I’m a writer and an editor who works in the Baltimore-Washington area. I hold a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland and have studied at Georgetown University. I write on a range of topics: history, public policy, film, books, music … and the work of Rod Serling.
Articles either ghostwritten or edited by me have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers, magazines and websites, including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. But when I’m not doing work that brings a paycheck, I turn to the fun stuff. Hence this blog.
Oh, and my name is Paul. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you in some corner of the fifth dimension soon!
I ran across your site while searching for Twilight Zone on Twitter. Have you heard about our documentary on Charles Beaumont? http://www.jasunni.com.
We may be doing a Serling themed film festival in Seattle next year as well.
Beaumont? is my fave!!!
Thanks, Sunni. I’m glad you found the site. Are you on Twitter? I have heard of the documentary — thanks for the reminder. It sounds great. I’d love to pick up a copy, if it’s available on DVD. And the film festival sounds interesting, too. Wish I lived closer to Seattle, but I’m on the east coast.
Found this blog on your twitter. Watched Twilight Zone since I was 10 on a 5″ B/W TV. Have had the “Definitive Collection” for a little over a year now. I still haven’t gotten through all the episodes. Seems I like to savor each episode as all the nostalgia seems to come back. I’ve gotten to see a few that I don’t believe have ever been aired too much since first aired. My Favorite episode is a “A Stop at Willoughby”
Hi, Tom! Glad you found your way here. Yes, I’m sure that nostalgia is a big part of the Zone’s continued appeal as we grow older. Of course, the fact that it’s so well-written and acted is a key factor as well! And yes, “A Stop at Willoughby” is great. I did a blog post on that one and “Walking Distance” not long ago; it’s called “Trying to Go Home Again.” I’d love to get your thoughts — it’s about the 4th one down on the homepage. Hope you keep coming back!
Just found your site. Love TWZ. You should connect with my friend Arlen Schumer, a comic artist and historian, and huge TWZ fan. He written extensively on the subject and might make for a good connection: http://www.arlenschumer.com/twilight-zone.
Thanks, John. Glad you found the site How did you happen to find it, by the way? That site you recommended looks interesting — I think I’ll list it in my blogroll. The idea of a coffee-table book dedicated to TZ artwork sounds terrific.
Cool site, Paul, and excellent banner work, Marcia!
Thanks, Frank! I’m a fan of yours as well!
Hey — great site! Just found out that Julian Assange is using quote from the Twilight Zone episode “No Time Like the Present” to define Wikileaks: “History is Inviolate”. Would be great if we can get this known. Serling was a genius!
And he’s watching the show, from the Mail:
Here’s a video from a recent production with the quote repeated over and over. Can we get some action to correct the record and show that this is a Twilight Zone quote?
I’m not sure what to say about Julian Assange, but I can tell you that I’m grateful for the praise. Glad you enjoy the blog!
Paul, thanks for being you! I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award: http://fpdorchak.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/spreading-the-love-a-liebster-blog-award/!
Thanks, Frank. I try to be the best me I can be! :)
You have managed to take my favorite show and turn it into an awesome blog …. how did you do that? :)
Much appreciated, GEG! It’s simple, really: 1) Think deep thoughts about the most well-written TV series of all time. 2) Dress it up with pics from my Gal Friday, the lovely Wendy Brydge. 3) Sit back and count the money.
Okay, I made up No. 3 (alas), but the rest is spot-on. Thanks again!
I just found your blog from Twitter. I look forward to reading it and plan to start my own Rod Serling blog next month. Thanks for doing it and I can’t wait to read it from blog to blog.
Thanks, Philip! Hope you’re enjoying it.
*looks at your pic, scratches chin, squints eyes* No. No, I disagree. Rod’s hair’s not better. Believe me. I’m your best friend and your Gal Friday. I’m always right. ;D
Aww, GF! You certainly are, and so I won’t even attempt to argue. Thanks, darlin’! ;)
One of Rod Serling’s most overlooked works (and one that preoccupies me) is his 1967 book THE SEASON TO BE WARY. Might we see an article devoted to this? As the TZ books were, I believe ghosted, this is Serling’s only published work of original prose.
Very true, Dale, and yes, “The Season To Be Wary” certainly is post-worthy. Not only is it unique, it ties in nicely to “Night Gallery,” with two of the three stories subsequently being dramatized for the 1969 NG movie.
Thanks for the suggestion. May I suggest you subscribe to the blog? Then you won’t miss it when it appears.
Thanks. I will be following your activities.
Glad to hear it! Unless you’re a Kanamit.
What a great site! It’s about time somebody paid tribute to the TZ like this. (Maybe there are other sites but I don’t know of any.) An ep that is not among the most famous, but is high on my list of favorites, is “Number 12 Looks Just Like You.” It opens with Serling saying something like, “Let’s say it’s the year 2000…” The closing remarks are the really heavy ones, though.
Thanks, Bart! You’re right, that’s a great episode. Pairs well with “Eye of the Beholder”. Both of them are potent examinations of the pressure to conform to society’s idea of beauty. Powerful warnings, to be sure.
Greetings to you and all Zone devotees. This is a great way to reach out to our beloved community of the most sublime art that ever appeared on American television.
Please check out my Twilight Zone movie, the first of several: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDEQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fplaylist%3Flist%3DPL09F0FC81B94680D3&ei=6GamUsqJJoGMygHdo4GoCA&usg=AFQjCNFz3YD06kjnC6BYPIOJG2hpLx4cdQ&sig2=duF8Om4JEvtsqMuKU_ZElA&bvm=bv.57799294,d.aWc
hello Paul. Glad I stumbled across this site. As a fellow DC-based public relations professional who also happens to have a more-than-passing fondness for Twilight Zone and other Rod Serling-esque entertainment, it is refreshing to find intellectual conversation about these classic works. Thanks for keeping the interest alive.
My pleasure, Johnny. Glad you’re enjoying the site!
I avoid being served, as much as possible!
Hi, Paul, :) So excited to have discovered your blog when I was searching for Rod Serling. I’m starting a fiction magazine that’s going to host stories in the classic style of Night Gallery and Twilight Zone. I’d love to talk with you about reprinting some of your blog articles from it. If this interests you at all, please contact me. I think I’ll email you also, just to be sure you see it.
You can see our initial call for submissions here: http://www.anotherdimensionmag.com
Sounds terrific, Angel. I’d be glad to look into contributing!
Like many, I found my way here while researching Serling, as I’m wont to do on marathon days. I can find nothing of Serling’s original prose(not scripts) in print, i.e., short stories before TZ. any leads? Thanks
Hi, Julia. Glad you found your way here! And yes, I have a very good lead for you: http://www.rodserlingbooks.com/. It’s only been around for the last couple of years, but they have a number of Serling’s previously out-of-print books available.
I found your blog while trying to find an episode of The Twilight Zone. Are you familiar with past episodes? Ages ago I saw part of an episode, but never saw the end. It has bugged me ever since. It is about a young married couple who have to stop in a small town because the wife is having a baby. The next day the husband cannot find his wife and everyone in the town only says a couple of words. He talks to the bartender who seems to have more answers than others. Is this actually a Twilight Zone episode?
Hi, Kaci! Glad you found your way here. I’m very familiar with past episodes, yes, and I can tell you this is definitely not a TZ. At least not from the original run, though from what I can tell, this storyline didn’t occur in the second or third TZ series either. There are other anthologies it may well be from, of course. Wish I could tell you which one, but you can at least cross TZ off your list.
Hope you’ll return to the blog, though, if you’re a TZ fan. I’m also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TheNightGallery, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ofshadowandsubstance. Good luck searching for your show!
I think it was a One Step Beyond episode. I don’t believe it was Thriller.
Could be! It’s on Hulu, btw: http://www.hulu.com/one-step-beyond
Hello Paul, This is a GREAT blog site. Wonderful. I, also, am a great Rod Serling fan. I have the entire series of the original TZ show on DVD. I also have the entire series of the 1980’s TZ series on DVD. You have here a great tribute to Rod Serling!
Hi, Richard! Glad to hear you’re such a Serling fan and that you like the blog so much. It’s a pleasure fanning over RS’s amazing work!
Heya, great blog. I’ve just recently episode 7 of my Nerdstalking podcast, and in this one we talk about Twilight Zone, Rod Serling, and a lot of other stuff. You can check it out here on Podomatic if you like:
Thanks! I will.
Hello, everyone! I LOVE this website, I go on it everyday to see if there is something new. I am a die-hard Twilight Zone fan, I’m working on watching all the episodes on Netflix, and I find this website nice, because it’s hard to get a hold of such true and good information about TTZ or Rod. You know how you say “daily dose of Serling” well, I have to get 2 doses — one from one of my TTZ books and this website, so thank you, Paul, for making this, and have a wonderful life.
Well, thanks! I’m glad you enjoy the site so much. I wish I was able to post more often — I imagine those daily checks must get frustrating when it’s been a couple weeks, but I appreciate your persistence! You have a wonderful life as well.
Hi Paul, I’ve been following your twitter account for a few months now, but it wasn’t until now that I checked up your blog. Nice work! I’m a Twilight Zone fan since I was a kid, it’s simply a show that changes you forever, and although its almost 60 years old, it just keeps on surprising me everytime I rewatch any episode. Just wanted to leave my appreciation and respect for your effort. Big ups!
Thanks, CSL! (Sorry, I don’t know your name.) I’m glad you’re enjoying the tweets and that you’ve checked out the blog. I hope you come back regularly. And I appreciate the comment!
I follow your page on twitter.. Any chance you could start including the episodes you get the quotes from?
Big fan of the page,
Thanks, Rusty! Glad you’re following the page. The only problem is that of room. I have only 140 characters, as you know, and that fills up quickly. I do, however, often include the season and episode number (e.g., #S1E23) so people who are interested can look them up. And as I sometimes remind people, you can always ask me.
Hey Paul, just found your site. Love it. I was going through a list of Twilight Zones on Netflix and saw “A Disturbance at Owl Creek Bridge” which my 6th grade English teacher showed us years ago on a projector in class. The movie stuck with me and inspired me to make the films I make today. I was shocked to see it as part of the Twilight Zone collection. I don’t think it was made by Serling (but perhaps acquired for the show?) Was curious if you knew. Anyway — great site. Great knowledge. Now, I need to watch more the Night Galleries.
Glad to have you here, Greg!
I can certainly understand your confusion about “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”. It was a French short film (one that won an Oscar, in fact) that was acquired by TZ’s producer as a way to cut costs during the show’s fifth and final season. Took only a few trims to get it to fit, and it worked quite well as a TZ, as Serling notes in his intro to the episode.
And yes, you should definitely watch some NG! Sure, it’s no TZ, but it’s still quite entertaining. Here are some “tours” that I’ve posted, if you’d like to check them out: https://thenightgallery.wordpress.com/night-gallery-tours/
Hi Paul. I’ve just come across your blog and really love it. Keep up the fantastic work. The Twilight Zone is one of my all time favourite series. I love how the episodes can scare, move and grip all at once, and how even though you know what’s coming if you’ve seen an episode before, the twists are still effective each time.
Thanks, Maddy. I appreciate the kind words. You’re so right — even I’m surprised by the depth of these wonderful episodes. They certainly bear rewatching. Glad to have you here!
I just found your Twitter page this week and followed, and you have a great blog. Rod Serling was a master writer, and truly understood the human condition to aptly weave sci-fi/fantasy and reality like he did. It’s so hard to pick a favorite episode. But one that touches me is “Number 12 looks just like you.” I thought Collin Wilcox Paxton as Marylin gave a performance worthy of an Emmy. And I’ve always loved “The Masks.” All the episodes pertaining to vanity were off the charts good, especially “Eye of the Beholder.” See, I can go on and on, because I’m ready to talk about the robot ones. I can’t wait to dive into the archives and read your thoughts and facts on the episodes.
Glad you found the Twitter page and the blog! Serling has proven to be a great writer to delve into — his themes and his writings are so rich. I’m a big fan of “Number 12” and “The Masks” (though I haven’t covered them here yet, alas — stay tuned!), but “Eye of the Beholder” is my all-time favorite. Anyway, happy reading!
Hi Paul. Not sure if you’ve ever done this in the past or not, but I was just wondering if you had ever considered hosting a Twilight Zone themed blogathon?
This would be great fun and could give all the followers a chance to write about the series as a whole, or to review individual episodes. It would be wonderful to read all the different views and interpretation of Serling’s work.
Hi there. Great site. I am a big fan of Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone. I actually write horror/fantasy myself, and would have loved to have had one of my stories accepted for the series. By the way, are you open to reciprocal linking and guest blogging? Keep up the good work. Regards, Alan Toner, http://www.alantoner.com
Hi Paul, I just found your blog via Twitter. I have loved The Twilight Zone ever since I can remember and am currently reading The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin. I’m looking forward to reading your blog, especially as Rod Serling is my writing hero. I only wish I had met him before he departed us so early in his life. He’s the master of twists and, without-a-doubt, one of the best writers to have walked our planet.
Good luck with all your writing.
Many thanks, Hugh! Glad to have you aboard. Wish I could have met the master as well, but at least we can continue to enjoy his works for years to come.
I’m very happy to have come across your blog.
I’m happy you did, too. Hope you’ll come back often!
I’ll definitely be visiting again.
Just a salute and best wishes for your work and this AMAZING Twilight-Blog! :D
With the promise to read your posts here around and ppl replies and pow from some of those epic Rod Serling stories and adaptations, i pay you my respect and wish to you and all your readers best of luck in those difficult times.
Keep up the good work, man !
Thanks, JR! I appreciate the kind words. Wishing you nothing but peace, happiness, and good health. :)
While cruising the web, I came across your site.
You should honestly read
Sands of Time a collection of thought provoking stories.
By Beatrice C Snip.
It is even claimed to be a modern telling of tales.
Similar to the way Twilight Zone was told.
I have read it and at least a couple of the stories could be compared in a modern way.
I hope this might be of use to you.
You should really read the reviews of Sands of Time a collection of thought provoking stories on Amazon.
It looks like not many have been sold but the reviews are synonymous with TZ
Hi Paul, I have been a fan of your beloved blog for many years! I just wanted to place on your radar my book on George Clayton Johnson and his numerous interconnections with The Twilight Zone. You can find GEORGE’S RUN, the graphic novel, over at comiXology. You are more than welcome to review it and feature it on your blog and you can definitely contact me and interview me too, if you like. I can send you a review copy or you can find the book here: https://bit.ly/2HXMT2z
Hello Paul. Thanks for posting the 2020/2021 TZ marathon. My pal and I are HUGE TZ fans. We even started a Podcast based on the TZ called JUST BENEATH THE SURFACE (Bruce & Brian Episode 1). The TZ social commentary is often about things that are just beneath the surface, as in THE SHELTER. We hope to shoot our next episode soon and make it more TZ centric. I know there are numerous TZ Podcasts out there but we hope to be different; relating TZ episodes to today’s world. Maybe we can have you on as “Guest Star”!! Thanks for honoring the great Rod Serling and The Twilight
Zone. . Bruce
Great site and Twitter feed!
I hope you are doing well. Came across your site looking up information on the un-used Night Gallery script for “Does The Name Grimsby Do Anything to You?” Was very impressed about the amount of info you have on here. Any suggested readings? Was also wondering about your thoughts on the 1980s reboot. I personally love it! Have a great day.
I have only just discovered your site and I look foward to exploring it. However, I wonder if I could exploit your hospitality with a question.?
Somewhere in the 1980s Zone there is a short episode about a girl who appears to be a smart but lazy college student..Anyway, her apartment is visited by time travellers from the future, and from them she learns that it is her destiny to become the first president of a united world federation.
I have tried in vain to find the title of this episode, even though i have searched all the episode guides.
Could you advise me?
It’s New Years Eve 2021, watching Twilight Zones, Decades and Syfi, while searching online, found your blog.
Exciting to learn after all these years, the back stories to the episodes.
What do you think is the best book on the series? When I was young I had the first edition of “The Twilight Zone Companion” and just got my Third Edition copy a couple weeks ago. What would be a good “companion” to the Companion? Zicree actually recommends one in his Third Edition notes (the name escapes me as I type this). Just wanted to get your thoughts, and this incredible resource you’ve created here. I’m very late to the game but have to say I love this page. Thank you. Scott
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