Finally the train had arrived at the railhead. It was dark and the rain was pouring down. The remnants of the alcohol in their systems provided little insulation. As the travellers unloaded their cargo, onto a wheeled wagon, the new staff sergeant introduced himself.
Tigers on the Western Front will be released at the end of August 2016.
Here is the new over for ‘Blood, Mud and Corpses’, the first book in the Royal Zombie Corps series.
The book is currently uploading on Amazon and will likely be available within the next day.
I’m just finalising the artwork on the new book, ‘Blood, Mud and Corpses’. The book should be released before the end of this month. I’ll upload the cover sometime over the weekend.
‘Blood, Mud and Corpses’ is the first book in the Royal Zombie Corps series. Book 2 is at the proofreading stage and book 3 is in final editing. A teaser for the new book is below.
“No one knew when the endless bloodshed and grindingly futile toil of the trenches would ever end. Then a miracle came from a source totally removed from even the most fantastic of dreams.”
The series is set during the First World War, following a group of soldiers as they are conscripted into the British Army during 1916. The brutality of the war becomes far greater during their first experience of combat as they stumble across something unexpected in no-man’s-land.
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.