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Authors who write (or wrote . . . if they're dead) Twilight Zone and Outer Limits-esque stories?
April 5, 2012 3:02 AM   Subscribe

Authors who write (or wrote . . . if they're dead) Twilight Zone and Outer Limits-esque stories?

I'm a long time fan of the shows The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone and am seeking out authors who write (or wrote . . . if they're dead) the type of stories that could have been adapted into Twilight Zone and Outer Limits episodes.

J.G. Ballard and Clark Ashton are two authors I can think of at the top of my head whose stories make me think "This could have been adapted into a Twilight Zone or Outer Limits episode" when reading them. Can anyone think of any other authors that would probably be my cup of tea?
posted by GlassHeart to Writing & Language (26 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
 
*J.G. Ballard and Clark Ashton Smith . . .
posted by GlassHeart at 3:04 AM on April 5, 2012


Ray Bradbury and Richard Matheson spring to mind as the obvious ones.
posted by pipeski at 3:31 AM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Edgar Allen Poe
posted by Kerasia at 3:38 AM on April 5, 2012


Harlan Ellison.
posted by mykescipark at 4:09 AM on April 5, 2012


Robert Bloch.
posted by dortmunder at 4:10 AM on April 5, 2012


Ambrose Bierce. An Occurrence at Owl Street Bridge even was one.
posted by phunniemee at 4:13 AM on April 5, 2012


*creek
posted by phunniemee at 4:13 AM on April 5, 2012


Fredric Brown ( and Harlan Ellison too but HE's already on the list )
posted by metadave at 4:13 AM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Charles Beaumont.
posted by hilatron at 4:24 AM on April 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Richard Matheson, who actually did have a number of stories adapted as episodes.
posted by gerryblog at 4:47 AM on April 5, 2012


August Derleth and Donald Wandrei were the publishers of Arkham House press and authors in their own rights. You should check out their stuff and what they published.
posted by bibliogrrl at 5:28 AM on April 5, 2012


Roald Dahl.
posted by gonzo_ID at 5:58 AM on April 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Davis Grubb. A couple of his stories were used for Night Gallery and he wrote the novel,The Night of the Hunter, which was adapted into a film.
posted by Ariadne at 6:12 AM on April 5, 2012


You might want to check out the Wordsworth "Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural", which is a series of affordable editions of well known and not so well known horror and weird fiction writers, quite a few of whom would fit your requirements.
posted by MartinWisse at 6:18 AM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


phunniemee: "Ambrose Bierce. An Occurrence at Owl Street Bridge even was one."

This was made into a short (half hour?) movie that I saw in middle school. I loved the movie enough to actually read the story as teen which says alot.

(Thanks phunniemee for reminding me!)
posted by JohnnyGunn at 6:47 AM on April 5, 2012


John Collier's Fancies and Goodnights has a lot of stories that I think of as on the quotidian end of the Twilight Zone spectrum.
posted by gauche at 6:55 AM on April 5, 2012


Harlan Ellison also write my favorite Alfred Hitchcock episode, Memo from Purgatory. Best episode ever.
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:58 AM on April 5, 2012


BORGES!
posted by grobstein at 7:01 AM on April 5, 2012


H.P. Lovecraft.

M.R. James' Ghost Stories of an Antiquary is a classic of the genre, out of copyright – the Wikipedia page has links to free text and audiobook versions of it.
posted by zadcat at 7:04 AM on April 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Nice recommendations.

I'm especially pumped to read the fiction of Charles Beaumont and Fredric Brown -- authors I'd never heard of prior to creating this thread.
posted by GlassHeart at 7:32 AM on April 5, 2012


Philip K. Dick (his short stories).
posted by martinrebas at 8:52 AM on April 5, 2012


Assuming you don’t already, I think you just want to read some sci-fi short story collections of the 60’s and earlier. That’s what a lot of these are, or had the same writers anyway.
posted by bongo_x at 10:44 AM on April 5, 2012


I think you would absolutely adore Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow (bona fides: Twilight Zone nut, moderate Outer Limits fan, had to replace fallen-apart copy of Timeless Stories; fondnesses for all of these started in single digit ages and persist through thirties) Starts at $2 on Amazon.
posted by kmennie at 7:27 PM on April 5, 2012


Daphne DuMaurier's collection from NYRB, Don't Look Now, sort of has that feel in some of the stories.
posted by ifjuly at 8:24 AM on April 6, 2012


bongo_x: "Assuming you don’t already, I think you just want to read some sci-fi short story collections of the 60’s and earlier. That’s what a lot of these are, or had the same writers anyway."

I've read quite a few sci-fi short stories in my life. Not all of them had that Outer Limits/Twilight Zone "feel" to them.
posted by GlassHeart at 9:12 AM on April 6, 2012


Almost every story in Robert Sheckley's new collection is like this.
posted by dgeiser13 at 5:06 PM on May 10, 2012


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