February 8, 2007

Dead IF Lies Dreaming

by Nick Montfort · , 1:26 am

Joshua Birk of the blog Cathode Tan sheds some new, phosphorescent light on an H.P. Lovecraft story. His The Case of Randolph Carter is an AJAX hypertext, well-written and frequently engaging, designed to play out in nine different endings and to incorporate some elements of interactive fiction. One clicks to select words and actions rather than typing commands. While I don’t find the interface as appealing as the standard textual exchange of IF, those who aren’t fans of typing to their fiction may have a different opinion. Perhaps this tale will be of particular interest to some of those who reside in the eldritch birthplace of hypertext?

While we’re on the topic, I’ll use the excuse to mention some notable Lovecraftian IF: Dave Lebling’s The Lurking Horror (Infocom, 1987), Michael S. Gentry’s Anchorhead (1998), Gunther Schmidl’s And the Waves Choke the Wind (2000), and Santiago Eximeno and Guillermo Lafuente Moraga’s La Llamada de Cthulhu (2001).