The Best of Richard Matheson


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5.0 X 7.7 X 0.8 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Richard Matheson (1926-2013) is the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, and What Dreams May Come, among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels, Matheson wrote screenplays, and he wrote for several Twilight Zone episodes, including Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, based on his short story.

Victor LaValle is the award-winning author of four novels, The Changeling, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, and The Devil in Silver, and a collection of short stories, Slapboxing with Jesus. Big Machine was the winner of an American Book Award and the Shirley Jackson Award in 2010, and was selected as one of the best books of the year by the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Nation, and Publishers Weekly. He teaches writing at Columbia University.


"[Matheson is] the author who influenced me most as a writer." -Stephen King

"He was a giant, and YOU KNOW HIS STORIES, even if you think you don't."-Neil Gaiman

"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

"[I] never met Richard Matheson, but his stories have been life companions. Books are human souls, in analog form. Go read his." -Joe Hill

"Perhaps no other author living is as responsible for chilling a generation with tantalizing nightmare visions." -The New York Times

"Richard Matheson is one of the great names in American terror fiction." -The Philadelphia Inquirer

"[Matheson has] been an inspiration to me and to so many. He is a legend himself." -Anne Rice

"We're all a lot richer to have Richard Matheson." -Dean Koontz

"[Matheson is] one of the most important writers of the 20th century." -Ray Bradbury

"Matheson's horror is for grown-ups, those who have lost the easy credulity of the very young . . . He's an ideal writer to read right now, because -- as grown-ups know -- we live in unbelievable times." -Terrence Rafferty, New York Times Book Review

"Indeed, it's very nearly impossible to overstate the importance of Matheson's contributions to popular culture and our modern perception of horror . . . The Best of Richard Matheson is a fine collection of some of the best short works from one of the great writers of the 20th (or any, really) century." -Pop Matters

"One of my favorite writers of all time . . . If you love short stories, he was a master." -Joe R. Lansdale

"Richard Matheson was quite simply one of the greatest genre writers of all time. Horror, mystery, suspense, western novels...television, film scripts...He was one for the ages." -Christopher Golden

"If all we knew Richard Matheson for was his Twilight Zone episodes, he'd still be a writing legend. But he did so, so much more...It is impossible to overstate how important Richard Matheson is to postwar sci fi, fantasy & horror in prose, TV & film." -Zack Stentz, screenwriter of Thor and X Men: First Class

"140 characters can't begin cover what [Richard Matheson] has given the sci fi & horror genre." -Edgar Wright, writer and director of Baby Driver

"You could make a strong case for Richard Matheson as the most influential American writer of 'fantastika' between Lovecraft and Stephen King . . . I thought I knew most of Matheson's short fiction . . . and yet editor LaValle has chosen at least a dozen I can't remember ever having read." -Michael Dirda, Washington Post

"Matheson's stories never shock viewers with gruesome effects or CGI wondrousness; instead, they worry them at the human level. And they never let a reader go until they're finished." -Los Angeles Times

"Matheson is a master of horror, but moreso a master of incisive prose and skill."

"Where Matheson shines is in his depictions of ordinary horror, the way strange goings-on affect everyday people, and his ambiguous endings leave plenty of room for further thought. . . . These chilling page-turners still hold up, serving as an excellent starting point for a new generation of readers." -Kirkus Reviews

"[Matheson's] imagination and mastery of the short form cannot be denied, and this collection demonstrates the indelible influence he had on speculative literature" -Publishers Weekly