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Twilight Zone Book Review

I love this book … decided to include this book for my blog

September 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the Twilight Zone

As Timeless As Infinity:
The Complete Twilight Zone Scripts of Rod Serling (Vol. 1)
Edited By Tony Albarella
Gauntlet Press, 2004, $66, 488 pgs., ISBN: 1-887368-71-X
Rating: ***1/2 stars

Review by Michael McCarty

“There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space, and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow – between science and superstition. And it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone….”

Those words, spoken by Rod Serling on September 2, 1959, launched a classic science-fiction television series. Today, a half century later, The Twilight Zone is being shown in reruns around the world.

As Timeless As Infinity kicks off with the script for “The Time Element,” the unofficial pilot, a story about a bookie who tries to warn the Army of the impending attack on Pearl Harbor. This was shown on Desilu Playhouse and was met with overwhelming enthusiasm.

Record amounts of positive viewer mail poured in, leading to the birth of Rod Serling’s series, The Twilight Zone.
The book also includes seven more classic scripts….

The official pilot (“Where is Everybody?”) tells the tale of a man who searches a small town to find he is completely alone. Plot elements hint that he might be the last man on earth, but the conclusion offers a surprising finale (like Alfred Hitchcock Presents, this show is famous for its twist endings).

“Third from the Sun,” one of Stephen King’s favorite episodes, is based on a classic science-fiction story by Richard Matheson. Two families plan to steal a rocket ship and flee to a distant world before they are destroyed by atomic war. Their destination is Earth.

“The Purple Treatment” introduces us to a soldier who unexpectedly acquires the power to see death in the faces of his comrades.

In “The Big, Tall Wish,” a 10-year-old boy tells an aging prizefighter that he will make a wish for him to win his comeback fight. This script was just as gritty as Serling’s “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” an episode of the Playhouse 90 series that swept the 1956 Emmys, and also garnered Serling the prestigious Sylvania and Foster Peabody Awards.

“Eye of the Beholder” is a riveting, claustrophobic story set in a future totalitarian state. A miserable girl longs to be just like her peers – but is that necessarily a good thing?

“A Most Unusual Camera” features a pair of petty thieves, who find that a camera they’ve heisted can predict the future with the picture it takes. One of the more comical scripts in the collection.

In “The Mind and the Matter,” a book about thought gives a clerk the power to accomplish anything just by willing it – leaving him free to create a most disturbing world.

“The Dummy,” based on a story by Lee Polk, features a ventriloquist who becomes convinced that his dummy has a will and a life
of its own. (Need I add that there’s a deliciously creepy conclusion?)

The Twilight Zone offered a unique mixture of realism and surrealism, the undeniable and the unbelievable, all in the same package, and this book gives readers a chance to revisit these classic shows.

As Timeless as Infinity is the definitive treatment of Rod Serling’s teleplays for the landmark series. The scripts are reprinted directly from Serling’s personal collection and appear in their original format. Examples of revisions,
hand-written corrections and earlier script drafts are also provided to highlight the evolution of these beloved stories. You even get a chance to examine two scripts for “A Most Unusual Camera” – the first draft and the revised draft that was aired. It is an invaluable asset for screenwriters to examine.

This beautifully packaged coffee table book also includes a message from Serling’s widow, Carol, an appreciation by Twilight Zone writer Richard Matheson, another appreciation by screenwriter Rockne S. O’Bannon, and tributes from producer Buck Houghton
and actors from the series, including Fritz Weaver, Shelley Berman, Robert Stack, Kim Hamilton, and many more. Interwoven amidst all of this is intelligent insight and a great behind-the-scenes look at the series from editor Tony Alberella, plus some rare photos from the show.

Timeless as Infinity truly lives up to its name.

And if you are a fan of the Twilight Zone … please check out Modern Mythmakers. The ebook right now is only .99 cents.

Modern Mythmakers is a collection of 35 interviews from horror and science fiction’s most influential writers and filmmakers, including…
•Ray Bradbury
•Dean Koontz
•Richard Matheson
•John Carpenter
•John Saul
•Graham Masterton
•Joe McKinney
•William F. Nolan
•Peter Straub
•The Night of the Living Dead crew (including John Russo, Kyra Schon and Russ Streiner)
•Elvira
•Whitley Strieber
•Christopher Moore

…and many more.

•Science fiction & fantasy interviews
•Horror legends
•Films and Television
•Inspirational
•Authorship
•Films and screenplays

Plus Twilight Zone writers are interviewed for the book:

•Ray Bradbury
•George Clayton Johnson
•Richard Matheson

George Clayton Johnson especially talks a lot about the Twilight Zone

Right now … the ebook is only .99 cents.
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WVIK Radio Interview with Michael McCarty

WVIK 90.3 FM “Scribble” show hosted by Don Wooten and Roald Tweet interviews Michael McCarty

Listen in! Here’s the link:
https://www.wvik.org/post/scribble-michael-mccarty

Michael McCarty poses with his book Modern Mythmakers

What is Modern Mythmakers???

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The ebook is only .99 cents right now!!!!

Ever wanted to hang out with legends like Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, and Dean Koontz?
This is your chance to read fun anecdotes and career advice from a wide range of Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy authors and filmmakers.

Modern Mythmakers is a collection of 35 interviews from horror and science fiction’s most influential writers and filmmakers, including…
•Ray Bradbury
•Dean Koontz
•Richard Matheson
•John Carpenter
•John Saul
•Graham Masterton
•Joe McKinney
•William F. Nolan
•Peter Straub
•The Night of the Living Dead crew (including John Russo, Kyra Schon and Russ Streiner)
•Elvira
•Whitley Strieber
•Christopher Moore

…and many more.

Just look at this line-up: Foreword by Alan Dean Foster; Forrest J. Ackerman; C. Dean Andersson; Adrienne Barbeau; Ray Bradbury; Ramsey Campbell; John Carpenter; Dan Curtis; Elvira; Rusty Fischer; Neil Gaiman; Mick Garris; Laurell K. Hamilton; George Clayton Johnson; Jack Ketchum; Dean Koontz; Herschell Gordon Lewis; Thomas Ligotti; Bentley Little; Graham Masterton; Richard Matheson; Joe McKinney; Christopher Moore; Night of the Living Dead Crew: John Russo, Kyra Schon, & Russ Streiner; William F. Nolan; Ingrid Pitt; Linnea Quigley; Fred Olen Ray; John Saul; David Snell; Darce Stoker; Peter Straub; Whitley Strieber; Timothy Zahn; Afterword by The Amazing Kreskin.

Whether you’re an author looking for career advice, a fan of classic films and authors, or looking for true stories of inspiration, this is the book for you.

•Science fiction & fantasy interviews
•Horror legends
•Films and Television
•Inspirational
•Authorship
•Films and screenplays

Right now … the ebook is only .99 cents.
Here is a link:

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In the studio
Roald Tweet (left) and Don Wooten (right) …. photo by Michael McCarty

Michael McCarty with the novel
Apocalypse America by Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin

APOCALYPSE AMERICA! on Amazon:

novel by Michael McCarty & Mark McLaughlin!!!
APOCALYPSE AMERICA!

Ebook & Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1095333763

Flesh-eating dust mites, Internet Witches, murderous robots, giant scorpions, Biblical demons and sophisticated cannibals – these horrors and more inhabit the future ruins of the United States in the new novel, APOCALYPSE AMERICA! by Michael McCarty and Mark McLaughlin.
Following a devastating nuclear war, America is thrown into chaos. Malevolent Internet Witches use their monstrous cyber-magic to attack the country through its computers. The last hope for humanity rests with Cain, a post-apocalyptic nomad who is determined to find a legendary paradise known as Eden. Cain is joined on his trek by new friends: Galileo, a surgically enhanced rabbit with a human mind; a brilliant robot named RT-Fax; and Miranda, a downloaded Internet Witch who has discovered the joys of being human.

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