I recently finished writing a speculative memoir inspired by The Twilight Zone. Tentatively titled “Re-Viewing The Twilight Zone: A Young Fan’s Stories,” the narrative blends fact, fiction, and fantasy to explore how The Twilight Zone shaped my imagination when I was a young girl growing up in Miami in the late 1950s and early ’60s. The 20 hybrid essays consider selected episodes from the child’s perspective and include remixes and mashups of the shows, similar to fan fiction.
Streaming online in new scenes of viewing, The Twilight Zone prompts me to remember my youth and to imagine my next act. In the process of telling my stories, I reinvent both the child I was and the woman I’ve become. Beyond simply recounting my stories, the narratives provide new models for both autobiographical writing and autofiction. The Twilight Zone serves as a springboard to creative thought.
Elayne Zalis, PhD, MA