Monday, September 17, 2018

Reading Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine, Part 10

In which we take a closer look at each issue of the magazine. For our capsule history of the magazine, go here.

Volume 1, number 10 (January, 1982; Christmas issue) 

Cover Art: Carl Chaplin

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--In The Twilight Zone: "The sunsets were red . . ." by T.E.D. Klein
--Other Dimensions: Books by Theodore Sturgeon
--Other Dimensions: Screen by Gahan Wilson
--TZ Interview: Frank Belknap Long
--"Influencing the Hell Out of Time and Teresa Golowitz" by Parke Godwin
--"Miss Mouse and the Fourth Dimension" by Robert Sheckley
--"Dream Along With Me" by Reginald Bretnor
--"My Most Memorable Christmas" by Rod Serling
--"Lost and Found" by Connie Willis
--TZ Screen Preview: Ghost Story by Robert Martin
--The Essential Writers: J. Sheridan LeFanu by Mike Ashley
--Required Reading: "An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street" by J. Sheridan LeFanu 
--"Of Sleds and Forty Winters" by Vic Johnson
--"The Autumn Visitors" by Frank Belknap Long
--"Final Version" by John Morressy
--Show-by-Show Guide: TV's Twilight Zone: Part Ten by Marc Scott Zicree
--TZ Classic Teleplay: "The Night of the Meek" by Rod Serling
--Looking Ahead: In February's TZ 

--In the Twilight Zone: "The sunsets were red . . ." by T.E.D. Klein

-Klein's editorial space is used for his typical rundown of the issue's contents, including capsule biographies of the issue's contributors accompanied by thumbnail images of the writers.

--Other Dimensions: Books by Theodore Sturgeon

-This is Sturgeon's final appearance as the reviewer for the magazine. Robert Sheckley will take over next issue and TZ's review column will field an impressive list of contributors over the course of the magazine's run, including Karl Edward Wagner, Thomas M. Disch, and E.F. Bleiler.

Here's a quick look at the books Sturgeon reviews, in Sturgeon's words:

-Oath of Fealty by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
"The whole thing is cast in an exciting, swift, and suspenseful narrative - all in all, a fine reading experience."

-Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
"Written with power, passion, and compassion, it is, as well, as unique a story as this field has yet produced."

-Tales from the Nightside by Charles L. Grant
". . . a fine collection of his own work, with a Stephen King introduction and striking drawings by Andrew Smith - the kind of book (like all of the Arkham product) that is a pleasure to have and to hold."

- Starship and Haiku by Somtow Sucharitkul
". . . enjoy this book, with its fascinating suggestion that the great whales produced manlike creatures who infiltrated and interbred with the Japanese and produced their preoccupations with beauty and with death."

-Other Stories and The Attack of the Giant Baby by Kit Reed
"Not since Margaret St. Clair has there been so deft and unpredictable a storyteller. In quality her stories vary from excellent all the way down to good."

-The Keep by F. Paul Wilson
"If you like big moody Gothics, you'll love this one."

-The Former King by Adam Corby
"You've seen it before, of course, and you know the hero always wins. But Corby has the gift; he keeps you wondering when you know you needn't."

-A Dream of Kinship by Richard Cowper
". . . transplant of medieval England into the thirtieth century, replete with the clash of arms and the whispers of intrigue, as the "Kinsmen" strive to sustain a rebirth of faith."

-Quas Starbrite by James R. Berry
". . . just right for the Star Wars trade, or maybe I mean Galactica."

-Hot Time in Old Town by Mike McQuay
". . . is exactly what its cover proclaims it to be: the adventures of a twenty-first century hardheeling private eye."

-Unsilent Night by Tanith Lee
"Between its hard covers are two short stories, ten poems, and one perfectly gorgeous portrait photograph. I rather liked the stories; I found the poetry to be undisciplined."

And here is Sturgeon's farewell message to the readers of the magazine:
"I have enjoyed riding TZ's masthead more than I have words or space to convey. You have a good book here, with a good editor; long may they wave. As for me, I'm going to apply my energies and attentions to my own work instead of others'. I have a novel going (for the first time in more than twenty years); the working title is Star Anguish. I do hope you will like it."

-Star Anguish never appeared though Sturgeon's long-gestating novel Godbody appeared in 1986, a year after his death on May 8, 1985.

--Other Dimensions: Screen by Gahan Wilson 

-Wilson reviews the 1981 adult animated fantasy film Heavy Metal, directed by Gerald Potterton from a script by Dan Goldberg & Len Blum. The film is based on material from the American illustrated fantasy magazine of the same name, itself modeled upon the French magazine Métal Hurant.

-Unfortunately for those who enjoy Heavy Metal, Wilson's review is wholly unfavorable. It is important to remember at this point that, at least in the U.S., feature-length animated films for adult audiences was a relatively recent development. Wilson first opines that fantasy and animation should go well together but are rarely satisfactorily combined. He then falls back upon the old standard of the classic Walt Disney films as the primary gauge for the successful animated film. As such, a radically alternative film like Heavy Metal had virtually no chance of pleasing the critic. Heavy Metal is by no means a perfect film, or even an entirely successful one, but it is not unreasonable, at this place in time, to point to Heavy Metal as the beginnings of the mature animated film in the U.S. It is a cult film which has had a sizable influence upon subsequent filmmakers.  

-Wilson draws upon the rich field of animation from newspaper comics to early short subjects like Betty Boop to field his comparison of what Heavy Metal intends to be and what it ultimately becomes; which is, in short, an overly commercial product too eager to please its potential viewers. Wilson concludes his review in this way: "I wish the whole picture had been handled better. It could have been a classic of its kind and an inspiration to animators of the future. As it is, the thing is only distasteful. The really unfortunate aspect of it is that, by being unable to convey the magazine's genuine naïve and somewhat crude charm, all that comes through are the magazine's aspects - the juvenile humor, the endless sadomasochism, the silly plots - and you end up with and icky movie." 

--TZ Interview: Frank Belknap Long

"On Literature, Lovecraft, and the Golden Age of 'Weird Tales.'"

-This is a fantastic interview for readers with a taste for the classic era of American weird fiction, exemplified in the pages of Weird Tales magazine. Long (1901-1994) was there at the very beginning and his career somewhat mirrors that of his friend & mentor, H.P. Lovecraft, who, as a subject, takes up a large portion of the interview.

-Like Lovecraft, Long developed his craft in the amateur journalism publications of the day before moving into the pulps with tales of horror and SF. Long was enormously prolific but it may surprise readers to learn that he wrote far more SF than weird fiction. He is, however, largely remembered today for his weird tales, particularly the few "Cthulhu Mythos" tales he wrote in homage to/imitation of Lovecraft's fictional universe. The most notable of these is "The Hounds of Tindalos," which appeared in the March, 1929 issue of Weird Tales. The tale was the title story of Long's 1946 Arkham House volume, a book upon which Long's reputation continues to rest. Another, earlier, Mythos tale, "The Space Eaters," from the July, 1928 issue of Weird Tales, was adapted for television on the syndicated anthology program Monsters by writer/director Robert T. Megginson.

-The interview takes a long and pleasant trip through Long's entire career with much time spent on the amateur journalism, the Weird Tales circle, & the then-current resurgence of interest in Long's work with such volumes as The Rim of the Unknown (1972), The Early Long (1975), & the poetry volume, In Mayan Splendor (1977). Long's presence in the magazine continues later in the issue with a new story, "The Autumn Visitors." 

--"Influencing the Hell Out of Time and Teresa Golowitz" by Parke Godwin 

Illustrated by Anna Rich

"He was a most unlikely hero: a horny young man with an old man's soul and the devil for a sidekick!" 

-An aging man strikes a deal with the devil to return to the glory of his youth and have sex with the young woman who transfixed him at that time. Grade: B 

-This is a playful and enjoyable story from Godwin (1929-2013) which works upon the established tropes of the deal-with-the-devil story to produce a tale of redemption and honest truth about oneself. In his travels to the past, the old/young man discovers that the young woman he thought he desperately wanted to bed is actually a rather sad and lonely girl who, to his old man's eyes, is not as attractive as he remembered. Instead, he finds himself saving the titular character, a physically unattractive outcast, from suicide once he discovers her amazing singing voice. If the plot sounds like an episode from the revival TZ series it's because the story was adapted for the series as "Time and Teresa Golowitz" by writer Alan Brennert & director Shelley Levinson, broadcast July 10, 1987.  

-Godwin was not especially prolific in the SF field but his work did yield a World Fantasy Award in 1982 for his novella, "The Fire When It Comes," which appeared in the May, 1981 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. "Influencing the Hell Out of Time and Teresa Golowitz" was included in The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 9, ed by Arthur Saha (1983) and collected in Godwin's 1984 collection The Fire When It Comes. Editor Marvin Kaye, who collaborated with Godwin on two novels, included the story in his 1987 anthology Devils & Demons: A Treasury of Fiendish Tales, Old and New. 

--"Miss Mouse and the Fourth Dimension" by Robert Sheckley 

Illustrated by Marty Blake

"Never underestimate the power of a woman - especially when it's raised to a power of four!"

-An ambitious experiment with contacting an alternate dimension goes awry when a woman's affections are involved. Grade: C

-Robert Sheckley (1928-2005) returns to the pages of the magazine with this short and clever story. Sheckley was clearly one of T.E.D. Klein's favorite writers of this period. Sheckley is remembered for his witty, wry short stories and this one is typical of his output if a bit less effective than his best. Like a couple of Sheckley's earlier pieces for the magazine, this story would have benefitted from a longer treatment. As it is, the story feels much like a punchline and Sheckley was far too talented a writer to reduce himself to that. The story was included in Sheckley's 1984 collection, Is That What People Do? & reprinted in Mathenauts: Tales of Mathematical Wonder, ed Rudy Rucker (1987). 

--"Dream Along With Me" by Reginald Bretnor 

Illustrated by William Casey

"Her love was unnatural and forbidden, the penalty dreadful . . . and divine"

-An aging cleaning lady on the outskirts of society discovers the joys and horror of being loved by a deity. Grade: B

-Bretnor (1911-1992), born in Russia as Alfred Reginald Bretnor, fuses the ordinary tale of a lonely working-class woman with the Greek myth of Semele, mother of Dionysus and mate of Zeus who, in some versions of the legends, was consumed in fire after mating with the god. In Bretnor's version, an old woman is revisited by a vision of her youth which manifest itself in her dreams and consumes her in fire in an incident interpreted by those who find her charred remains as an act of spontaneous combustion.

-Bretnor enjoyed a long SF career anchored by his saga of Ferdinand Feghoot, which ran for decades in the SF magazines. "Dream Along With Me" has not been reprinted since its original appearance in the magazine.

--"My Most Memorable Christmas" by Rod Serling
Illustrated by Annie Alleman

"The Twilight Zone's creator remembers a time when two simple words transformed the world."

-This previously unpublished short memoir by Serling during his time with the 511 Parachute Regiment during WWII is a nice piece of nostalgia about the hard scrabble of the war and the simple reassuring nature of the words "It's Christmas" as it is passed down the line during a march. Carol Serling writes in a brief foreword: "When he wrote this, he was a young, newly-returned-home soldier. It is admittedly unsophisticated and ingenuous, but at Christmas there's always room for a little extra sentiment. And I suggest that the story was not only addressed to the men of the 511th, but to all of us who approach this holiday season with hope and faith in the future." The memoir was reprinted in the magazine's only annual volume: Great Stories from Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine (1982). 

--"Lost and Found" by Connie Willis 

Illustrated by Brad Hamann

"You'll know the future's drawing to an end when the past begins turning up."

-Long-lost Christian artifacts turn up at a remote school outpost in a dystopian society, signaling a coming apocalypse. Grade: B

-Connie Willis (1945- ), even at this early stage of her career, is so very talented, intelligent, and ambitious that her fiction is instantly engaging even if the reader finishes the story not quite satisfied with how the pieces eventually came together. Such is the case with this story which has the texture of a dream and the seriousness of vision displayed by the best SF of the period. The story was reprinted Willis's 1985 collection, Fire Watch, and reprinted in Bangs and Whimpers: Stories About the End of the World, ed James Frenkel (1999).

-Willis is one of the most honored SF writers of her generation, garnering every important award in the field, most multiple times, for such novels as Doomsday Book (1992) & Blackout (2010). Many consider Willis the finest SF novelist of the last thirty years. It is nice to see her appearance with an early story in the pages of TZ. 

--TZ Screen Preview: Ghost Story by Robert Martin

Illustrated with stills from the film.

"Peter Straub's novel about a shape-changing demoness has undergone some shape-changes of its own on the way to the screen. TZ's Robert Martin covers the transformation."

-Based on Peter Straub's (1943- ) 1979 bestseller, Ghost Story, the 1981 film, is now generally viewed as a missed opportunity to bring literate horror by one of the field's finest contributors to the medium of film. Despite its excellent cast of veteran actors and still-impressive makeup effects by Dick Smith, the film is regarded as a novelty at best and a butchering of a seminal novel in the genre at worst. Either way, this is a thorough rundown of the production of the film from veteran genre journalist, and Fangoria editor, "Uncle" Bob Martin. The article includes interview snippets with Straub, members of the cast, the director, and the producer, all framed by full-color images from the film. 

--The Essential Writers: J. Sheridan LeFanu by Mike Ashley 

"Introducing the shy, reclusive Dubliner whose imagination was haunted by crawling hands, malevolent monkeys, and vampire temptresses."

-This is another excellent essay by veteran genre authority Mike Ashley (1948- ) in an engaging series on the foundational writers in the horror/supernatural field. The Irishman Sheridan LeFanu is more foundational than most. Many consider him to be the European equivalent of the American Edgar Allan Poe in terms of influence and ingenuity. Though LeFanu and Poe have much in common, as can be seen in the accompanying story selection, LeFanu was far more willing to engage the supernatural along with the psychological than was Poe. LeFanu's ghost and Gothic stories, such as the harrowing "Green Tea" or the hugely influential vampire tale "Carmilla," remain as potent and effective as the time in which they were first published. Ashley gives a full account of LeFanu's life, with insight into several of LeFanu's most notable tales. This is essential reading for fans of classic supernatural fiction. 

--"An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street" by J. Sheridan LeFanu
Illustrated by José Reyes 

"Stoke the fire, mull some wine, and usher in the Christmas season the way the Victorians did, with this classic haunted-house tale by a master of the form."

-Two medical students move in to an aged home in Dublin, which belongs to one of their fathers, and immediately are hounded by the vengeful ghost of the "hanging judge" who mysteriously died in the home, found hanged with a child's skipping rope from the bannister several years before. Grade: B

-This 1853 tale from LeFanu (1814-1873) is as typical a haunted house tale as one could desire, related in a straight-forward way with a somewhat ambiguous resolution. The two students are harassed in a series of encounters with the "hanging judge" during the late hours of the night, when they are between sleeping and wakefulness. After independently suffering for a time, the students come together with their harrowing tales of ghostly encounter and decide to immediately leave the premises, which they do with their sanities intact. It is suggested that the haunting continues, however, as the student-narrator relates the misfortunes of those who took up residency in the home after they left. This tale was reworked for LeFanu's 1872 story, "Mr. Justice Harbottle," which itself inspired Bram Stoker's 1891 tale, "The Judge's House."

-"An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street" was first published in Dublin University Magazine (Dec, 1853). It was not collected until M.R. James, perhaps the supreme master of the English ghost story, compiled the posthumous volume of LeFanu's tales, Madam Crowl's Ghost and Other Tales of Mystery (1923). Montague Summers included the tale in his The Supernatural Omnibus (1931), and it has been reprinted a number of times in ghostly themed anthologies. 

--"Of Sleds and Forty Winters" by Vic Johnson

Illustrated by E.T. (Broeck) Steadman

"A tale of age and everlasting youth, of the timelessness of newly fallen snow."

-A father takes his son sledding near the father's boyhood home and experiences a disorienting slippage in time. Grade: C

-This will be an engaging tale for TZ fans for no other reason than it resembles so many TZ stories about age and youthfulness, of going back in time, and the ways in which memory and nostalgia can capture the mind. In this way it will recall for the reader such TZ episodes as "Walking Distance," "Static," and "Kick the Can," all of which concern themselves with people who have passed the age of youthfulness and long to return to the simpler time of their younger days. The story is really a vignette and so must achieve in atmosphere what it lacks the length to achieve in narrative force. The story generally succeeds in doing so, including an unnerving sequence in which the father seems to lose memory of his adult life for a few moments before his young son can pull him back into the here and now. The story has not been reprinted since its appearance in TZ and Vic Johnson seems to have begun and ended his SF writing with the tale. 

--"The Autumn Visitors" by Frank Belknap Long 

Illustrated by Chris Pelletiere

"A brand new tale of love and transcendence by the subject of this month's TZ interview."

-An aging couple encounter interdimensional beings while secluded at their beachfront home after the summer tourists have departed. Grade: C

-This is an interesting and, one suspects, a personal tale from the veteran writer though it is not as moving as Long intended it to be. The setup is fascinating: the narrator's wife discovers a piece of driftwood in the uncanny shape of a child's doll and brings it back to their beach house. Later in the night the narrator is awakened to small sounds in the house and encounters the corporeal vision of a beautiful girl child reaching for the driftwood doll on a high mantle. The child flees and is bodily taken away down the beach by two adult figures. In the story's most jarring moment, Long stops a chase sequence to demonstrate the telepathic abilities of the strange visitors, whose physical touch can incinerate flesh, as the narrator finds out the hard way when he witnesses his pursuing dog incinerated. The story ends in a bit of somewhat unconvincing hopefulness in which the narrator and his wife are inspired by their encounter with the "others" to try and have a child of their own, which, it is implied, will be difficult at their age.

-"The Autumn Visitors" was collected in the huge retrospective volume, Masters of the Weird Tale: Frank Belknap Long (Centipede Press, 2010), which includes an introduction by Long's fellow contributor to this issue of TZ, Connie Willis. 

--"Final Version" by John Morressy

Illustrated by Nicola Cuti

"God help us, it's another Adam-and-Eve story - and at long last, one that makes sense!"

-A man and woman defiantly confront their creator over the eating of forbidden fruit. Grade: C

-As the heading indicates, Adam-and-Eve tales are groan-inducing among SF readers. The Twilight Zone committed itself to a dreadful example of the story type with the fifth season episode, "Probe 7 - Over and Out." Morressy takes a crack at the cliché and generally comes out on top with this fable-like vignette concerning the archetypal Adam and Eve (unnamed in the story) who eat of the forbidden fruit and then refuse to bow before the wrath of their creator over the nonsensical (and unjust) situation of tempting for no other cause than to elicit slavish devotion in return. The story also plays into the larger subgenre of religious SF which was very much in vogue at the time this story appeared as compared to its relative scarcity today. "Final Version" was reprinted in 100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories, ed Martin H. Greenberg, Isaac Asimov, & Terry Carr (Doubleday, 1984).

--Show-by-Show Guide: TV's Twilight Zone: Part Ten by Marc Scott Zicree

-Zicree, author of The Twilight Zone Companion, which recently saw release of an expanded 3rd edition, returns with his episode guide to the original series. Zicree covers the following episodes in this installment, all of which we have covered here in the Vortex: "A Piano in the House," "To Serve Man," "The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank," "The Fugitive," "Little Girl Lost," "Person or Persons Unknown," & "The Gift." 

--TZ Classic Teleplay: "The Night of the Meek" by Rod Serling

Illustrated with publicity stills from the episode.

-Here is the original teleplay of the fan-favorite holiday episode from series creator Rod Serling. You can read Brian's review here.

--Looking Ahead: In February's TZ

-Next month we have Robert Sheckley's first installment as the books reviewer, Gahan Wilson's reviews of the films Polyester and Strange Behavior, and a new column on music by Jack Sullivan. We'll be looking at stories by Charles L. Grant, Richard Christian Matheson, Gardner Dozois & Jack Dann, George Alec Effinger, and others. Filmmaker Wes Craven is the interview subject, James Verniere previews Craven's film Swamp Thing, and Stephen DiLauro & Don Hamerman look at "The Gargoyles of Gotham." The issue is rounded out by Marc Scott Zicree's continuing guide to the original series and Rod Serling's classic TZ teleplay for "A Stop at Willoughby." See you next time!


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Twilight Zone Art Gallery

Cover art for Mysterious Air Stories
edited by William Pattrick (Peter Haining)
W.H. Allen, 1986; artist unknown

If you follow us on Twitter you will have seen that lately we have posted a number of examples of Twilight Zone related artwork, usually magazine illustrations which accompanied the publication of stories later adapted on The Twilight Zone or Rod Serling’s Night Gallery. These illustrations will likely be unfamiliar to most Twilight Zone (or Night Gallery) viewers so I have put all of the art and descriptions below to give them a permanent home in the Vortex. These illustrations offer a different perspective of the episodes and are also memorable works of fantastic art.

The gallery is broken down into three sections: The Twilight Zone, the original series, Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, and the revival Twilight Zone series. The descriptions are placed above the illustrations. Of course, Night Gallery featured artwork created by Jaroslav Gebr and Tom Wright to accompany each segment of the series. None of that art will be shown here but it is fascinating work which can be viewed on the excellent Night Gallery site which is run by Scott Skelton, co-author (with Jim Benson) of the essential guide to the series, Rod Serling’s Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour.

I was at the mercy of what was available from my own collection and from those works housed on the Internet Archive. There are more story illustrations which will be added when, and if, they can be accessed in the future.

We will be back soon with our continuation of the fourth season episodes with Brian’s review of Rod Serling's “He’s Alive,” and my reviews of a Matheson double-feature, “Mute” and “Death Ship.”


The Twilight Zone 1959-1964): 

Illustrations by “Williams” for “What You Need” by Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore), Astounding SF, October, 1945. The story was first adapted for TV in 1952 for Tales of Tomorrow and later adapted on The Twilight Zone by Rod Serling, directed by Alvin Ganzer, broadcast Dec 25, 1959.

Original magazine illustration for Richard Matheson's "Third from the Sun" by Paul Callé (Galaxy Science Fiction, Oct, 1950). The story was adapted by Rod Serling for the first season episode starring Fritz Weaver, directed by Richard L. Bare, broadcast Jan 8, 1960.

W.E. Terry’s illustration for Charles Beaumont’s “Elegy,” from the February, 1953 issue of Imagination. “Elegy” was adapted by Beaumont for the first season episode directed by Douglas Heyes, broadcast Feb 19, 1960.

Illustration by Leo Summers for Paul W. Fairman’s “Brothers Beyond the Void” (Fantastic Adventures, March, 1952). The story was adapted as “People Are Alike All Over” for the first season by Rod Serling, directed by Mitchell Leisen, broadcast March 25, 1960.

Illustration by David Klein for Richard Matheson’s “And Now I’m Waiting” (Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine, March/April, 1983). The story is Matheson’s original treatment for the 1st season episode “A World of His Own,” starring Keenan Wynn, directed by Ralph Nelson, broadcast July 1, 1960.

Book cover illustration by Eppo Doeve (as by J.F. Doeve), illustrating the 2nd season Twilight Zone episode “The Whole Truth,” for a 1966 Dutch edition of Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone story adaptations. The title translates as: Stories from the Dusk.  

Two covers inspired by Rod Serling’s second season episode, “The Odyssey of Flight 33.” More Stories from the Twilight Zone (Bantam, 1982), artist unknown, & Urania #1151 (1991), an Italian reprint, with a cover by Vicente Segrelles.

Illustration for Charles Beaumont’s “Traumerei” by “Remington” (Infinity Science Fiction, Feb, 1956), adapted by Beaumont, as “Shadow Play,” for the second season episode starring Dennis Weaver, directed by John Brahm, broadcast May 5, 1961.

Illustrations by “Quinn” for Jerome Bixby’s “It’s a Good Life,” from its first UK appearance in Science Fantasy, v 6, #16 (1955). The story was adapted by Rod Serling into the third season episode directed by James Sheldon, broadcast Nov 3, 1961.

Two views of Manly Wade Wellman's "The Valley Was Still," adapted as "Still Valley" by Rod Serling for 3rd season episode directed by James Sheldon, broadcast Nov 24, 1961. Magazine illustration by Harry Ferman (Weird Tales, Aug, 1939), book illustration by Lee Brown Coye, for Worse Things Waiting (Carcosa, 1973).

Illustrations by Leo Summers for Charles Beaumont’s “The Jungle” (IF, Dec, 1954). Beaumont adapted his story for the 3rd season episode directed by William Claxton, starring John Dehner, broadcast December 1, 1961.

4 visions of Damon Knight’s story “To Serve Man,” adapted by Rod Serling for 3rd season of The Twilight Zone, directed by Richard L. Bare, broadcast March 2, 1962. Original magazine illustration by David Stone (Galaxy, Nov, 1950); hardcover illustration, The Best of Damon Knight, by Richard Corben (1976); paperback illustration, The Best of Damon Knight, by Carl Lundgren (1980); anthology cover illustration by Tommy Soloski (1980). 

Original illustration for Richard Matheson’s “Little Girl Lost” by Ray Houlihan (Amazing Stories, Oct/Nov, 1953). The story was adapted by Matheson for the third season episode starring Robert Sampson & Charles Aidman, directed by Paul Stewart, broadcast March 16, 1962.

Illustrations by Jim Harter for “The Changing of the Guard” by Anne Serling, a prose adaptation of Rod Serling’s third season teleplay, from the Jan/Feb, 1985 issue of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine. The original episode featured Donald Pleasence directed by Robert Ellis Miller, broadcast June 1, 1962.

W.E. Terry’s illustration for Charles Beaumont’s “The Man Who Made Himself” (aka “In His Image”), (Imagination, Feb, 1957), depicting one of the more shocking scenes filmed for The Twilight Zone when Beaumont adapted the story for the fourth season episode directed by Perry Lafferty, broadcast Jan 3, 1963.

Original magazine illustration for Richard Matheson’s “Death Ship” by Ed Emshwiller (Fantastic Story, March, 1953). Matheson adapted the story for the fourth season episode starring Jack Klugman & Ross Martin, directed by Don Medford, broadcast Feb 7, 1963.

Illustration by Enoch Sharpe for Charles Beaumont’s “The Devil You Say?” (Amazing Stories, Jan, 1951). Beaumont adapted his story as “Printer’s Devil” for the 4th season episode directed by Ralph Senesky, starring Burgess Meredith, broadcast Feb 28, 1963. 

Illustrations by Frank Kramer for Malcolm Jameson’s “Blind Alley” (Unknown Worlds, June, 1943). The story was adapted as “Of Late I Think of Cliffordville” for the fourth season by Rod Serling, directed by David Lowell Rich, broadcast April 11, 1963.

Illustrations for Richard Matheson’s “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” (1962), which Matheson adapted for the fifth season episode starring William Shatner, directed by Richard Donner, broadcast Oct 11, 1963. Mysterious Air Stories (1986) cover artist unknown (see post header). Cover art by “Ravenwood” for Matheson’s 2002 collection Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.

Illustration by David Christiana for the Dec, 1982 issue of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine which contained the first publication of Jerry Sohl’s fifth season teleplay “Living Doll,” at this time credited solely to Charles Beaumont. The episode featured Telly Salavas directed by Richard C. Sarafian, broadcast Nov 1, 1963.

Illustration by Bob Martin for Charles Beaumont’s short story “The Beautiful People” (IF, Sept, 52), adapted by John Tomerlin as “Number 12 Looks Just Like You” for the fifth season episode starring Collin Wilcox, Suzy Parker, and Richard Long, directed by Abner Biberman. Originally broadcast Jan 24, 1964.

Original magazine illustration for Richard Matheson's "Sorry, Right Number" by Art Sussman (Beyond Fantasy Fiction, Nov, 1953). Matheson adapted the story as "Night Call" for the fifth season episode starring Gladys Cooper, directed by Jacques Tourneur, broadcast Feb 7, 1964.

Illustration by Ferebe Streett for “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce (The Stories and Fables of Ambrose Bierce, 1977). A 1962 Academy Award-winning French short film adaptation appeared on The Twilight Zone on Feb 28, 1964.

Two views of George Clayton Johnson’s “Sea Change,” first published in the Oct, 1981 issue of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine, with an illustration by Robert Morello. The story was reprinted in the first issue of Night Cry (1984) with an illustration by D.W. Miller. Clayton Johnson originally sold the story to The Twilight Zone during the second season but production on the episode was halted when the series sponsor was apprehensive about the grisly subject matter of the tale.

Illustrations from the June, 1982 issue of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine which accompanied the first publication of Richard Matheson's unproduced 5th season Twilight Zone teleplay "The Doll." Cover by Malcolm McNeill, interior artist uncredited. The script was later made into a 1st season episode of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories starring John Lithgow, who won an Emmy Award for his performance, directed by Phil Joanou, broadcast May 4, 1986.

Tom O’Sullivan’s illustrations for Ray Bradbury’s “Here There Be Tygers” (1951) (Amazing Stories, Apr/May, 1953 (reprint)). Bradbury adapted the story for The Twilight Zone but it was never filmed. Bradbury later adapted the tale for The Ray Bradbury Theater, directed by John Laing, broadcast Nov 30, 1990.

Rod Serling’s Night Gallery (1969-1973)

Illustration by Charles A. Kennedy for Fritz Leiber’s “The Dead Man” (Weird Tales, Nov, 1950). The story was adapted for the 1st season of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery by writer/director Douglas Heyes, broadcast Dec 16, 1970. 

Illustrations by Edd Cartier for C.M. Kornbluth’s “The Little Black Bag” (Astounding SF, July, 1950). The story was adapted for the 1st season of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery by writer Rod Serling & director Jeannot Szwarc, broadcast Dec 23, 1970.

Original illustrations by Paul Orban for A.E. van Vogt’s story “The Witch” (Unknown Worlds, Feb, 1943), adapted for Rod Serling’s Night Gallery as “Since Aunt Ada Came to Stay” by writer Alvin Sapinsley and director William Hale, originally broadcast Sept 29, 1971.

Original illustration by Newton Alfred for Manly Wade Wellman’s “The Devil Is Not Mocked” (Unknown Worlds, June, 1943). The story was adapted for the second season of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery by writer/director Gene Kearney, originally broadcast Oct 27, 1971.

Illustration by Hannes Bok for Margaret St. Clair’s “Brenda” (Weird Tales, March, 1954). The story was adapted for the 2nd season of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery by writer Douglas Heyes & director Allen Reisner, broadcast Nov 2, 1971.

Illustration by Hugh Rankin for H.P. Lovecraft’s “Pickman’s Model” (Weird Tales, Oct, 1927). The story was adapted by writer Alvin Sapinsley & director Jack Laird for Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, broadcast Dec 1, 1971.

Illustration by A.R. Tilburne for Alice-Mary Schnirring’s “The Dear Departed” (Weird Tales, May, 1944). The story was adapted for the 2nd season of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery by writer Rod Serling & director Jeff Corey, broadcast Dec 1, 1971. 

Illustration by Harry Ferman for H.P. Lovecraft’s “Cool Air” (Weird Tales, Sept, 1939). The story was adapted for Rod Serling’s Night Gallery by writer Rod Serling & director Jeannot Szwarc, broadcast Dec 8, 1971.

Illustration by Hugh Rankin for Hazel Heald’s (and H.P. Lovecraft’s) “Out of the Eons” (Weird Tales, April, 1935). It was adapted as “Last Rites for a Dead Druid” on Rod Serling’s Night Gallery by writer Alvin Sapinsley & director Jeannot Szwarc, broadcast Jan 26, 1972.

Illustration for Fritz Leiber’s “The Girl with the Hungry Eyes” (Avon, 1949); artist unknown. The story was adapted for the 3rd season of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery by writer Robert Malcolm Young & director John Badham, broadcast Oct 1, 1972. 

Illustration by Virgil Finlay for J. Wesley Rosenquest’s “The Secret of the Vault” (Weird Tales, May, 1938). It was adapted as “You Can Come Up Now, Mrs. Millikan” for Rod Serling’s Night Gallery by writer Rod Serling & director John Badham, broadcast Nov 12, 1972.

Illustration by Hugh Rankin for Everil Worrell’s “The Canal” (Weird Tales, Dec, 1927). The story was adapted as “Death on a Barge” for the 3rd season of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery by writer Halsted Welles & director Leonard Nimoy, broadcast March 4, 1973. 

The Twilight Zone (1985-1989)

Illustration by Kent Bash for Harlan Ellison’s “Paladin of the Lost Hour” (Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine, Dec, 1985). Ellison adapted the story for the revival Twilight Zone series, starring Danny Kaye, directed by Gilbert Cates, broadcast Nov 8, 1985.

Illustration by Douglas Chaffee for William F. Wu’s “Wong’s Lost and Found Emporium” (Amazing SF, Oct, 1983). The story was adapted for the revival Twilight Zone series by writer Alan Brennert & director Paul Lynch, broadcast Nov 22, 1985.

Illustration by John Giunta for Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Star" (Infinity Science Fiction, Nov, 1955). “The Star” was adapted for The Twilight Zone revival series by writer Alan Brennert and director Gerd Oswald. It starred Fritz Weaver and was originally broadcast Dec 20, 1985.

Illustrations by Edd Cartier for Theodore Sturgeon’s “Yesterday Was Monday” (Unknown Fantasy Fiction, June, 1941). The story was loosely adapted as “A Matter of Minutes” on the revival Twilight Zone series by writer Rockne S. O’Bannon & director Sheldon Larry, broadcast Jan 24, 1986.

Illustrations by Frank Borth for Roger Zelazny’s “The Last Defender of Camelot” (Asimov’s SF Adventure Magazine, Summer, 1979). The story was adapted for the revival Twilight Zone series by writer George R.R. Martin and director Jeannot Szwarc, originally broadcast April 11, 1986.

Illustration by Tom Beecham for Theodore Sturgeon’s “Saucer of Loneliness” (Galaxy SF, Feb, 1953). It was adapted under its original title, “A Saucer of Loneliness,” for the revival Twilight Zone series by writer David Gerrold and director John Hancock, broadcast Sept 27, 1986.

Illustration by Anna Rich for Parke Godwin’s “Influencing the Hell Out of Time and Teresa Golowitz” (Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine, Jan, 1982). The story was adapted as “Time and Teresa Golowitz” for the second season of the revival Twilight Zone series by writer Alan Brennert and director Shelley Levinson, originally broadcast July 10, 1987.

Illustration by David Levinson for Alan Brennert’s “Voices in the Earth” (Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine, Oct, 1987), from a prose adaptation of Brennert’s original teleplay which aired on the revival Twilight Zone series, directed by Curtis Harrington, broadcast July 10, 1987. 

Illustrations by Frank Kelly Freas for Tom Godwin’s “The Cold Equations” (Astounding SF, Aug, 1954). The story was adapted for the revival Twilight Zone series by writer Alan Brennert and director Martin Lavut, originally broadcast Jan 7, 1989.

Illustration by Neal Adams for Harlan Ellison’s “Crazy as a Soup Sandwich,” from NOW Comics The Twilight Zone #1 (1991). Ellison’s teleplay was filmed for the third season of the revival Twilight Zone, directed by Paul Lynch, broadcast April 1, 1989.

Illustrations by Trevor Irvin for Donald E. Westlake’s “Nackles,” adapted for the revival Twilight Zone series by Harlan Ellison but never filmed due to network interference, which caused Ellison to resign his position as Creative Consultant for the series.

Bonus Illustrations:

Illustration by E.T. (Broeck) Steadman for Donald Olson’s “The Tear Collector” (Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine, Oct, 1981). The story was adapted for the 1st season Tales from the Darkside episode written by Geoffrey Loftus, directed by John Drimmer, broadcast Feb 24, 1985.

Illustration by Marty Blake for Haskell Barkin’s “All a Clone by the Telephone” (Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine, Dec, 1981). Barkin adapted his story for the 1st season episode of Tales from the Darkside directed by Frank De Palma, broadcast Jan 20, 1985.

Artist Marcus Hamilton's tribute to Rod Serling which originally appeared in issue #15 of Starlog magazine (Aug, 1978), and was reused in issue #203 (June, 1994). Notice the early version of Serling's opening narration, later slightly revised for the first season opening sequence.

Illustration by J.K. Potter for Robert Bloch’s “The Chaney Legacy” (Night Cry, Fall, 1986). The story was adapted for the television anthology series Monsters by writer John Harrison (as John Sutherland) and director Jeffrey Wolf, broadcast Dec 3, 1988.

Illustrations by James Stonebraker for George Clayton Johnson’s story, “Your Three Minutes Are Up,” a moving tribute to Twilight Zone writer Charles Beaumont from the June, 1989 issue of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine. This was a Beaumont tribute issue and the final issue of the magazine.