The Twilight Zone: The Road Less Travelled (1986) by George R. R. Martin

A screenplay, rather than a short story, for an episode of the mid-80s Twilight Zone reboot.

Martin crafts an effective, lean story that feels authentically like a Twilight Zone episode of yore. This would have worked well rewritten in prose form as another Martin horror short story, but I liked seeing the actual screenplay and use of the Twilight Zone conventions.


Writing in television was a big part of Martin’s career (and, for a few years, was again, when “A Song of Ice and Fire” was adapted into “Game of Thrones” and he contributed annual scripts for the first four seasons), and this screenplay made for a nice example of that, in the excellent “Dreamsongs” collection covering his writing career. I give it three ‘Nam flashbacks, and a wheelchair.

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