The Best of Richard Matheson

The Best of Richard Matheson

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"Among the greats of 20th-century horror and fantasy, few names stand above Richard Matheson. Though known by many for novels like I Am Legend and his sixteen Twilight Zone episodes, Matheson truly shines in his chilling, masterful short stories. Since his first story appeared in 1950, virtually every major writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy has fallen under his influence, including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, and Joe Hill, as well as filmmakers like Stephen Spielberg and J.J. Abrams. Matheson revolutionized horror by taking it out of Gothic castles and strange cosmos and setting it in the darkened streets and suburbs we recognize as our own. He infused tales of the fantastic and supernormal with dark explorations of human nature, delving deep into the universal dread of feeling alone and threatened in a dangerous world.--
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Books,, 2017
Description: xviii, 407 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN: 9780143130178
014313017X
Branch Call Number: Math
Additional Contributors: LaValle, Victor D., 1972-

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Feb 14, 2018

The only book by Richard Matheson I ever read was "I Am Legend," and that was many years ago. Other than seeing his name in the credits of some Twilight Zone episodes, I wasn't familiar with his work.

This collection does a nice job of providing some range to his work, and I thoroughly enjoyed all the stories. Some are definitely strange, but others are simply poignant. An excellent writer and a wonderful collection of short stories.

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