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Richard Matheson - Author

About the Author

Richard Matheson (1926-2013). He began publishing SF with his short story Born of Man and Woman which appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950. I Am Legend  was published in 1954 and subsequently filmed as The Omega Man starring Charlton Heston. Matheson wrote the script for the film The Incredible Shrinking Man, an adaptation of his second SF novel The Shrinking Man (published in 1956). The film won a Hugo award in 1958. He wrote many screenplays (e.g. The Fall of the House of Usher) as well as episodes of The Twilight Zone. He continued to write short stories and novels, some of which formed the basis for film scripts, including Duel, directed by Steven Spielberg in 1971. Further SF short stories were collected in The Shores of Space (1957) and Shock! (1961). His other novels include Hell House (1971) filmed as the legend of Hell House in 1973), Bid Time Return (1975), Earthbound (1982) and Journal of the Gun Years (1992). A film of his novel What Dreams May Come (1978) was released in 1998, starring Robin Williams. A collection of stories from the 1950s and 1960s was released in 1989 as Richard Matheson: Collected Stories. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven.

Featured books by Richard Matheson

A Stir of Echoes

A Stir of Echoes

Author: Richard Matheson Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/08/2013

Tom sees himself as a pragmatist, and when his brother-in-law challenges him to undergo hypnotism, he obliges to prove a point. So no one is more surprised that Tom when it works. But this cheap parlour trick unlocked something that now threatens his sanity, way of life and marriage. Suddenly he can sense his neighbours' darkest desires, and some are dark indeed. When shadows from the past and glimpses of the future are revealed to him, Tom tries to deny what's happening. But as his existence becomes increasingly unbearable, the biggest revelation of all awaits -- a message from beyond the grave.

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Other books by Richard Matheson

Little Girl Lost

Little Girl Lost

Author: Richard Matheson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2013

A six-year-old girl inexplicably disappears from her bedroom, but her parents are able to hear her cries for help.

Mute

Mute

Author: Richard Matheson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2013

Experimenting with the powers of telepathy, a mother and father try to raise their daughter in a world free of verbal communication.

World of His Own

World of His Own

Author: Richard Matheson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2013

A playwright has the power to conjure up any person or thing by simply dictating a vivid description into his tape recorder. He also has the power to make them disappear.

Nick of Time

Nick of Time

Author: Richard Matheson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2013

A superstitious newlywed husband finds a penny fortune-telling machine that makes uncannily accurate predictions about his life.

Spur of the Moment

Spur of the Moment

Author: Richard Matheson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2013

A young woman out horseback riding is accosted by a mysterious woman clad in black who is hell-bent on catching her.

Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

Author: Richard Matheson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2013

Janitor Woodrow Mulligan escapes to the future thanks to his employer's time-helmet invention. Once there, though, he's not so sure the future is all that it's cracked up to be.

Invaders

Invaders

Author: Richard Matheson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2013

An elderly couple living on a remote farm is attacked by tiny alien invaders from another planet, and the pair is soon in a battle for their very lives.

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

Author: Richard Matheson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2013

A newly released mental patient is the only one able to see a gremlin ripping up the wing of his airliner.

Steel

Steel

Author: Richard Matheson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2013

In the near future boxing has been outlawed and is performed by mechanical robots. The manager of a robot desperately in need of repair does the unthinkable to win a bout.

Last Flight

Last Flight

Author: Richard Matheson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2013

A World War I Flying Ace flies through a mysterious cloud and lands at a modern US air base. How did he get there, and for what reason?

Noir

Noir

Author: Richard Matheson Format: eBook Release Date: 29/07/2011

Noir contains three classic thrillers by Richard Matheson, the grand master of suspense. Originally published in the 1950s, at the very beginning of Matheson's distinguished career, these page-turning classics are finally on audio for your listening pleasure. Now listeners everywhere can savor three unforgettable tales of crime, corruption, and cold-blooded murder. Someone Is Bleeding Dave Newton has fallen hard for Peggy, a leggy blonde with a lurid past and a heartbreaking smile. But as bloody corpses begin to litter his path, Dave is forced to confront the terrifying possibility that the woman he loves is a deranged killer. Fury on Sunday In the wee hours of a fateful Sunday morning, a homicidal maniac embarks on a rampage of terror and violence that threatens everyone who crosses his path, culminating in a deadly confrontation in a Manhattan apartment building. Ride the Nightmare Chris and Helen have the perfect suburban life-until Helen discovers her husband's guilty secret. Overnight, their peaceful existence descends into a vortex of fear and brutality that may cost them the life of their only child.

Shadow on the Sun

Shadow on the Sun

Author: Richard Matheson Format: eBook Release Date: 07/06/2011

Southwest Arizona, a century ago. An uneasy truce exists between the remote frontier community of Picture City and the neighboring Apaches. That delicate peace is shredded when the bodies of two white men are found hideously mutilated. The angry townspeople are certain the "e;savages"e; have broken the treaty, but Billjohn Finley, the local Indian agent, fears that darker, more unholy forces may be at work. There's a tall, dark stranger in town, who rode in wearing the dead men's clothes. A stranger who may not be entirely human. Originally published as a mass-market Western in 1994, Shadow on the Sun has been largely overlooked by horror fans and general readers. But this tale of supernatural terror is sure to chill the blood of Matheson's many fans.

Lyrics

Lyrics

Author: Richard Matheson Format: eBook Release Date: 28/05/2011

<p>Few of Richard Mathesons readers know that he had hopes for writing popular music. At a very early age, Matheson taught himself how to write sheet music, but his family could not afford art supplies and so he had to give up composition. But music never left his mind and when Matheson found a creative new outlet through his writing (cheaper than music, requiring only a pencil and paper), he quickly began composing both prose stories as well as poetry. He picked up music composition again at the age of seventeen, adding music to his poems. Here in <i>Lyrics</i> are the compositions that Matheson created, in publication for the very first time.</p>

Other Kingdoms

Other Kingdoms

Author: Richard Matheson Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2011

For over half a century, Richard Matheson has enthralled and terrified readers with such timeless classics as I Am Legend, Somewhere in Time, and What Dreams May Come. Now the grand master returns with a bewitching tale of erotic suspense and enchantment. The year is 1918. Alex White, a young American soldier recently wounded in the Great War, comes to Gatford to escape his troubled past. The pastoral English village seems the perfect spot to heal his wounded body and soul, but the neighboring woods are said to be haunted by capricious, even malevolent, spirits. He is warned to steer clear of the woods and the perilous faerie kingdom it borders, but Alex cannot help himself. Drawn to its verdant mysteries, he finds love, danger, and wonders that will forever change his view of the world. Other Kingdoms casts a magical spell, as conjured by a truly legendary storyteller.

Journal of the Gun Years

Journal of the Gun Years

Author: Richard Matheson Format: eBook Release Date: 14/12/2010

From New York Times bestselling author Richard Matheson, best known for his horror and fantasy writing, comes a highly praised Western that shows the master's hand in this genre as well. Back East, they told tall tales about Marshal Clay Halser, the fearless Civil War veteran who became known as the "e;Hero of the Plains"e; for his daring exploits in the Wild West. But the truth, as revealed in his private journals, is even more compelling. A callow youth in search of excitement, Halser travels to the raucous cow towns of the frontier, where his steady nerve and ready trigger finger soon mark him as a gunfighter to be reckoned with. As both an outlaw and a lawman, he carves out a legendary career. But fame proves to be the one enemy he can never outdraw-and a curse that haunts him to the bitter end.

Somewhere in Time

Somewhere in Time

Author: Richard Matheson Format: eBook Release Date: 12/11/2010

Written by one of the grand masters of modern fantasy, Somewhere in Time is the moving, romantic story of a modern man whose powerful love for a woman he has never met allows him to literally transcend time. A dying young playwright staying in a turn-of-the-century hotel becomes captivated by a painting of a beautiful stage actress from the previous century. Obsessed, he begins to study everything he can about the woman and her time and becomes convinced he belongs with her. Through self-hypnosis, he transports himself to 1896, where he finds the soul mate he was fated to meet. But will he be able to stay? Somewhere in Time won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and was the basis for the 1980 cult classic movie starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.

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