Serial Box is a fiction publisher bringing some serious production values to serialised stories on the web. Bookburners is a genre-crossing detective story that focuses on a ‘Vatican-backed black-ops anti-magic squad’. Seriously. Each hour-long episode is presented in a beautiful and highly readable layout with accompanying audio, to read directly on the browser or to download in a variety of formats. New episodes are released weekly with the fourteenth due this coming Wednesday.
Lifeline 2 is the second story game by Dave Justus that takes advantage of Apple Watch notifications to tell a story in real time. Using a branching narrative design familiar from the original Lifeline app, Lifelife 2 connects you with Akira who periodically seeks your help in a dangerous rescue mission. The real time aspect of the story cuts both ways: the story rests heavily on your emotional connection with the main character, who may come across as endearing or annoying, depending on your mood at the time.
If last week’s emoji novel didn’t push the outer limits of language enough for you, then it might be worth checking out Zac’s Haunted House by Dennis Cooper. Self consciously subtitled ‘A Novel’, it is a story told entirely though lopping animated gif images. Though gleaning a story might be more difficult than the average yarn, each chapter’s wall of twitchy images creates a genuinely unsettling effect.
Since 2011, if:book manager Simon Groth has been written a weekly column for the Courier-Mail that covers in brief digital literature projects from around the world. This column initially appeared in the Canvas section of last Saturday's print edition.