Twin Peaks Bedside Companion HyperCard Stack

Phew! That article title’s quite the mouthful, eh? But it does exactly what it says on the tin, I’m writing about a HyperCard stack called “Twin Peaks Bedside Companion”! But why? Well, I was thumbing through the January 1994 issue of The Mac yesterday after publishing this article on one of its features and my attention was grabbed by this intriguing entry on the shareware releases page:

Scan of shareware release news page from january 1994 The Mac magazine

I’ll be honest with you, I’m not a Twin Peaks fan. It looks really cool and has pretty much the best theme tune *ever* but I got about 3 or 4 episodes into season 1 before deciding that the whole thing was pure bobbins. That said, I do really enjoy the fandom that surrounds it, I love it when people are absolutely obsessed about something, so I figured that I had to find this piece of shareware and see what it was all about. It wasn’t residing in my VintageAppleMac.com shareware archive (it is now, though) but I quickly found it on a downloaded software compilation CD on my office iMac G4.

Screengrab of title screen in the Twin Peaks Bedside Companion HyperCard stack

Isn’t that a beauty? Simple design and layout, very nicely done, and there’s a (loud!) sample of the first couple of seconds of the theme when you open the stack, too, which made me jump the first time I opened it!

The stack is essentially an in-depth info-file on the show. It covers seasons 1 and 2 and includes a chronology, character bios, episode breakdowns, and more. The episode breakdowns are actually really comprehensive, the sort of thing you see on Wikipedia these days for TV shows.

Screengrab of episode breakdown in the Twin Peaks Bedside Companion HyperCard stack

The coolest thing, though, are the character profiles. These are presented as a “web”, I guess, showing each character’s links to other characters, and you can click on each character to see their links to other characters, and so on.

Screengrab of character bio in the Twin Peaks Bedside Companion HyperCard stack
Screengrab of character bio in the Twin Peaks Bedside Companion HyperCard stack
Screengrab of character bio in the Twin Peaks Bedside Companion HyperCard stack

All in all, this is a really very accomplished piece of work. It was made by a Mark F. Lewis in 1991 and it must have taken him *ages* to compile all of this data and present it so fluidly. This particular stack is V2, V1 is already available at the Internet Archive but only covers season 1, clearly predating season 2. I have placed V2 in an emulated Macintosh item at the Archive also, so head on over, take a look, and brush up on your Twin Peaks knowledge.

Screengrab of the Twin Peaks Bedside Companion HyperCard Stack emulated in-browser at the Internet Archive

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