Monday, October 29, 2012

Scary Books - Stories From the Twilight Zone by Rod Serling


You know all about The Twilight Zone. Maybe you’ve been there a few times. Rod Serling was a genius and his television show thrills me to this day. During its heyday there was pressure to capitalize on the show’s success and Serling released prose versions of some of the show’s more popular episodes. Serling is seldom given credit for his writing talent which was substantial. Here’s the evidence. These are wonderful stories. Essentially, prose versions of episodes of the television series, included are “The Mighty Casey,” “Escape Clause,” “Walking Distance” (which remains one of my favorite episodes), “The Fever,” “Where is Everybody?” and “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.” This wonderful paperback was owned by every kid I knew. This, of course, was during the golden age of paperbacks. It was followed by More Stories From the Twilight Zone, New Stories From the Twilight Zone and then two collections with new stories unrelated to the show: Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone and Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Revisited. These last two featured original stories penned by none other than Walter B. Gibson. I love all of these books.
Now the camera pans down from the starry sky where we see Thomas McNulty typing feverishly on a keyboard. Spooky music plays in the background.

NARRATOR”S VOICE

Consider if you will Thomas McNulty, cowboy and writer, who like all men sometimes ponders the past. For often he dreams he was visited by dead friends and he wonders what service he can perform to honor those beyond the veil. But the night sky is unwavering in its coldness, the great distances too much to fathom. For Thomas McNulty had ventured further than he could have imagined was possible. He has arrived at that crossroads between sunlight and shadow…in a place known only as….The Twilight Zone!

Now the camera pans down to the road sign that reads: 

NEXT STOP: THE TWILIGHT ZONE
FADE TO BLACK

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