The Twilight Zone – Original Stories (1997) Review

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The Twilight Zone

The Original Stories

30 of the Most Famous, Weird, and Shocking Stories Ever Published

Edited by Martin Harry Greenberg, Richard Matheson, & Charles G. Waugh

This is a book, but it isn’t a book in the usual sense. This is a collection of short stories. Rod Serling purchased the rights to these stories to turn them into Twilight Zone episodes. In the case of Richard Matheson or Charles Beaumont, the author also wrote the teleplay. I’m not going to review every story. I’m also not going to compare and contrast each story to their episode. This is a different review, as all mine are. I’m going to let you know what’s in the book. The information below is straight from the book. It’s listed under the title before the start of each story. I bought this, and was not disappointed. I recommend this collection, I’ll give it a 5/5.

Preface – Carol Serling

Introduction – Richard Matheson

One For the Angels – Adapted by Anne Serling-Sutton

            Teleplay by Rod Serling

            Aired October 9, 1959

            Starring Ed Wynn

Perchance To Dream – Charles Beaumont

            Teleplay by Charles Beaumont

            Aired November 27, 1959

            Starring Richard Conte, John Larch, & Suzanne Lloyd

Disappearing Act – Richard Matheson

            Teleplay by Rod Serling

            Aired as And When the Sky Was Opened

            Aired December 11, 1959

            Starring Rod Taylor, Charles Aidman, & James Hutton

Time Enough at Last – Lynn A. Venable

            Teleplay by Rod Serling

            Aired December 20, 1959

            Starring Burgess Meredith

What You Need – Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore)

            Teleplay by Rod Serling

            Aired December 25, 1959

            Starring Steve Cochran & Ernest Truex

Third from the Sun – Richard Matheson

            Teleplay by Rod Serling

            Aired January 8, 1960

            Starring Fritz Weaver & Edward Andrews

Elegy – Charles Beaumont

            Teleplay by Charles Beaumont

            Aired February 19, 1960

            Starring Cecil Kellaway, Jeff Morrow, Don Dubbins, & Kevin             Hagen

Brothers Beyond the Void – Paul Fairman

            Teleplay by Rod Serling

            Aired as People Are Alike All Over

            Aired March 25, 1960

            Starring Roddy McDowall

The Howling Man – Charles Beaumont

            Teleplay by Charles Beaumont

            Aired November 4, 1960

            Starring H.M. Wynant & John Carradine

It’s a Good Life – Jerome Bixby

            Teleplay by Rod Serling

            Aired November 3, 1961

            Starring Billy Mumy, John Larch, & Cloris Leachman

The Valley Was Still – Manly Wade Wellman

            Teleplay by Rod Serling

            Aired as Still Valley

            Aired November 24, 1961

            Starring Gary Merrill & Vaughn Taylor

The Jungle – Charles Beaumont

            Teleplay by Charles Beaumont

            Aired December 1, 1961

            Starring John Dehner & Emily McLaughlin

To Serve Man – Damon Knight

            Teleplay by Rod Serling

            Aired March 2, 1962

            Starring Lloyd Bochner, Richard Kiel, & Susan Cummings

Little Girl Lost – Richard Matheson

            Teleplay by Richard Matheson

            Aired March 16, 1962

            Starring Charles Aidman & Sarah Marshall

Four O’Clock – Price Day

            Teleplay by Rod Serling

            Aired April 6, 1962

            Starring Theodore Bikel

I Sing the Body Electric! – Ray Bradbury

            Teleplay by Ray Bradbury

            Aired May 18, 1962

            Starring Josephine Hutchinson, David White, & Vaughn Taylor

The Changing of the Guard – Adapted by Anne Serling-Sutton

            Teleplay by Rod Serling

            Aired June 1, 1962

            Starring Donald Pleasence & Philippa Bevans

In His Image – Charles Beaumont

            Teleplay by Charles Beaumont

            Aired January 3, 1963

            Starring George Grizzard & Gail Kobe

Mute – Richard Matheson

            Teleplay by Richard Matheson

            Aired January 31, 1963

            Starring Ann Jillian, Frank Overton, & Barbara Baxley

Death Ship – Richard Matheson

            Teleplay by Richard Matheson

            Aired February 7, 1963

            Starring Jack Klugman & Ross Martin

The Devil, You Say? – Charles Beaumont

            Teleplay by Charles Beaumont

            Aired as Printer’s Devil

            Aired February 28, 1963

            Starring Burgess Meredith, Robert Sterling, & Patricia Crowley

Blind Alley – Malcolm Jameson

            Teleplay by Rod Serling

            Aired as Of Late I Think of Cliffordsville

            Aired April 11, 1963

            Starring Albert Salmi, Julie Newmar, & John Anderson

Song for a Lady – Charles Beaumont

            Teleplay by Charles Beaumont

            Aired as Passage On the Lady Anne

            Starring Lee Philips, Joyce Van Patten, Wilfrid Hyde-Whiite, &             Cecil Kellaway

Steel – Richard Matheson

            Teleplay by Richard Matheson

            Aired October 4, 1963

            Starring Lee Marvin

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet – Richard Matheson

            Teleplay by Richard Matheson

            Aired October 11, 1963

            Starring William Shatner & Nick Cravat

The Old Man – Henry Slesar

            Teleplay by Rod Serling

            Aired as The Old Man In the Cave

            Aired November 8, 1963

            Starring James Coburn, John Anderson, & John Marley

The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross – Henry Slesar

            Teleplay by Jerry McNeely

            Aired January 17, 1964

            Starring Don Gordon & Gail Kobe

The Beautiful People – Charles Beaumont

            Teleplay by John Tomerlin

            Aired as Number Twelve Looks Just Like You

            Aired January 24, 1964

            Starring Collin Wilcox, Suzy Parker, & Pam Austin

Long Distance Call – Richard Matheson

            Teleplay by Richard Matheson

            Aired as Night Call

            Aired February 7, 1964

            Starring Gladys Cooper

*There may be confusion in regard to the information above. I was confused myself. There is a Twilight Zone episode titled Long Distance Call. It stars Billy Mumy, and is the 22nd episode of Season 2, 58th episode overall. The air date was March 31, 1961.

An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge – Ambrose Bierce

            Teleplay by Robert Enrico

            Aired February 28, 1964

            Starring Roger Jacquet

Copyright © Drew Martin 2015

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