Every now and then at Cinematical we come across something that isn't quite a movie, but that should be on any movie buff's radar. 'Tales From Beyond the Pale' is precisely that.
Created by Glass Eye Pix, the indie production company behind 'The House of the Devil,' 'I Sell the Dead,' 'Bitter Feast,' and 'Stake Land,' 'Tales From Beyond the Pale' is a new series of "radio plays for the digital age" written and directed by some of the most noteworthy talents in the horror genre today, including, but hardly limited to, JT Petty ('The Burrowers'), Paul Solet ('Grace'), Simon Rumley ('Red, White and Blue') and Larry Fessenden ('The Last Winter'). Bringing each story to life will be the voices of even more cool horror regulars along the lines of Ron Perlman, Angus Scrimm, AJ Bowen, Joe Swanberg and Doug Jones.
The first episode of the series will go live tomorrow, October 26th, on the 'Tales From Beyond the Pale' website, but we've got the official poster premiere of it for you today. It's called 'Man on the Ledge' and it was created by Joe Maggio (director of 'Bitter Feast') and features the voice work of Vincent D'onofrio. Artist Gary Pullin designed the very cool, EC Comics-reminiscent poster (as he did for all 10 episodes), which you can see in its entirety below. Also below is the complete line-up of 'Tales' episodes, who made them and who voices them.
TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE - SEASON 1
MAN ON THE LEDGE by Joe Maggio (BITTER FEAST)
With Vincent D'onofrio (MEN IN BLACK, FULL METAL JACKET)
IS THIS SEAT TAKEN? by Sarah Langan (Author of THE MISSING, and AUDREY'S DOOR)
With Joe Swanberg (A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE)
THIS ORACLE MOON by Jeff Buhler (INSANITARIUM)
With Ron Perlman (HELLBOY, I SELL THE DEAD), Doug Jones (PAN'S LABYRINTH, HELLBOY)
THE CONFORMATION by Paul Solet (GRACE)
JOHNNY BOY by JT Petty (THE BURROWERS, S&MAN)
With Shea Wigham (BOARDWALK EMPIRE, SPLINTER), Amy Seimetz (A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE)
THE GRANDFATHER by Graham Reznick (I CAN SEE YOU, THE VIEWER)
With Angus Scrimm (PHANTASM, I SELL THE DEAD)
BRITISH AND PROUD by Simon Rumley (RED, WHITE AND BLUE)
THE HOLE DIGGER by Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER, WENDIGO)
With James Le Gros (THE LAST WINTER, ZODIAC), Kevin Corrigan (THE LAST WINTER)
TRAWLER by Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead)
With AJ Bowen (THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE), Larry Fessenden (HABIT, I SELL THE DEAD)
THE DEMON HUNTSMAN by Ashley Thorpe (THE HAIRY HAND)
With Michael Cerveris (Sweeny Todd (on Broadway), STAKE LAND, "Fringe")
Each episode will be available first on the series' official site for $1.99 before later expanding to iTunes, Amazon and other distribution outlets. That's a total of $20 for the first season, which isn't a bad deal for 5 hours of programming in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and Orson Welles' radio shows of yesteryear.