Glen Bledsoe entertains readers by taking jabs of popular cultural establishments through a Victorian-like parody of fantasy. Not only does the narrative mimic a decidedly highbrow British flare of verbiage, but the setting reflects a parallel world of nineteenth century England. As a purist of intellectual literature, Mr. Bledsoe imbues his story with the long-lost art of prim and proper prose often found in novels of the Victorian Age. However, such a narrative style as he relates is not as tedious and droll as many of the long-winded classic authors of that period. The contents of his novel are vastly engaging and unpredictable and give rise to comparables of writing similar to H.G. Wells, yet is written with an easily understood composition for current readers to appreciate.
Man of Fear details the unwitting adventures of a gentleman of high society who is forced to flee from his family’s home to escape the tyranny of a gubernatorial religious institution that views his existence as a threat to the status quo. Lord Douglas Paul Marcot is a gentle soul who means no harm to anyone and is satisfied to remain secluded in his home. Suffering from a list of phobias, he will venture only so far in socializing with his fellow man through carefully arranged dinner parties. It seems impossible that such a recluse would be a threat to anything as firmly entrenched in place as the presiding government and religious institution, yet he finds himself the target of persecution during one such entertainment venues he holds at his ancestral home.
Man of Fear is categorized as an alternate fantasy regarding a world from a parallel template of our own, with slightly skewed aspects to give a distinct separation of the two worlds. With this clever story written in such an entertaining manner, it is impossible to detect that Mr. Bledsoe himself criticizes the tenets of our world through his natural storytelling ability. In this way, he encourages readers to view the forces in our lives with caution and to question tried-and-true institutions as runaway venues for power mongers and unstable tyrants to exercise control over the masses.
Mr. Bledsoe has discovered a way of engaging readers with his innovative approach of using fiction as a social bullhorn, calling to arms the intellect of people to think freely for themselves. Its highbrow composition of sentence structure doesn’t demean its attraction for a universal audience. Reaching a global readership across the demographics of age and gender was Mr. Bledsoe’s intention in how he crafted this story.