4 Must-Own Books About Twilight Zone

If you can’t watch a Twilight Zone episode, the next best thing is reading a book about it. We fans just can’t get enough about the series and everything that went into making it.

The stories behind the production of this series are fascinating and here are four books that chronicle the journey to put the stories on the small screen.

Knowing the back stories of your favorite episodes makes it even more enjoyable to watch them. Start your own collection! Plus, you won’t be stumped on what to give your favorite Twilight Zone fan for Christmas!

 


The Twilight Zone Companion
2nd Revised ed. Edition
by Marc Scott Zicree
466 pages

This is the earliest journaling of the epic TV show and remains one of the best. Originally published in 1982, the revised second edition was released in 1989. This is a very encyclopedic tome, including an episode-by-episode guide and detailed information on everyone involved in the series. Mr. Zicree spent over five years researching and compiling this information. This is a great place to start learning about the back stories of Twilight Zone.

Pros
Exhaustive research
Chronological episode guide with plot summaries, cast and production

Cons
Some episodes receive lengthy analysis, while others are spotty.

Amazon Ratings
5 star – 68%
4 star – 18%
3 star – 8%
2 star – 3%
1 star – 3%

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The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic

September 1, 2008

by Martin Grams, Jr.

This encyclopedic work contains exhaustive detail, including lots of information on the production of the programs, and even letters by Rod Serling.

Pros
Winner of the 2008 Rondo Award for “Best Book of the Year.”
Full discussion of every episode.

Cons
Expensive at about $40.00

Amazon Ratings
5 star – 68%
4 star – 8%
3 star – 8%
2 star – 10%
1 star – 6%

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Dimensions Behind the Twilight Zone: A Backstage Tribute to Television’s Groundbreaking Series
by Stewart T. Stanyard

Published April 1, 2007

291 pages

Called by some readers a “coffee table” book, it contains lots of great photographs. However, there is a lot of great writing as well.

Author Stewart T. Stanyard serves as a board member for the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation and created The Twilight Zone Archives, a personal collection of memorabilia large enough to fill a museum.

Pros
Includes with cast and crew.
Lots of photographs.

Amazon Ratings
5 star – 83%
4 star – 12%
3 star – 5%
2 star – 0%
1 star – 0%

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Philosophy in The Twilight Zone Paperback
by Noel Carroll

Published April 27, 2009

If you love to discuss and ponder the philosophical points in Twilight Zone episodes, you’ll love this book.

Essays on classical philosophical perspectives.

Biographical information on Rod Serling.

Amazon Ratings – Interestingly, there are just two ratings for this book; one is five stars and the other is one star. That in itself is a study in philosophy of the Twilight Zone.

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