The spatial hypertext known as The Shadow City is the end
product of a semester of collaborative research, an investigation into
the close ties between Howard Phillips Lovecraft and his city.
We have sought to merge Providence as it stands today with the city
as he saw it, to create a spatial story that bridges two worlds
while somehow existing in each.
The Shadow City is not a story that is told; rather, it is
a story that happens, but one that you will not see much of
unless you go out and explore it. Participants select a character
and, over the course of a week, watch the tale's unfolding from
that character's viewpoint, following his or her travails both
virtually and in physical space. Links to more information,
different aspects of the story, and otherwise-unfindable scenes
can be discovered in the least expected places -- under a certain
bench mentioned elsewhere in the story, say, or between the covers
of the Mad Arab's fabled Necronomicon.
If this is something in which you would like to participate,
but do not
make this decision likely. Be aware that this is an immersive
experience -- if you do not devote sufficient time and energy to
it, you are unlikely to get much out of it. If you have questions
or concerns, contact
the cloaked figures.