Let’s do damnation

Those of us of a certain age will remember the 80s phenomenon of The Twilight Zone. Creepy, uncanny stories that always made you think.

Do you remember this one? I of Newton in which a maths teacher bests the devil in a game of wits to liberate his soul from an accidental bargain.

I love this episode because it is one the finest examples of a short story. It spouts from a single question and leaves a single thread hanging.

The single question it sprang from is this: “What do you devils do with all those souls?”

And I love the delicious single hanging thread of the demon’s glasses left in the wastepaper basket. Like the best short stories based on a single question, it begs another: “If tried on those glasses, what would I see?”

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