List of sources for anthology series

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Many anthology series made for television have been based on literary sources. These sources have gone back as far as Chaucer (The Canterbury Tales) and have included works by classic writers such as Edgar Allan Poe (The Black Cat from Masters of Horror) and Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn from Climax!).

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour[edit]

Episode Source Writer Type
"Memo from Purgatory" "Memos from Purgatory" Book 1: The Gang Harlan Ellison

The Canterbury Tales (TV series)[edit]

Each story is an updated version of a story from Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales.


Episode Source Writer Type
Season 1
"The Long Goodbye" "The Long Goodbye" Raymond Chandler Novel
"Casino Royale" "Casino Royale" Ian Fleming Novel
"Sorry, Wrong Number" "Sorry, Wrong Number" Lucille Fletcher Radio Play (episode of "Suspense")
"Private Worlds" Private Worlds Claudette Colbert 1935 Film
Season 2
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain Novel

The Hunger[edit]

Episode Source Writer Type
Season 1
"The Swords" "The Swords" Robert Aickman Short Story
"Menage a Trois" "Menage a Trois" F. Paul Wilson Novelette
"Necros" "Necros" Brian Lumley Short Story
"The Secret Shih Tan" "The Secret Shih Tan" Graham Masterton Short Story
"Bridal Suite" "Bridal Suite" Graham Masterton Short Story
"Anais" "Anais" Graham Masterton Short Story
"But At My Back I Always Hear" "But At My Back I Always Hear" David Morrell Short Story
"Red Light" "Red Light" David J. Schow Short Story
"I'm Dangerous Tonight" "I'm Dangerous Tonight" Cornell Woolrich Novella
"Hidebound" "Hidebound" Gemma Files Short Story
"Fly-By-Night" "Fly-by-Night" Gemma Files Short Story
"A River of Night's Dreaming" "The River of Night's Dreaming" Karl Edward Wagner Short Story
"The Lighthouse" "Horror in the Lighthouse" Robert Bloch Short Story
"Clarimonde" "La Morte Amoureuse" Théophile Gautier Short Story
Season 2
"Skin Deep" "Skin Deep" Christa Faust Short Story
"The Dream Sentinel" "The Sixth Sentinel" Poppy Z. Brite Short Story
"Night Bloomer" "Night Bloomer" David J. Schow Short Story
"Replacements" "Replacements" Lisa Tuttle Short Story
"Wrath of God" "The Guided Tour" Gemma Files Short Story
"The Sacred Fire" "The Sacred Fire" Charles de Lint Short Story
"The Seductress" "The Seductress" Ramsey Campbell Short Story
"Double" "Beyond Any Measure" Karl Edward Wagner Short Story

Masters of Horror[edit]

Episode Source Writer Type
Incident On and Off a Mountain Road "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road" Joe R. Lansdale Short Story
"H.P. Lovecraft's Dreams in the Witch-House" "The Dreams in the Witch House" H.P. Lovecraft Short Story
"Dance of the Dead (Masters of Horror episode)" "House of the Dead" Richard Matheson Short Story
"Chocolate (Masters of Horror episode)" Chocolate Mick Garris Short Story
"The Black Cat "The Black Cat" Edgar Allan Poe Short Story
"Homecoming" "Death & Suffrage" Dale Bailey Novelette

Masters of Science Fiction[edit]

Episode Source Writer Type
"A Clean Escape" "A Clean Escape" John Kessel Play
"The Awakening" "The Awakening" Howard Fast Story
"Jerry Was a Man" "Jerry Was a Man" Robert A. Heinlein Short Story
"The Discarded" "The Discarded" Harlan Ellison Short Story

Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King[edit]

All episodes based on the short stories by Stephen King.

Night Gallery[edit]

Episode Source Writer Type
Season 2
"Pickman's Model" "Pickman's Model" HP Lovecraft Short Story
"Silent Snow, Secret Snow" "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" Conrad Aiken Short Story

The Outer Limits[edit]

The Outer Limits (1964)[edit]

Episode Source Writer Type
Season 2
"Soldier" "Soldier From Tomorrow" Harlan Ellison Short Story
"I, Robot" "I, Robot" Eando Binder Short Story

The Outer Limits (1995 - 2002)[edit]

Episode Source Writer Type
Season 1
"The Sandkings" "Sandkings" George RR Martin Short Story
"I, Robot" "I, Robot" Eando Binder Short Story
Season 2
"Inconstant Moon" "Inconstant Moon" Larry Niven Short Story
"Feasibility Study" "A Feasibility Study" Original Outer Limits episode
Season 3
"The Revelations of Becka Paulson" "Revelations of Becka Paulson" Stephen King Short Story
Season 7
"Think Like a Dinosaur" "Think Like a Dinosaur" James Patrick Kelly Novelette

The Ray Bradbury Theater[edit]

All stories by Ray Bradbury, many based on his short stories.

Tales from the Crypt[edit]

Mostly from EC Comics stories. See List of Tales from the Crypt episodes.

Tales from the Darkside[edit]

Episode Source Writer Type
Season 1
"The Word Processor of the Gods" Word Processor of the Gods Stephen King Short Story
"Djinn, No Chaser" "Djinn, No Chaser" Harlan Ellison Story
Season 3
"The Bitterest Pill" "The Richest Man in Levittown" Frederick Pohl Short Story
Season 4
"The Yattering and Jack" "The Yattering and Jack" Clive Barker
"Love Hungry" "Food for Thought" Roberts Gannaway

Tales of the Unexpected (TV series)[edit]

Early episodes based on Roald Dahl's short stories.