Aug 09, 10
Read from July 23 to August 09, 2010
In brief, this is a highly literate collection of Twilight Zone episodes, a description that is both accurate yet unfair. For these stories are not merely pulp spine tinglers, yet they operate most successfully on that level. These stories are masterfully plotted and, to indulge in cliche, earn the sobriquet of "edge of your seat thrillers". The opening tale, Don't Look Now, expertly establishes a sense of dread in the first five paragraphs and keeps you gripped until the deliciously relevatory end. The original edition of The Birds is sparer and creepier than the Hitchcock adaptation. Split Second is an unbearably unresolved case of mistaken identity. Ms. Maurier explores Victorian writing and religious cults to great effect in Monte Verite, and for pure Rod Serling tension, The Blue Lenses cannot be beat. Highly recommended.