December 3, 2020

TALES DISPATCH: The Pale Men Sign Off

TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE The Podcast, a weekly show curated by the Pale Men Glenn McQuaid and Larry Fessenden, launched October 1st, 2019—with a brief hiatus during he Covid Summer of 2020—is hereby announcing a temporary sabbatical.

Says McQuaid: Getting our Tales out to new ears via the podcast has been a wild and rewarding ride and I can’t wait to get back to it but as I’m currently developing a feature film in Ireland it’s time to take a little break. We’ll be back in the near future with new content, in the meantime  I hope people will enjoy the incredible wealth of audio-dramas we’ve released over the years. Thank you to all the collaborators thus far, and thank you Larry Fessenden for being the best partner!

Says Fessenden: Thanks Glenn, so grateful for our partnership and for the artistic outlet that has been Tales. Thanks also to our podcast tech gurus Lee Nussbaum and James Felix McKenney. We will be back with more, just need to wrangle our collaborators and come up with a plan for a new crop of stories. Thanks to all who have stayed tuned and supported our efforts. Until next time, listeners, this is McQuaid and Fessenden, signing off.

We leave you with our documentary chronicling the origins of TALES created during the live productions at Dixon Place in NYC for Season 2 entitled

Now available as an audio podcast
(for the sonically adventurous)
and on YouTube for the first time!

December 3, 2020

TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE The Podcast — Episode #47 “Behind The Curtain”


A Tales Docucast: Join us for a  trip down memory lane
as we peek Behind The Curtain of Tales From Beyond The Pale

Directed by Craig Macneill and Noah Greenberg 
With your hosts Glenn McQuaid & Larry Fessenden

Featuring Jeff Buhler, Vincent D’Onofrio, Sean Young, Michael Cerveris
James Le Gros, John Speredakos, John Moros, Clay McLeod Chapman, Mark Margolis

Released as a video documentary in 2012

November 26, 2020


Episode #46  INT. COFFIN – NIGHT

A long time ago… six feet under…

Written and Directed by Glenn McQuaid
Featuring Grace Cooper, Martha Harmon Pardee, Glenn McQuaid Sound design and music by Glenn McQuaid

Released November 25, 2020 •  Poster by Brian Level

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November 19, 2020

TALES forum: On Simon Rumley’s BRITISH AND PROUD

The Pale Men discuss Simon Rumley’s gruesome tale, BRITISH AND PROUD on its release to the TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE podcast.

Larry Fessenden: Well, Glenn, we’ve come full circle with today’s Tale: BRITISH AND PROUD by Simon Rumley. This is the last tale we have archived, the last of the old tales we’ll be presenting on the podcast (we still have some new tales coming up so stay tuned). And so we end where we began, because Simon’s recording was the vey first Tale we ever listened to! For season one, we had some of our collaborators produce and submit finished pieces. That’s how we got Graham Reznick’s THE GRANDFATHER and Paul Solet’s THE CONFORMATION and Jeff Buhler’s THIS ORACLE MOON, and that’s how Simon’s tale came to us. I recall we both listened to it separately and we were both aghast! The end of the tale is truly horrifying in the way of the most extreme pulp comics I read when I was young, but with a cultural overtone that makes one feel unwashed. I remember we discussed putting a warning label on it and in fact we did.

Glenn McQuaid: Yes, we added a warning to this as well as Paul Solet’s THE CONFORMATION. I was indeed quite shocked by BRITISH AND PROUD but essentially saw it as a satirical look at modern day British xenophobia that taps into a history of pulpy comic-book stories about colonial fears of Africa. It’s still a tough one for me to listen to, it’s well made and Simon is very talented but the story bothers me, I felt it was too much when I heard it first but Simon does go for the jugular with his work, so…

LF: This was ten years ago and we knew that Simon was going to push some buttons with his work, that is what he has always done, with films like RED, WHITE AND BLUE, and the short BITCH, which is very potent. Now 10 years later, in the midst of Me Too and BLM awareness, we are again challenged by this tale. Still, I think self-censhorship is a troubling response to difficult work; art is meant to be confrontational and horror as a genre is supposed to shock. BRITISH AND PROUD demands we react and invites us to examine our reaction.

GM: These are interesting times. In the face of such great threats to democracy and with the rise of neo-facsistic racist bone-heads embracing the most embarrassing conspiracies of all time, and, more importantly, with minority people losing their lives because of biogoted policies, profiling and governing, I think it’s understandable for anyone with a soul to draw a line in the sand and implement a zero-tolerance attitude towards anything that is not clearly anti-racist, or anti-bigotry in genreal. I am a great believer in being anti-racist and that includes reflecting on one’s own institutionalised racism and, at every turn, questioning the privilege that comes with being a white dude. Of course, art that tackles these subjects in any kind of way can be misconstrued.

LF: It brings to mind the role of horror, as there are legions of films with women being tormented by serial killers, chainsaw-weilding maniacs, perverts and monsters. Is this exploitation or is this a glimpse into the perils of being a woman? BRITISH AND PROUD can be seen as a portrait of the smug, clueless colonialist getting his own comeuppance, almost a revenge fantasy of sorts. Or it can be seen as a paranoid reactionary shocker about threats from the Dark Continent. It seems to me to be in the interpretation of the listener.

GM: And I think it’s important to consider what the artist is trying to do. Was Simon just pushing buttons with this piece? If so, is it enough for him to do that without giving a concrete explanation as to why? Would the piece be any less powerful if the writer exercised a moral authority over the material? I’m not sure, it would be a different piece if he did though. If only he were still alive to answer these questions, oh wait… Simon is alive!

LF: Art should challenge, not conform, which is why we’ve put this out. And now we leave it to audiences … if they dare.

November 19, 2020

TALES FROM BEYOND THE PALE The Podcast Episode #45 “British and Proud”


A young British fellow marries an African woman
and gets a lot more than he bargained for when he travels to meet her family for the first time…

writer & director: Simon Rumley
Featuring: Gareth Bennett-Ryan, Jenny Wambaa, Zack Momon
Tobin Alase, Jonathan Hansler, Mark Joseph, Lucien Morgan,
Osi Ikhile, Jacqui Shaw

Released November 2, 2010 •  Poster by Gary Pullin

* RATED X: This Tale Contains Scenes Which Some Listeners May Find Offensive *