Harvard Standt’s creator did not spend much time on him…
Harvard Standt once consumed fiction by the spoonful. He dedicated Wednesday evenings to cult classic The Red Room, devoured Starred Spangler comics during his lunch breaks, and allocated weekends to Starship Endeavor marathons that played until his eyes bled. Myth was his security blanket, his best friend and his devoted partner. But several years ago they went their separate ways, and Harvard begun dating a girl called Reality.
Needless to say, she turned out to be a bit of a bitch.
And now Harvard is alone, bewildered and quite dead, after his half-hearted suicide attempt received a helping hand from the enigmatic gentleman known as the Lucid Dreamer. To complicate matters even further, Harvard Standt has managed to do what no everyman before him has. He’s messed up his own novel.
Destined to spend his days in a limbo for surplus literary creations, Harvard has but one hope: the Collected Continuum, the adjudicators of all Myth. To ensure that his story is not completely abandoned by his negligent creator, he must circumvent the pitfalls of a devious, sentient London, confront a menagerie of inhuman foes, win the heart of a girl designed specifically to love him and save the universe.
His universe, at least.
Blending elements of fantasy, comedy, magical realism, superhero tropes, experimental literature and British science fiction, Welcome to the Fold is a tale of one man's love for a good story, a satire on the oversaturation of modern publishing, and an epic adventure about fictions within fictions and worlds within worlds.
Author Carl Doherty describes the comedy fantasy as "a metafictional Matrix, an attempt to do what Douglas Adams did for science fiction and Terry Pratchett's Discworld did for fantasy - to use the conventions of storytelling in a comical fantasy universe that celebrates the mundane absurdity of human life and everything it creates."
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