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Rod Serling's Night Gallery

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Weird shadows and faces from the Night Gallery.
"The Sole Survivor": Years after the sinking of the Titanic, one of her lifeboats is discovered by a luxury liner crossing to Europe. Miraculously, the boat is still afloat--and its only passenger is alive!
"Make Me Laugh": Fat, ugly Jackie Slater is a third-rate comic playing the desperation circuit of sleazy nightclubs. Enter
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Paperback, 147 pages
Published 1971 by Bantam Books
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John Defrog
Oct 29, 2015 John Defrog rated it really liked it
Everyone knows Rod Serling for The Twilight Zone, of course. But he also did a show in the early 70s called Night Gallery, which was more focused on horror and the supernatural than science-fiction. This book features six short-story versions of Night Gallery scripts – one of which, “Does The Name Grimsby Mean Anything To You?”, was never filmed. I’ve been a fan of Serling’s for years, as much for his prose as his TV work, and this collection clearly demonstrates both his passion and understandi ...more
Andre
The incomparable Rod Serling delivers a beautiful group of stories in this collection. I've not seen the Night Gallery television series yet but these stories work excellently by themselves as Serling approaches them in a different way than he would with television. Serling's prose reminds one of other writers of the time like Richard Matheson or Charles Beaumont, his Twilight Zone companions. The stories themselves generally maintain the misanthropic and even sometimes sentimental vibe of The T ...more
Craig Nybo (Author of Allied Zombies for Peace)
Rod Serling was one of the most prolific spec. fiction writers of his time. He wrote continuously. When he couldn't sit at a typewriter, he recorded stories while commuting, waiting for appointments, and at any other free moment. His head was full of stories. His screenplay credits reach far beyond The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery.

In three short books, Serling novelized his Night Gallery contributions. This book is one of those three volumes. It features some of the best Night Gallery episode
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Kevin Lucia
Apr 01, 2015 Kevin Lucia rated it really liked it
A nice collection of some stories that evoke the best of Serling's storytelling reminiscence of the Twilight Zone, with only one or two stories that don't really do much. "The Sol Survivor," "Make Me Laugh," "Does the Name Grimsby Do Anything to You?" are the better stories, with "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar" completely living up to everything I've heard about it. Definitely worthy of the Serling legacy.
Becky Churchman
Mar 05, 2016 Becky Churchman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
A quick, easy, and very entertaining read. Serling has a great voice.
Quicksilver Quill
Aug 26, 2016 Quicksilver Quill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Night Gallery, Rod Serling delivers some interesting stories taken from his 1970’s television series of the same name, which was his follow up to The Twilight Zone. Ranging from ghost stories to fantasy, including space travel, murders and mysteries, there is something for everyone here if you are a fan of Rod Serling’s work.

“The Sole Survivor” is well written, and Serling’s attention to detail makes for an entertaining read. The ocean setting provides nice atmosphere for a supernatural kind
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Charles Oconnor
Feb 25, 2016 Charles Oconnor rated it it was amazing
This book contains: 1. Make Me Laugh 2. Pamela's Voice 3. The Sole Survivor 4. Clean Kills And Other Trophies 5. Does The Name Grimsby Do Anythign For You 6. They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar. Overall, I must say this book is excellent. If you watch Night Gallery and then read the stories you'll certainly agree that Rod's original versions were much better than the televised ones (tampered with by timid, audience pleasers). Rod is certainly a story teller. His strength lies in merely communic ...more
David
Aug 25, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Some of the more Twilight Zone like episodes of The Night Gallery are featured in this book, which stands to reason as Rod Serling wrote them. Among my favorites would be Sole Survivor-the story of a doomed shipwreck survivor, Make Me Laugh-all a down and out comic wants is to get some laughs but be careful what you wish for, and probably the best story of them all, They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's bar, a melancholy look back at a lost man's life and his desire to go back. If you watched The Nig ...more
Jojo
Nov 28, 2015 Jojo rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal short stories by the creator and host of The Twilight Zone. These were published in the early 1970s, so they are a more graphic than the 1950s series, but not overly so. Definitely some creepy tales. "The Sole Survivor", "Make Me Laugh", "Pamela's Voice", "Does the Name Grimsby Do Anything to You?" and the Emmy-nominated "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar" (which made me cry!). Great read for any Rod Serling fan.
James
Aug 05, 2014 James rated it it was amazing
As good as The Twilight Zone stories.
Max Mindock
Dec 17, 2016 Max Mindock rated it it was amazing
Good, entertaining read!
Charles
Aug 04, 2009 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
From Rod Serling's other TV show. Very similar to Twilight Zone. Decent reads although, as I said before, Serling is a great idea man and not quite as good as a writer.
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Rodman Edward "Rod" Serling (December 25, 1924–June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter and television producer, best known for his live television dramas of the 1950s and his science fiction anthology TV series, The Twilight Zone.
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“Farewell, Timothy Riley’s Bar," Lane said softly. "Home of the nickel beer. Snooker emporium. Repository of Bluebird records, three for a dime. We honor you and your passing. Farewell. Farewell, Timothy Riley—and terraplanes and rumbleseats and saddle shoes and Helen Forrest and the Triple-C camps and Andy Hardy and Lum ‘n’ Abner and the world-champion New York Yankees! Rest in peace, you age of innocence—you beautiful, serene, carefree, pre-Pearl Harbor, long summer night. We’ll never see your likes again.” 2 likes
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