Okay, so my name isn't really Harclubs Bartag. It comes from a time when the Australian public was grappling with a new wave of continental European immigrants, and I was in my first year of High School. The teacher was reading out the class list and the first name was 'Harclubs Bartag'. When no one responded, she continued on until the end of the list. My name was not called out, and I put two and two together.
'Um, Miss,' I said, raising my hand. 'My name is Hercules, not Harclubs.'
She obviously thought I was taking the piss. 'Don't be silly, Harclubs,' she said. 'What sort of a cruel parent would name their child Hercules?'
This makes up the first three chapters of SMD. The last two chapters here are a short story that appeared in Symposia, in which Slava and EoS first made their appearance. On a side note, there are no vampires in this book. I simply could not afford the appearance fees.
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Gertrude- Hermann Hesse
The Light Fantastic- Terry Pratchett
A Bend in the River- V S Naipaul
Unreliable Memoirs- Clive James
The End of the Affair- G Greene
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