Anne Serling said her father was nothing like the somber voice heard narrating "The Twilight Zone."
She said Rod Serling, who wrote and narrated the popular old TV show, was actually a very funny, down-to-earth man and a loving father.
"Anyone that met him would tell you that they just felt instantly comfortable in his company," Anne said.
She said she and her father had a lot of laughs together. He would make her laugh at inappropriate times, such as right before people got on an elevator with them.
"We appreciated each other's humor," she said. "And I was a great audience for him. My mother used to always tell me, 'Stop laughing at him. You're only encouraging him.'"
Anne wanted people to see that side of her father so she decided to write a book about him. "As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling" tells the story of Rod as a writer, narrator and father.
Anne said she also wrote the book as a way to cope with the grief of losing her father. She said he died in 1975 of heart complications at age 50.
Anne will be in Beaufort on Sept. 28 to discuss her book and her father's career writing short stories at the Second Annual Short Story America Festival and Conference. She will speak at 11 a.m. at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts.
Anne said people have been very receptive to her new book. She said she hears two things from readers -- that they are getting to know the other side of her father and they can relate to the grief she feels about losing him.
She said a woman came up to her after a book reading and said her father was dying and after hearing Anne read, she knew she would be OK.
"It was like this unexpected gift," Anne said. "Something I had said helped her, and all I could do was hug her."
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