Monday, July 29, 2019

Reading Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine, Part 14

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

Volume 2, number 2 (May, 1982)

Cover art: William Stoneham

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--In the Twilight Zone: Happily ever after . . . by T.E.D. Klein
--Other Dimensions: Books by Thomas M. Disch
--Other Dimensions: Screen by Gahan Wilson
--Other Dimensions: Music by Jack Sullivan
--TZ Interview: Terry Gilliam by James Verniere
--“The General’s Wife” by Peter Straub
--“Frontiers” by Kit Reed
--Front-Row Seats at the Creepshow by Ed Naha
--TZ Screen Preview: Dark Crystal by James Verniere
--“The Other One” by Rick Norwood
--“The Father of the Bride” by Connie Willis
--“Turn Down for Richmond” by G.J.A. O’Toole
--“Weigh Station” by Robert Crais
--“J.C. in the Springtime” by I. Daniel Roth
--“A Lover’s Alibi” by Chet Williamson
--The Doomsday Poems by Richard L. Tierney
--“All of Us Are Dying” by George Clayton Johnson
--TZ Classic Teleplay: “The Four of Us Are Dying” by Rod Serling
--Show-by-Show Guide: TV’s Twilight Zone, Part Fourteen
--Looking Ahead: In June’s TZ

--In the Twilight Zone: “Happily ever after . . .” by T.E.D. Klein
-Klein’s usual editorial space used to introduce the contributors to the issue, marking the first appearance of Thomas M. Disch as books reviewer, the novella by Peter Straub, and the interview with American expatriate film director Terry Gilliam, whose 1981 film Time Bandits had recently found success in America.

--Other Dimensions: Books by Thomas M. Disch
-This is the first books review column from Disch (1940-2008), the celebrated poet, essayist, and science fiction writer. Disch will continue to provide book reviews for the magazine until the Jan-Feb, 1985 issue. Disch also provided book reviews for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and Omni during this time and wrote several literary essays which appeared in non-genre periodicals. Some of this work was collected in On SF (2005). Disch also contributed three lists to The Fantasy Five-Foot Bookshelf series in the May-June, and July-Aug, 1983 issues of Twilight Zone. Disch first came to the attention of science fiction readers as one of the more talented New Wave writers. His novels The Genocides (1965) and Camp Concentration (1968) and the collection 334 (1972) are widely considered modern classics of the form.

-Disch takes a look at three works for his first column. Here’s a sampling of his thoughts.

On The Sword of the Lictor (volume three of The Book of the New Sun) by Gene Wolfe:

“Wolfe’s special effects are only apprehensible to those who will read his prose with a precision proportional to his precision as a writer. Most science fantasy – and most sf, for that matter – is written in a gassy, approximative prose from which it is possible to construct, at best, figured landscapes as sketchily drawn and crudely colored as comic book illustrations. What Wolfe offers is a much higher degree of image resolution; not photo-realism but something like an animated version of a Botticelli painting. But to have the benefit of Wolfe’s verbal cinematography you must give every word its true weight and inflection.”

-On GOSH! WOW! (Sense of Wonder) Science Fiction ed. Forrest J. Ackerman:

“Ejjay is definitely getting my vote for the Big Heart Award at the next con. He must have spent weeks in the dust of the copyright office finding out which stories he could use strictly for the sake of nostalgia without the corrupting taint of commerce.”

-On The Abyss by Jere Cunningham:

“It’s always a mistake for a fantasy writer to multiply his hypotheses too wantonly, especially if he means at the same time to observe the decorums of psychological verisimilitude. Cunningham piles on the grue (as Straub did in Ghost Story) without rhyme or reason, and the novel that results has the esthetic integrity and emotional impact of the Tunnel of Terrors at a county fair.”

--Other Dimensions: Screen by Gahan Wilson
-Wilson does not look at any single film in this column but rather pens a freewheeling, satirical rumination on the future of the movies, particularly where the ever-evolving special effects may take the medium next. He begins this way: “Although I’ve always been a total patsy for films, this business of viewing them in a sort of official capacity for Twilight Zone (together with getting involved with them directly in another incarnation) has caused me to look at them, yes, indeed, more critically. What are the damned things, anyhow? And how big a chunk of the society and its members do they represent? What do you suppose is the accumulation of their effect? And – more and more intriguing to me – where in God’s name are they going?”

-Wilson provides satirical speculations on where the movies will go next in terms of special effects and the ways in which we view movies, going so far as to suggest a Westworld type of fully immersive experience while taking the obligatory shot at the litany of Jaws sequels. The column reads as though intended to be humorous but contains an edge of pessimism which largely spoils the effect. Wilson’s view is prescient, however, as films begin more and more to bear a resemblance to a technical exercise than a creative one. Special effects are often used to mask inefficiencies in storytelling on the part of the filmmakers but audiences hardly seem to care, or recognize the difference. In a way, Wilson is addressing the old argument of whether it is better to leave some things to the imagination or to show it all without allowing the audience to color anything in with their own imaginings. It is an interesting topic of discussion though Wilson does not attempt a serious examination of the issue but merely uses the influx of special effects-heavy productions to lament the days when story came first in films and the movie-going experience was more intimate.

--Other Dimensions: Music by Jack Sullivan

-Sullivan, the American genre historian best known for his 1978 study Elegant Nightmares: The English Ghost Story from Le Fanu to Blackwood, the 1983 anthology Lost Souls: A Collection of English Ghost Stories, and as editor of The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural (1986), returns with another installment in his history on macabre classical music, looking this time at postwar composers. Here’s the rundown of what Sullivan covers:

Bernard Herrmann’s Symphony (1941) by Bernard Herrmann
First Symphony of William Walton
Second Symphony of William Walton
Sinfonia Antarctica (1952) by Ralph Vaughn Williams
Harpsicord Concerto, Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto by Frank Martin
Symphonie Concertante by Frank Martin
“Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance” by Samuel Barber
Piano Sonata by Samuel Barber

--TZ Interview: Terry Gilliam: Finding comedy on ‘the dark side of the coin.’
Interview by James Verniere 

-At the time of this interview (and perhaps still) Gilliam was best known as the lone American in the British comedy troupe Monty Python. Gilliam provided animated sequences for the troupe’s first film, And Now for Something Completely Different (1971), co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), and co-wrote Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979). He co-wrote and directed the 1977 British fantasy film Jabberwocky, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem, and was fresh off the success of Time Bandits (1981), a film whose success belied the difficulty of its funding and distribution.

-Gilliam speaks candidly about aging (“I hate it. I find my brain addling a bit”) and the theme of childhood in Time Bandits. Gilliam speaks of the differences between America and England, particularly where children are concerned. Gilliam was appalled by what he felt was declining literacy in American children and the neutering of children’s fairy tales to remove anything frightening or challenging. Gilliam, a bibliophile, speaks on the importance of reading and books.  Gilliam examines his own childhood influences which he has carried with him into adulthood to inspire his creative career. Gilliam began in animation, working with the late Harvey Kurtzman on Help! When this periodical folded, Gilliam headed for England. Gilliam also speaks on what it was like working in Monty Python and discusses his next project, then unnamed and now known to be the satirical dystopian film Brazil (1985). Gilliam has gone on to direct such films as The Fisher King (1991), 12 Monkeys (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), and The Brothers Grimm (2005).

-This one will be a treat for Monty Python fans and those who enjoy Gilliam’s films. It is interesting to read of Gilliam leaving America for the better shores of England but also bringing along many formative aspects of American culture such as Mad magazine and American cartoons. A final note: Gahan Wilson reviewed Time Bandits in his movie review column in the March, 1982 issue.

--“The General’s Wife” by Peter Straub
Illustrated by JosĂ© Reyes 

“The English were a shifty race, her husband warned; but Andrea never realized how right he was until she met the General – and learned just what it meant to be . . .”

-Andy (Andrea) Rivers is an American living in England and enjoying the change of culture even though her abusive and oppressive husband Phil hates England and its people. To occupy herself, Andy finds a job assisting a WWII hero, General Alexander Leck, with his memoirs. Andy’s work is performed in a rat-infested, rundown home in Kensington Park Gardens, an outward symbol for the turmoil of the General’s inner life. Andy soon begins an affair with the General’s grandson Tony only to find herself pulled ever deeper into the psychosexual horrors of the General’s haunted past.

-“The General’s Wife” is an excised sequence from Straub’s 1983 novel Floating Dragon, which won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1984. The novella was published in a standalone volume in November, 1982 by Donald M. Grant with illustrations by Thomas Canty. It was issued in a limited edition of 1200 copies, signed by author and artist. The story was inspired by Straub’s time living in England, a decade in which he wrote the novels which sparked his long and successful career as a leading novelist of horror and suspense, including Julia (1975), If You Could See Me Now (1976), and Ghost Story (1979). The story of Straub’s return to America and the ironic culture shock which, in part, inspired Floating Dragon can be found in Straub’s introduction to the 2003 edition of the novel published by Berkley. “The General’s Wife” has a deliberate buildup wherein Straub highlights the English culture and the geography of London before moving into the more intimate setting of the General’s rundown home. Here the story takes off and begins to display its bouquet of dark revelations, structured like a Matryoshka doll in which each subsequent layer of story is more disturbing than the last, culminating in a crescendo of erotic horror which will linger long in the reader’s memory.

-Straub is particularly good when working with the long story, much like Henry James, an author Straub has spoken of as a strong literary influence. Straub combines James’ literate style and depth of characterization with the excesses of ‘80s horror fiction for a potent combination. Although Straub largely abandoned this type of horror after Floating Dragon, “The General’s Wife” remains a reminder of how good Straub was in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. This one is far and away the best piece in the issue and a strong contender for best fiction yet published in the magazine.  

--“Frontiers” by Kit Reed 
Illustrated by Brad Hamann 

“It was just like the Old West: The Prairie, the Settlers, and the Homestead. The only things missing were the Savages.”

-The patriarch of a family that lives in a contained home in a vast area of contaminated land leaves to find supplies at the nearest outpost. When he returns he finds his family (wife and two daughters) gone. Despair settles over him as weeks of searching turn up nothing. Then early one morning his family returns to him, transformed by the wilds beyond their home.

-Beyond the obvious parallels of this futuristic story to tales of the Old West, it is difficult to determine if the narrative held any other ambition than as a narrative exercise in symbolism, using the old, recognizable images from the western and pasting them upon a futuristic setting with a background of ecological disaster. As such it is a suitably evocative tale which effectively uses not only the recognizable symbols of the western but also many of the standard tropes of “after the end” tales: the unbreathable air, the lack of supplies, the dangers of isolation, etc. The story was reprinted in the first issue of Night Cry and collected in Reed’s 1986 collection The Revenge of the Senior Citizens ** Plus.

-Kit Reed (1932-2017), born Lillian Hyde Craig, was a prolific California writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror who also wrote psychological thrillers as Kit Craig. Her first science fiction novel, Armed Camps, appeared in 1969. The New York Times Book Review (Jan 1, 2006) characterized Reed’s work (a review of Dogs of Truth) as “dystopian stories that specialize in bitterness and dislocation,” an apt description for “Frontiers.” She was nominated for the World Fantasy, Hugo, Tiptree, Shirley Jackson, and Locus Awards, among others. A career retrospective of Reed’s short fiction, The Story Until Now, appeared in 2013.

--Front-Row Seats at the Creepshow by Ed Naha 

-A set report by Naha from Pittsburgh where George Romero is filming Creepshow, written by Stephen King. This film, released in November, 1982, is now widely considered by horror film fans as one of the great horror anthology films. At the time, however, the film was no sure thing. Romero was working with his first big budget and a distribution deal with Warner Brothers, and Stephen King was watching the filming of his first screenplay, a splatter film homage to the great EC Comics of the 1950s (Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, The Haunt of Fear). The production had a few aces in the hole, however. The first was makeup effects artist Tom Savini whose work on Creepshow is revered to this day and formed a large portion of Savini’s 1983 book Grande Illusions. The production also had special effects supervisor and production designer Cletus Anderson, who was also a professor at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie-Mellon University. Finally, the production was graced with an outstanding collection of performers, including Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, E.G. Marshall, Ed Harris, Viveca Lindfors, Ted Danson, appearances from Twilight Zone alumni Fritz Weaver, Jon Lormer, and Don Keefer, and memorable appearances from Stephen King and his son Joe Hill.

-Naha gets the scoop on filming Creepshow from Romero and King, including how the project came to be, as well as Cletus Anderson on the challenges of production design. Naha talks to the performers who describe a fun and lively filming process. George Romero was fresh off the success of Dawn of the Dead and was coveted in Hollywood circles but continued to work independently, which attracted top performers and confounded big studios. This method was not without consequence, however, as Romero’s non-union crew attracted union protesters who picketed the sets, forcing Romero and company to keep the locations secret. The article concludes with a number of perspectives on what is hoped for with the movie. Creepshow went on to become a critical and commercial success, spawning a 1987 sequel, a tie-in comic book illustrated by Bernie Wrightson, and a current revival by the streaming service Shudder with showrunner Greg Nictero, who visited the Creepshow set as a seventeen-year-old and contributed makeup effects to Creepshow 2. 

--TZ Screen Preview: Dark Crystal by James Verniere 

-This is a full-color preview of The Dark Crystal, the Jim Henson production four years in the making, with a sizable $25 million budget, which was released on December 17, 1982. The article examines the genesis of the film in the works of British fantasy artist Brian Froud, who designed the production, and the challenges for Jim Henson and puppeteer Frank Oz in bringing Henson’s puppet creations to life. Verniere also provides a rundown of the many and various types of fantasy creatures which feature in the film. 

--“The Other One” by Rick Norwood
Illustrated by Robert Morello 

“You don’t know what terror is until you’ve come face to face with . . .”

-An ironic short-short about a man on the run from a Man in Black who he believes is Death. There is a humorous snap ending. The story was reprinted in 100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories (1984). Norwood is a mathematician and comic book historian who edits the Comics Revue. He is also a short story specialist and occasional essayist who has been published in Analog and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. 

--“The Father of the Bride” by Connie Willis
Illustrated by Marty Blake 

“The fairy tale had ended; the kingdom was awake once more. But not everyone lived happily ever after.”

-In this take on the legend of Sleeping Beauty, the King finds the old ways of his Kingdom crumbling around him as the ruthless wheels of progress march across his lands.

-Connie Willis (born Constance Elaine Trimmer) is one of the most honored SF writers in history, which a shelfful of Hugos and Nebulas to honor her long career as a novelist and short story writer. Still in her early career here, she returns to the pages of the magazine with this poignant short tale examining the ways in which industrialization and the rise of Christianity destroyed the magic and mystery of the old kingdoms of fairy tales. This sort of retelling of fairy tales came into vogue some years later with Ellen Datlow’s and Terry Windling’s fairy tale anthologies which began with Snow White, Blood Red (1993). Willis was ahead of the curve here and this short tale captures many of the tropes which will come to define this sort of fairy tale deconstruction. A contemporary work on a larger scale which approached the subject in the same manner was The Enchanted World series from Time-Life Books (1984-1988), a 21-volume collection of illustrated books on folklore whose overarching theme was the decline of magic with the rise of monotheistic beliefs. “The Father of the Bride” was reprinted in the magazine’s only annual volume, Great Stories from Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine (1982), and included in Willis’ collection Firewatch (1985). 

--“Turn Down for Richmond” by G.J.A. O’Toole
Illustrated by Dennis Meehan 

“It was a simple four-word message – yet on it hung the future of a nation.”

-This is a ghost in the machine tale about a junk collector who chances upon an old telegraph sounder which emits a Morse code message at the same time each night. That message, “turn down for Richmond,” is instruction to ease the tension on the armature spring in order to receive the remainder of the message. That message, once received, reveals information which may have saved Abraham Lincoln’s life, over one hundred years too late. Its ghostly message sent, the sounder falls silent. This nifty little ghost story appears to be the only work of speculative fiction G.J.A. O’Toole published. It was reprinted some years later in the anthology Eastern Ghosts (1990). 

--“Weigh Station” by Robert Crais
Illustrated by D.W. Miller
“The road to Hell was a six-lane highway, and the damned all drove big rigs.”

-When his sports car breaks down on a desolate stretch of highway, David hitches a ride with an 18-wheeler to a weigh station which serves as a portal to hell.

-This story is largely a mood piece and the setting is expertly handled. Crais perfectly illustrates the loneliness of traveling on a deserted stretch of California highway during the dead of night. The supernatural aspect of the tale is largely ambiguous but the weigh station of the title serves to transform travelers into a sort of mindless entity, damned to drive the roads for eternity. There is also a nod to Richard Mathson’s famous tale of road terror, “Duel.” The story was reprinted in the first issue of Night Cry.

-Robert Crais published some SF early in his career but is best-known for his crime and detective fiction, particularly the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels which began with The Monkey's Raincoat in 1987. The latest entry in the series is A Dangerous Man, released in June, 2019. For a time Crais was also a prolific television writer. His earliest credits for television date back to 1977 and episodes of Baretta. Crais has also written for such shows as Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, and L.A. Law, among others. He contributed the original teleplay “Monsters!” for the fifteenth episode of the first season of The Twilight Zone revival series. 

--“J.C. in the Springtime” by I. Daniel Roth
Illustrated by E.T. Steadman 

“A park bench, a sunny April afternoon, and a wino with a paper bag. What better setting for a miracle?”

-The J.C. of the title may clue the reader in on the theme of this short-short as it concerns a homeless man who bestows a blessing on a distraught businessman. It is an interesting, if somewhat standard, take on the wandering savior theme. The story has not been reprinted since its publication here and it appears to be the only SF story from I. Daniel Roth.

--“A Lover’s Alibi” by Chet Williamson
Uncredited illustration; signature indeterminate
“There was only one thing wrong with the murderer’s story. It was getting too believable.”

-Chet Williamson returns to the pages of the magazine with this clever and disturbing tale. It concerns a man who murders his cloying wife to be with his lover and finds his flimsy alibi transformed into an airtight one by a series of inexplicable circumstances. The murderer soon discovers that his wife loved him so much that her ghost has been changing events to protect him. There is a satisfyingly nasty twist in the tale, however. The story was collected in Williamson’s 2002 collection Figures in Rain.

-Williamson is one of the leading writers of dark fantasy from this era. He wrote a series of novels during the ‘80s horror boom which are now prized by collectors, such as Soulstorm (1986), Ash Wednesday (1987), Lowland Rider (1988), and Dreamthorp (1989). He has written several in-universe novels as well, including a sequel to Robert Bloch’s Psycho titled Psycho: Sanitarium (2016). 

--The Doomsday Poems by Richard L. Tierney
Illustrated by Marty Blake 
-Seven dark poems: “The Pilgrimage,” “Hope,” “The Madness of the Oracle,” “To Great Cthulhu,” “Optimism,” “This Great City,” “To the Hydrogen Bomb,” reprinted from Tierney’s Collected Poems: Nightmares and Visions, published earlier in the year by Arkham House. Some of the poems were first published in small press periodicals such as The Arkham Collector and Myrddin. The poems are ironic and tinged with the macabre. An apt example is this, from “Hope”:

The world’s a dead harlot – a corpse of a slut
Where Death-vultures settle to rend and to glut
            While man flounders blind in the gloom –
And Hope’s a mirage on a desert of sand
Where horrors go ravening over the land,
And life’s but the road to doom.

-Richard L. Tierney is a prolific poet, short story writer, and Lovecraft scholar who is perhaps best-known for a series of novels written with David C. Smith about Robert E. Howard’s Red Sonja. He was a frequent contributor to Robert M. Price’s Crypt of Cthulhu fanzine. 

--“All of Us Are Dying” by George Clayton Johnson
Illustrated by Gregory Cannone 

“This fiendishly original tale – about a most unusual talent – became the basis of a now-classic Twilight Zone episode, ‘The Four of Us Are Dying.’”

-The unnamed protagonist uses a unique talent, the ability to resemble any person according to the desires of others, to con others out of money and sexual favors until he happens upon a man who sees the one he most wants to kill.

-George Clayton Johnson sold this story to Rod Serling and Cayuga Productions in 1959 where Serling adapted it as “The Four of Us Are Dying” for the first season of The Twilight Zone. The story was later published in the October, 1961 issue of Rogue. Clayton Johnson chose the story for his entry in SF: Authors’ Choice 4, ed. Harry Harrison (1974), which includes a preface from Clayton Johnson explaining the genesis of the tale. The story was also included in Twilight Zone: Scripts & Stories (1996) and was the title story of Clayton Johnson’s career retrospective All of Us Are Dying and Other Stories (1999). See my post on “The Four of Us Are Dying” to read about the differences between the story and Rod Serling’s script, plus the way in which the story influenced Clayton Johnson’s later Star Trek script “The Man Trap.” 

--TZ Classic Teleplay: “The Four of Us Are Dying” by Rod Serling 

-Rod Serling’s complete teleplay for the first season episode adapted from George Clayton Johnson’s story. The teleplay is illustrated with some interesting production photographs of the four actors who feature in the episode. The episode was the thirteenth episode of the first season. It was directed by John Brahm, starring Harry Townes, Ross Martin, Phillip Pine, Don Gordon, and Beverly Garland. The episode highlights the cinematography of George T. Clemens, some innovative production design, and a great, jazzy score from Jerry Goldsmith. Read our review here.

--Show-by-Show Guide: TV’s Twilight Zone, Part Fourteen by Marc Scott Zicree
-Zicree, author of the essential guide to the series, The Twilight Zone Companion, continues this early guide from the magazine. In this installment he covers the following fourth season episodes: “Printer’s Devil,” “No Time Like the Past,” “The Parallel,” and “I Dream of Genie,” providing cast and crew information, Rod Serling’s narrations, and a summary of each episode. Zicree has caught up with us here in the Vortex as we have just recently covered these episodes with the exception of “I Dream of Genie,” which is next on the agenda.

--Looking Ahead: In June’s TZ
-Next month’s issue is highlighted by the first publication of Richard Matheson’s never-produced Twilight Zone script “The Doll,” along with an essay by Marc Scott Zicree. Also, there are stories from Richard Christian Matheson and Pamela Sargent, Philip K. Dick’s final interview, and a screen preview of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. See you then.



  1. Another great overview. Disch's reviews were always great and thoughtful reading, even when he loved something I hated or vice versa.

    I'm intrigued by the Jack Sullivan music reviews series. That'd be great to line all of that up and listen with a stack of Twilight Zone: the Magazines by the armchair.

    1. Thanks for reading! Disch could be a tough critic but I agree that he's always a pleasure to read. It was a boon for the magazine to get him to contribute so many columns over the run. The Sullivan music series is very impressive and an overview like that has likely not been attempted many times. He gives a ton of commentary along with listing his selections. He also gives his favorite recording for each selection but these are out of date so I don't bother listing them along with the selections. I'm sure a playlist of nearly all the selections could be compiled on YouTube.

  2. Thanks for the writeup. It's nice to remember how much fun these were to read. I don't think there's been another mag this good since.

    1. I agree with you there, Jack. The magazine really captured all that was best about that time in our corner of pop culture.

  3. Things you could review/post about
    *Reboots (this is the most obvious)
    *"The Twilight Zone Comics?"(Goldkey/and others). The ones with original stories not adaptations of the originals.
    *"The Twilight Zone Fanfictions"( there not normal fanfiction there really just more stories for the twilight zone catalogue.).
    *The Twilight Zone Books
    Misc Ideas
    *Your ideas for twilight zone episodes
    *stories that could be adapted into episodes