History, Horror and Debunking a Myth

One of the parts of reviewing and redesigning this blog is that I realized that about all I’ve done recently is post book reviews (‘not that there is anything wrong with this’). I confess this has been a combination of 1) doing lots of writing which resulted in 10 pieces out (one to be published and one in the semi-finals in an anthology); and 2) the end of the semester grading papers for 4 courses.

So in light of being more committed to this part of my writing, I thought I’d show anyone interested the beginning of my latest project.

The requirement is for a military horror story. When I saw that I went ‘right up my alley’. I love (and teach) history and had a military career.

Looking at my shelf, I saw my copy of Moorehead’s Gallipoli. For those that are not familiar (outside of the Mel Gibson movie – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082432/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1), this was one of the most bloody and horrific battles in World War I. Now, somewhere in my mind, I recalled reading that they stacked the bodies to use as parapets. Perfect – all I needed to do was add the monsters. TOO BAD. It turns out that while bodies may be been stacked at some battle, it wasn’t Gallipoli.

Anyway, I’m still going with the locale and the idea. As you can see in the picture, there are already a fair amounts of notes and bits of dialog.


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