Richard Matheson's The Twilight Zone Scripts, Volume 1 / Edition 1

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Richard Matheson's The Twilight Zone Scripts: Volume One, 392 pp, ­eight scripts, 1st year thru 4th year. Memorable episodes such as "Nick of Time" staring William Shatner and "The Invaders" starring Agnes Moorehead. Published under EDGE BOOKS an imprint of Gauntlet Press.
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Editorial Reviews

Alba Petrella
"This volume gives the reader a manifold emotions, and these are motivated by the elements it is made up of. Firstly, it brings back the fondness, or doubtlessly the vivid memory, for a TV series, The Twilight Zone, whose contribution to the communication of passion for fantasy and horror literature in various historical moments has played a determining role. The material in the volume is composed, in fact, of several original scripts for The Twilight Zone by Richard Matheson, one of contemporary literature’s most fertile minds, and these are commented and introduced by Stanley Wiater, a writer himself, with a profound knowledge of the symbolic in this kind of narrative. Stanley Wiater’s intimate motives (an immediate passion for the TV series and therefore a cerebral and affective debt towards the authors, Rod Serling for a start) are superimposed by intellectual and artistic motives. He is the ideal person to edit this volume, and so he welcomes the reader into his prologue, he introduces every one of Matheson’s scripts and masterfully recreates the climate of those years, also thanks to the direct testimony of the writer who made Rod Serling’s TV series great...

The merit of this volume – edited by Gauntlet Press, and of its suggestive cover, that re-proposes the surrealistic images that characterized the fourth and fifth series of The Twilight Zone is above all in the gift of these scripts. They fully render the wealth and plasticity of Richard Matheson’s typical images and his use of fantasy in the inventions in both the dialogues and descriptions, which put him at the forefront of the great contemporary narrators."

Tony Ross
"...Fortunately for Matheson's fans in particular, and Twilight Zone fans in general, his scripts for the show are being published in two books, the first which is out now, and the second due in Spring 2002... The collection is a fine testament to both Matheson and the show..."
Publishers Weekly
The 8 complete scripts in Richard Matheson's The Twilight Zone Scripts: Volume One, edited by Stanley Wiater, will be great fun for fans and scriptwriters. In the episode called "Invaders," tiny spacemen land at a desolate farmhouse and the lone occupant fights them off; in "A World of Difference," a man finds that his life is actually a movie in the process of being filmed. A second volume will follow in a year. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781887368421
  • Publisher: Gauntlet, Incorporated CO
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 992,993
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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"Admittedly, the basic idea of a pilot getting lost and touching down on an unfamiliar air force base in not that extraordinary a concept. Until you consider the pilot is from World War I and he's landed at a contemporary Strategic Air Command base!

"His first script for the series which Matheson believes is the first script he wrote for any television series was pitched to the producers in very much this simple and direct manner.

"'I went in one day and producer Buck Houghton was there, and Del Reisman, the story editor, was there. All I remember is that I only had to utter one sentence, which was: 'A World War I pilot gets lost and lands at a modern SAC base'. And that was all they had to hear. They gave me my first assignment."

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Table of Contents

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"The Last Flight"
"A World of Difference"
"A World of His Own"
"Nick of Time"
"The Invaders"
"Once Upon a Time"
"Little Girl Lost"
"Young Man's Fancy"
Appendix -- Suggested Further Reading -- and Viewing
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