The After Hours, Paperback
3 out of 5 (1 rating)


When dissatisfied shopper Marsha White tries to return a purchase to the eighteenth floor of a department store, she is surprised to find out that no such floor exists.

Feeling faint, she lies down in the store manager's office and wakes up, hours later, after the store has closed for the night.

Wandering the dark and empty store, Marsha hears voices calling her to the eighteenth floor as her unusual shopping trip continues in a very unexpected way.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 72 pages, chiefly Illustrations
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780747587897



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Marsha White went to the department store for one thing: a gold thimble she saw advertised, a gift for her mother. The elevator operator takes her to the 18th floor, where a strange sales clerk assists her in purchasing the only item on the floor. When Marsha gets back downstairs, however, she finds that the thimble is damaged and complains to the manager--who says that the store does not sell gold thimbles, nor does it have an 18th floor. Through an odd turn of events, Marsha finds herself locked in the store overnight, when all the store's secrets will reveal themselves...<br/><br/>This is a graphic novel adaptation of an early Twilight Zone episode, and (sadly) it's not one of the better episodes anyway. The reveal happens midway through the book, causing the first half to feel rushed and the second to feel dragged out. The script is almost identical to the original, but the pacing is somehow off. While it's weird for this reader to see the Twilight Zone in anything but black-and-white, Isaacs makes some good choices in her use of color: Marsha is dressed in a bright pink shirt, and is surrounded by cool colors when in the regular sections of store, but the color palette warms when she is encountering the people who can explain to her what's happening. The art style and coloring make this a little more cartoony than I'd like, but the book can serve as a good introduction to The Twilight Zone for young teens who have yet to travel into that other dimension of sight, sound, and mind.

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