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NYT VR Releases an Abraham Lincoln Ghost Story VR Piece

2/13/2017 4:30 PM Eastern

Celebrated short story writer George Saunders's first full-length novel Lincoln in the Bardo is a poignant ghost story centered around the true story of President Lincoln losing his 11-year-old son.

Now the New York Times has adapted the book into a short virtual reality piece available on their NYT VR app. The novel, which takes place in a single setting over a single night, has theatrical elements to it, a fact that director Graham Sack found useful for his piece.

“What ended up making the most sense was to pull characters from a number of different places around the book, but base them in just a single, specific moment," Sack tells Entertainment Weekly. "It ended up being focused, in a sense, around the inciting incident in the novel, which is this encounter between Lincoln and his son. It’s this very tender moment where, in his grief, Lincoln goes to the cemetery a few hours after his son has been buried, removes his son’s body from the crypt and cradles it.”

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