FOLLOW IAN RANKIN'S SET IN DARKNESS AND SEE EDINBURGH THROUGH REBUS'S EYES
Welcome to the mobile audio version of Ian Rankin’s Set in Darkness, the world’s first adaption of an entire detective novel for location-based media. Prepare to tail Inspector Rebus through the streets of Edinburgh as he hunts down suspects and clues to solve the murders, and become part of an entirely new interactive, immersive literary experience.
This is a totally free web-based app – made available through the generosity of Ian Rankin, Orion Publishing and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and created/built by researchers at Queen’s University Belfast and Carleton University, Canada. The experience is powered by the StoryTrek platform.
Using your smartphone, you can follow an abridged version of Orion Publishing’s Set in Darkness audiobook as you move through the actual spaces of Edinburgh where the story takes place.
See Edinburgh come to life before your eyes as one of its greatest chroniclers, Ian Rankin, reveals the city’s public grandeur, hidden histories and dark recesses. Listen to the wonderfully rich narration – by James MacPherson – unfold as you confront the city’s past, present and future.
The immersive, interactive walk, powered by the ground-breaking StoryTrek platform, takes you to every part of this beautiful city – the Old and New Towns, the Financial District, the West End, the Meadows and Carlton Hill – as you follow Rebus’s unfolding investigation into Edinburgh’s murky past and present. Follow the clues and lose yourself in this unique coming together of story and the setting.
The trek begins at the entrance to the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood – a building site at the time of the story where the city’s clandestine past is being excavated before Rebus’s eyes. Past, present and future collide as you can detect what is still stranding from the recent and distant past and see for yourself what the ‘biggest construction site in Scotland’s history’ in 1999 has become in the present. The trek is free of charge.
This is the first time the Tailing Rebus app has been tested by you – Rankin’s fans and members of the public. It may take a little while to get the hang of things and there may be technical and logistical glitches along the way. This is a university research project rather than a commercial endeavour so please bear with us if glitches do occur. We are keen to hear your feedback, good and bad, at the end of your efforts, as this will help us refine and improve the user experience in the future.
This project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) in conjunction with Orion Publishing.