March 20, 2019 by TinyNavajo
The Twilight Zone: Complete Series by Rod Serling
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*Published January 1, 1999*
Whenever I would go up to visit my in-laws, the room husband and I stay in has bookcases and a lot of books on said bookcases. This one has been catching my eye for a while, and I have read Twilight Zone short stories before, but none were written by the originator himself, Rod Serling. So…I borrowed this from my in-laws and read it! My goodness! I can see why stories from The Twilight Zone are so amazing!
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These nineteen classic stories confirm Rod Serling as one of the finest fantasy writers of our time. Serling’s legendary television series The Twilight Zone consistently demonstrated his remarkable gift for storytelling. In the years that have followed, millions have experienced and remembered these timeless scenarios, now airing regularly on the Sci-Fi Channel.
These haunting stories by the fabled creator, producer, and series host were the basis for some of the most celebrated, eerie programs ever seen on the home screen. In this collector’s edition, compiled from three previously published volumes, we rediscover the brilliance of these beautifully turned, inspired stories by a uniquely American writer.
Rod Serling continues to leave us spellbound with his imaginative and unsettling tales.
Now, I have never really seen any of The Twilight Zone TV show…yeah, yeah, I know I know, but I didn’t have a lot of TV growing up and it’s never really interested me. Then…I went to Disney World for the very first time in 2016 and I rode on the Tower of Terror. I was curious about the Twilight Zone and this tower that seemed to reside there. And after riding the Tower of Terror about 4 times, I finally noticed that there was a book on sale in the ride gift shop, a series of 19 original stories to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Twilight Zone show. So, I bought it and read it on the plane ride home. They were so good.
These stories though, are all originals written by Rod Serling. I thought there were all good, but I realized that I recognized several stories. The only way for that to have worked was if I’ve read them before, and it took me a while but I remembered that I had read some graphic novels based off of Rod Serling’s stories, but I thought they were inspired by the Twilight Zone, not actual Twilight Zone stories. It also helped that I have friends at work who have seen the Twilight Zone show and when I explained some stories, and she was like “I’ve seen that story, and here let me look out some more!” and we both learned that there were quite a few of the first set were actually made into episodes! So cool!
I can see why Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone were such a magnificent piece of media. I loved reading these stories, even if I didn’t quite enjoy all of them, they were all amazing! What do you guys think of the Twilight Zone? Have you watched or read any of Rod Serling’s stories? Comment below and let me know!