Monday, April 8, 2013

April A to Z - G is for

Demian Katz is the creator and owner of the encyclopedic gamebook website which has details and reviews on every work that could be called a gamebook.  I interviewed Demian last year and he has kindly provided me with an update on his activities.

And here it is...

The most exciting gamebook-related development in my life since April, 2012 is the donation of my 2,000+ volume gamebook collection to the University of California Santa Barbara.  By sending my collection to a university, I ensure that it will be better preserved than it could be in my own home and that it is now available for others to study.  I also hope that by making this large donation, I have seeded a collection that can continue to grow over the years -- the next step is to begin approaching gamebook authors and publishers to see if any archival materials can be added.
Outside of gamebooks, I have taken my obsession with series fiction and bibliography to a different century and begun studying dime novels, one of the leading forms of American popular entertainment from approximately 1860-1915.  The parallels with gamebooks are interesting, and the stories remain surprisingly entertaining.  Since these books are so old, the possibilities for digitization and adaptation are limitless -- I'm currently working with a colleague on a "posthumous collaboration" to turn a particularly memorable example of the form into an interactive adventure.  Stay tuned for more details -- though this is going to take a while!
As for the future of gamebooks, I'm trying to prove that it can be found in the past -- but that's just one thread of many, and as I mentioned last year, the digital revolution still seems to be going strong.

Visit Demian's website at  I don't want to sound like I'm making an understatement but it is literally the most comprehensive webiste on gamebooks that has ever existed.


Follow me on twitter.

Join the Lloyd of Gamebooks Facebook page.

Keep up with other gamebook blogs at the Gamebook Feed.


  1. Your dime novel project sounds fascinating. I'd love to read what you unearth.

  2. Demian is so great! He has been super supportive with our gamebook, and gave us a really comprehensive review. And yeah, is pretty amazing. Looking forward to the dimebook project :)

  3. Oh, good old I've spent way too much time spitting through that website, just reading through the reviews and the information.