Earlier this week, we shared a tweet from horror/fantasy director Guillermo del Toro in which he revealed how an episode of The Twilight Zone changed his life:
Ever since seeing Time Enough at Last as a kid, I have owned 12 pairs of glasses distributed in stashes around the globe. I travel w 2. pic.twitter.com/G6LQRj9VTL
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) March 15, 2017
Ever since seeing Time Enough at Last as a kid, I have owned 12 pairs of glasses distributed in stashes around the globe. I travel with 2.
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It might seem odd, at first, that del Toro would make plans for the apocalypse based on a TV show, but the lesson told in Time Enough at Last is a good one: Always have a back-up plan! In truth, The Twilight Zone is filled with important and helpful life-lessons, told as allegorical warnings. Author Mark Dawidziak was hip to the treasure trove of good advice contained within this series, launched in 1959; he wrote an entire book about how lessons learned from the seminal horror/sci-fi can lead to a completely contented existence: Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone: A Fifth-Dimension Guide to Life.
Official Synopsis: Can you live your life by what The Twilight Zone has to teach you? Yes, and maybe you should. The proof is in this lighthearted collection of life lessons, ground rules, inspirational thoughts, and stirring reminders found in Rod Serling’s timeless fantasy series. Written by veteran TV critic, Mark Dawidziak, this unauthorized tribute is a celebration of the classic anthology show, but also, on another level, a kind of fifth-dimension self-help book, with each lesson supported by the morality tales told by Serling and his writers.
The notion that “it’s never too late to reinvent yourself” soars through “The Last Flight,’’ in which a World War I flier who goes forward in time and gets the chance to trade cowardice for heroism. A visit from an angel blares out the wisdom of “follow your passion” in “A Passage for Trumpet.” The meaning of “divided we fall” is driven home with dramatic results when neighbors suspect neighbors of being invading aliens in “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.” The old maxim about never judging a book by its cover is given a tasty twist when an alien tome is translated in “To Serve Man.”
As for Dawidziak’s qualifications and expertise: “He has been a theater, film and television critic for more than thirty-five years. He has been the TV critic at the Cleveland Plain Dealer since July of 1999. His many books include the horror novel Grave Secrets, The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dracula, the literary biography Jim Tully: American Writer, Irish Rover, Hollywood Brawler (with Paul J. Bauer) and two acclaimed histories of landmark TV series: The Columbo Phile: A Casebook and The Night Stalker Companion. A member of the editorial board of Rod Serling Books, he penned the foreword to the 2015 reissue of Rod Serling’s first book, Patterns. He has edited three collections of works by Twilight Zone contributor Richard Matheson.”
The book became available in Late February and is getting great reviews; Chris Alexander for ComingSoon.Net wrote: “With this book, Dawidzak has created something sweet, intimate, witty and special. Rod would most certainly approve.”
You can order your own copy of Everything I Need to Know I Learned in the Twilight Zone: A Fifth-Dimension Guide to Life on Amazon, HERE.