- Paperback: 466 pages
- Publisher: Silman-James Press; 2nd edition (1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1879505096
- ISBN-13: 978-1879505094
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 175 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Twilight Zone Companion is one of the finest examinations of a television series. Author Marc Scott Zicree spent five years researching and writing what is without a doubt the definitive look at this classic horror-fantasy-science fiction show. (The series originally ran from 1959 to 1965, but is still seen in syndication around the world.) Not only is the book an exhaustive episode-by-episode guide, but the author apparently interviewed every living soul who was ever associated with the show. It's quite likely that creator Rod Serling, who died before the book saw publication in 1982, would have been suitably impressed by the respect and dedication that clearly went into this labor of love. Zicree later revised and expanded The Twilight Zone Companion for a second edition in 1989, and discusses both the briefly revived series and the feature film based on the show. --Stanley Wiater
From Library Journal
From its signature theme song, to its many memorable images, to its very name, Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone is ingrained in our collective conscious like no other TV show. In this 40th-anniversary, updated edition of his 1982 American Book Award-nominated volume, Zicree takes readers through every episode of the show's five seasons (1959-64). In addition to credits and plot synopses, the author provides background on each episode, along with numerous pictures. Essential for all Zone fansAand who isn't one?
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Of course, like any parent, I promised them that I'd read them a story.
And they sort of bought that line, but they really would not settle down, and made it absolutely clear that they wanted to hear something different.
So out of desperation, I grabbed this beloved book, which by then was a very faded falling apart yellowing non acid free paperback from near my desk in my home office and read them both a story in their shared bedroom.
It was from this book and it was "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street."
Their eyes lit up and they were totally captivated and they settled down.
They had never experienced anything like that story and they loved it.
And that night I heard "more daddy, more daddy!!!!"
So then I read them "Time Enough To Last," followed by "Third From The Sun," and partway through "Third From The Sun" they were sound asleep.
After that, the problem was not getting them to go to bed.
The problem became, as they would without parental pleading, wash up, brush their teeth and scoot into bed and almost always chant..."read, read, read more Twilight Zone."
Yes, very quickly, every night, they wanted more than one episode story from this book read to them.
And they loved it.
Then when they had sleepovers in our home with their friends, an event every parent dreads as the pack of kids will almost never settle down for the night, our house was different.
We became famous in the "sleepover circuit" of my kids and their friends as to having really cool bedtime stories.
So we never ever had a problem of getting a pack of sleepover kids to call it a night.
To a kid, we were the cool parents who did not just read them bed time stories.
We were the cool parents who read the kids stories from the "Twilight Zone," not the stories that every kid had heard from Fairy Tale Books.
It got to the point where, in our small town, the parents of sleepover kids would call and ask if it was really true that we read out kids stories from the Twilight Zone.
Occasionally, one of the moms would come over the day before to check out what she had heard from her kids, my kids pals.
And over coffee my wife and one or more of the moms of sleepover kids would read a story together and pick out what stories were deemed appropriate for little Susie, Liz, Tonya, Morgan, and more.
Well it worked, and now today, my adult kids are reading the plot summaries to their kids from this book, who, and I've seen them scramble off to bed instantly for the nightly reading of bedtime stories from "The Twilight Zone Companion."
Try it, your kids will love the stories.
In fact these stories got my kids totally interested in Science Fiction, so the "X-Files" and "Star Trek Voyager." became staples of my kids viewing.
Note that the stores in this book, all from "the Twilight Zone," have now become children's middle school literature.
In some of the English Class anthologies, "The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street," is featured.
Have fun and do take your sons and daughters to the "Twilight Zone," they will go to bed and then sleep without a fuss.
The real benefit of reading this work is the behind the scenes insights you'll get on the writers and producers of the series -- as well as the typical network ratings vs production battle. Some coverage of the more used actors may also be found in the volume -- although detail is limited.
The book itself is organized by season and show - with some background on the 'why' of the series. Individual episodes can easily be located making this an excellent 'by the television' book to have. Stills from the series are limited to what appears to be a 'stock' photo; but this doesn't detract much from the overall value of the book.
One thing is for certain ... you'll know which episodes Marc though well of and which he didn't from the capsulations. Ones he didn't like get a very short treatment.
* Recommended *