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Interactive Fiction by Emily Short
|Alabaster, by John Cater, Rob Dubbin, Eric Eve, Elizabeth Heller, Jayzee, Kazuki Mishima, Sarah Morayati, Mark Musante, Emily Short, Adam Thornton, Ziv Wities (2009)|
The Queen has told you to return with her heart in a box. Snow White has made you promise to make other arrangements. Now that you're alone in the forest, it's hard to know which of the two women...
Aspel, by Emily Short (2015)
|Banana Apocalypse and the Rocket Pants of Destiny, by Emily Short (2001)|
|Bee, by Emily Short (2012)|
The story of a home-schooled girl preparing to compete in the national spelling bee, dealing with various small crises with family and friends, and gradually coming to terms with the clash of...
|Best of Three, by Emily Short (2001)|
|Blood & Laurels, by Emily Short (2014)|
It's the eight hundred and twenty first year of the city of Rome, a year of bad omens and unrest. The Emperor is bloodthirsty and watches keenly for anyone who might be trying to overthrow him. The...
|Bronze, by Emily Short (2006)|
When the seventh day comes and it is time for you to return to the castle in the forest, your sisters cling to your sleeves.
|City of Secrets, by Emily Short (2003)|
|Counterfeit Monkey, by Emily Short (2012)|
Anglophone Atlantis has been an independent nation since an April day in 1822, when a well-aimed shot from their depluralizing cannon reduced the British colonizing fleet to one ship. Since then,...
|The Crescent City at the Edge of Disaster, by Emily Short (2001)|
A Speed-IF featuring New Orleans, Emeril, and armed hamsters.
|Damnatio Memoriae, by Emily Short (2006)|
14 AD. Agrippa Postumus, grandson of the recently-deceased Augustus, tries to avoid death at the hands of the next emperor, Tiberius. At his disposal: a couple of old manuscripts, a lamp, and a...
|A Dark and Stormy Entry, by Emily Short (2001)|
|A Day for Fresh Sushi, by Emily Short (2001)|
No time for fantasy. Must feed fish.
|Discernment, by Emily Short, Failbetter Games (2015)|
The stolen soul of Salome. An exclusive Ladybones Salon where devils compare their collections. A man with a cosmogone birthmark. Explore the trade in high-end souls and meet a Discerning Deviless...
|Disenchantment Bay, by Jacqueline A Lott (with a head start from Emily Short) (2013)|
From the about text: "The Inform 7 examples collectively known as Disenchantment Bay were born of a trip that Emily Short made with Dan Shiovitz to Alaska to visit me and Sam Kabo Ashwell, many...
|The Empress' Shadow, by Emily Short and Failbetter Games (2016)|
Teach at Sinning Jenny’s Finishing School! Recruit students and train them in important skills, such as deportment and maiming. Then send the class to plunder the secrets of the Empress’ Shadow –...
|Endure, by Emily Short (2016)|
"Endure" is an interactive translation of four lines of the Odyssey. It responds to the player's choice of translation strategy as well as to the order of translation; the words you translate first...
|A Family Supper, by Emily Short, Richard Evans, Linden Lab (2013)|
The Quinn family is hosting a small house party, but an unconventional guest threatens their peace with sonnets, vegetarianism, and a gift for finding everyone's sore points. When secrets start...
|First Draft of the Revolution, by Emily Short, Liza Daly and inkle (2012)|
It is dangerous to deceive a husband of magic-using rank... Juliette has been banished for the summer to a village above Grenoble: a few Alpine houses, a deep lake, blue sky, and no society. Now...
|Floatpoint, by Emily Short (2006)|
It is night on this side of the planet. Settled areas are lit: a jagged crescent in the tropics, lining the inland sea. The bright splatter along the top of the curve is Tanhua, as bright from...
|The Frequently Deceased, by Emily Short, Failbetter Games (2016)|
A family of promising youngsters have killed their Governess again. This time, she hasn't come back. Question servants across London. The chief glass-cleaner at the House of Mirrors. The attendants...
|Fugue, by Emily Short (2008)|
Published by Up Right Down, in response to the following plot prompt: THE PLOT: In a bistro in Paris a young woman (A) tells her three girlfriends (B, C, and D) about the affair she had with an...
|Galatea, by Emily Short (2000)|
Emily Short's description: A conversation with a work of art. "47. Galatea. White Thasos marble. Non-commissioned work by the late Pygmalion of Cyprus. (The artist has since committed suicide.)...
|Glass, by Emily Short (2006)|
The Prince sits awkwardly on the couch, holding his glass slipper and trying to keep it from crushing. Lucinda and Theodora have the ends of the same couch, and they are taking turns seeing who can...
|The House on the Cliff, by Emily Short, Richard Evans, Linden Lab (2013)|
An accident to a carriage and mail coach strand a group of strangers in a desolate stretch of coastland. The only source of shelter is an ancient, rambling estate, where neither servants nor master...
|Indigo, by Emily Short (2011)|
"Years ago, a witch placed you in this tower and arranged for your upkeep, paying certain villagers well to keep you supplied with the most basic necessities, and no more. Your years in the tower...
|The Last Sonnet of Marie Antoinette, by Emily Short (2001)|
|Lowell Prison, by Emily Short (2008)|
A small conversation piece between you, an inmate of Lowell Prison, and an old man who crouches beside a wide-open gate.
|Marble Madness, by Emily Short (2001)|
|The Mary Jane of Tomorrow, by Emily Short (2016)|
You, Mary Jane Minsky, have a few things to clear up with your best friend Jenny Yoshida. When your robotic birthday gift doesn't go over as planned, you may need to reset your expectations, for...
|Max Blaster and Doris de Lightning Against the Parrot Creatures of Venus, by Dan Shiovitz and Emily Short (2003)|
Someplace on Venus a secret weapon is being built that threatens Earth with total destruction. You and your comrade must penetrate the Xavian base and save the world -- before it's too late!
|Metamorphoses, by Emily Short (2000)|
You wake to stillness. The hammering, banging, and shouting that kept you awake half the night are gone. The air is cold, and something smells burnt. Your master's experiments must be finished, but...
|Mystery House Possessed, by Emily Short (2005)|
This intricate all-text reworking draws on the Gothic, as well as Clue, to simulate seven characters working to outwit the killer in their midst.
|Not Made With Hands, by Emily Short (2000)|
Pick Up the Phone Booth and Aisle, by David Dyte, Steve Bernard, Dan Shiovitz, Iain Merrick, Liza Daly, John Cater, Ola Sverre Bauge, J. Robinson Wheeler, Jon Blask, Dan Schmidt, Stephen Granade, Rob Noyes, and Emily Short (2001)
|Pytho's Mask, by Emily Short (2001)|
On the Night of the Comet, the usual astrological bonds do not hold, and the order of the universe is threatened. It is a time made for rebels and usurpers, and all who would claim the kingdom for...
|Restless, by Emily Short (2018)|
You've been haunting old Mrs Fagles for decades. Now she's sold the house, and the new owner's moved in. Sylvie's broke, bad at plumbing, and anxious about everything. And with a living, breathing,...
|Savoir-Faire, by Emily Short (2002)|
The beautiful life is always damned, they say. As for you, you've overexpended yourself: fifteen years of prominence, champagne, carriage rides in the Tuileries, having your name whispered...
TinyHillside, by Emily Short (2016)
|Ultimate Quest, by Emily Short (2014)|
You've been kidnapped, confused, and trapped in a factory to do labor far beneath your true level. The friends you once knew think you're dead, if they think about you at all. But you're equipped...
|When in Rome 1: Accounting for Taste, by Emily Short (2006)|
Manhattan, May, 1954.
|When in Rome 2: Far from Home, by Emily Short (2006)|
Recommended Lists by Emily Short
Active Non-player Characters - 26 items February 28, 2008
Plot-heavy IF - 10 items February 21, 2008
Highly polished gameplay - 10 items October 30, 2007
IF Romances - 13 items October 20, 2007
Polls by Emily Short
Trading and Buying Games - 26 votes for 19 games; created June 2, 2009
Games with accurate (present or historical) settings - 50 votes for 27 games; created October 10, 2008
Reviews by Emily Short
That Sinister Self, by Astrid Dalmady June 10, 2015
The Ambassador's Daughter, by Stormchild May 17, 2015
On a Horse with No Name, by Greg Ewing January 11, 2015
HOLY ROBOT EMPIRE, by Caleb Wilson (as Ralph Gide) September 20, 2014