Digital Fiction Curios

A unique digital archive of electronic literature


From fragments of words held in glass bottles to sprawling apocalyptic dreamscapes, Digital Fiction Curios offers a beautiful and immersive glimpse into Dreaming Methods’ signature world of dream-inspired narratives, living texts and lost realities.

Dreaming Methods is responsible for some of the internet’s earliest media-rich digital fiction. Much of that work was created in Flash, a technology that was removed from all major web browsers in 2020.

Curios archives and re-purposes three of our Flash works originally made as far back as 1999 and makes it uniquely possible to explore them in VR through a magical virtual curiosity shop. Experience the originals and then step inside them re-imagined for VR.

What do I get?

  • Digital Fiction Curios PC installer
  • Supporting documentation and technical help
  • A collection of standalone Dreaming Methods projects (no internet required)
  • High resolution Curios desktop wallpaper
  • Extended Licence includes 1 hour live online lecture with Dreaming Methods

Technical specs and requirements

Digital Fiction Curios works on PCs only. Although it's primarily a PC VR experience for use with Rift, Rift S, HTC Vive or Quest 2/3 with a Link cable, it can also be 'played' without a headset using the mouse and keyboard or a touch screen. You need at least 8GB (16GB recommended) and a VR-capable PC to experience the project.

Option 1 : Personal Licence £9.99
Personal use only for 1 PC/headset

Option 2 : Education Licence £149
For use in schools, colleges, universities, galleries, museums and libraries on upto 5 PCs/headsets

Option 3 : Extended Education Licence £269
For use in schools, colleges, universities, galleries, museums and libraries on upto 10 PCs/headsets with 1 hour live online lecture from Dreaming Methods (time to be arranged)

Option 4 : In-person Workshop/Event £600
A bespoke workshop with Digital Fiction Curios pre-installed on 3 laptops/VR headsets ready to go facillitated by two experienced DBS-checked lead artists including public liability insurance. Travel TBC. Suitable for age 8+ Contact us to discuss options +44 (0)7901 686142.

 "Digital Fiction Curios has blown my mind... It opens up new conversations on digital preservation."

- Stella Wisdom, Digital Curator, The British Library