| Throughout his writing and educational careers, Mr. Serling provoked
thought wherever his influence reached. His pen planted seeds of
imagination into the minds of old and young alike, even after his
is no surprise that to this day, art blossoms from his inspiration. The
memory of Rod Serling can be found in many facets of the creative
world, and we would like to honor a select few individuals who excel at
This award is given for achievement in the artistic aesthetic Mr.
Serling endowed upon the world. Nominees are considered annually.
—Rod Serling Memorial
The Serling Award: 2016 Recipients
The Traveler - Gideon Marcus
While not exclusively subjected to The Twilight Zone, Galactic Journey
documents and reviews golden age science fiction from the point of view
of someone living in the past writing about a then-contemporary work.
He has dedicated seven years to the analysis of popular science fiction
from the past and at times provides a Serlingesque breakdown of its
ties to allegory.
An immensely fun read, the Traveler maintains
anonymity while providing a unique perspective to the nature of science
fiction as a whole. He does a great job of breaking down the elements
of The Twilight Zone, while applying them to other works as well.
Gideon Marcus shows off his Serling Award
Becky Sloan & Joseph Pelling
Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared
Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared is an intriguing abstract piece that could be pitched as “What if David Lynch wrote for Sesame Street?” The most blatant aspect of this enigmatic film
series has to be the social consciousness of it. It takes a faux kids
show and breaks down the perversion that advertising has on children’s
The integrity of the work stands proudly, as the two
creators have notedly turned down sponsorship money and crowd-funded in
an attempt to keep their vision pure. Fantastic elements are prevalent
throughout the unique series, coming from household items that spring
Dominic Francisco | Space Monkey Death
Alike All Over
Under the moniker “Space Monkey Death Sequence,” musician Dominic
Francisco dove into the depths of The Twilight Zone with his album People Are Alike All Over. Sharing a title with the Twilight Zone
episode, the album dives into Mr. Serling’s allegory of animal rights.
The nearly forty-minute musical piece expands on the episode and truly
delves into a world of its own. It’s a fantastic album that accents one
of Mr. Serling’s finer works for the common ear.
Dominic Francisco shows off his Serling Award
Andrew Kaberline & Matthew Schott | Critical
Critical Point Theatre’s Andrew Kaberline and Matthew Schott have
teamed up to create a podcast that is essentially a radio drama
equivalent of The Twilight Zone. Through the same shade of gray as Mr.
Serling’s best-known work, the duo offers a continuation of Rod’s
efforts in an honorific vessel.
Their podcast tackles both whimsical
constructs and allegorical tales. Lurking mystery at times provides an
almost neo-noir take on the world of The Twilight Zone. With one
eleven-episode season completed and another currently in progress, this
anthology continues the tradition of moral commentary.
Andrew Kaberline and Matthew Schott show off their Serling Award