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A Digital Take on a Halloween Classic: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

By Roman Kalinovski

By the iClassics Collection
Length: Approx. 1 hour
Platform: iOS and Android
Price: $2.99

iClassics has released a new digital fiction piece just in time for Halloween. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, adapted from Washington Irving’s 19th century story, retells the classic tale while giving it an interactive twist.

Like in iClassics’ other work, the app is a playful digital anachronism, a hybrid text that straddles two vastly different eras without standing squarely in either one (this is a good thing).

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“What Is Electronic Literature?” : ELO at The Kitchen

By Roman Kalinovski

What is electronic literature, you ask? Answers can be hard to come by, if not impossible. In e-lit artist Nick Montfort’s words,  “a fluent answer means you’re lying.”

Whatever its definition may be, the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) presented a sampling of electronic works at The Kitchen earlier this month; the lineup was particularly diverse.

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The Shootout: A Showdown between History and Digitality

By Roman Kalinovski

Length: Approx. 10 Minutes
Devices: Browser-Based
Price: Free

The Shootout is a short story that takes tropes of the Western genre and spins them into a work that merges a romanticized past with today’s digital culture. Its graphics and audio walk that line as well, manipulating conventional imagery and sound using overtly digital methods.

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“Literally Horrible”: Depression Quest’s illusion of choice

By Roman Kalinovski

Length: Approx. 10 minutes per playthrough
Devices: Browser-Based
Price: Free, with suggested donation

Depression Quest is an award-winning browser-based work that puts you in the position of someone suffering from depression. While at heart a conventional “choose-your-own-adventure” story, this piece is powerful in how it emulates the disorder; by hindering your ability to make certain choices, it illustrates how a depressed person’s mental state can fluctuate, moving towards hope or despair.