It came from Damien Krsteski

It came from Damien Krsteski

Damien Krsteski’s story “Lake Oreyd” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 24 March 2017.

Metaphorosis March 2017
March 2017

The relationship between faith and science interests me as a social phenomenon: I won’t deny I’ve enjoyed following the rhetorical tug-of-war, rooting from the sidelines for one camp, then, in equal measure and in eager anticipation, for their opponent, scrambling in the ensuing fray for every nutritional nugget of food-for-thought among the verbal chaff. But metaphysical debating aside, the subject attracts me on a more personal level, too, as somebody who’s vacillated–been tossed, maybe?–between the two arguing parties, who’s tried to play one against the other as a precocious child might play his divorcing parents, cozening from each separately what he couldn’t from both together.

These two sides clash once more in the depths of Lake Oreyd. A subjective narrative from top to bottom, comprised of journal excerpts, interrogation tapes, hearsay and slander, a story in which every single character lies at least once (they are being interrogated, after all), a story set in a Universe almost-but-not-quite our own, sprinkled with clues and misdirection, was exactly the story I had to write to let these ideas play out.

And now that I have, and I read the story, again I find myself where I’ve always been: on the side, watching characters argue, agreeing first with one, then, inevitably, with the other, and everything, including the confusion, makes perfect sense.

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