As everyone reading the site knows, I’m a huge fan of old school radio drama so this latest news that Larry Fessenden’s Glass Eye Pix is launching a new genre audio program entitled “Tales from Beyond the Pale” is music to my ears!
Here are the details from the press release: Conceived during a fog-drenched car ride with nothing out the windshield but an horizon-less void, Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid bring you audio theater inspired by the vintage radio shows of Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre, Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles. “TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE” will be brought to you by Fessenden’s production outfit Glass Eye Pix, which is responsible for dozens of celebrated independent films including I SELL THE DEAD, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, THE LAST WINTER, WENDY AND LUCY, as well as the forthcoming STAKE LAND and THE INNKEEPERS.
“TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE” will delve into the twisted minds of new and established horror auteurs to present singular stories of the uncanny; stories that will chill and delight fans of the macabre. Contributors include:
Hosted by Larry Fessenden, each thirty-minute episode will transport the listener through sharp scripting and finely honed performances from actors familiar and new to the Glass Eye Pix stable. Also distinguishing these audio plays will be a concentration on the landscape of sound and music that can be taken for granted in the visual medium of film. Says Fessenden: “Glenn and I wanted to celebrate the written word and the power of sound design in approaching this project. We also found if you cut out cameras and lights, you can tell stories a lot cheaper.” Says McQuaid: “As filmmakers embarking on this project, we are letting go of our visual tricks — the imagery is suggested, not seen, and so the listener gets to paint their own picture, it’s interactive.”
The accompanying “TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE” website will feature an original poster for each story by Gary Pullin, the celebrated designer responsible for the look of Rue Morgue Magazine. Visitors to the site will also enjoy an intro by the stop-motion animator Voltaire and will find information on all of the show’s collaborators.
“TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE” will be made available through the website and will be downloadable via iTunes and Amazon individually or as a series to be enjoyed however and whenever the listener wants: Radio plays for the digital age. Scripts are rolling in, production begins in August, and the first episodes should be available by Halloween.
For all the latest news keep an eye on Talesfrombeyondthepale.com.
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