Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Legendary Sci-Fi and Horror Author Richard Matheson Dies


     Two of my favorite authors have passed away this month.  First Will D. Campbell and now Richard Matheson, who died Sunday at the age of 87.  Are you a Richard Matheson fan?  Continously putting out books, short stories, film, and television scripts since 1950, Matheson was a giant in the genre of sci-fi and horror fiction.  My personal favorite Matheson novel is Hell House, but he also penned I am Legend, A Stir of Echoes, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Hunted Past Reason, What Dreams May Come, and many, many other books and short stories.  What's your favorite Twilight Zone episode? Matheson wrote tons of short stories that were adapted into Twilight Zome episodes, including "Little Girl Lost,", "Steel" (also adapted into the film Real Steel), and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet."  It's very likely that you've experienced something created by Matheson, and may not even have realized it.

     There's simply no way I can tell you how good Matheson's stories are: you'll simply have to read them for yourself.  Honor Mr. Matheson today by picking up one of his books or short story collections and treating yourself to some great fiction.  If you have to run to the bookstore to pick something up, however, just watch out for any trucks that might be following you....  

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