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April 27, 2015

Shock Exclusive!: Art, First Word on This Year’s TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE: THE STANLEY EDITION


From Samuel Zimmerman at ShockTillYouDrop.com:

A budding tradition and must-see at the annual Stanley Film Festival in Estes Park, CO is Tales From Beyond the Pale Live, an in-flesh, festival-tailored iteration of the Larry Fessenden & Glenn McQuaid-produced horror audio dramas. One of the festival’s more experiential events, Tales From Beyond the Pale Live: The Stanley Edition is written exclusively for the Stanley and features performers in person, as well as the magic of live foley, sound and music. It’s a treat that both reveals the form and yet draws you in even further.

At the 2015 Stanley Film Festival, taking place April 30-May 3 at the Stanley Hotel, Tales From Beyond the Pale Live is entitled The Stanley Edition: Parlor Tricks. Taking place Friday, May 1st at 7 p.m. sharp at The Historic Park Theatre, Parlor Tricks is comprised of two tales: Cold Reading, written by Glenn McQuaid & newcomer to Tales, April Snellings (writer and editor at Rue Morgue Magazine and co-editor of the book Horror Movie Heroes); and No Signal by Larry Fessenden.

The show will feature the voice talents of Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, We Are Still Here) and Leon Vitali (Barry Lyndon, Terror of Frankenstein) as well as Larry Fessenden (We Are Still Here, Body, Habit). The rest of the cast will be filled by very special guests.

“This will be my third year at Stanley, second with Tales. It’s a very special fest, feels like… ‘we’ve always been there’”, says Fessenden.

“We’re there to scare,” adds McQuaid

Also joining the Tales crew is Glass Eye Pix regular Graham Reznick (director of I Can See You, The Viewer) on Sound Design and Music, as well as Tales stalwarts Chris Skotchdopole and Tessa Price on foley, and Lee Nussbaum on tech. Jenn Wexler produces with the Pale Men. Rebekah Brown associate produces.

Below, find the Tales From Beyond the Pale, The Stanley Edition: Parlor Tricks poster art, from fantastic regular artist Trevor Denham.

For more, visit Stanley Film Festival, Glass Eye Pix and Tales From Beyond the Pale. You can actually listen to last year’s Stanley Edition: Tales We Tell, featuring the voice talents of Fessenden, AJ Bowen, Martin Starr and even myself, right here.

October 31, 2014

Did you miss TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE Live from The Stanley Film Festival? Well what better day to listen to it than on Halloween!

To celebrate our favorite holiday, we’re now offering it for free at the Tales From Beyond The Pale Listening Room

Written by Fessenden, McQuaid, and Chapman, these tales of terror are inspired by Colorado’s Stanley Hotel and its surroundings, which also served as the muse for Stephen King’s THE SHINING. Featuring the voice talents of Fessenden, Martin Starr, AJ Bowen, Ana Asensio, Jocelyn DeBoer, Martha Harmon Pardee and Sam Zimmerman.

Listen now.

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October 25, 2014

Glass Eye Pix heads to SpectreFest at Cinefamily in LA this Wednesday, Oct 29, for a live show of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE, with three new stories from Fessenden, McQuaid and Chapman!

Get a look at the special edition poster art by Trevor Denham below.

Doors open at 7pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Cinefamily website.

Cast announcements coming soon!

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August 7, 2014

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TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE coming to vinyl!

We’re delighted to announce that Tales from Beyond the Pale is coming to vinyl! It’s been a dream of ours to get our stories on to wax and it’s happening very soon thanks to Deep Focus Records. THE HOLE DIGGER and TRAWLER will be released in a limited edition of 500 copies with hand-stamped gold foil numbering on two vinyl records in a gatefold sleeve! The first 100 copies will be colored vinyl (red/black mix for The Hole Digger and clear/blue mix for Trawler). Get all the details below or on the Deep Focus Records website!

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Deep Focus Records is proud to announce our debut release, a horror double feature from the first season of Tales From Beyond The Pale: The Hole Digger by Larry Fessenden and Trawler by Glenn McQuaid.

The pair of chilling audio dramas will be released in a limited edition of 500 copies with hand-stamped gold foil numbering on two vinyl records in a gatefold sleeve! The first 100 copies will be colored vinyl (red/black mix for The Hole Digger and clear/blue mix for Trawler).

THE HOLE DIGGER

It was the summer that everything changed, that summer in Cape Cod when me and my brother first found the hole dug down in the dunes in front of our house. Whether it was for a grave or a treasure, that hole changed our lives for good.

Larry Fessenden’s haunting tale stars James Le Gros (DRUGSTORE COWBOY, LIVING IN OBLIVION, POINT BLANK) and Owen and Tobias Campbell (BITTER FEAST, CONVICTION), and features Kevin Corrigan (BUFFALO ’66, THE DEPARTED, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS), Heather Robb (HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, STAKE LAND) and Joel Garland (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, I SELL THE DEAD).

TRAWLER

Something lurks out there in the salty brine…

Glenn McQuaid’s bizarre tale of mayhem and menace on the high seas, TRAWLER takes us to the edge of sanity and beyond the pale.

Featuring the voice talents of Christopher Denham (SHUTTER ISLAND, HEADSPACE), AJ Bowen (THE SIGNAL, A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE, HOUSE OF THE DEVIL) and Larry Fessenden (HABIT, I SELL THE DEAD).

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These Tales are a loving homage to a time when horror and suspense were manifested in the minds of the audience, just as much as they were in the performances themselves. We hope you will take a journey with us, one that hasn’t been traversed since the days of Orson Welles, Boris Karloff, and Vincent Price.

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Larry Fessenden – The New York City-based horror film director, actor and producer owns Glass Eye Pix, which has produced a number of movies from the new wave of young horror directors, including Ti West’s House of the Devil and The Innkeeper, Jim Mickle’s Stake Land, and Glenn McQuaid’s I Sell The Dead. His own directorial works include Habit, The Last Winter, Wendigo, and Beneath.

Glenn McQuaid – Writer and director Glenn McQuaid, born and raised on the north side of Dublin, first collaborated with Larry Fessenden when he coordinated the visual effects on THE ROOST. Since then he has worked on several of Glass Eye Pix productions including THE LAST WINTER, HOUSE OF THE DEVIL and STAKE LAND. McQuaid’s feature debut I SELL THE DEAD was a festival favorite that sold to IFC.

RAVES FOR TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE

“Fans of shows from ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ to ‘This American Life’ that take their stylistic cues from radio’s glory days — should enjoy these macabre R-rated tales.”

– THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Tales from Beyond the Pale looks backward into nostalgia while offering glimpses of futuristic ambition… a handful of these episodes push the state of the art to the next level.” – SLATE

“If you’re looking for some spooky aural accompaniment to your Halloween season this year, look no further than TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE” – FANGORIA

“Terror-themed audio plays boasting performers like Vincent D’Onofrio, Ron Perlman, and horror auteur Larry Fessenden, whose spine-tingling intros would make Vincent Price proud. Bwah-ha-ha!“ – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

The release will be available for pre-orders soon. If you’d like to be given a heads up when that date is determined, contact us today and we’ll be sure to email you the news!

April 30, 2014

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[Stanley Fest ’14] Getting Vocal With ‘Tales From Beyond the Pale’

From at Bloody-Disgusting.com on April 27, 2014

One of the most pleasant surprises of this year’s Stanley Film Fest was being able to witness a live recording of Tales From Beyond The Pale at the Historic Park Theater in downtown Estes Park. For those unfamiliar, Pale is a radio show produced and directed by Larry Fessenden (Habit, Beneath) and Glenn McQuaid (V/H/S, I Sell The Dead). Previous episodes have been penned by the likes of JT Petty, Simon Barrett and many other noted horror writers.

Fessenden filled me in on the show’s history several days before the performance, “we devised the concept some years ago and we went into the studio and did 10 of them, which allowed us to craft them very well. It’s an experience as an audio drama, it’s not just about dialogue. It’s also about sound design. And that did well, it was well liked. So we said, ‘let’s do it live.’ An opportunity came up with a theater engagement in New York and we pushed ourselves and approached different collaborators and did it live and that was great. But this is our first time traveling with the live show.”

That live show is surprisingly complex. If you’re thinking a radio show just involves a microphone and some prerecorded sound effects, you’d be wrong. There are several other performers onstage in addition to the voice actors, ensuring the room (and your ears) are filled with a palpable atmosphere. From plinking ice in a glass when someone pours a drink to stretching celery in unnatural ways to depict a werewolf transformation. McQuaid rightly insists that this stuff is every bit as valuable as the meat and bones of the narrative, “the foley because your performance too. The show is happening live and if someone’s digging a grave, the actor needs to hear and feel that.”

Despite having been familiar with and intrigued by the project for a year or so, I had somehow (ill-advisedly) never managed to check it out. So seeing this radio play unfold live, in a Stanley specific episode that drew inspiration from the haunted hotel we were all staying in, was a surprise and a delight. The Park Theater has a stately, pleasantly arcane atmosphere that nicely suited this old fashioned piece of entertainment.

Not only was the aforementioned foley work (and computer programmed sound design) immersive, the voice talent on display breathed full life into the characters. Here, Fessenden was aided by Martin Starr (Knocked Up), AJ Bowen (The Sacrament) Ana Asensio, Jocelyn DeBoer (Dead Snow 2) and Fangoria’s Sam Zimmerman (who displayed some nice chops in his professional stage debut). They all nailed it, nicely straddling what must be a difficult line to balance between going big on the stage and going intimate for the radio. DeBoer is an actress that was utterly off my radar until this performance (I haven’t seen Dead Snow 2 yet), but based on her work here I think she’s a real find. And if you’ve never heard Bowen vocalize the pleasures of eating placenta, you should definitely check this performance out when it becomes available for download.

The piece itself was nicely atmospheric, character driven, funny and chilling in a gleeful way. It evoked exactly the sensation I was hoping for, an oddly soothing old-timey experience that reached back to the genre elements that made me fall in love with horror as a child. Think of it as comfort food for the tortured soul.

I hope they come back to the Stanley next year (a festival you should attend, by the way). In the meantime, you can check out some older episodes here.

Photo by Annette DiGiovanni.

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