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 or Night Gallery read? How about an audio book or documentary? Here follows a bibliography/filmography for the books, audio 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, 2008)
·         Dimensions Behind the Twilight Zone: a Backstage Tribute to Television’s Groundbreaking Series by Stewart T. Stanyard (ECW, 2007)
·         Rod Serling and the Twilight Zone: the 50th Anniversary Tribute by Douglas Brode 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. Martin's Press (Thomas Dunne Books), 2017) 
·      A Dimension of Sound: Music in the Twilight Zone by Reba Wissner (Pendragon Press, 2013) 
·         Fantastic Television by Gary Gerani and Paul H. Schulman (Harmony Books, 1977) *A pioneering work in every way, Gerani's and Schulman's book took an in-depth look at several gene programs from the 1950's-1970's, including The Twilight Zone. This book also features, to our knowledge, the first complete episode guide to the original series to see print.
·         As Timeless as Infinity: The Complete Twilight Zone Scripts of Rod Serling Vols. 1 - 10, edited by Tony Albarella (Gauntlet Press, 2004 - 2013.) *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, edited by Stanley Wiater (Cemetery Dance, 1998) *Released in two paperback volumes by Gauntlet Press in 2001 (vol. 1) & 2002 (vol. 2).
·         The Twilight Zone Scripts of Charles Beaumont, Vol. 1,  edited by Roger Anker (Gauntlet Press, 2004) *Volume 2 never appeared.
·         Twilight Zone Scripts and Stories by George Clayton Johnson (Streamline Pictures, 1996)
·         The Twilight Zone Scripts of Earl Hamner, edited by Tony Albarella (Cumberland House, 2003)
·         The Twilight Zone Scripts of Jerry Sohl, edited by Christopher Conlon (BearManor Media, 2004)
·         Filet of Sohl by Jerry Sohl, edited by Christopher Conlon (BearManor Media, 2003) *Contains teleplays for two unproduced Twilight Zone episodes: "Who Am I?" and "Pattern for Doomsday."
·         Forgotten Gems from the Twilight Zone, Vol. 1, edited by Andrew Ramage (BearManor Media, 2005)
·         Forgotten Gems from the Twilight Zone, Vol. 2, edited by Andrew Ramage (BearManor Media, 2006)
Source Material and Adaptations:
·         The Twilight Zone: The Original Stories, edited by Martin Harry Greenberg, Richard Matheson, and Charles G. Waugh (Avon, 1985 (paperback, 1st ed.); MJF, 1985 (hardcover)) *Includes two adaptations of Rod Serling teleplays by Anne Serling: "One for the Angels" and "The Changing of the Guard"
·         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 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. Serling's adaptations of "The Fever," "Night of the Meek," "A Thing About Machines," "A Stop at Willoughby," and "Showdown with Rance McGrew" are not included. 
·         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 adaptations of Rod Serling's Twilight Zone episodes and original stories inspired by the show.  The two collections were later released in a single hardcover volume in 1983 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. 
·         The Twilight Zone (1): "The Mighty Casey" by Rod Serling, read by Fritz Weaver (Harper Audio, 1992)
·         The Twilight Zone (2): "Walking Distance" by Rod Serling, read by Cliff Robertson (Harper Audio, 1992)
·         The Twilight Zone (3): "The Odyssey of Flight 33" by Rod Serling, read by Roddy McDowall (Harper Audio, 1993)
·         The Twilight Zone (4): "The Midnight Sun" by Rod Serling, read by Lois Nettleton (Harper Audio, 1993)
·         The Twilight Zone (5): "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" by Rod Serling, read by Theodore Bikel (Harper Audio, 1993)
·         The Twilight Zone (6): "The Lonely" by Rod Serling, read by Jean Marsh (Harper Audio, 1993) *Thank you to Tom Elliot at The Twilight Zone Podcast for calling our attention to these recordings. These were readings from Zone actors/actresses of stories from Rod Serling's two books, Stories from the Twilight Zone (Bantam, 1960) and More Stories from the Twilight Zone (Bantam, 1961).  
·         The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas (18 volumes, 2002- ), developed and produced by Carl Amari for Falcon Picture Group. Hosted by Stacy Keach, featuring radio drama adaptations of episodes from the original series plus adaptations of unproduced episodes and original content. Original series episodes adapted by Dennis Etchison. Several episodes feature Zone actors/actresses. 
·         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 (Dutton, 1992)
·         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, 2013)
·  The Season to be Wary (Little, Brown, 1967) *A collection of three novella-length stories, two of which, "The Escape Route" and "Eyes," were adapted by Serling for the pilot film, Night Gallery. 
· Rod Serling's Triple W: Witches, Warlocks, and Werewolves, edited by Rod Serling (Bantam, 1963). *According to The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by John Clute and Peter Nicholls (2nd ed., St. Martin's Press, 1995), this volume was ghost-edited by science fiction author Gordon R. Dickson. 
· Rod Serling's Devils and Demons, edited by Rod Serling (Bantam Books, 1967). *Ghost-edited by Gordon R. Dickson. See note above. 
· Rod Serling's Other Worlds, edited by 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 additional 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," plus illuminating commentary from Serling. 
· 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, was 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) *#68 in The Milford Series: Popular Writers of Today.
·         The Work of Charles Beaumont: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide by William F. Nolan (Borgo Press, 1986; revised ed. 1990) *#6 in the Bibliographies of Modern Authors series.
· The Fiend in You, edited by Charles Beaumont (Ballantine, 1962). *Subtitled: Tales of hidden horror from contemporary writers--of the insidious evil that lurks within every human being. . . Contains two Twilight Zone stories ("Perchance to Dream" by Beaumont and "Mute" by Richard Matheson), as well as short fiction from Ray Bradbury, George Clayton Johnson, William F. Nolan, Robert Bloch, and Fritz Leiber, among others. 
Books about Richard Matheson:
·         The Richard Matheson Companion, edited by Stanley Wiater, Matthew R. Bradley, and Paul Stuve (Gaunlet Press in 2008) *Revised 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)
·   All of Us Are Dying and Other Stories by George Clayton Johnson (Subterranean Press, 1999)

Books about Earl Hamner:
  ·     Earl Hamner: From Walton’s Mountain to Tomorrow by James E. Person, Jr. (Cumberland House, 2005)

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

Books by William Froug: 

· How I Escaped Gilligan's Island: And Other Misadventures of a Hollywood Writer-Producer (Popular Press, 2005)

Note: Froug also wrote several books on the craft of screenwriting

Books, Comic Books, Films, and Magazines Related to The Twilight Zone, the original series:
·         Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone Magazine (April, 1981 – June, 1989, edited in succession by T.E.D. Klein, Michael Blaine, Robin Bromley, and Tappan King. Alan Rodgers was managing editor.  Find a history and checklist here)
·         Night Cry magazine (from the editors of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine) (1984-1987), edited in succession by T.E.D. Klein and Alan Rodgers.
·         The Twilight Zone comic (Dell/Gold Key/Whitman Comics (Western Publishing), November, 1962 – May, 1982. Find a history and checklist here)
·         The Twilight Zone comic (Dynamite Entertainment), 2014-2016
·         California Sorcery, edited by William F. Nolan and William Schafer (Cemetery Dance, 1999)
·         Journeys to the Twilight Zone, edited by Carol Serling (Donald A. Wollheim (Daw) Books, 1993) *Issued in hardcover by MJF in 1996.
·         Return to the Twilight Zone, edited by Carol Serling (Daw Books, 1994) *Issued in hardcover by MJF in 1997.
·         Adventures in the Twilight Zone edited by Carol Serling (Daw Books, 1995)
·         Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories on the 50th Anniversary, edited by Carol Serling (Tom Doherty (Tor) Books, 2009)
·         More Stories from the Twilight Zone, edited 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 accompanying commentary. 
·         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 but not directly related to that 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)
·         Philosophy in the Twilight Zone, edited Noel Carroll and Lester Hunt (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)

Books related to Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983)
·         Twilight Zone: The Movie, a novelization of the film script by Robert Bloch (Warner Books, 1983) Read our review. 
·         Special Effects: Disaster at "Twilight Zone," the Tragedy and the Trial 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, edited 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 1962 Rod Serling collection, New Stories from the Twilight Zone.
·         Tales from the New Twilight Zone by J. Michael Straczynski (Bantam Spectra, 1989) *Adaptations of Straczynski's episodes for the third season of the first Twilight Zone revival series. 
·         The Twilight Zone (NOW Comics, November, 1990) *Vol. 1, no. 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 first Twilight Zone revival series.  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 in ownership of NOW Comics.  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 titled “Darkness Upon the Face of the Deep” and new cover art by Adams.  Thanks to for this info. For more on The Twilight Zone comics from NOW go here)
·         The Twilight Zone Volume 2 Issues 1 – 11 (NOW Comics, November, 1991 – September 1992)
·         The Twilight Zone Volume 3 Issues 1-4 (NOW Comics, May-August, 1993 + 3 one-shot issues)

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 of The Twilight Zone, which appeared from 2002-2003 on UPN. 

Books related to Rod Serling's Night Gallery:
·  Night Gallery by Rod Serling (Bantam Books, 1971) *Rod Serling's prose adaptations of his Night Gallery teleplays.
·  Night Gallery 2 by Rod Serling (Bantam Books, 1972)
·  Rod Serling's Night Gallery Reader, edited by Carol Serling, Charles G. Waugh, and Martin H. Greenberg (Dembner Books, 1987) *Collecting some 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.
·  Rod Serling's Night Gallery Reader, Volume 1 (audio book on cassette tape; Pharaoh Audio, 1992), contains: "The Little Black Bag," by C.M. Kornbluth, "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes," by Margaret St. Clair, and "The Dark Boy" by August Derleth. *Information is difficult to come by on these recordings, including who performs each story. Information will be updated when located.
·  Rod Serling's Night Gallery Reader, Volume 2 (Pharaoh Audio, 1993), contains: "The Escape Route" by Rod Serling.
·  Rod Serling's Night Gallery Reader, Volume 3 (Pharaoh Audio, 1993), contains: "The Girl With the Hungry Eyes," by Fritz Leiber, "House-With Ghost" by August Derleth, "The Horsehair Trunk" by Davis Grubb, "The Ring With the Velvet Ropes" by Edward D. Hoch, and "Big Surprise" by Richard Matheson.
·  Rod Serling's Night Gallery Reader, Volume 4 (Pharaoh Audio, 1993), contains: "Pickman's Model," by H.P. Lovecraft, "The Return of the Sorcerer," by Clark Ashton Smith, "Sorworth Place," by Russell Kirk, and "Brenda" by Margaret St. Clair.

For information on books about Ray Bradbury, go here.

     Be sure also to visit the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation for a wide variety of resources on the creator of The Twilight Zone.

-JP & BD

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