“Now the questions that come to mind. Where is this place and when is it? What kind of world where ugliness is the norm and beauty the deviation from that norm? You want an answer? The answer is, it doesn’t make any difference. Because the old saying happens to be true: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, in this year or a hundred years hence, on this planet or wherever there is human life, perhaps out amongst the stars. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A lesson to be learned— in The Twilight Zone.”
-Rod Serling, The Twilight Zone, “Eye of the Beholder” (1960)
I watched every episode of The Twilight Zone ever aired. My dad had them all on Laserdisc. They used to scare the living Jesus out of me. I haven’t really enjoyed being scared since then.
The best things about Twilight Zone are the subtle, cerebral horror, and the terrified screaming women (featured above).
My favorite stories are still the ones filled with the most strange and quiet terrors.
Unfortunately, I am still working on subtlety and suspense in my own writing.
Bizarro Fiction Community: write some more terrifying, quiet horror stories.