Size / / /

Strange Horizons is one stretch goal away from shaping the future of interactive fiction.

sub-Q Magazine recently celebrated its first anniversary of bringing readers F/SF and horror interactive fiction—stories enhanced by choice, audio, and/or animation—in a format that makes it simple to browse titles, read stories, and reward authors.

As available technology grows, so does IF's readership and storytelling potential. Digital IF can merge the best of classic IF—the reader agency of Choose Your Own Adventure books, the exploration of Zork—with the vivid characters, fresh ideas, and deep empathy of Strange Horizons' F/SF—all as close as your smartphone. Imagine a Princess Bride where you can romance Inigo.

If Strange Horizons reaches its final stretch goal of $23,000, SH will use sub-Q's toolkit to publish special interactive issues twice a year.

This partnership is an honor for sub-Q and a comfortable fit; since its planning phase, sub-Q has modeled its mission after SH, from constructing author-friendly contracts to soliciting diverse contributors and paying professional rates for their work.

There's never been a more exciting time to love IF. Choice of Games established a sustainable business model. Inkle Studios' 80 Days achieved mainstream popularity and critical acclaim (including TIME's 2014 Game of the Year). You can find Hatoful Boyfriend on PS4 and Telltale Games' supermassive Game of Thrones on iOS. With abundant tools available, authors are creating IF in Twine, Inkle, Choice of Games, StoryLab, Undum, Inform 7, renPy, and more—and we have ideas and resources to share.

Strange Horizons is no stranger to IF, having solicited and published IF for years, including “You Are Here” by Bogi Takács. By partnering twice a year with sub-Q, SH will bring new eyeballs to interactive fiction, new voices to its pages, and emotional, unforgettable, revolutionary stories to your screen.

If you want to see what interactive fiction can do, slip these stories under your skin:

  • Vajra Chandrasekera's “Snake Game”: a deserting soldier returns home to find a war he can't escape.
  • Chikodili Emelumadu's “The Fixer”: two women hire a private investigator to trail their erring husbands.
  • Porpentine Charity Heartscape's “Neon Haze”: a drifter descends into a dangerous subterranean world.

This all depends, of course, on Strange Horizons reaching their final 2016 fund drive goal.

You can help. Donate today. Get the word out.

We’ve got the future to do.




tory_hoke_50kbTory writes, draws, and codes in Los Angeles. Her fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Drabblecast, and PseudoPod, and her art has appeared in Strange Horizons, Apex, and Spellbound. She is art director for Strange Horizons and editor-in-chief of sub-Q, a magazine for interactive fiction. Follow her work at toryhoke.com.
Current Issue
1 Mar 2021

The day they took my mouth hadn’t been spent eating De la Rosas, or smoking, or spitting.
By: Sasha LaPointe
Podcast read by: Sasha LaPointe
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Courtney Floyd presents Sasha LaPointe's "Mouth," read by the author. You can find the full text of the story, as well as the story's content warnings, here.
“I am dead!” I yell at him. By this time the camera has slid into his stomach
In this episode of the Strange Horizons podcast, editor Ciro Faienza presents Bianca Rae Messinger's “After the Living Dead Girl.”
Issue 22 Feb 2021
By: Hal Y. Zhang
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 15 Feb 2021
By: Wen-yi Lee
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 8 Feb 2021
By: Varsha Dinesh
Podcast read by: Courtney Floyd
By: Sarah Kathryn Moore
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Sarah Kathryn Moore
Issue 1 Feb 2021
By: Tamara Jerée
Podcast read by: Kat Kourbeti
By: Betsy Aoki
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Paul Starr
Issue 25 Jan 2021
By: Beatriz F. Fernandez
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Beatriz F. Fernandez
Issue 18 Jan 2021
By: Fatima Taqvi
Podcast read by: Courtney Floyd
By: Zach Ozma
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Zach Ozma
Wednesday: Bulbbul 
Issue 11 Jan 2021
By: Ryu Ando
Podcast read by: Kat Kourbeti
By: Nikki Caffier Smith
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Issue 4 Jan 2021
By: Maya Beck
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Stephanie Burt
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Stephanie Burt
Issue 21 Dec 2020
By: Octavia Cade
Podcast read by: Anaea Lay
By: Meep Matsushima
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Meep Matsushima
Issue 14 Dec 2020
By: ML Kejera
Podcast read by: Kat Kourbeti
By: Brigid Nemeton
Podcast read by: Ciro Faienza
Podcast read by: Brigid Nemeton
Load More
%d bloggers like this: