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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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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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True Legends app puts the ‘flash’ in flash fiction

By Ricardo Morales

Length: About 5 minutes
Devices: iPhone / iPad
Cost: Free

True Legends is a mesmerizing short fiction app for iOS. Its animation-heavy presentation, while being short on length, is nevertheless a successful experiment in exploring how text, music, and user interaction can mesh with artwork effectively.

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iPoe: Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre stories, revisited as multimedia fiction

By Ricardo Morales

Length: 1-2 hours
Devices: iOS and Android
Cost: $3.99 iOS / $2.47 Android

The iPoe concept is simple: Take well-known stories from one of America’s most beloved writers, and bring them into the 21st century with a mobile app. It’s a wonderful way to revisit Edgar Allan Poe’s writings; and, aesthetically, the app sets a high bar for excellence in commercial multimedia fiction.