Sunday, September 16, 2012

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There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man . . . 

Welcome. Looking for a Twilight Zone read? Here follows a bibliography for the books, magazines, comics, and films dedicated to Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone.  We have tried to make it as complete as possible. If we have missed anything please let us know.  
Critical Guides:
·         The Twilight Zone Companion by Marc Scott Zicree (Bantam, 1982; second ed, 1989)
·         The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic by Martin Grams Jr. (OTR Publishing, 2008)
·         Dimensions Behind the Twilight Zone: a Backstage Tribute to Television’s Groundbreaking Series by Stewart T. Stanyard (ECW Press, 2007)
·         Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone: the 50th Anniversary Tribute by Douglas Brody and Carol Serling (Barricade Books, 2009)
·         Trivia from the Twilight Zone by Bill Devoe (BearManor Media, 2008)
·         A Critical History of Television’s The Twilight Zone, 1959 – 1964 by Don Presnell and Marty Mcgee (McFarland, 1998)
·         The Twilight Zone FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Fifth Dimension and Beyond by Dave Thompson (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2015)
·         The Twilight Zone: Rod Serling’s Wondrous Land by Kenneth Reynolds (iUniverse Publishing, 2014)
·        Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone: A Fifth Dimension Guide to Life by Mark Dawidziak (St. Martins Press/Thomas Dunne Books, 2017) 
·         As Timeless as Infinity: The Complete Twilight Zone Scripts of Rod Serling Vols. 1 - 10, ed. by Tony Albarella (Gauntlet Press, 2004 - 2012. In 2014 Gauntlet released The Best of Rod Serling's Twilight Zone Scripts, a paperback book featuring ten Serling TZ scripts, edited by Tony Albarella)
·         Richard Matheson’s The Twilight Zone Scripts ed. by Stanley Wiater (Cemetary Dance Publications, 1998 (limited ed.); Gauntlet Press, 2002 (trade, 2 vols.))
·         The Twilight Zone Scripts of Charles Beaumont, Vol. 1  ed. by Roger Anker (Gauntlet Press, 2004)
·         Twilight Zone Scripts and Stories by George Clayton Johnson (Streamline, 1996)
·         The Twilight Zone Scripts of Earl Hamner ed. by Tony Albarella (Cumberland House Publishing, 2003)
·         The Twilight Zone Scripts of Jerry Sohl ed. by Christopher Conlon (BearManor Media, 2004)
·         Forgotten Gems from the Twilight Zone, Vol. 1 ed. by Andrew Ramage (BearManor Media, 2005)
·         Forgotten Gems from the Twilight Zone, Vol. 2 ed. by Andrew Ramage (BearManor Media, 2006)
Source Material and Adaptations:
·         The Twilight Zone: The Original Stories ed. by Martin Harry Greenberg, Richard Matheson, and Charles G. Waugh (MJF, 1985)
·         All of Us Are Dying and Other Stories by George Clayton Johnson (Subterranean Press, 1999)
·         Stories from the Twilight Zone by Rod Serling (Bantam, 1960)
·         More Stories from the Twilight Zone by Rod Serling (Bantam, 1961.  *Not to be confused with Carol Serling’s 2010 anthology of the same name)
·         New Stories from the Twilight Zone by Rod Serling (Bantam, 1962) *Rod Serling’s three Bantam Twilight Zone collections were later published in an omnibus paperback edition (as Stories from the Twilight Zone) by Bantam Spectra (1986) & in an omnibus hardcover edition (as The Twilight Zone: Complete Stories) by TV Books (1998), both featuring an insightful introduction by T.E.D. Klein, former editor of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine.
·         From the Twilight Zone by Rod Serling (Nelson Doubleday/Book Club Edition, 1962)*A hardcover collection of 14 of the 19 stories originally published in Serling's three Bantam editions. 
·         Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone by Walter B. Gibson (Grosset & Dunlap, 1963)*Appeared in paperback as Chilling Stories from Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone (Tempo Books, 1965)
·         Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone Revisited by Walter B. Gibson (Grosset & Dunlap, 1964. *Gibson’s books contain both adaptations of Twilight Zone episodes and original stories inspired by the show.  The two collections were later released in a single hardcover volume in 1990 by Wings Books under the title: Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone)
·         Stories from the Twilight Zone by Rod Serling, stories adapted by Horace J. Elias and illustrated by Carl Pfeufer (Bantam, Skylark Illustrated Books, 1979). *Comic book style adaptations of Rod Serling's first Bantam collection of Twilight Zone stories. Includes adaptations of: "The Mighty Casey," "Escape Clause," "Walking Distance," "The Fever," "Where is Everybody?," and "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street."
·         Mark Kneece graphic novels:
§  Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone: Walking Distance adapted by Mark Kneece with art by Dove McHargue (Walker, 2008)
§  Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone: The After Hours adapted by Mark Kneece with art by Rebekah Issacs (Walker, 2008)
§  Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone: The Odyssey of Flight 33 adapted by Mark Kneece with art by Robert Grabe (Walker, 2008)
§  Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone: The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street adapted by Mark Kneece with art by Rich Ellis (Walker, 2008)
§  Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone: The Midnight Sun adapted by Mark Kneece with art by Anthony Spay (Walker, 2009)
§  Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone: Deaths-Head Revisited adapted by Mark Kneece with art by Chris Lie (Walker, 2009)
§  Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone: Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up? Adapted by Mark Kneece with art by Rich Ellis (Walker, 2009)
§  Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone: The Big Tall Wish adapted by Mark Kneece with art by Chris Lie (Walker, 2009)
Books and films by and about Rod Serling:
·         Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval written by John F. Goff and Thomas Wagner, directed by Susan Lacy (this documentary is part of PBS’s American Masters series (1995) and was later released on DVD by Image Entertainment)
·         In the Zone: The Twilight Worlds of Rod Serling by Peter Wolfe (Popular Press, 1997)
·         Serling: The Rise and Twilight of Television’s Last Angry Man by Gordon F. Sander (Plume, 1994)
·         Rod Serling: The Dreams and Nightmares of Life in the Twilight Zone by Joel Engel (Contemporary Books, 1989)
·         Spaceships and Politics: The Political Theory of Rod Serling by Leslie Dale Feldman (Lexington Books, 2010)
·         Into The Twilight Zone: the Rod Serling Programme Guide by Jean-Marc Lofficier (iUniverse, 2003)
·  As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling by Anne Serling (Citadel Publishing, 2014)
·  The Season to be Wary (collection) (Little, Brown, 1967) *A collection of three novella-length stories, two of which, "The Escape Route" and "Eyes," were adapted for the pilot film of Rod Serling's Night Gallery. 
· Rod Serling's Triple W: Witches, Warlocks, and Werewolves ed. by Rod Serling (Bantam Books, 1963). *According to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by John Clute and Peter Nicholls (updated ed. St. Martin's Griffin, 1995), this volume was ghost-edited by Gordon R. Dickson. 
· Rod Serling's Devils and Demons ed. by Rod Serling (Bantam Books, 1967). *Ghost-edited by Gordon R. Dickson. See note above. 
· Rod Serling's Other Worlds ed. Rod Serling, story notes by Jack C. Haldeman II (Bantam, 1978). *It is unknown whether Serling actually compiled this volume as it appeared three years after his death and does not list any other editor.
· Patterns: Four Television Plays With the Author's Personal Commentaries (Bantam Books, 1957).*Includes "Patterns," "The Rack," "Old Macdonald Had a Curve," and "Requiem for a Heavyweight." 
· Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics (1994 telefilm based on previously unproduced Rod Serling scripts. Contains two stories: "The Theatre" scripted by Rod Serling with additonal material by Richard Matheson, and "Where the Dead Are" scripted by Rod Serling). The film was hosted and narrated by James Earl Jones, starred Gary Cole, Amy Irving, Jack Palance, and Patrick Bergen, produced by Carol Serling, and directed by Robert Markowitz.  

Books and Films by and about Charles Beaumont:
·         Charles Beaumont: The Short Life of Twilight Zone’s Magic Man directed by Jason V. Brock (JaSunni Productions, 2010)
·         Running From the Hunter: The Life and Works of Charles Beaumont by Lee Prosser (Borgo Press, 1996)
·         The Work of Charles Beaumont: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide by William F. Nolan (Borgo Press, 1986)
· The Fiend in You ed. by Charles Beaumont (Ballantine, 1962). *Contains short fiction from Beaumont, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, and George Clayton Johnson, among others. 
Books about Richard Matheson:
·         The Richard Matheson Companion edited by Stanley Wiater, Matthew R. Bradley and Paul Stuve (limited hardcover edition published by Gaunlet Press in 2008. Truncated paperback edition published by Citadel Press in 2009 under the title The Twilight and Other Zones: The Dark Worlds of Richard Matheson)
·         Richard Matheson on Screen: A History of the Filmed Works by Matthew R. Bradley (MacFarland, 2010)

Books by and about George Clayton Johnson:

·   George Clayton Johnson, Fictioneer: From Ocean's 11, Through The Twilight Zone, to Logan's Run, and Beyond by Vivien Cooper (BearManor Media, 2013)
·   Writing For the Twilight Zone by George Clayton Johnson (Outre House, 1980)
Books about Earl Hamner:
  ·     Earl Hamner: From Walton’s Mountain to Tomorrow by James E. Person, Jr. (Cumberland House Publishing, 2005)

Books by Buck Houghton:
   ·  What a Producer Does: The Art of Moviemaking (Not the Business) (Silman-James, 1991)

Books by William Froug: 
· The Screenwriter Looks at the Screenwriter: 12 Top Screenwriters Talk About Their Craft, Their Techniques, and Their Vital Role in Shaping a Film (Silman-James, 1991)
· How I Escaped Gilligan's Island: And Other Misadventures of a Hollywood Writer-Producer (Popular Press, 2005)

Books, Comic Books, Films, and Magazines Related to The Twilight Zone, original series:
·         Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine (April, 1981 – Spring, 1987.  For a detailed history and checklist click here)
·         The Twilight Zone comic (Dell/Gold Key/Whitman Comics (Western Publishing), November, 1962 – May, 1982. For a detailed history of The Twilight Zone comic books, click here)
·         The Twilight Zone comic (Dynamite Publications), June, 2014-
·         California Sorcery edited by William F. Nolan and William K. Schafer (Cemetery Dance Publications, 1999)
·         Journeys to the Twilight Zone ed. by Carol Serling (Donald A. Wollheim (Daw) Books, 1993)
·         Return to the Twilight Zone ed. by Carol Serling (Daw Books, 1994)
·         Adventures in the Twilight Zone ed. by Carol Serling (Daw Books, 1995)
·         Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories on the 50th Anniversary ed. by Carol Serling (Tom Doherty (Tor) Books, 2009)
·         More Stories from the Twilight Zone ed. by Carol Serling (Tor Books, 2010)
·  Visions From the Twilight Zone by Arlen Schumer (Chronicle Books, 1991), a book with images from the series and short accompanying essays. 
·         The Twilight Zone: Shades of Night, Falling by John J. Miller (ibooks, 2003) (Twilight Zone novel #1)*First in a series of original, interconnected novels released at the time of the second revival series.
·         The Twilight Zone: A Gathering of Shadows by Russell Davis (ibooks, 2003) (Twilight Zone novel #2)
·         The Twilight Zone: Deep in the Dark by John Helfers (ibooks, 2004) (Twilight Zone novel #3)

Books related to the Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
·         Twilight Zone: The Movie novelization of the film script by Robert Bloch (Warner Books, 1983) Read our review. 
·         Special Effects: Disaster at "Twilight Zone," the Tragedy and the Trail by Ron LaBrecque (Scribner, 1988)
·         Outrageous Conduct: Art, Ego, and the Twilight Zone Case by Stephen Farber & Marc Green (Arbor House, 1988)
·         Apocalypse on the Set: Nine Disastrous Film Productions by Ben Taylor (Overlook Duckworth, 2012)
Books related to the first revival series (1985-1989):
·         New Stories from the Twilight Zone ed. by Martin Harry Greenberg (Avon, 1991. This is a companion volume to The Twilight Zone: The Original Stories and contains the source material for the 1980’s revival series.  It was later re-released as The New Twilight Zone so as not to confuse it with the Rod Serling collection of the same name)
·         Tales from the New Twilight Zone by J. Michael Straczynski (Spectra, 1989)
·         The Twilight Zone Volume 1 (NOW Comics, November, 1990-May,1993. Volume 1, number 1 consists of artist Neal Adams's graphic adaptation of Harlan Ellison’s teleplay “Crazy as a Soup Sandwich” which was written for Season Three of the 1980’s revival.  It also includes the story “Wishing Book” written by Don Glut with art by John Stangeland.  Immediately after this issue the series was put on hold due to a change of ownership in NOW Comics.  Volume 1 consists solely of this one issue.  The series started back up a year later with Volume 2.  To promote the series NOW Comics re-released Volume 1 without Glut’s story and instead featured a prose story by Ellison called “Darkness Upon the Face of the Deep” and new cover art by Adams.  Thanks to for this helpful info. For more history of The Twilight Zone comics click here)
·         The Twilight Zone Volume 2 Issues 1 – 11 (NOW Comics, November, 1991 – September 1992)

Books related to the second revival series (2002-2003):
·         The Twilight Zone: The Pool Guy/Memphis by Jay Russell (Black Flame, 2004)
·         The Twilight Zone: Upgrade/Sensuous Cindy by Pat Cadigan (Black Flame, 2004)
·         The Twilight Zone: Sunrise/Into the Woods by Paul Woods (Black Flame, 2004)
·         The Twilight Zone: Chosen/The Placebo Effect by K.C. Winters (Black Flame, 2005)
·         The Twilight Zone: Burned/One Night at Mercy by Christa Faust (Black Flame, 2005) *These volumes are prose adaptations of teleplays from the second revival series which appeared from 2002-2003. 

Books related to Rod Serling's Night Gallery:
·  Night Gallery (Bantam Books, 1971)*Prose adaptations of Night Gallery episodes scripted by Serling.
·  Night Gallery 2 (Bantam Books, 1972)
·  Rod Serling's Night Gallery Reader, ed. Carol Serling, Charles G. Waugh, Martin H. Greenberg (Dembner Books, 1987)*Collecting all of the source material for Night Gallery episodes. 
·  Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour, by Scott Skelton and Jim Benson, Syracuse University Press, 1998*The essential companion book to the series.