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Good condition-some creasing to the corners of the covers, usual toning to the pages, straight spine. First edition--Includes stories by Richard Matheson, Anne Serling-Sutton, Charles Beamont, Lynn A. Venable, Lewis Padgett, Paul Fairman, Jerome Bixby, Manly Wade Wellman, Damon Knight, Price Day, Ray Bradbury, Malcolm Jameson, Henry Slesar and Ambrose Bierce. 550 pp.
The show's foundation was the writing and its ability to suggest more to the imagination than the images alone conveyed. In this way it was like the writing of old radio shows. It's a gift to have these stories by such diverse authors in one place, the source material that inspired the scripts. They're terrific both on their own and for the insight they provide into the process of making the program. Not a pretty book to look at, but not to be judged by its cover.
Sep 6, 2007
Looking at the Source
This collection contains science fiction and horror stories published before and during the TV series from which screen writers (including some of the original short story writers) created "Twilight Zone" episodes. It is this body of work, in many ways, that inspired Rod Serling to set up the show. The "Little Girl Lost" classic episode, for example, is here by Richard Matheson, as is his "Death Ship" and his other classics; Henry Slesar is well-represented, including "The Old Man" and "The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross." An Oscar-winning short film, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," imported from France, is based on Ambrose Bierce's story. Charles Beaumont stories abound, and Manly Wade Wellman's "The Valley Was Still," set during the Civil War, became the eerie episode "Still Valley." Serling, Beaumont and Matheson went on to write many outstanding original scripts, and even two of Serling's teleplays are adapted here in short story form by Anne Serling-Sutton ("One for the Angels" and "The Changing of the Guard"). The introduction is by Carol Serling.
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