A 6000 word plus short story from 2004 where it was PG rated that invoked debate in The Twilight Zone and horror based fanfiction circles whether it was original or fanfiction, as FanHistory noted it was original with characters named Serling and set in Glendale Heights in 1987. It was noted from being done from a photograph taken in 2003 when returning from Nocturna as it was sneaked on Fanfiction.net as someone fuming over a detailed pick apart the author did, the critic had the three original pieces on the site taken down. Then it was brought over to AuthorsDen and FictionPress where they remain to this day. It was noted for being tested out on Rod Serling's widow in 2004.
If you're talking about that 2004 short story where the writer of The Cabbie Homicide introduced his hometown as a Gothic Horror setting, it was strongly inspired by The Twilight Zone where he didn't swear and had characters named based on his classmates from the era. He did a narration ala Rod Serling on his then blog as a joke and next thing he had a hook, then The Statue was born. It was noted by one of his future anthology mates and contributors of the magazine for having a scare akin to H. P. Lovecraft long after they read the story. Laura Hale of FanHistory Wiki chronicled the extremely funny debates the story invoked when it was first introduced. The ex-fiancee and critics try to call this a fanfiction work when Laura noted everything in the story was his outright.
by Illinoishorrorman January 31, 2018