A new concept in literature – immersive reading – has turned its attention to the classics: Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and a few Charles Dickens ghost stories currently represent the horror side with Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle for more mainstream tastes. Now, American author Washington Irving is about to join them with a short story contribution that’s near and dear to our hearts, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
Immersive reading is an interactive experience with music, illustrations, sound effects, etc. Sounds pretty cool, right? Read on to learn more, and here’s hoping we see Shelley’s Frankenstein and Stoker’s Dracula next!
From the Press Release:
Barcelona-based iClassic Productions, S.L., offers “immersive reading,” an interactive experience that brings the joy of reading closer to new generations through their tablets and mobile devices.
According to Efrén García, director of iClassics, “Our contribution is providing the most loved classic novels with a new format, in addition to creating an interactive environment adapted to the habits of the young. iClassics applications have endless creative possibilities, much more than that which is offered by conventional ebooks.”
iClassics Collection adapts the best worldwide classic literature into the AppBooks format alongside magnificent illustrations, sound effects, animations, interactivity, and spectacular soundtracks. A collection of 10 Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories served as the starting point for iClassics, creating the interactive and classic iPoe Collection library, which has had more than 900,000 downloads and thousands of positive comments by readers.
Backed by this success, iClassics has continued bringing the best classic literature to all audiences with iLovecraft, iDickens, iWilde, and iDoyle. There are more than 10 new Apps in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese for iTunes platforms, Google Play, and Amazon.
On September 22, in the context of Jack London’s centenary, iClassics launched the iLondon collection. Another collection, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” will be released on October 13.
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Synopsis:
Sleepy Hollow is known for being home to ghosts and spirits, the most famous of which is the terrifying Headless Horseman, a spectre searching for the head he lost to a stray cannonball during the American Revolutionary War. Ichabod Crane, a superstitious schoolmaster, is more concerned with earning the hand of Katrina Van Tassel than worrying about ghosts, but the night that he expects to earn Katrina’s affections holds something quite different in store for him.
A combined comedic/love/ghost story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” is one of the first examples of American fiction writing and has since become a celebrated folk tale. It has been adapted multiple times for the stage, television, and film, including the 1999 Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp as Crane and the current hit TV show “Sleepy Hollow, in which Tom Mison portrays the character. It’s also a perennial favorite during the Halloween season.