December 2019 Issue

From the Editor

December 1st, 2019 by Stewart C Baker
It’s December! Here in the northern hemisphere, that means cold weather and more hours of darkness. To celebrate the season, we’ve loaded this issue chock full searches for things that go bump in the night.

Jei D. Marcade’s “That Night at Henry’s Place” takes on horror movie tropes as you search for a missing friend at a party that’s getting out of hand. In Astrid Dalmady’s “Night Guard / Morning Star,” you must hunt down a vanished painting–and the truth about your relationship with your mother. Last–but certainly not least!–Elizabeth Smyth’s “Zoinks!” asks one of life’s fundamental questions: Can you get away with it, in spite of those meddling kids? (And their mangy mutt, too.)

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A person cowers against a row of filing cabinets as a shadowy creature stands over them.
“I Found You First” by Laura De Stefani
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Issue Contents

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I Found You First

by Laura De Stefani
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This Essay on Names has no Title

by Sharang Biswas
Naming your character is a staple of many games, to the extent that it’s almost invisible. But names can be powerful, and so can the act of naming.
[read essay]

Two Gems from 2019’s Interactive Fiction Competition

by Anya Johanna DeNiro
[read essay]


That Night at Henry’s Place

by Jei D. Marcade
You’re fifteen. Your best friend has dragged you to a weird party in the middle of nowhere. All you want to do is leave.
[play game][read interview]

Night Guard / Morning Star

by Astrid Dalmady
My mother made a deal. So here I am, working the night shift, alone with her work.
[play game][read interview]


by Elizabeth Smyth
When mystery-solving teens come snooping around your spooky factory, you do whatever it takes to get rid of them.
[play game]

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