Today’s Origins of My Love of Horror entry is one of the best television series to show up in the medium’s history.
Created by Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone (called simply Twilight Zone in its last two seasons) brought fantastic concepts into public consciousness. Its tales of terror remain part of modern mythology, from the creature on the wing of a commercial passenger plane in “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” to aliens with nefarious motives in “To Serve Man”. Allegorical tales like “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street” and “It’s a Good Life” tap into our collective fears of the monsters within us. And elements of cosmic horror can be found in the sublime “And When the Sky Was Opened”.
While Serling wrote many classic episodes, a good number were penned by such masters of the macabre as Charles Beaumont, George Clayton Johnson, and Richard Matheson.
What is your favorite horror anthology series? Let me know in the comments.
Derek Austin Johnson has lived most of his life in the Lone Star State. His work has appeared in The Horror Zine, Rayguns Over Texas!, Horror U.S.A.: Texas, Campfire Macabre, The Dread Machine, and Generation X-ed.
He lives in Central Texas.