Welcome to the Fold

Get in our game. Or get out of our way.

When a young woman joins an underground street-theater movement with plans to change the world, her boyfriend follows her in to "rescue" her ... only to find it may cost both of them their personalities, and maybe also their lives.



Annika always wanted to be someone else. One day, she found a way to do exactly that: join "Sunderlands", a live-action role-playing game based on the best-selling fantasy series. All unauthorized, all underground ... and all for the sake of creating a world where heroes were possible again.

Renton loved Annika just as she was. When she vanished into the game, he followed her in to get her back. What he didn’t expect to find was a plot to rewrite the stories of their lives from the inside out. And the stories of everyone else’s lives as well.

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Welcome to the Fold: 'Welcome To The Fold', Remastered, Is Now Available

The all-new Infinimata Press edition of my psychological thriller / fantasy / headtrip is now for sale!

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-10-21 12:00:00 No comments


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I'm pleased to announce the "remastered" version of Welcome To The Fold, with new cover art and tweaked innards, under the Infinimata Press brand, is now available in both recycled-tree and recycled-electron versions.

For those who don't know about it yet, here is The Blurb:

When a young woman joins an underground street-theater movement with plans to change the world, her boyfriend follows her in to "rescue" her ... only to find it may cost both of them their personalities, and maybe also their lives.

Annika always wanted to be someone else. One day, she found a way to do exactly that: join "Sunderlands", a live-action role-playing game based on the best-selling fantasy series. All unauthorized, all underground ... and all for the sake of creating a world where heroes were possible again.

Renton loved Annika just as she was. When she vanished into the game, he followed her in to get her back. What he didn’t expect to find was a plot to rewrite the stories of their lives from the inside out. And the stories of everyone else’s lives as well.

Of all my books, this is one of the two or three I'm most proud of right now. If you like it -- or even if you don't! -- say something on Goodreads about it and help spread word!

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Welcome to the Fold: Behind The Scenes With 'Welcome To The Fold', Pt. 3: The Influences

How everything from research on cults to classic shōjō manga fed into 'Welcome To The Fold.'

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-10-20 12:00:00 No comments


In the weeks leading up to the re-release of my novel Welcome To The Fold, I'll be making a series of posts to serve as an extended introduction to the book -- its origins, its influences, its themes, its setting and characters. Enjoy.

(See all entries in this series here.)

Most of the books in my catalog have multiple influences, but they all tend to flow into one thing: the book itself. Welcome To The Fold has multiple inspirations, but each one flows into one of the two halves of the story: the modern-day, here-and-now part; and the story-within-the-story that is pure fantasy. Each of those are informed by drastically different things.

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Welcome to the Fold: Behind The Scenes With 'Welcome To The Fold', Pt. 2: The Idea

On the dual-world setting and double-life people in 'Welcome To The Fold'.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-10-14 12:00:00 No comments


In the weeks leading up to the re-release of my novel Welcome To The Fold, I'll be making a series of posts to serve as an extended introduction to the book -- its origins, its influences, its themes, its setting and characters. Enjoy.

(See all entries in this series here.)

In the first installment in this series, I talked about the basic ideas: a story about roleplaying games, in the sense that it was also about the impulse to be someone and somewhere else. The original idea, as incarnated in my unfinished screenplay version of the story, went like this:

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Welcome to the Fold: Behind The Scenes With 'Welcome To The Fold', Pt. 1: The Origins

How my new novel 'Welcome To The Fold' started as an attempt to address roleplaying games in fiction.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-10-13 12:00:00 No comments


In the weeks leading up to the re-release of my novel Welcome To The Fold, I'll be making a series of posts to serve as an extended introduction to the book -- its origins, its influences, its themes, its setting and characters. Enjoy.

(See all entries in this series here.)

As far back as I can remember I always wanted to write a story about roleplaying games -- not one where RPG mechanics drove the story (e.g., the "LitRPG" trend now in vogue), or one about a gang of friends getting together to play every so often. In re that last, The Four-Day Weekend felt like it covered similar enough territory, for a different shared enthusiasm, that I didn't feel I needed to throw another bucket into that well. But instead I wanted to write something about roleplaying, about how the longing to be someone else, somewhere else, could become either a boon or a bane, and without making it into a modernized version of moral-panic dreck like Rona Jaffe's Mazes And Monsters.

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Welcome to the Fold: Fold In

The remastered version of my novel 'Welcome To The Fold' is almost done!

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-10-12 12:00:00 No comments


Okay, a short respite from the cauldron of molten lead we're all being collectively drowned face-down in. Proof copies of the newly remastered edition of Welcome To The Fold arrived over the weekend!

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Infinimata Press: Projects: Somehow, The Wheel Keeps Turning Here

New editions of 'Welcome To The Fold' and 'Flight Of The Vajra' are coming.

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2020-10-07 20:00:00 No comments


Against many rather distracting odds, I dug out some time for myself and prepared the new editions of Welcome To The Fold and Flight Of The Vajra. Proof editions for both should be headed by way in the next week or so, and if they're good then I'll OK them and have the Kindle editions approved at the same time.

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Welcome to the Fold: Give It Away Now (July 24, 2018 Edition)

My SF novel 'Flight Of The Vajra' and my mystery/thriller 'Welcome To The Fold' are available for a limited time as giveaways!

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2018-07-24 21:00:00 No comments


This is my once-every-so-often post about giveaways, freebies, promotions, and other must-haves from Your Friends At Genji Press, which appears for no particular good reason on Tuesday.

My sorta-kinda thriller/mystery novel Welcome To The Fold is available as a free giveaway, for a limited time, by way of Instafreebie. (See other books in the same lot!)

My sorta-kinda space-opera novel Flight Of The Vajra is also available as a free giveaway, for a limited time, by way of Instafreebie. (See other books in the same lot!)

Many other books from other authors are also available in those lots, so go check 'em out as well. There's a good chance an itch you didn't know you had may well be scratched.

If you snag a copy, a review on Goodreads or Amazon.com is greatly appreciated.

Also bear in mind my TYPO BOUNTY! If you find mechanical mistakes in the text (spelling, grammar, etc.), collate as many as you can find, drop me a line and I'll fix it up, and throw you a goodie for your trouble. Limit one goodie per person per book.

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