A Dream with Demons is a hypertext fiction about adults facing their difficult childhood experiences through art. It was written using Storyspace and first published on a 3.5” disk.
In his essay, “Patterns of Hypertext,” Mark Bernstein, who is also the publisher of the work, provides the following description:
- The central thread of Edward Falco's A Dream with Demons is a novel-within-the-novel: a story of a woman, her daughter, and her lover. wrapped together in love and violence. This narrative is interrupted periodically by navigational opportunities that lead the reader into a basement of notes and memories, purportedly belonging the notional author. Falco thus superimposes two layers of fiction: the dramatic conflict of incest and abuse in the conventional narrative is echoed by the more complex and ambiguous backstory of the Mirrorworld. The Mirrorworld also here plays an intriguing formal role: by revealing the thoughts and motives of the story's notional creator in a second fiction, the basement invites the reader to speculate on the nature of authorship more deeply than the familiar reader/writer dichotomy.
For the entire essay see: http://www.eastgate.com/patterns/Patterns5.html
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Note: The second image is taken from Susana Pajares Tosca's essay, "A Pragmatics of Links," which cites the work. It can be viewed here: http://journals.tdl.org/jodi/article/viewArticle/23/24