I’ve been so fixated on promoting this month’s chapter of The Stuff of Dreams (on Twitter and Instagram), I forgot to mention “Cat’s Paw” which debuted on patreon.com/romeypetite back in August.
As far as the settings of my short stories go, it’s one of the more concrete I’ve written (besides the cafe scene in “A Very Important Conversation”). I began working on it a decade ago (in 2009), like, long before I had any real concept of gnostic theories featuring demonic demiurges. To say that’s what this story is about would be incorrect. It’s about two people, who feel like engendered dichotic opposites in conflict inside of me, taking a trip to the grocery store to buy cat-food for their pet which may or may not be a demon.
Do I believe in real demons?
They were painted as an actively conspiring presence while growing up Catholic. On a related note, several months ago, I finished my audiobook of Voltaire’s Candide, during which I encountered the character of Martin, (intended to parody the philosophy of Manichaeism) and was like, “haha, I guess that’s me in a nutshell...” But that’s greatly oversimplifying, because, some months later, via Wordsmith.org’s newsletter, I discovered a word describing an absurdist maliciousness inherent within inanimate objects (Resistentialism) and even though it was supposed to be a joke, I was like, “That is actually the closest thing I can imagine to putting into a single word what I believe.”
It probably all goes back to my favorite movie as a child, The Brave Little Toaster (1987), but, oh dear, I’ve already said too much.