“Security driver John Swift is arrested for his involvement in a diamond heist and subsequent death of a colleague”. So begins Shield 5, a story built from a series of screen captures and fifteen-second videos all posted to Instagram. To view the 28 ‘episodes’ in order means moving backwards through posts to the site, but the story is good fun and the production values are amazing.
The Brain Drawing the Bullet is a fascinating online text by Alan Trotter that builds its short but complex narrative from correspondence and annotations. Inspired by William Burroughs and Mark Z. Danielewski, the text for story emerges piece by piece place on a single web page. It’s worth paying close attention though—the texts have a habit of changing after you’ve read them.
After a long time in private testing, online storytelling game Storium has at last launched officially to the general public. Borrowing elements of traditional storytelling, role playing games, and online community forums, the site creates an interesting and sometimes chaotic mashup where communities of players take on characters in worlds and situations set by ‘narrators’. You can get started reading and playing Storium for free with an optional paid membership also available.
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.