Herewith the Clues
An investigation of the Crime Dossiers, a form of literature as mystery game— an entirely new manifestation of gamified literature—developed in the interwar period.
“An intricate web of envy, desire and aspiration,” Herewith the Clues is a jaunt through the history of the Crime Dossiers, a form of literature as mystery game—developed in the interwar period—where players solved puzzles much in the way that a detective in the 1920s might have solved a crime using forensics. These mass-produced games came in the form of binders, books, suitcases, or boxes containing crime-scene evidence (and literary red herrings), each piece of evidence itself a kind of riddle. One could see these as not only an entirely new manifestation of gamified literature, but game playing itself evolving: storytelling as a riddle-solving game acted in the flesh, rather than existing solely in the minds of author and reader.
About the Author
Boy Vereecken is an editorial designer, researcher and publisher.
Shumon Basar is a writer, thinker, and cultural critic. With Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Shumon is coauthor of The Age of Earthquakes. He is also Commissioner of the Global Art Forum in Dubai, editor-at-large of Tank magazine, contributing editor of Bidoun magazine, director of the Format program at the AA School, London, and an advisor to Miucca Prada/Fondazione Prada, Milan.