Exeter-based director Ashley Thorpe, the award wining Scayrecrow and The Hairy Hands, has been selected by producer Larry Fessenden (Wendigo) and Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead) for New York-based Horror Factory Glass Eye Pix to contribute a script to their macabre radio project Tales from Beyond the Pale.
In a bid to reanimate the glory days of radio chillers like Boris Karloff Presents, Ashley joins esteemed contributors such as Don Coscarelli (Phantasm), Paul Solet (Grace), Ti West (House of the Devil) and Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) among other horror genre notables.
Ashley, of Carrion Film, told D+CFilm: “I was amazed that I was asked to be honest -astonished, actually. This is a Hollywood-level project with Hollywood-level writers and directors.
“My animations tend to be very visual and initially I didn’t honestly think I was up to the challenge. The radio format almost seemed to be the opposite of what I do. But I enjoyed the challenge. Having that comfort blanket of the visual pulled away and being forced to evoke horror in a different way speaks to all of my influences as a filmmaker. You can never show the most horrific thing in everyone’s minds, so let the audience conjure it.
“It was my first attempt at writing something so ambitious and involved. But I was amazed at how receptive to my ideas Larry and Glenn have been. Glenn really gets my influences (he’s a Terence Fisher devotee) and shares my enthusiasm for British mythology. The variety on this show is going to be amazing. You’re in for a real treat. It’s a project I’m deeply proud to be part of.”
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