Richard Matheson's The Twilight Zone Scripts, Volume 2

Richard Matheson's The Twilight Zone Scripts, Volume 2

by Richard Matheson, Stanley Wiater
     
 
Apart from Rod Serling, screenwriter Richard Matheson wrote more teleplays for the cult classic The Twilight Zone than any other writer. Many of these episodes became the series' most acclaimed and most frequently aired. Published here for the first time are eight original scripts. Each is preceded by an introduction and commentary that lends insight into

Overview

Apart from Rod Serling, screenwriter Richard Matheson wrote more teleplays for the cult classic The Twilight Zone than any other writer. Many of these episodes became the series' most acclaimed and most frequently aired. Published here for the first time are eight original scripts. Each is preceded by an introduction and commentary that lends insight into Matheson's creative process, how he felt about the adaptation of his scripts, and his relationship with Rod Serling. Information about the fate of two “lost” scripts and suggestions for further reading and viewing are also included. Volume Two includes the final six complete Twilight Zone scripts Matheson wrote for the show.

Editorial Reviews

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..."
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."

Publishers Weekly
Richard Matheson's The Twilight Zones Scripts: Volume 2, edited by horror expert Stanley Wiater, collects six of Matheson's teleplays from Rod Serling's classic TV series. This has been a banner year for the veteran author, whose recent work includes a novel, Hunted Past Reason, and a children's book, Abu and the 7 Marvels.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781887368520
Publisher:
Gauntlet, Incorporated CO
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

What People are saying about this

Dennis Etchison
Matheson is and always has been a writer's writer. His influence, a singularly compelling voice that runs through the contemporary history of science fiction, terror and horror literature, is better left for assessment by scholars and critics... He is the very best of the best, and archetype of what a career is supposed to be all about".
—(Dennis Etchison, author of Double Edge)
Robert Bloch
Matheson's skill in creating empathy lends special strength to his work... The secret weapon he employs is his own sensitivity to the fears and innermost imaginings which are common to us all.
—(Robert Bloch, author of Psycho)

Meet the Author

Richard Burton Matheson (1926¿2013) was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn. He was an author and screenwriter, primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. He is best known as the author of I Am Legend, a 1954 horror novel that has been adapted for the screen four times. Other popular books by Matheson include Hell House and What Dreams May Come. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

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