Apel hosted a rebroadcast of The Prisoner on San Jose public television station KTEH in the mid-1980s. He compiled a new order of progression for the series' episodes based on extensive analysis, one which is considered by many to be definitive. He likens the series' structure to that of a three-act play. Apel's commentary on the themes of The Prisoner notes the show's possible interpretations from Jungian psychology, Platonic philosophy, and Joseph Campbell's "journey of the hero".
Apel was friends with science fiction author Philip K. Dick. He was editor of The Dream Connection, a book which contained transcripts of an interview Apel held with Dick, as well as a letter written to from Dick to Apel. Apel was also interviewed for the documentary film The Gospel According to Philip K. Dick.
- Philip K. Dick: The Dream Connection, edited by D. Scott Apel. 2000
- Killer B's: The 237 Best Movies On Video You've (Probably) Never Seen (The Impermanent Press, 1997).
- Silicon Valley Night Beat December 1990, R & E Publishers
- The Films of Philip K. Dick by D. Scott Apel http://www.deepleafproductions.com/wilsonlibrary/texts/apel-dick.html
- The Complete works of D. Scott Apel Copyright 1982
- Daughter of the Wind Copyright 1981
- Approaching Science Fiction Writers by D. Scott Apel and Kevin C. Briggs. Copyright 1980
- E Attraction by D. Scott Apel. Illustrations by Yasha Haas. 1977 The Permanent Press.
- Tarot and The Prisoner. http://users.california.com/~eameece/tarotprisoner.html
- It's a Wonderful Film. Review of It's a Wonderful Life by D. Scott Apel http://www.onvideo.org/features/wonfilm.htm