Richard Matheson on Screen

This book documents his rise to prominence, parallel literary career, and role in the horror and science fiction renaissance.

Author: Matthew R. Bradley

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786442166

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 315

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Though innumerable biographies have been written about novelists, playwrights, and poets, screenwriters are rarely granted this distinction, even ones as prolific and successful as Richard Matheson. He has occupied a unique position in cinema as the writer or original author of films from The Incredible Shrinking Man in 1957 through I Am Legend in 2007. This book documents his rise to prominence, parallel literary career, and role in the horror and science fiction renaissance. In chronological order, the exhaustively indexed narrative examines each film written by Matheson or based on his work, with sections devoted to episodic television (including The Twilight Zone) and unproduced projects.

Visions Deferred

Two other unproduced scripts fill out the 525-page book -- "The Distributor" and "Sweethearts and Horrors." Mark Dawidziak edited the "I Am Legend" section with his insightful analysis. Includes an afterword by R.C. Matheson.

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Gauntlet Press

ISBN: 1934267082

Category: Fiction

Page: 568

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Three versions of Richard Matheson's classic novel I AM LEGEND have been filmed, but NONE have faithfully captured Matheson's novel. Matheson himself wrote a script for I AM LEGEND which was purchased by Hammer Films. Sadly, the US and British Censor Boards demanded changes both Matheson and the filmmaker refused to make. For the first time the reader can see Matheson's vision for his novel, far different than any of the film adaptations. Two other unproduced scripts fill out the 525-page book -- "The Distributor" and "Sweethearts and Horrors." Mark Dawidziak edited the "I Am Legend" section with his insightful analysis. Includes an afterword by R.C. Matheson.

Journal of the Gun Years

Back East, they told tall tales about Marshall Clay Halser, the fearless Civil War veteran who became known as the "Hero of the Plains" for his daring exploits in the Wild West.

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Forge Books

ISBN: 1429998431

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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Back East, they told tall tales about Marshall Clay Halser, the fearless Civil War veteran who became known as the "Hero of the Plains" 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 . . . . At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Somewhere In Time

Like What Dreams May Come, which inspired the upcoming movie starring Robin Williams, Somewhere in Time is the powerful story of a love that transcends time and space, written by one of the Grand Masters of modern fantasy.

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1429913657

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Like What Dreams May Come, which inspired the upcoming movie starring Robin Williams, Somewhere in Time is the powerful story of a love that transcends time and space, written by one of the Grand Masters of modern fantasy. Matheson's classic novel tells the moving, romantic story of a modern man whose love for a woman he has never met draws him back in time to a luxury hotel in San Diego in 1896, where he finds his soul mate in the form of a celebrated actress of the previous century. Somewhere in Time won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and the 1979 movie version, starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, remains a cult classic whose fans continue to hold yearly conventions to this day. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Richard Matheson s Monsters

Matthew R. Bradley, Richard Matheson on Screen: A History of the Filmed Works (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2010), 7; Christopher M. Moreman, “Dharma of the ...

Author: June M. Pulliam

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442260689

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

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This volume chronicles and examines all aspects of the writing career of Richard Matheson, including thematic concerns, authorial techniques, and genre tropes, as well as the influence on contemporaries and later writers.

The Box

In addition, this outstanding collection also contains many other unforgettable stories by Matheson, the award-winning author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come.

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 142994627X

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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What if you were told that you could make a fortune just by pushing a button on a box? But pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world . . . someone you don't know. Would you still push the button? "Button, Button," Richard Matheson's chilling tale of greed and temptation, is now the basis of The Box, the new film from the director of Donnie Darko. In addition, this outstanding collection also contains many other unforgettable stories by Matheson, the award-winning author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come. "The inventive plots and spare but convincing portraits of ordinary men and women caught up in forces beyond their control demonstrate why Stephen King has called Matheson his most significant influence." --Publishers Weekly At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Hell House

"Hell House is the scariest haunted house novel ever written.

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1429913649

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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"Hell House is the scariest haunted house novel ever written. It looms over the rest the way the mountains loom over the foothills." -- Stephen King Rolf Rudolph Deutsch is going die. But when Deutsch, a wealthy magazine and newpaper publisher, starts thinking seriously about his impending death, he offers to pay a physicist and two mediums, one physical and one mental, $100,000 each to establish the facts of life after death. Dr. Lionel Barrett, the physicist, accompanied by the mediums, travel to the Belasco House in Maine, which has been abandoned and sealed since 1949 after a decade of drug addiction, alcoholism, and debauchery. For one night, Barrett and his colleagues investigate the Belasco House and learn exactly why the townfolks refer to it as the Hell House. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Button Button

This collection of stories features "Button, Button," soon to be a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429998482

Category: Fiction

Page: 208

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What if every time you pushed a button you received $50,000...but someone you didn't know died? Would you still push the button? How many times? "Button, Button", which inspired a memorable Twilight Zone episode, is just one of a dozen unforgettable tales in this new collection by Richard Matheson, the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come. This volume contains a number of stories that were adapted for television, as well as a new introduction by Matheson himself. This collection of stories features "Button, Button," soon to be a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Duel

But "Duel" is only one of the classic suspense tales in this outstanding collection of stories by the Grand Master of Horror, which also contains Matheson's legendary first story, "Born of Man and Woman," as well as several stunning ...

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429913665

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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Remember that murderous semi chasing Dennis Weaver down a lonely stretch of desert highway? Duel, Steven Spielberg's acclaimed first film, was adapted by Richard Matheson from his unforgettable story of the same name. But "Duel" is only one of the classic suspense tales in this outstanding collection of stories by the Grand Master of Horror, which also contains Matheson's legendary first story, "Born of Man and Woman," as well as several stunning shockers that inspired memorable episodes of The Twilight Zone, including "Little Girl Lost," "Steel," and "Third from the Sun." Like Matheson's previous collection, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, this collection is an indispensable treasure trove of terror from the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

More Giants of the Genre

I'm extremely honored to interview Richard Matheson for More Giants of the ... I saw several of his works on the silver screen and TV screen (including such ...

Author: Michael McCarty

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 9780809544776

Category: Authors, American

Page: 212

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In GIANTS OF THE GENRE, Michael McCarty talked with some of the biggest names in horror, science-fiction and fantasy, including Dean Koontz, Peter Straub and Neil Gaiman. He continues his interview odyssey with MORE GIANTS OF THE GENRE, which features twenty-five new interviews with even more legendary literary talents.

Richard Matheson

SECOND VOLUME OF 3 OF THE COLLECTED STORIES OF RICHARD MATHESON

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Gauntlet Press

ISBN: 1887368795

Category: Fiction

Page: 453

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SECOND VOLUME OF 3 OF THE COLLECTED STORIES OF RICHARD MATHESON

The Path

The story of one man's encounter with an enigmatic stranger who imparts to him ten lessons about the true reality of the soul; The Path is not so much a novel as a philosophical dialogue about life and the afterlife.

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 9781466826236

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

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Richard Matheson's bestselling novel, What Dreams May Come, the basis for the hit movie starring Robin Williams, touched numerous readers with its convincing portrait of life after death, based on years of research and personal reflection. Like that earlier book, The Path is a work of inspirational fiction that comes straight from Matheson's own deeply held beliefs about spirituality and true nature of existence. The story of one man's encounter with an enigmatic stranger who imparts to him ten lessons about the true reality of the soul; The Path is not so much a novel as a philosophical dialogue about life and the afterlife. Everyone who read What Dreams May Come and wants to know more about Matheson's personal philosophy should take a walk along . . . The Path. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Steel

But "Steel," which was previously filmed as a powerful episode of the original Twilight Zone television series, is just one of over a dozen unforgettable tales in this outstanding collection, which includes two new stories that have never ...

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 9781429970402

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Imagine a future in which the sport of boxing has gone high-tech. Human boxers have been replaced by massive humanoid robots. And former champions of flesh-and-blood are obsolete . . . . Richard Matheson's classic short story is now the basis for Real Steel, a gritty, white-knuckle film starring Hugh Jackman. But "Steel," which was previously filmed as a powerful episode of the original Twilight Zone television series, is just one of over a dozen unforgettable tales in this outstanding collection, which includes two new stories that have never appeared in any previous Matheson collection. Also featured is a bizarre satirical fantasy, "The Splendid Source," that was turned into an episode of The Family Guy. Richard Matheson was recently inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Steel demonstrates once again the full range of his legendary imagination. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Richard Matheson

INCLUDED IN THIS VOLUME ARE SOME OF HIS MOST WELL-KNOWN STORIES, INCLUDING "DUEL" WHICH WAS THE BASIS OF THE STEPHEN SPIELBERG FILM WHICH CATAPAULTED HIM TO FAME.

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Gauntlet Press

ISBN: 1887368817

Category: Fiction

Page: 349

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RICHARD MATHESON: COLLECTED STORIES VOL. 3 IS THE LAST OF A THREE VOLUME SET OF RICHARD MATHESON'S COLLECTED STORIES. VOLUME THREE INCLUDES SOME OF MATHESON'S MOST FAMOUS STORIES INCLUDING "DUEL" UPON WHICH THE STEVEN SPIELBERG MOVIE WAS BASED. 33 STORIES IN AN AFFORDABLE TRADE PAPERBACK.

Shadow on the Sun

Now at last this forgotten tale of supernatural terror returns to chill the blood of Matheson's many fans. Southwest Arizona, a century ago.

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429963174

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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Southwest Arizona, a century ago. An uneasy true 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 "savages" 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 out of print for years and was largely overlooked by horror fans and general readers. Now at last this forgotten tale of supernatural terror returns to chill the blood of Matheson's many fans. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Someone is Bleeding

A simple crush could lead to an early grave in this pulp noir thriller for fans of Cornell Woolrich.

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: RosettaBooks

ISBN: 9780795336010

Category: Fiction

Page: 136

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A simple crush could lead to an early grave in this pulp noir thriller for fans of Cornell Woolrich. Young novelist Dave Newton is instantly smitten when he meets blonde, beautiful Peggy. But Peggy has a past full of abuse and terror—and she’s involved with Jerry, a lawyer with mob connections and an old rival from Dave’s college days. Soon, Dave finds himself caught in a love triangle with Peggy and Jerry, desperate to win her affections. But when corpses begin to pile up in Peggy’s wake, Dave must face the truth that either Jerry is a mass murderer—or Peggy is. Praise for Richard Matheson “The author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson.”—Stephen King “One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.”—Ray Bradbury

Nightmare At 20 000 Feet

Here are more than twenty of Matheson's most memorable tales of fear and paranoia, including: "Duel," the nail-biting tale of man versus machines that inspired Steven Spielberg's first film; "Prey," in which a terrified woman is stalked by ...

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429913681

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Remember that monster on the wing of the airplane? William Shatner saw it on The Twilight Zone, John Lithgow saw it in the movie-even Bart Simpson saw it. "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" is just one of many classic horror stories by Richard Matheson that have insinuated themselves into our collective imagination. Here are more than twenty of Matheson's most memorable tales of fear and paranoia, including: "Duel," the nail-biting tale of man versus machines that inspired Steven Spielberg's first film; "Prey," in which a terrified woman is stalked by a malevolent Tiki doll, as chillingly captured in yet another legendary TV moment; "Blood Son," a disturbing portrait of a strange little boy who dreams of being a vampire; "Dress of White Silk," a seductively sinister tale of evil and innocence. Personally selected by Richard Matheson, the bestselling author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come, these and many other stories, more than demonstrate why he is rightfully regarded as one of the finest and most influential horror writers of our generation. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

A Stir of Echoes

From Richard Matheson, the multi-award-winning Twilight Zone scripter and New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend and Hell House, comes a haunting ghost story in A Stir of Echoes.

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429913711

Category: Fiction

Page: 224

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From Richard Matheson, the multi-award-winning Twilight Zone scripter and New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend and Hell House, comes a haunting ghost story in A Stir of Echoes. Tom Wallace lived an ordinary life, until a chance event awakened psychic abilities he never knew he possessed. Now he's hearing the private thoughts of the people around him-and learning shocking secrets he never wanted to know. But as Tom's existence becomes a waking nightmare, even greater jolts are in store as he becomes the unwilling recipient of a compelling message from beyond the grave... At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Hunted Past Reason

Hunted Past Reason is a major literary event: Matheson's first new novel in seven years-and a gripping tale of madness, paranoia, and murder.

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN: 1429955732

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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The bestselling author of such classic novels as I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come, Richard Matheson is one of the twentieth century's acknowledged masters of suspense. Hunted Past Reason is a major literary event: Matheson's first new novel in seven years-and a gripping tale of madness, paranoia, and murder. It's supposed to be just an ordinary camping trip, two old acquaintances hiking through the wilderness toward a remote cabin in the woods of northern California. Bob Hansen, a middle-aged family man and author, isn't anticipating anything worse than sore muscles and maybe a few chilly nights. But the enforced isolation of the hike soon exposes long-hidden rivalries and resentments between Bob and his guide through the forest, a fading TV actor whom Bob has known for several years. The deeper they get into the primeval wilderness and the farther from civilization, the greater the tension between the two men becomes-until the simmering hostility erupts into a terrifying life-or-death struggle for survival. Two men entered the woods, but only one may emerge alive. Hunted Past Reason is a nail-biting thriller in the classic Matheson tradition. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Created By

“Devastating . . . a masterly fable, told with insight, wit, and welcome venom . . . this is Hollywood Hell.”—Clive Barker Alan White is a hot young writer-producer looking for the one megahit every Hollywood writer dreams about.

Author: Richard Matheson

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780307788733

Category: Fiction

Page: 396

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“Devastating . . . a masterly fable, told with insight, wit, and welcome venom . . . this is Hollywood Hell.”—Clive Barker Alan White is a hot young writer-producer looking for the one megahit every Hollywood writer dreams about. He thinks he’s found it with a new TV show called The Mercenary. The network has never seen anything like it. Sex. Violence. Nudity. This time they’re taking it to the max and the Nielsen ratings are shooting through the roof. Alan couldn’t be happier. Until the morning’s headlines start to read like a rerun of last night’s episode. Until The Mercenary begins to take on a terrifying life of its own. Until it becomes chillingly clear that Alan must cancel his creation—before it cancels him. “[Created By] gets the reader into a wrestler’s grip and will not let him go.”—Peter Straub