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Remember your childhood? It hasn't forgotten you.
Remember the stories from your childhood? Remember the fairy tales you were told, the cartoons and the talking animals you laughed at? They're real. And they've changed.
Everything that has ever been imagined, every book, every TV show, every movie, every cartoon, exists in another plane of reality. When a TV show airs or a book is written, a new world is born; the world of that book or show given life by the minds and thoughts by all that created and viewed it.
And once a fictional world has been created, it grows. It changes, even if the project that inspired it has ended. The very minute a fictional world comes into being, it absorbs. Duplicating elements from reality, other fictional worlds and the creators' and viewer's thoughts, the world becomes something almost unrecognisable from what it originally was.
And that's where Barking Benjamin comes in. Formally the star of a famous cartoon series, he has learned of his fictional status, and has slowly gone insane from that revelation, how it affected his friends, and how the nature of fictional worlds have transformed the settings of cheerful children's cartoons into warped mirrors of the adult world. As if to add insult to injury, his cartoon is currently being adapted for film, and everyone involved treats the film like a meal ticket and nothing more.
Barking Benjamin is a short story anthology documenting Benjamin's travels and documentations of other fictional worlds and reality and what he has found. A teenage anthropomorphic wolf fears the dreaded "Hood". A rat learns about the seedier side of showbiz. A biker finds a talking alligator invading his home. A man with a strange power seeks the Ring of Charlemagne. All the while, Benjamin seeks to reinvent those worlds into how he thinks they should be.
Barking Benjamin takes the stories you've heard as a kid and gives them each a darker twist, allowing you to re-experience them anew as an adult.