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Tale Foundry

Every artist has a world inside them, populated with the things they create, governed by its own unique rules. Here, we peel back the pages of their lives to give you a peek inside.

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Episode 1

The Dissonance Artist

Junji Ito has become one of the most beloved horror artists of this generation, perhaps of all time. But where does his strange brand of dissonance come from? How does he create stories that are both beautifully disturbing…and kind of goofy? Let’s take a peek into the world of Junji Ito.
Episode 2

The Blood Artist

Clive Barker is one of the biggest names in horror. When you look at his work, with all its body horror and strange sexuality, it’s easy to imagine a dark, sinister, fang-y creature behind the text. In person, he’s nothing like that at all. But that separation of author and artist is one of the most important secrets behind his work; how he makes the pages “bleed” for him. Let’s take a look into the surprisingly pleasant world of Clive Barker.
Episode 3

The Frustration Artist

As an artist, it’s easy to want to help your audience understand your work, give them the tools they need to become invested in it. But sometimes the closest connection someone can feel with your work actually comes from the challenge of understanding it in their own way. No one understands this better than the creator of Dark Souls, Hidetaka Miyazaki. Let’s take a peek into his world.
Episode 4

The Experience Artist

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most beloved characters of all time…but everything about him—all his exploits, adventures, mannerisms, traits, quirks, abilities—are far more real than you might expect. In fact, they belong to his author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who has an important lesson to teach anyone who wants to write fiction.
Episode 5

The Truth Artist

Fiction and fantasy have a reputation for escapism. And certainly, they do provide that. But there’s also a shockingly large amount of truth in the lies we invent for our stories. And no one knows this better than one of the most beloved authors in the world: Neil Gaiman.
Episode 6

The Isolation Artist

H.P. Lovecraft horrifies us by turning our thoughts to the vast and unknowable cosmos we occupy…but he also managed to do that from the tiny landscape of his own bedroom, within his extremely limited purview. Perhaps we as creatives can do something similar. Perhaps there’s a brand of fantasy in the tiny worlds that we each occupy, waiting for us to find it.
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