TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE Introduces THE LISTENING ROOM

Tales from Beyond the Pale posterTwo years ago around the Halloween season fans were lucky enough to get TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE, a five CD collection of audio horror stories written and performed by some pretty well known genre talent.  Now that the Halloween 2013 season is upon I’m happy to announce that a second volume of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE are upon us.  And to celebrate the release of the second volume a Listening Room has been erected so you can get some sneak previews of a few of the stories.  Check out the press release:

For Immediate Release

TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE Introduces THE LISTENING ROOM

2 FREE TALES streaming EACH WEEK STARTING OCTOBER FIRST 2013

Featuring the voice talents of
Sean Young, Mark Margolis, Ron Perlman,
Doug Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio, James Le Gros

and the regular TALES stable of audio artisans

FIRST DOUBLE BILL: “Look to the Skies!” 

SCIENCE FICTION TALES

http://talesfrombeyondthepale.com/listening-room/

No need to wait! Buy them all on Audible, iTunes and Amazon

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Tales from Beyond the Pale stranger(NEW YORK, NY—October 3, 2013) Celebrate the ramp up to Halloween and beyond with prolific production outfit Glass Eye Pix (BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD, STAKE LAND, THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, I SELL THE DEAD, THE LAST WINTER) as we stream a series of carefully curated double bills straight from the TALES archives of spooky audio dramas.

We begin with two sci-fi tales from scribe Jeff Buhler (THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, JACOB’S LADDER reboot). 

“Stranger,” from Season 2, was recorded live before an audience on October 9, 2012. Featuring John Speredakos (WENDIGO, I SELL THE DEAD) and Kate Lyn Sheil (YOU’RE NEXT), it tells the tale of four friends who escape the city to view a spectacular meteor shower high in a remote mountain range. Their encounter with a stranger who walks out of the woods changes their lives forever. 

Second on the double bill is “This Oracle Moon” from Season 1, a studio production first presented November 16, 2010, featuring Ron Perlman and Doug Jones, together for the first time since the HELLBOY movies. A rescue team of astronauts is dispatched to a distant moon in hopes of reclaiming survivors from an ill-fated exploratory mission sent six years prior. When no survivors are found, the rescuers turn their attention to the elusive creatures inhabiting the nearby hills for answers.

Stay tuned for a different double bill each Tuesday and explore the diverse world of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE. All eighteen explosive tales are also available for download in the online store (talesfrombeyondthepale.com/store) and are now available for purchase on Audible, iTunes and Amazon.  Best of all, the beautiful collector’s 5 CD box set, designed by Gary Pullin, is available for purchase for the avid collector. So many ways to enjoy TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE.

Tales from Beyond the Pale This Oracle MoonProduced and curated by Glenn McQuaid and Larry Fessenden of Glass Eye Pix, and hosted by Fessenden, each thirty-minute episode from the Tales canon is written and directed by one of today’s horror auteurs including Joe Maggio (BITTER FEAST), Clay McLeod Chapman (HENLEY), Jeff Buhler (THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN), Ashley Thorpe (THE HAIRY HANDS), Kim Newman (ANNO DRACULA), Glenn McQuaid (I SELL THE DEAD), Simon Barrett (YOU’RE NEXT), and Larry Fessenden (BENEATH), as well as Paul Solet (GRACE), Simon Rumley (RED WHITE AND BLUE), JT Petty (HELLBENDERS), Graham Reznick (I CAN SEE YOU), and Sarah Langan (THE KEEPER). 

Conceived during a fog-drenched car ride by Fessenden and McQuaid (I SELL THE DEAD, V/H/S), TALES continues the mission at Glass Eye Pix to celebrate and elevate individual voices in the arts and to bring the vast palette of moods that comprises the horror story to fans everywhere.

For more information and the latest news, please visit http://www.talesfrombeyondthepale.com  Follow on twitter: @talesbeyond

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I encourage you to take advantage of this and check out the free audio stories.  They are a lot of fun and will help usher in the Halloween season even faster!!

Stay Bloody!!!

Audio Drama, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Available on CD from Macabre Mansion

Remember the time before the internet? Remember when we didn’t have literally millions of films at our fingertips that we could watch at any time of the day? For some of my younger readers, such a time did indeed exist. I can remember when I was a young’in and my brother and I would go over to my buddies house and huddle in his unfinished basement listening to Vincent Price read some of Poe’s classic horror stories. The shitty record player only added to the atmosphere, and let me tell ya that if you’re rolling your eyes in disbelief about being able to be scared from a scratchy old record, then you’ve obviously never heard Vincent Price read Poe!! The man’s voice could make a virgin miscarry!!

For those of you into listening to audio stories to get your creep on, good news: Macabre Mansion has just released THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW on CD. Check out the press release:

Macabre Mansion® Presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – an original audio drama adaptation of the classic story by Washington Irving. Starring country music star Mandy Barnett, Kyle Hebert (Dragonball Z, Naruto, Bleach, Gurren Lagann), Virginia Hey (Farscape, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, The Living Daylights), Tiffany LaBarbera (Macabre Mansion Presents… A Christmas Carol), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Naruto, Bleach, Resident Evil: Degeneration), Jim O’Rear (ABC’s “Nashville”, Stephen King’s The Boogeyman, The Dead Matter), and Daniel Roebuck (ABC’s “Lost”, Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II), this audio adaptation stays true to Irving’s original vision with only minor changes in dialogue.

And now dig on the plot crunch:

In the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town in the secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow, we hear the tale of Ichabod Crane – a lean, lanky, and extremely superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut, who competes with Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt for the affections of Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter of a wealthy farmer, Baltus Van Tassel. As Crane leaves a dance he attended at the Van Tassel home one autumn night, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, the ghost of a Hessian trooper whose head was shot off by a stray cannonball during “some nameless battle” of the American Revolutionary War and who “rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head.”

The script adaptation is by Jim O’Rear; directed and produced by Kevin Herren; recorded in part at In Fidelity Recordings, Los Angeles California. A portion of the proceeds from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow are being donated to THURSDAY’S CHILD, the national helpline for endangered youth.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is available now on audio compact disc for a retail price of $14.95; click here to order. For more information visit Macabre Mansion.

I’m looking forward to cuddling up under the warm blankets on a chilly, dark night and listening to this one.

Stay Bloody!!!

Tales from Beyond the Pale: Complete Season One Box Set (2011)

This is another first for me here at anythinghorror.com. A few weeks ago I received an unmarked package in the mail containing a five CD box set of audio programs called TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE. That’s right, you read that correctly; five CD’s of audio horror stories. But this isn’t a bunch of amateur horror writers sitting around reading their unpublished horror short stories. Oh hell no!! Created and produced by indie horror powerhouse Larry Fessenden (WENDIGO, THE LAST WINTER) and Glenn McQuaid (I SELL THE DEAD), TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE is a top-notch produced series of audio stories by some very familiar names both behind and in front of the microphone. This is a hugely entertaining series of stories that I had a really fun time with.

Indie horror maverick Larry Fessenden

I’ll admit when I first received TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE in the mail and realized they were audio CD’s, my first reaction was, “When the hell am I ever gonna listen to these?” Then I saw that each story was around 30-33 minutes long, and since it takes me 15-20 minutes (depending on traffic) to get to and from work, I decided to pop the first disc in the old CD player and give it a shot. Besides, my car’s CD player was getting pretty rusty from non-use!! I was friggin’ hooked from the first minute of the first story, “Man on the Ledge,” written and directed by Joe Maggio, the whack job behind the creepy BITTER FEAST (my review here). “Man on the Ledge” had the voice talent of Vincent D’Onofrio as a man, John Alba, sitting out on his ledge overlooking Manhattan. What starts out as a speech about how lonely and alienated he feels turns very dark by the end and becomes the ramblings of a psychotic. D’Onofrio does a fantastic job and puts a very convincing and passionate performance in. I in fact sat in my car outside work, unable to get myself to turn it off. I had to listen to the entire story (yes, I was late to work).

All ten stories (there’s two stories on each disc in the box set) are fun as hell and contain either some kind of twist or very dark ending that you don’t always see coming. Some of the more disturbing stories are “The Conformation,” by Paul Solet, the warped mind behind the 2008 GRACE. This one’s about plastic surgery and what would happen when a doctor obsessed with creating the perfect form finds a patient obsessed with becoming the perfect form. Sure this entry, like all the rest, is only an audio story, but wow this one is friggin’ creepy. The sound effects and the actors involved do a phenomenal job. The final surgery scene is a perfect example of a director giving the audience just enough material to create their own mental pictures of what’s occurring. The result is chilling, gory, and disturbing!!

“This Oracle Moon” is another great story, although it stumbles a bit in the end. Written and directed by Jeff Buhler, who worked closely with Clive Barker in writing the screenplay for MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN and had his directorial debut with INSANITARIUM in 2008. Here he takes us deep into space to a distant moon as we follow a team on a search and recover mission to find out what happened to a group of settlers who disappeared without a trace. This one features the voices of Ron Perlman and Doug Jones and is a great, action-packed story.

“Trawler” (by Glenn McQuaid) and “Johnny Boy” (by JT Petty) are also two very effective stories. “Trawler” can be seen as an updated version on “Moby Dick,” but if you thought that novel ends bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet!! “Johnny Boy” explores one young couples anxieties of dealing with being new parents and a mother who starts hearing strange voices over the baby monitor late at night. Is it postpartum depression on her part, or is there something else more sinister and evil going on with her baby? The ending is terrifically disturbing and just solidifies JT Petty as an amazing storyteller.

There’s so much to love here, people!! Larry Fessenden is the narrator who introduces each story. He has a great voice and reminded me a lot of, perhaps, the most classic horror voice ever, Vincent Price. All the stories have a kind of TALES FROM THE CRYPT-TWILIGHT ZONE-OUTER LIMITS kinda feel to them and as I said above, all the stories are hugely entertaining.

TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE is produced by Glass Eye Pix (Larry Fessenden’s independent film company) and will be available as individual CDs, a five CD box set, and as digital downloads on Amazon and iTunes starting on October 11, 2011. I can tell you that this has already become a new yearly tradition for me; I’ll be listening to these stories (and hopefully future seasons) every year at Halloween time!! Don’t miss this collection; TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE is an old-school way to enjoy some really kick ass new stories. Here’s how the stories are paired up:

The Box Set of TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE

VOL 1: MAN ON THE LEDGE & THE HOLE DIGGER

VOL 2: BRITISH AND PROUD & THE CONFORMATION

VOL 3: IS THIS SEAT TAKEN? & THE GRANDFATHER

VOL 4: THIS ORACLE MOON & TRAWLER

VOL 5: JOHNNY BOY & THE DEMON HUNTSMAN

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My Summary:

Director: various directors for each story, but all hosted by Larry Fessenden

Plot: 4 out of 5 stars (for overall collection of 10 stories)

Gore: 6.5 out of 10 skulls (for overall collection of 10 stories)

Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains

Reviewed by Scott Shoyer