New solo adventure: “The Last Day in Iram”

Cirsova – the “Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense” – has, for the first time ever, published a solo gamebook adventure. This will be included in its latest issue, #2, the Summer Special of 2020.

The Last Day in Iram is a 200 paragraph solo adventure, written by James Hutchings.

Iram is doomed. It will be destroyed utterly, in only a few hours. It seems impossible, but the stars do not lie. It is time to leave the city.

The Last Day in Iram is inspired by the H.P. Lovecraft story The Doom That Came To Sarnath. It is also influenced by Iram, briefly mentioned in the Koran as a place of “lofty pillars” destroyed by God, sometimes associated with the supposed Arabian ‘lost city’ of Ubar.

The point-of-view character in the gamebook is an unnamed resident of Iram, aware of the coming doom, and trying to escape.

But, as in a nightmare, all things seem to conspire to prevent the character’s escape — whether it be the strange orders given to the city guard, the sinister ferryman who works on the great river, or the new temple of spider-worshipers…

James Hutchings lives in Melbourne, Australia. He thought he was a nerd, but it turns out he was socially distancing before it became cool. His long poem My Name Is John Carter, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars, has been serialized in earlier issues of the Cirsova magazine.

You can get the Summer Special of the Cirsova magazine featuring The Last Day in Iram at Amazon.

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