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Stories from the Twilight Zone [Kindle Edition]

Rod Serling , Anne Serling
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Book Description

When it first aired in 1959, The Twilight Zone was nothing less than groundbreaking television. Freed from the censors’ strict oversight due to the show’s classification as science fiction, the 156 episodes explored classic, powerful, and moving human themes—love, hate, pride, jealousy, terror—in a unique style. The program sparked the imaginations of countless writers and filmmakers around the world.

With this collection of 6 of Rod Serling’s favorite spine-tingling stories, prepare yourself, in the words of Serling himself, “…to enter that fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition. And it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call…The Twilight Zone.”

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  • File Size: 480 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Rod Serling Books (June 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Way to Experience the Great Television Classic series February 20, 2014
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I received my copies today of the new Rod Serling Books imprint of “Stories from the Twilight Zone,” “More Stories from the Twilight Zone” and “New Stories from the Twilight Zone.” These are lovely books--from the spare design of the covers (I think by Anne Serling’s son?), to the feel of these trade paper size volumes. The black and white motif is not lost on any fan of the TV program. Open the books and you’ll discover pages that possess an inviting layout and easy to read font. These editions represent the care and thought of an artist, for the work of one of television’s greatest artists.

Then comes one of the best parts: new introductions written by Anne Serling that are filled with more vignettes of her father, and I find these as captivating as the prose of these familiar Twilight Zone episodes. I seem to can’t learn enough about Rod Serling, who he was as a man and how he moved in the world, and these brief asides add more to what we learned about her father in her gripping memoir, “As I Knew Him..”

I quickly turned to “The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street,” the last story in the first volume, and within seconds found myself a fifteen year old again, reading that story for the first time in a paperback version—was it a Bantam edition? And I found myself shocked all over once more at the ending, recalling my first real experience of reading horror, with the gritty detail of a woman’s high heel still as vivid, forty years later.

In these stories, Rod Serling is allowed more range and greater depth with his prose than a 30-minute teleplay would ever allow; plus he has the advantage of displaying his work in the theatre of our minds, and that always trumps anything on a silver or HD screen.

Kudos to Rod Serling Books for making these editions available again, and with such beauty, so they occupy not only that magical space in our imagination—Rod Serling’s favorite place to dwell—but a well-deserved place on our bookshelves, too.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the show September 28, 2013
By J.Merc
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Without the constraints of a limited time frame in which to show the stories, Rod Serling is able to let us use our imagination to see the stories as they unfold through his words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Way These Stories Were Meant to be Told May 12, 2014
By checho4
Format:Kindle Edition
My father is a huge Twilight Zone fan, so I used to watch the Fourth of July Twilight Zone marathons with him when I was a kid and absolutely fell in love with them myself! As great as the TV show was, reading them in their story form makes it so much more enjoyable, I kind of wish I had read the stories first. A must read for any Twilight Zone fan. A DEFINITE MUST READ to anyone who is curious about the show but hasn't watched it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Me, for one. I've searched all over for copies of Rod Serling's Twilight Zone stories. I had them as a teenager and wanted the opportunity to read some of the stories that I had seen so many times. Finding them available for Kindle as well as his Night Gallery stories was a stroke of good fortune. The first volume was wonderful. Serling's writing very much embraced pop culture often using brand names (a trait that you never see on the TV series) a younger reader may not recognize some of the references but I found them very nostalgic. Often his "novelizations" would include elements that were cut from production, most notably as the end of "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street". These stories though a product of their time are timeless literature. What a great find at a fantastic price.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Twilight Zone stories September 16, 2013
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Well written and brought back memories of these stories. Rod was a wonderful story teller and had a great perspective on life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I remember the stories May 9, 2014
By Larry
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I remember watching these stories first as a 9 year old child and again many more times over the years. I wish that TV shows were as well written today as they were in the golden age of TV.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoy The Twilight Zone--there's just something so economic in Rod Serling's storytelling that appeals to me. Not to mention some of the best plot twists in television history.

I picked up this collection because I was interested to read what was added to the television episodes. Serling's stories do paint a deeper picture, but I'm not sure any of these stories were better than the original shows. More than once I felt the stories were dragging a bit, but I wonder if that might just be because I already knew the endings.

Overall, the stories were enjoyable. We're not talking about great literature here, but Serling does a good job at taking something familiar to the reader and giving it a little dose of weird.

If you are familiar with the iconic Twilight Zone episodes covered by these stories, I would suggest at perhaps taking a looking at one of the other collections.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED!! this book May 17, 2014
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I loved watching Twilight Zone. This book was so much fun - especially reading the introductions by his daughter. And when I read the stories, I can hear his voice reading them to me. For Twilight fans, this book is a must
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars you'll enjoy reading these stories
If you're a fan of the Twilight Zone television series, you'll enjoy reading these stories.
Published 1 month ago by Cynthia Hammond
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
If you liked The Twilight Zone on TV, you will like these stories.
Published 2 months ago by Kenneth D. Mcgregor Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Interesting to read what we've seen on TV so many times.
Published 2 months ago by Craig B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality and Intelligent Story Lines Never get outdated.
Those of us that experienced the hit television show and its bold and innovated storylines with thoroughly enjoy this collection and hopefully, sit as I did and recall each episode... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Honaker
5.0 out of 5 stars great stories
Even though these were written decades ago, they hold up to modern times as an exploration of our collective psyches. Well done and well written, by a master of the genre.
Published 2 months ago by Charles H. May
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic creepy
Just the way we remember them! Great opening for the stories I loved and still watch when they are on t.v. Will read the rest as well.
Published 3 months ago by Suzanne
5.0 out of 5 stars classic stories
Great Twilight Zone episodes in their original short story form. The stories are as good today as the day they were written.. The man was a true genius.
Published 3 months ago by Matt Donohue
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read.
I enjoyed these short stories very much. I wish there were more.
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Nick
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent book
Purchased this for family who loves the Twilight Zone. It's short but seems like it's perfect for the Twilight Zone lovers!
Published 4 months ago by Misabitch350
4.0 out of 5 stars Imagine if you will..........
Is it a "Throw Back" time, or have the things
written about back in the '50's, finally happened. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Donald Hunt
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Rod Serling (1924 - 1975), best known as the creator of The Twilight Zone, was a seminal figure in the Golden Age of Television and became a cultural icon of the 20th century. A prolific writer, he wrote 252 scripts between 1950 and 1975; has won more Emmy Awards (6) than any other writer; and the Writers Guild of America recently declared Twilight Zone as one of the top three best written television programs of the past seventy years.

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