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Monday, November 12, 2018

SPOTLIGHT: Tales in Sombre Tones by Sean Walter, Artwork by Drawings in Dark @drawingindark

Tales in Sombre Tones by Sean Walter
Artwork by Drawings in Dark

For lovers of eerie anthologies and amazing artwork - you will want to check this out!

Tales in Sombre Tones is a horror anthology featuring 24 dark and thrilling stories paired with beautifully disturbing artwork, from artist Karen Ruffles of Drawing in Dark and author Sean Walter. Due for release April 2019, the book is a real collaborative project with things crawling out of both their imaginations and has been a huge amount of fun so far. They want to share that fun by putting on a fully immersive touring show. 

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Starting in Karen's home town of Whitby, where Dracula came ashore, they invite all comers to have a taste of life as someone who works with monsters for a living. Karen's desk models will be acting out key scenes from the stories in stop motion animations as Sean reads aloud, accompanied by sign language translations. In addition to the original artwork, they are having 3d versions of the illustrations made to add a tactile element and enable the blind and partially sighted to experience all of the work. Once they have the first few dates under their belt, an online version of the tour will be created so those unable to attend in person can join in the fun and with a set of full scale prints, the tour can continue entertaining and horrifying people all over the place.


All Saints Church, photo credit David Ross .

With all of this to assemble in the coming months and amazing locations like the stunning medieval church in York pictured above (what better location for a gothy horror show?) they have been busy fundraising. Most of the tour has been covered by an impressive grant from Arts Council England, but they're still building and so have set up a Kickstarter campaign offering signed copies of the book as well as some exclusive prints and other goodies. The Kickstarter hit it's initial target in the first week but naturally, they're not stopping at that and have released stretch rewards for everyone if they double their target by the time the project ends. 

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To bag a copy of the book signed by both artist and author, visit Tales in Sombre Tones on Kickstarter

To follow the creation of the book and sign up for the project newsletter, visit the tour website

There's one other video you should check out but I unfortunately couldn't get to load to my blog post:

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