The storied history of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE winds ever darker and weirder with this collection of scripts by JOE HILL from the never-broadcast 2015 television reboot. TV’s loss is your gain as these all-new tales break out of the shadows and spring to vivid life at Hill’s command, accompanied by striking illustrations provided by Charles Paul Wilson III (Wraith). Fans of horror, Darkside, and Hill will not be disappointed.
Author(s): Joe Hill
Illustrator: Charles Paul Wilson III
First release: 2016
Shorts collection: Yes
Movie: No (unaired pilot)
· A Window Opens
· The Sleepwalker
· Black Box
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The story starts as follows:
A Window Opens
INT. JOSS’ CAR—DAY
JOSS, a cute grad student, has one hand on the wheel and the other on her smartphone. She’s up to that great bad habit of the 21st Century: texting while she drivesn John Cafferty’s ‘On the Darkside’ blasts from the radio.
EXT. SUBURBAN PARADISE—ROAD—CONTINUOUS
Joss’ car speeds through a housing develeloment familiar from a half dozen eighties-era Spielberg films: a zone of bright green yards, bright blue skies, and bright big futures. A sound rises, electrical in nature, a little like that drone of feedback at the start of The Beatles’ ‘I Feel Fine.’
EXT. SKY/ZIGGY’S BACKYARD—SUNSET
On a SLOW-MO shot of a ripped superhero, naked except for red trunks and red silk cape flowing behind him. ZIGGY ZALIBAN has the body of an Olympic swimmer, the sly smile of a youtful Tom Cruise, and the chiseled chin and golden locks of Buster Crabbe. ZIG has a pair of res Zs—Zs—drawn on his chest in lipstick.
INT. FAMILY DEN—LATE AFTERNOON
BRIAN NEWMAN, a boy of nine, but serious beyond his years, fiddles with a Rubik’s Cube at one end of a cluttered table. Other boys crowd close around. A noisy game of Monopoly is underway.
A TV plays on, unattented, in the background. This is an old TV, with a faux wooden cabinet, and brass antennas. And look what’s on: Tales From the Darkside! Tonight’s episode is my personla favorite: ‘Word Processor of the Gods.’
· Originaly planned for a TV-series reboot, but it got cancelled so Joe decided to put the scripts in a book and have CPW III illustrate it.
· Unaired pilot