|The story also appeared in this 1996 collection.|| || “Execution” |
by George Clayton Johnson
First publication: Scripts and Stories written for “The Twilight Zone”, 1977
A man without conscience who’s about to be hung in 1880 is transported to a scientist’s lab in 1960.
Serling turned Johnson’s story into a 1960 Twilight Zone episode, but I’m uncertain whether the story was published before Johnson’s 1977 restrospective collection. Johnson is also well-known for Logan’s Run, with Jenny Agutter but (sadly) no time travel.
Commonplace, if somewhat grim, unsocial event known as a necktie party. The guest of dishonor, a cowboy named Joe Caswell, just a moment away from a rope, a short dance several feet off the ground, and then the dark eternity of all evil men. Mr. Joe Caswell who, when the good Lord passed out a conscience, a heart, a feeling for fellow man, must have been out for a beer and missed out. Mr. Joe Caswelll, in the last quiet moment of a violent life.
—Opening narration of the Twilight Zone episode