The Ebb and Flow of the Tide

The Ebb and Flow of the Tide by Lord Dunsany

You have done a horrible thing, so horrible that burial will be denied you, either in soil or sea, neither can there be any hell for you. You wait for some hours, knowing this. Then your friends come for you, and slay you secretly and with ancient rite, and light great tapers, and carry you away.

THE EBB AND FLOW OF THE TIDE is a work of Interactive Fiction based on a short story by Lord Dunsany, originally published in 1910.

Download the game here, (courtesy of the Interactive Fiction Archive).

You’ll need an interpreter to play the game. I recommend Gargoyle for Windows or Spatterlight for Mac.

Competitions and Awards

THE EBB AND FLOW OF THE TIDE was selected to appear as part of a juried Media Art Show held in conjunction with the Electronic Literature Organization’s 2008 Conference, “Visionary Landscapes“. TIDE was selected as one of the 44 works to appear, from among 151 applicants. Regrettably, due to other commitments, I was unable to attend the show, nor to prepare and deliver the work.


Doug Bolden calls it “a strange, evocative quasi-horror” story that “works out as a massively different type of game” in his review here. Other reviews can be found on the game’s ifdb page.

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