Richard Matheson

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Veteran and prolific master of science-fiction and thriller. The Incredible Shrinking Man and Duel were just two of his stories that became films. He's best known for Twilight Zone episodes, also developed The Night Stalker for TV. Recently I read his novel Housebound, one sexxy ghost story. Watch for the upcoming I Am Legend starring Will Smith. Richard is alive & well, kicking back in southern california comfort as he should.

(thanx ned)

m coleman, Sunday, 18 March 2007 17:21 (thirteen years ago) link

Hooray!

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 18 March 2007 17:23 (thirteen years ago) link

here's his bibliograpy = the novels. prob written too many short stories to count for the pulps etc.


Someone is Bleeding (1953)
Fury on Sunday (1953)
I Am Legend (1954) filmed as The Omega Man
The Shrinking Man (1956); filmed as The Incredible Shrinking Man
A Stir of Echoes (1958); filmed as Stir of Echoes
Ride the Nightmare (1959)
The Beardless Warriors (1960)
Hell House (1971); filmed as The Legend of Hell House
Bid Time Return (1975); filmed as Somewhere in Time and subsequently reprinted under that title
What Dreams May Come (1978)
Earthbound (editorially abridged version published under the pseudonym "Logan Swanson" 1982; restored text published under Matheson's own name 1989)
Journal of the Gun Years (1991)
The Gunfight (1993)
7 Steps to Midnight (1993)
Shadow on the Sun (1994)
Now You See It... (1995)
The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickock (1996)
Hunger and Thirst (2000)
Hunted Past Reason (2002)
Woman (2006)

m coleman, Sunday, 18 March 2007 17:24 (thirteen years ago) link

Bid Time Return (1975); filmed as Somewhere in Time and subsequently reprinted under that title

If only they'd been able to film it at the Hotel Del Coronado.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 18 March 2007 17:26 (thirteen years ago) link

six years pass...

Rest in Peace. A true master.

EZ Snappin, Monday, 24 June 2013 22:02 (seven years ago) link

some sorta genius.

scott seward, Monday, 24 June 2013 23:52 (seven years ago) link

that original twilight zone writers room is all gone now. rip

i wanna be a gabbneb baby (Hungry4Ass), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 00:16 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp3iHjGBfT4

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 25 June 2013 01:51 (seven years ago) link

R.I.P.

how's life, Tuesday, 25 June 2013 11:46 (seven years ago) link

RIP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh-3b3idka4

Brad C., Tuesday, 25 June 2013 13:44 (seven years ago) link

If not for Matheson, Steven Spielberg might never have had a feature film career. RIP.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnHjfGaN3kw

This amigurumi Jamaican octopus is ready to chill with you (Phil D.), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 13:48 (seven years ago) link

^a ridiculous statement

RIP, enjoyed reading I Am Legend a couple years back. And he wrote the Good/Evil Kirk episode of Star Trek.

playwright Greg Marlowe, secretly in love with Mary (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 14:05 (seven years ago) link

Oh, quiet, you. It was obviously hyperbole. But all tyro directors should be so lucky as to get a shot at a Matheson story & screenplay right out of the gate.

Also, everyone should read "Born of Man & Woman." I think you can find it on the interwebz. (And it inspired a great Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" segment.)

This amigurumi Jamaican octopus is ready to chill with you (Phil D.), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 14:11 (seven years ago) link

But it wasn't superbole.

film-related roundup (forgot he did a numer of the Corman Poe scripts):

http://www.fandor.com/blog/daily-richard-matheson-1926-2013

playwright Greg Marlowe, secretly in love with Mary (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 25 June 2013 14:15 (seven years ago) link

six years pass...

the incredible shrinking man [inc.SPOILERS]:

i) this film took an unexpected turn already explained by the film's title -- he just never stops shrinking! he ends up leaning right into the bit!! get used to it, he has!!!
ii) when his death is incorrectly announced by the media the very serious newsman explains that he was known to all (lol) "civilised' men and women as "the incredible shrinking man" when i feel simply knowing him as "the shrinking man" would do the needful work and not sound a bit over-amped every time you happen to mention him -- aren't you meant to be "civilised' (lol)?

anyway it's great, especially the realisation that the set designer's job was almost entirely making a new slightly bigger chair every two days of filming

mark s, Monday, 13 January 2020 11:40 (eight months ago) link

incredible shrinking man on euphonium...

(they played Bonzo Dog's Intro and Outro on Late Junction and that contained the above line)

koogs, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:26 (eight months ago) link

It really is one of the best '50s sci-fi fillums. Anyone familiar with Gastr Del Sol's 'Our Exquisite Replica of Eternity' will, like me, perk all the way up when the theme music swells over the opening credits.

I was on a somewhat unintentional Matheson film binge late last year, watching House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum, The Legend of Hell House, The Night Stalker, episodes of Circle of Fear, and OG ST's 'The Enemy Within' over the course of a couple months. Dude was solid.

Pizza is Really Yummy for Me (Old Lunch), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 13:35 (eight months ago) link


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