Twilight Zone: 19 Original Stories on the 50th Anniversary
by Carol Serling
Cover Artist: Design: Jamie Stafford-Hill
Review by Andrew Brooks
Tor Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765324337
Date: 01 September 2009 List Price $14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
When I found out TOR had released a collection of 19 short stories involving the Twilight Zone, two thoughts popped immediately into mind. Yes, of course, the iconic theme music and Rod Serling's wonderful opening monologues. But also, in the back my head, a tiny and pessimistic voice whispering: It might suck. After all the greatness of the original show and a few decent remakes this might just be a quick cash grab, suckering in the fans who can't get enough. The voice was wrong. This is as close to the old black and white episodes as you can get. Although not all the stories are superb, there are some gems here and TOR did it right. From official release/information:
Product Description: An original anthology celebrating Rod Serling's landmark television series. When 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®, all in honor of Rod's incredible vision.
(Source: Tor Books)