And Still Your Fingers on Your Lips

Harold Calfe, disgraced Shakespeare professor at Petonga University, dies alone in his office. A young Harold Calfe makes his name. Another Harold meets Chloe, the last love of his life.

In this experimental short story, lives intersect across time to form a single tapestry that can only be seen from outside.

This short story is set in the same universe as Julian Darius’s novel Nira/Sussa and explores similar themes. However, it largely focuses on different characters and may be read independently. The first chapter of Nira/Sussa is also included with this short story.

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In 1996, while still an undergraduate, Dr. Julian Darius founded what would become Sequart Organization, which publishes non-fiction and documentary films on comic books and promotes the medium as a legitimate form of art. After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), he obtained his M.A. in English, authoring a thesis on John Milton and utopianism. In 2002, he moved to Waikiki, teaching college while obtaining an M.A. in French (high honors) and a Ph.D. in English. In 2011, he founded Martian Lit. He currently lives in Illinois.

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Also by Julian Darius:

Shedding Skin: Two Tales of Horror and Identity




The Slave Factory


Watching People Burn