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The Twilight Zone [Paperback]

Richard Matheson
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  • Paperback: 550 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Jun 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038089601X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380896011
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 943,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Collects thirty fantasy and science fiction short stories which were the basis for episodes of the Twilight zone television series.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a top-notch collection of old TZ tales 10 Oct 2011
Of all ten Twilight Zone anthologies which I have gotten hold of over the years, this is my favorite, including the following stories:

'One for the Angels'/'The Changing of the Guard' - Anne Serling-Sutton
'Disappearing Act'/'Third From the Sun'/'Little Girl Lost'- Richard Matheson
'Time Enough at Last'- Lynn A. Venable
'What You Need'- Lewis Padgett
'Elegy'/'In His Image'/'The Beautiful People- Charles Beaumont'
'Blind Alley' - Malcom Jameson
'The Valley Was Still' - Manly Wade Wellman
'To Serve Man' - Damon Knight
'Four O'clock' - Price Day
'The Old Man'/'Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross' - Henry Slesar
'I Sing the Body Electric!'- Ray Bradbury
'An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge' - Ambrose Bierce
'Mute'/'Death Ship'/'Steel'/'Nightmare at 20,000 Feet'/Long Distance Call'- Richard Matheson

Some of these stories, especially 'Blind Alley' by Malcom Jameson, are better than the episodes which they inspired (i.e. 'Blind Alley' was made as 'Of Late I Dream of Cliffordville'), filled with great ideas and sadly stripped down to their bare essentials in order to fit the 30-to-60 minute TZ episode formats in the days of old.

Whether you want to read these stories to see what inspired the TZ episodes or to get that nostalgic and eerie combination of sensations from delving into some early-to-mid 20th century fantasy/mystery/horror/science fantasy pieces, then this is the ideal anthology. Bon appetitit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart 26 Mar 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
A terrific collection of short stories that later became Twilight Zone espisodes. All the stories have slightly twisted, very creepy endings. Features stories by Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, Henry Slesar, Ambrose Bierce, et al. Very highly recommended if you don't feel you need too much sleep at night
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Book! 17 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Once again, Rod Sterling and his crew of writers amaze me. Even though I've seen some of the episodes already on TV, I still enjoyed reading, as the stories all left me with a dropped jaw, and laughing as I realize Sterling and the crew are geniuses!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Twilight Zone: The genius of Rod Serling and his writers 28 Oct 2012
By John Williamson - Published on Amazon.com
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For this reader, The Twilight Zone the Original Stories is a classic that has had a special place on my bookshelf for years. It's familiar black dust jacket became too tattered to keep years ago because of the use that it had, and I ended up loaning it to a good friend about four years ago. With my permission, the friend loaned it to one of his children, and it has been circulating back and forth between members of his family since then.

This book was skillfully edited by Martin Harry Greenberg, Richard Matheson and Charles G. Waugh in the '80s, and between the covers you'll find thirty of the stories that intrigued the late Rod Serling when he was writing for his TV show, which ran from 1959 to 1964. Besides Rod Serling, writers for The Twilight Zone included such leading authors as Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, Reginald Rose, Earl Hamner, Jr., George Clayton Johnson, and Jerry Sohl. There were also episodes in his series that featured adaptations of classic stories by such writers as Ambrose Bierce, Damon Knight, Jerome Bixby, and Lewis Padgett. And yes, you'll find some of these in between the covers.

Someday I'll get my copy of The Twilight Zone back, but it's good to know that it's being shared by a whole new generation. If you were ever a fan of the original TV series, then grab a copy of this wherever you find it. You won't be disappointed.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes great reading companion to Twilight Zone episodes box set 11 July 2013
By JBooks - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love the old Twilight Zone series and wonder what the source material was for a lot of the episodes, this book of short stories is for you. In it are included thirty stories (most ranging between 10-40 pages) by Richard Matheson (8 stories), Charles Beaumont (8 stories), including a story from each Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner), Ray Bradbury, Jerome Bixby, and Manly Wade Wellman among others.

At the beginning of each story is listed the season, episode and title of the Twilight Zone show counterpart to the short story.

The book includes:

One for the Angels--Anne Serling Sutton
Perchance to Dream--Charles Beaumont
Disappearing Act--Richard Matheson
Time Enough To last--Lynn A. Venable
What You Need--Lewis Padgett
Third From the Sun--Richard Matheson
Elegy--Charles Beaumont
Brothers Beyond the Void--Paul Fairman
The Howling Man--Charles Beaumont
It's a Good Life--Jerome Bixby
The Valley Was Still--Manley Wade Wellman
The Jungle-- Charles Beaumont
To Serve Man--Damon Knight
Little Girl Lost--Richard Matheson
Four O'clock--Price Day
I Sing the Body Electric--Ray Bradbury
The Changing of the Guard--Anne Serling Sutton
In His Image--Charles Beaumont
Mute--Richard Matheson
Death Ship--Richard Matheson
The Devil, You Say?--Charles Beaumont
Blind Alley--Malcolm Jameson
Song for a Lady--Charles Beaumont
Steel--Richard Matheson
Nightmare at 20,000 Feet--Richard Matheson
The Old Man--Henry Slesar
The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross--Henry Slesar
The Beautiful People--Charles Beaumont
Long Distance Call--Richard Matheson
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge--Ambrose Bierce

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Twilight zone lovers 8 July 2008
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a must read for all of you who were fascinated by the thrilling stories showed on TV .
Not only Rod Serling are displayed in that book but also Matheson or Beaumont.
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