Monday, June 16, 2008

The After Hours

Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone: The After Hours. Adapted by Mark Kneece. Illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs.

I hope I'm not the only one excited about this new series of graphic novels inspired by classic episodes of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone. The first two books in the series are being released in October 2008. More will follow! (I'll post about that at the end!)

The After Hours is a classic for a reason. It's about a "customer" at a department store that has quite a unique experience. I remember watching this episode as a kid. I remember being freaked out by it. But my love of Twilight Zone was always there--freaked out or not.

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.

Marsha White entered the department store in search of a gold thimble to buy her mother. But not all is at appears. First, she's taken by special elevator up to the eighteenth floor. Here she sees an entire floor of a department store empty but for one store clerk, a woman, and one gold thimble. Making her purchase, too hastily perhaps, she returns to the main floor of the store where she discovers a flaw in the thimble. But her complaints are met strangely. The men in charge seem emphatic that there is no eighteenth floor. Also they don't carry gold thimbles either. After a slight accident, a trip or fall perhaps, Marsha wakes up in one of the offices later that night. Her adventures in the store after hours...well...I won't spoil all here.

I definitely enjoyed this one, and would definitely recommend it!

Here is what I was able to learn from my googling:

Fall 2008
"Walking Distance"
"The After Hours"

Winter 2009
"The Monsters are Due on Maple Street"
"The Odyssey of Flight 33"

Spring 2009
"Deaths-head Revisited"
"The Midnight Sun"

Fall 2009
"The Big Tall Wish"
"Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?"

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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