An Independence Day Extra: Halloween Forevermore Interviews Anne Serling

As I write this, the SyFy Channel is running its 4th of July THE TWILIGHT ZONE marathon special on TV.  So what better time to have run across an interview by Robin Dover on Terry M. West’s HALLOWEEN FOREVERMORE, via the HWA on Facebook, of Rod Serling’s daughter Anne?  To let Robin introduce it himself:  “I’m extremely humbled and deeply honored for the opportunity to twilightinterview Anne Serling.  I was touched that she agreed to talk with me about her life, about her family and especially about her father, Rod Serling.  I found from reading her book, AS I KNEW HIM, MY DAD, ROD SERLING, Anne intimately incorporates her personal life experience encompassing the limitless depths of her memories, imagination and creative expression and pulls the reader in, holding them with honesty and enthusiasm.  They inevitably emerge transformed.  There is something about knowing you are being shown images that have existed for a person’s entire life.  Personal images, sounds and memories from a person’s private past that remains an important part of their present — and always will.”

To read it, press here — and a happy 4th of July weekend, again, to all.  And, for a complete run down of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, with episode lists, reviews, and more, check here.

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  1. I’m enjoying this interview immensely — when I got to this part about Ann Serling being born on a Saturday (Saturday’s child from the poem) Robin Dover refers to the Mother Goose rhyme saying “Saturday’s child is loving and giving and works hard for its living”–wants to know how Ann relates to that.

    I know that was a mistake! I’m surpised Ann didn’t catch it; here’s how the rhyme goes:

    Monday’s child is fair of face,
    Tuesday’s child is full of grace;
    Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
    Thursday’s child has far to go;
    Friday’s child is loving and giving,
    Saturday’s child works hard for its living;
    But the child that is born on the Sabbath day
    Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.

    (I’m aware that this is picayune! It’s a wonderful interview!)

  2. Yes, I wondered if it was a different version of the poem or something, recalling that everyone but Sunday only got one line. (Also the meter of Robin D’s version doesn’t work 😉 ) But thanks for quoting the poem too, I remember Wednesday (hello Wednesday!) and fullness with woe, but usually can’t the other days.

  3. I recall looking it up once and I think I was a Tuesday child. On Anne’s reaction, I sort of had the feeling she knew something was wrong with the quote, but was being polite. Regardless, as you say it’s a wonderful interview and was glad to find it in time to put it up on the 4th (while the all-day TWILIGHT ZONE still had some hours to go — Terry West’s reason for putting it up yesterday too, I believe — though as pointed out that wasn’t the only thing Rod Serling did)!




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