An original anthology celebrating Rod Serling's landmark television seriesWhen it first aired in 1959, The Twilight Zone was nothing less than groundbreaking television. Freed from much of the censors' strict oversight because of the show's classification as ""science fiction,"" the 156 filmed episodes explored powerful and moving human themes--love, hate, pride, jealousy, terror--in their own unique style.The show has since inspired two revivals, as well as fiction, comic books, and magazines, and even a pinball game and theme park rides. Just as important, it sparked the imaginations of countless writers, filmmakers, and fans around the world, and is considered a seminal show for broadening the horizons of television. This anthology will be an all-new collection of stories written in the vein of the original television show. 2009 is the fiftieth anniversary of The Twilight Zone's first broadcast year. Edited and featured and introduction by Carol Serling, the anthology will include brand new stories by science fiction and fantasy luminaries such as Whitley Strieber, Loren D. Estleman, Joe Lansdale, R. L. Stein, Timothy Zahn, and Peter S. Beagle, as well as writers from the original series, Earl Hammer and Harlan Ellison(r), all in honor of Rod's incredible vision. At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
Serling (Journeys to the Twilight Zone, etc.) returns to The Twilight Zone, the most famous work of her late husband, Rod Serling (1924-1975), with this inspired anthology. Though constrained by the surprise ending format of the original show, Kelley Armstrong's "A Haunted House of Her Own" is pleasantly creepy; Alan Brennert's "Puowaina" is a well-executed period piece; and the murderous protagonist of Tad Williams's "Ants" nicely demonstrates self-destructive hubris. The other entries are less satisfying: William F. Wu offers tepid baby boomer nostalgia in "On the Road," Carole Nelson Douglas provides telegraphed foreboding in "Truth or Consequences," and Robert J. Serling's "Ghost Writer" includes a painfully obvious and banal final twist. While largely inoffensive and faithful to the Twilight Zoneformat, this anthology is primarily of interest to hardcore fans. (Sept.)
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August 31, 2009
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