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  • Adaptation Displacement: The short story is sometimes forgotten especially among people who saw the television episode first.
  • Cult Classic: Generally regarded as a very creepy story that increased further by being used on The Twilight Zone (1959).
  • Nightmare Fuel: A telepathic boy with omnipotent powers of changing people who he doesn't like into grotesque parodies of themselves.
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  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: A story about a tyrant in an isolated country with authoritarian superpowers, constantly mismanaging his kingdom and incapable of understanding what his subjects want, while he uses fear and executions (wrapped in comforting lies) to cow those wiser and less fortunate than him into constantly lying that everything is perfect and right in the universe. The people in this country are scared stupid and don't off him because they're not sure what will happen if they do. The people outside of this country, for all intents and purposes, may as well not exist at all.

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