In the Alan Wake video game there are several "episodes" of a fictional TV show called Night Springs that is clearly influenced by the Twilight Zone. Are these stories in this show taken from anywhere in particular, or are they original bits of fiction created for the game?
A surprise absence on Sam Lake's list was Twilight Zone. It was a show we wrongfully assumed would be a favorite of Lake's, considering the allusions to it throughout Alan Wake. When asked about the show, Lake said, "I used to watch, but I never was a huge fan. There were some episodes that would stay with you, but as a whole? It just fit the tone and stylization of Alan Wake.
Mikko Rautalahti, senior writer, well he’s actually story team manager is his title these days, he is more of a Twilight Zone fan and he wrote all the Night Springs episodes."
According to the game's Head of Development Oskari Hakkinen, the look and feel of 'Night Springs' was inspired by the Twilight Zone but there's no indication that the stories were anything other than wholly original creations.
Alan Wake was known for being inspired Stephen King, David Lynch, Twin Peaks, that sort of thing so, aside from the Twilight Zone, what other inspirations have been brought into the mix?
Twilight Zone would be for the packaging, because this is an episode of Night Springs and Night Springs was inspired by The Twilight Zone. The inspirations for American Nightmare are a lot of grindhouse, classic Americana, B-movie classics, classic sci-fi, From Dusk Till Dawn, Quentin Tarantino. The story is very pulp fiction, as opposed to Stephen King and David Lynch. The setting is different, you’re in Arizona, you’ve got the drive-in theatre, roadside motels, mountaintop observatory with a secret message from the stars. All very B-movie inspired.