The Best of Richard Matheson

The Best of Richard Matheson

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"The first career retrospective of terrifying stories by "one of the greatest writers of the 20th century" (Ray Bradbury), edited by award-winning author Victor LaValle. 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. The Best of Richard Matheson brings together his greatest hits as chosen by Victor LaValle, an expert on horror fiction and one of its brightest talents, marking the first major overview of Matheson's legendary career. "[Matheson is] the author who influenced me most as a writer."--Stephen King "Richard Matheson's ironic and iconic imagination created seminal science-fiction stories. For me, he is in the same category as Bradbury and Asimov."--Steven Spielberg "He was a giant, and YOU KNOW HIS STORIES, even if you think you don't." -Neil Gaiman"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2017
ISBN: 9780143130178
014313017X
Branch Call Number: F MATHE-R
Characteristics: xviii, 407 pages ; 20 cm
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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