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Richard MathesonRichard Matheson was born in Allendale, New Jersey and grew up in Brooklyn. After graduating from high school he joined the military fought in World War II as an infantry soldier. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 1949 and moved to California a few years later. He married shortly there after, and had four children, three of whom became writers of fiction and screenplays.

His first short story, "Born of Man and Woman", appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950. The story was a hit, and in the next twenty years he produced dozens of stories, often combining elements of science fiction, horror and fantasy. A few of his stories, like "The Doll that Does Everything" depart from Matheson's characteristic writing style in favor of satire, poking fun at genre cliches and embracing absurdly overblown prose.

Matheson wrote a number of episodes for the American TV series The Twilight Zone, including the famous Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. He also adapted the works of Edgar Allan Poe for Roger Corman and Dennis Wheatley's The Devil Rides Out and scripted Steven Spielberg's first feature, the TV movie Duel, which is based on Matheson's own original short story. He also contributed a number of scripts to the Warner Brothers western series The Lawman, and in 1973, Matheson earned an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his teleplay for The Night Stalker , one of two TV movies written by Matheson that preceded the series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Matheson also wrote the screenplay for Fanatic (also known as Die! Die! My Darling! in the United States).

Matheson's novels include The Shrinking Man (filmed as The Incredible Shrinking Man, again from Matheson's own screenplay), and a science fiction vampire novel, I Am Legend , which has been filmed three times under the titles The Omega Man and The Last Man on Earth as well as the original title. Yet more of his novels were turned into notable films including What Dreams May Come, Stir of Echoes, Bid Time Return (as Somewhere in Time), and Hell House (as The Legend of Hell House), the last two being adapted and scripted by Matheson himself. Three of his short stories were filmed together as Trilogy of Terror, including Prey with its famous Zuni warrior doll.

Matheson also wrote The Beardless Warriors , a non-fantastic, autobiographical novel about teenage American soldiers in World War II.

He died at his home on June 23, 2013, at the age of 87.

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Richard Matheson Bibliography


Novels

  • Someone is Bleeding - 1953
  • Fury on Sunday - 1953
  • I Am Legend - 1954
  • The Shrinking Man - 1956
  • A Stir of Echoes - 1958
  • Ride the Nightmare - 1959
  • The Beardless Warriors - 1960
  • The Comedy of Terrors - 1964
  • Hell House - 1971
  • Bid Time Return - 1975
  • What Dreams May Come - 1978
  • Earthbound - 1982
  • Journal of the Gun Years - 1992
  • The Gunfight - 1993
  • 7 Steps to Midnight - 1993
  • Shadow of the Sun - 1994
  • Now You See It ... - 1995
  • The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickock - 1996
  • The Path: A New Look at Reality - 1999
  • Passion Play - 2000
  • Hunger and Thirst - 2000
  • Camp Pleasant - 2001
  • Abu and the 7 Marvels - 2002
  • Hunted Past Reason - 2002
  • Come Fygures, Come Shadowes - 2003
  • Woman - 2006
  • Other Kingdoms - 2011
  • Generations - 2012

Short Stories


  • "Born of Man and Woman" - 1950
  • "Third from the Sun" - 1950
  • "The Waker Dreams" - 1950
  • "Blood Son" - 1951
  • "Through Channels" - 1951
  • "Clothes Make the Man" - 1951
  • "Return" - 1951
  • "The Thing" - 1951
  • "Witch War" - 1951
  • "Dress of White Silk" - 1951
  • "F---" - 1952
  • "Shipshape Home" - 1952
  • "SRL Ad" - 1952
  • "Advance Notice" - 1952
  • "Lover, When You're Near Me" - 1952
  • "Brother to the Machine" - 1952
  • "To Fit the Crime" - 1952
  • "The Wedding" - 1953
  • "Wet Straw" - 1953
  • "Long Distance Call" - 1953
  • "Slaughter House" - 1953
  • "Mad House" - 1953
  • "The Last Day" - 1953
  • "Lazarus II" - 1953
  • "Legion of Plotters" - 1953
  • "Death Ship" - 1953
  • "Disappearing Act" - 1953
  • "Dying Room Only" - 1953
  • "Full Circle" - 1953
  • "Mother by Protest" - 1953
  • "Little Girl Lost" - 1953
  • "Being" - 1954
  • "The Curious Child" - 1954
  • "When Day is Dun" - 1954
  • "Dance of the Dead" - 1954
  • "The Man Who Made the World" - 1954
  • "The Traveller" - 1954
  • "The Test" - 1954
  • "The Conqueror" - 1954
  • "Dear Diary" - 1954
  • "The Doll That Does Everything" - 1954
  • "Descent" - 1954
  • "Miss Stardust" - 1955
  • "The Funeral" - 1955
  • "Too Proud to Lose" - 1955
  • "One for the Books" - 1955
  • "Pattern for Survival" - 1955
  • "A Flourish of Strumpets" - 1956
  • "The Splendid Source" - 1956
  • "Steel" - 1956
  • "The Children of Noah" - 1957
  • "A Visit to Santa Claus" - 1957
  • "The Holiday Man" - 1957
  • "Old Haunts" - 1957
  • "The Distributor" - 1958
  • "The Edge" - 1958
  • "Lemmings" - 1958
  • "Mantage" - 1959
  • "Deadline" - 1959
  • "The Creeping Terror" - 1959
  • "No Such Thing as
  • a Vampire" - 1959
  • "Big Surprise" - 1959
  • "Crickets" - 1960
  • "Day of Reckoning" - 1960
  • "First Anniversary" - 1960
  • "From Shadowed Places" - 1960
  • "Finger Prints" - 1962
  • "Mute" - 1962
  • "The Likeness of Julie" - 1962
  • "The Jazz Machine" - 1963
  • "Crescendo" - 1963
  • "Girl of My Dreams" - 1963
  • "'Tis the Season to Be Jelly" - 1963
  • "Deus Ex Machina" - 1963
  • "Interest" - 1965
  • "A Drink of Water" - 1967
  • "Needle in the Heart" - 1969
  • "Prey" - 1969
  • "'Til Death Do Us Part" - 1970
  • "By Appointment Only" - 1970
  • "The Finishing Touches" - 1970
  • "Duel" - 1971
  • "Big Surprise" - 1971
  • "Where There's a Will" - 1980
  • "And Now I'm Waiting" - 1983
  • "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" - 1963
  • "Getting Together" - 1986
  • "Buried Talents" - 1987
  • "The Near Departed" - 1987
  • "Shoo Fly" - 1988
  • "Person to Person" - 1987
  • "Two O'Clock Session" - 1991
  • "The Doll" - 1986
  • "Go West, Young Man" - 1993
  • "Gunsight" - 1993
  • "Little Jack Cornered" - 1993
  • "Of Death and Thirty Minutes" - 1993

Short Story Collections


  • Born of Man and Woman - 1954
  • The Shores of Space - 1957
  • Shock! - 1961
  • Shock 2 - 1964
  • Shock 3 - 1966
  • Shock Waves - 1970
  • Button, Button - 1970
  • Richard Matheson: Collected Stories - 1989
  • By the Gun - 1993
  • Nightmare at 20,000 Feet - 2000
  • Pride with Richard Christian Matheson - 2002
  • Duel - 2002
  • Offbeat: Uncollected Stories - 2002
  • Darker Places - 2004
  • Unrealized Dreams - 2004
  • Duel and The Distributor - 2005
  • Button, Button: Uncanny Stories - 2008
  • Uncollected Matheson: Volume 1 - 2008
  • Uncollected Matheson: Volume 2 - 2010
  • Steel: And Other Stories - 2011
  • Bakteria and Other Improbable Tales - 2011 (e-book exclusive)

Nonfiction


  • The Path: Metaphysics for the 90s - 1993

Awards


  • 1973 - Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his teleplay The Night Stalker
  • 1984 - World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement
  • 1991 - Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Horror Writers Association
  • 2010 - Inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame
  • 2013 - Visionary Award of the 39th Saturn Award's ceremony