Rod Serling’s Devils and Demons

February 6, 2018 5:56 am by Crocodile

Yikes I kind of fell off writing this blog! Well, back on. Today’s selection was a gift from my good friend Matt Z. He’s always giving me stuff because he’s a very giving person and also because he hates having a ton of stuff around. But I think he found an extra copy of this because I know he loves this one, and I was asking about it before Halloween. Actually maybe this one is his only copy and it’s just a loan?? I should double check.

I’ve only read one story in this book, which I must’ve read when I stayed over at Matt’s house one night, and which I definitely only read because he insisted. It isn’t really spooky so much as deeply melancholy and unexplained, and it doesn’t jibe well with the paper mache ghouls on the cover (although the cover rules). It’s called “Adapted”, and it’s by Carol Emschwiller. It’s about slowly changing everything cool and weird about you because you think it’ll make your life easier. 🙁

Adapted is only 9 (paperback sized) pages, so I scanned it in and formatted it for you: adapted (pdf), and if you want to print it out and make a booklet out of it that you can leave places, I made a separate booklet pdf– if your printer does double-sided prints, you should be able to just print it out on 3 sheets of paper, staple them in the center, fold over, and trim the edges. Here’s the file: adapted_to-print (pdf) and it should look like this:

Because saddle-stitched books have to print in sets of 4 pages, and this story is only 9 pages, there are some extra blank pages at the end. You can use these pages to draw how you feel when you’re done reading this, or draw a picture of the main character, or just draw shapes while you think about it.

Again, if you’re reading it on your phone or whatever, use this one: adapted (pdf). The other one has the pages all mixed up in such a way that they sort themselves out only once the whole thing is printed and folded. It will seem foolish and wrong unless you follow it through to its true destiny.

Sound off in the comments if this format works for you and if you want to see more stuff shared like this! I hate pdfs but they are the format of choice if you’re going direct to printing stuff out. If you’re Carol Emschwiller and you want me to take this down I will. I love this story and I think about it all the time!

This Rod Serling-edited book came out February 1967, this is the 3rd printing, also 1967. Cover price is $.60, which, adjusted for inflation is $4.52 in 2018 money. Of the 14 stories in this book, a whopping 9 are in the public domain, which is a very cool style (and a cost-saving measure for a publisher).

“Adapted” is from 1961 and originally ran in “The Magazine Of Fantasy And Science Fiction”, May 1961. $.40 in 1961 is $3.36 in 2018 money. Here’s the cover of that one:

Big big big thank you to Matt Z for insisting I read this, and also for finding a cheap copy of Cat Eyed Boy vol 2 for me!!!!

Back on the horse! More soon!

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