AVN Book Club: The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia

by - December 16, 2017

Twilight Zone Book

"You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension - a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You're moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You've just crossed over into the Twilight Zone." Rod Serling

The Twilight Zone was ahead of its time with storylines involving the concept of life on other planets, other dimensions, and time travel to name a few. The stories in the episodes really put strong and possibly controversial topics right in front of our faces. The episode, "Number 12 Looks Just Like You" (1964) talks about cloning, individuality, and the idea of being unique. In the episode, "From Agnes-With Love" (1964), a scientist falls in love with a computer, much like we all love our iPhones so much these days. Or one of the episodes that still puts chills down my spine, "The Midnight Sun"(1961) where you think everyone is dying of heat because the sun is moving closer only to find out that everyone on the planet is actually freezing to death because the sun is moving away from the earth.

Pick any episode from the five seasons that the original Twilight Zone (1959-1964) series first aired and you will find yourself enlightened, shocked, bewildered, and even frightened (Night Call). Rod Serling, the creator and main writer of the series, delivered one thought provoking episode after another. For those of you who have seen the show and have your favorite episodes, imagine if you could learn more about them.

The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin is in my eyes the ultimate guidebook for Twilight Zone fans. It literally covers everything from A to Z. All of the episodes are included. the actors in them as well as never-before-seen images, interviews, and the behind the scenes. You get to relive each episode and learn about everyone who was a part in making it. This book is really something special.

If you love The Twilight Zone as much as I do, I highly recommend grabbing this book at your local book store. When you do-grab a chair, get comfy in front of your t.v., take your copy of The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia and put on the first episode (Where is Everybody). And prepare yourself...

"You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead - your next stop, the Twilight Zone!"

**In collaboration with the Chicago Review Press**

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  1. I adore the Twilight Zone, so this book is a must have! So glad you wrote about it!


  2. Thank you so much Janey!! xox