by Nicholas Parisi



October 16, 2018

Long before anyone had heard of alien cookbooks, gremlins on the wings of airplanes, or places where pig-faced people are considered beautiful, Rod Serling was the most prestigious writer in American television. As creator, host, and primary writer for The Twilight Zone, Serling became something more: an American icon. When Serling died in 1975, at the age of fifty, he was the most honored, most outspoken, most recognizable, and likely the most prolific writer in television history.

Though best known for The Twilight Zone, Serling wrote over 250 scripts for film and television and won an unmatched six Emmy Awards for dramatic writing for four different series. His filmography includes the acclaimed political thriller Seven Days in May and cowriting the original Planet of the Apes.

In great detail and including never-published insights drawn directly from Serling’s personal correspondence, unpublished writings, speeches, and unproduced scripts, Nicholas Parisi explores Serling’s entire, massive body of work. With a foreword by Serling’s daughter, Anne Serling, Rod Serling: His Life, Work, and Imagination is part biography, part videography, and part critical analysis. It is a painstakingly researched look at all of Serling’s work―in and out of The Twilight Zone.



"I will be forever grateful to Nick for this exceptional work, and I am absolutely certain that my dad would have been as well."

- Anne Serling, author of As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling

"To say that this book makes a significant contribution to Rod Serling research and scholarship would be a tremendous understatement. Thoroughly and exhaustively researched, this is the first book to tackle the entirety of Rod Serling's writing life and career. It contains a mountain of fresh material extracted from a wide range of sources. It also impressively and definitively establishes the record, from Serling's earliest known writing to his last."

- Mark Dawidziak, author of Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone

"Fans of The Twilight Zone will rejoice, but this book is far more than a love letter to that series. It should be read by everyone, especially those who wish to see how the creative process can develop and grow over even a short lifetime."

- Ann Vandermeer, World Fantasy Award-Winning co-editor of The Big Book of Science Fiction

"Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone was the bread and fishes of my early years and one of the major forces leading me to the fantastic as a favorite writing theme. Nick Parisi's ROD SERLING is a wonderfully written and meticulously researched work about one of the premier minds in twentieth-century speculative art. A great study of a fascinating man."

- Jeffrey Ford, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Ahab's Return, and The Twilight Pariah


About the Author

Nicholas Parisi serves on the board of directors of the Rod Serling Memorial Foundation (www.rodserling.com), a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to preserving and promoting Rod Serling's legacy. He is a former editor and staff writer for Good Times Magazine in Long Island, New York. He is also an accomplished vocalist and musician, having performed on stage hundreds of times. His former band, ARIOCH, released a CD with the Serling-inspired title, BETWEEN LIGHT AND SHADOW, on Retrospect Records (http://www.retrospectrecords.com/products/arioch.html), and his most recent original band, The Sonic Revolution, released four CDs, each of which is available on iTunes and other online outlets.


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