“Rod Serling’s Night Gallery: The Art of Darkness” Now Available to Order

“These aren’t your ordinary canvases. You don’t find Monet in a mausoleum or van Gogh in a graveyard.” — Rod Serling, introducing an episode of Night Gallery

There’s some serious Serling understatement. The paintings shown before each story on Night Gallery were anything but ordinary. This was no school trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, believe me.

Even when the segment was so-so, the canvases were cool. What a treat it would’ve been to take a personal tour, the way our self-described “little ol’ curator” did each week.

That isn’t possible, unfortunately, but you can enjoy the next best thing by getting a copy of the forthcoming book I described in a post last May: “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery: The Art of Darkness”.

I wish I could say this was something you can order for $30 or so on Amazon. I can’t. It’s a bit pricier than that. I’ll tell you that right up front. But considering the incredible amount of work that went into it, as the authors painstakingly tracked down the many paintings that had been lost, to photograph and reproduce them in the highest-quality detail imaginable, it’s hard to deny that the higher cost is justified.

As co-author Scott Skelton put in on the book’s official Facebook page:

Assembling this epic tome took us on a long and daunting expedition around the globe to locate and professionally photograph as many of the existing paintings as could be unearthed. At present, only two original paintings remain in NBC/Universal Studios’ first-rate archives while the remaining 100 were borrowed, rented, stolen, or otherwise relocated. Thus began our epic archeological dig to unearth the rest, a tall order, even in the age of the internet.

The nearly 300-page book is brimming with hundreds of rare, behind-the-scenes photos and artwork. It documents each of the paintings, and traces the complicated (and often twisted) tale of how these iconic masterpieces slowly disappeared from view — only to find their way back, lovingly displayed in two gallery exhibits for appreciative connoisseurs 50 years later.

I know I’m speaking as a mega-fan, but that sounds fantastic to me. So when I saw that the cheapest edition via their Kickstarter campaign was $75, well, it made sense. This isn’t something that was thrown together and is easily mass-produced. It’s a one-of-a-kind item that will bring the show to life in a unique way.

I got a sense of just how unique when Scott and publisher Taylor White did a segment for Serling Fest 2020. You can watch it yourself by going to the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation‘s Facebook page. There the video for the entire, eight-hour August 15th Fest is archived. Cue it to the 5-hour and 10-minute mark, and you can watch Scott and Taylor talk about the book.

Even through the shaky optics of a Zoom video, I could see a new level of detail in paintings I’ve been looking at for years. The colors and the brushstrokes looked particularly vibrant, making it easier to appreciate the talented work of artist Tom Wright.

I’m sure the book will spark new posts from me, inspiring closer looks at these canvases. But there’s no substitute for getting a copy of your own. One way or the other, you can expect some spooky fun in the months ahead, as we explore … the Night Gallery.

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To view the Kickstarter campaign for “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery: The Art of Darkness” and order your own edition, click here. To order the definitive book about the series, “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour” (for only about $26 US!), click here. To read a spoiler-free list of my favorite episodes, click here.

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Hope to see you in some corner of the fifth dimension soon!

About Paul

Fanning about the work of Rod Serling all over social media. If you enjoy pics, quotes, facts and blog posts about The Twilight Zone, Night Gallery and Serling's other projects, you've come to the right place.

Posted on 08/21/2020, in Night Gallery and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Great news. Perhaps a bit pricey for me, but I will likely ponder this. I’m off to check your favorite episodes.

    • Yeah, I wanted to make sure no one felt misled. I knew back when they first said it would be a Kickstarter campaign that it wouldn’t be cheap. Anyway, hope you find something good to watch!

      • I am enjoying Night Gallery. I like when Rod is wandering through the gallery and describing the artwork. That’s why the book is interesting.

      • Yes, that’s my favorite part as well. It makes the good segments more enjoyable and even elevates the not-so-good ones. Just as on TZ, he’s really the star of the show.

  2. Sounds like a treasure trove of a book. The paintings in this series are stunning, and even when the image is frightening there is something beautiful about it at the same time. One of my favourites is the painting of the ghostly figure in the lifeboat from Lone Survivor.

    • Yes, that’s a great way to describe the artwork. One of NG’s greatest directors, Jeannot Szwarc, said something akin to that—that for him, horror is at its most effective when it’s also beautiful in a way. The NG paintings certainly reflect that. And yes, the Lone Survivor one is one of my top favorites.

  3. Rewatched “The House” recently, and “Certain Shadows on the Wall”, episodes that really creeped me out, as a kid. Love the painting for “The House” episode. Many of the paintings have a distinctive 70s feel.
    Will have to check this book out.

    • Yes, The House is one of my favorites (both show and painting) from Season 1. Certain Shows is also very entertaining (what a cast!). Definitely looking forward to the book. Glad you stopped by, Beth.

  4. I didn’t know I needed this.

  5. I’ve had too many bad experiences with pre-ordering books to pre-order this one, but I’ll certainly buy it once it’s actually out. When I was about 14 I had three Night Gallery poster prints on my bedroom wall! The series was a very mixed bag, but images of Serling in that spooky gallery are, I think, embedded in my DNA.

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