Sunday, August 13, 2017

2x07 "Mob's Yer Uncle"




Neighbors, am I right? Buncha a-holes. This week the classic Twilight Zone episode “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street” faces off against the not-quite-as-classic “The Shelter” in a suburban grudge match for the ages. Along the way Craig unwraps a mint copy of Twilight Zone Magazine (for research purposes) and discovers that every good idea he has for the podcast… well, Tom Elliot had it first.


Tom Elliot’s coverage of “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street”:

Tom Elliot’s coverage of “The Shelter”:

Forbidden Planet uniform replicas:


Opening theme: “Neither Here nor There (3.3)” by Twin Loops

“Pretty in Pink” by The Psychedelic Furs (from the Pretty in Pink soundtrack, copyright 1986 by A&M Records)

“Chant of the Moon” by Robert Drasnin (from the album Voodoo: Exotic Music from Polynesia and the Far East, copyright 1959 by Tops Records)

“Monster Radio Man” by Skinny Puppy (from the album Back and Forth Series Vol. 2, copyright 1992 by Nettwerk)


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Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

2x06 A Conversation with Mark Dawidziak



The engaging Mark Dawidziak, author of the wonderful Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone: A Fifth-Dimension Guide to Life, stops by for a fascinating and enlightening chat. Highly recommended.

Mark’s book (Amazon):

Mark’s book (Barnes and Noble):

Opening theme: “Neither Here nor There (3.4”) by Twin Loops

Closing music: “Little Girl Lost: Where Are You?” composed and conducted by Bernard Herrmann

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.


Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107. 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

2x05 "Smack Dat Ass...tronaut"



So much awesomeness on deck! The wonderful Tom Elliott (The Twilight Zone Podcast) gives a dramatic reading of Richard Matheson’s “Disappearing Act,” the genesis for the classic Twilight Zone episode we’re focusing on this week, “And When the Sky was Opened.” We’ve also got Dr. Reba Wissner on speed dial to school us on the musical stylings of Leonard Rosenman. Somehow this week’s episode ended up almost two hours long, so… sorry in advance.

Opening theme: “Neither Here Nor There (rare 3rd Variation)” by Twin Loops

“Smooth Operator” performed by Sade (from the album Diamond Life, © 1984 by Epic Records)

Radiohead’s “How to Disappear Completely” performed by Made of Wood (from the album Narcotherapy Hypnosis, ©2017 by Made of Wood)

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

2x04 Special Report: Evening Primrose



Witness a boy, a girl, a department store at night… and a whole lotta creepiness. Craig celebrates vintage radio with a special look at “Evening Primrose,” a 1947 episode of Escape based on the classic John Collier short story…. Which kinda maybe sorta inspired Rod Serling’s “The After Hours.”

Opening theme: “Neither Here Nor There (3rd Revision)” by Twin Loops

“Take Me to the World” (from Stephen Sondheim’s Evening Primrose; performed by Neil Patrick Harris and Theresa McCarthy; copyright 2001 by Nonesuch Records)

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107. 

2x03 "The Marsha Chronicles"



 Two words: MANNEQUIN CHALLENGE. ‘Nuff said.


The notorious “eye intro” saga:

William Tuttle’s “The King of the Duplicators” short (MGM, 1960):


Opening theme: “Neither Here nor There (3.3)” by Twin Loops (from the forthcoming album Between Light and Shadow: The Official Soundtrack, copyright 2017 by Butterscotch Eclipse Productions)

“Short Skirt/Long Jacket” by Cake (from the album Comfort Eagle, copyright 2011 by Columbia Records)

“Possession” by Harry Revel and Dr. Samuel J. Hoffman (from the album Perfume Set to Music, copyright 1948 by RCA/Victor)

“Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane (from the album SremmLife 2, copyright 2016 by Interscope Records)

“Showroom Dummies” by Kraftwerk (from the album Trans-Europe Express, copyright 1977 by Kling Klang Schallplatten)


The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.

Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

2x02 Special Report: The Moat Farm Murder



Our pal Dr. Reba Wissner returns to further educate us on All Things Twilight Zone Music. The focus here is Bernard Herrmann’s chilling score for the classic radio drama “The Moat Farm Murder,” which would go on to appear in several Twilight Zone episodes. After the chat, stick around for the radio drama itself, an unsettling account of a murder that takes place, if the title is to be believed, on a farm of the moat variety.

Opening theme: “Neither Here Nor There (3.3)” by Twin Loops.

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.


Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.

2x01 "Comeuppance See Me Sometime"



This week Craig (finally) kicks off a new batch of episodes with “I Shot an Arrow into the Air” and “The Rip Van Winkle Caper,” two classic Twilight Zones in which Rod Serling doles out cosmic justice like a true karmic badass. And make no mistake, there will be blood: casualties include a few bottles of water and a small watermelon (don’t worry, it’ll make sense when you listen).

Roger Alford’s Twilight Zone/Planet of the Apes fan edit:

Sal Capirchio’s Twilight Zone on Location (Death Valley) article/slideshow:

Direct link to Paul Giammarco’s related video:

My appearance on That Twilighty Show About That Zone, discussing “The Rip Van Winkle Caper”:

Opening theme: “Neither Here Nor There (3.3)” by Twin Loops.

The Twilight Zone is a trademark of CBS, Inc.


Between Light and a Shadow: A Twilight Zone Podcast is a nonprofit podcast. Music clips and dialogue excerpts used herein are the property of their respective copyright owners; we claim no ownership of these materials. Their use is strictly for illustrative purposes and should be considered Fair Use as stated in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. section 107.