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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

RIP: Richard Matheson (1926-2013)

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Richard Matheson (1926-2013), author of the macabre and science fiction, inspired Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Ray Bradbury.

Matheson's works include the novel I Am Legend, the short story "Duel" (made into a 1971 television movie directed by Steven Spielberg), the Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," and other works.

The Washington Post obituary is HERE.

17 comments:

  1. I did not recognize the name, but I do recognize the authors and shows. I always liked the genre. I got turned off of Stephen King when he became so obnoxiously far Left.

    Debbie
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  2. Very underrated.

    "Duel" was one of the best things the overrated Speilberg ever did.

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  3. I’ve never been a fan of science fiction, but remember as a young reader how exciting were the John Carter adventures written by Edgar Rice Burroughs … who as it turns out, was the oldest ever war correspondent during World War II. Film director Wes Anderson is Burroughs’ great-grandson.

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  4. I did not know this gentleman or his work, but I have to say it's hard to feel it's appropriate to mourn the passing of anyone who reached the ripe old age of 87.

    That is a very generous life span, though I've known many who've exceeded it.

    Ecclesiastes says, "There's a time to be born and time to die." We must accept that.

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  5. I learned to recognize his name back in the 70's after I read "I Am Legend" which neither that movie or "The Omega Man" did justice.
    Then I saw that it was in the credits of so many movies I'd watch.

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  6. Amazing the things we classify as art, it is.

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  7. Nightmare at 20,000 feet left a distinct impression on this psyche. Sorry to hear that he passed.

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  8. C Yoda,
    Hello! I've been hoping that you would stop by and comment.

    You are always welcome here!

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  9. Duck,
    I agree that "Duel" was Spielberg's best. What a film! At the time, I owned a Plymouth Valiant -- albeit a much older model.

    I did like the film Jaws. The film was better than the novel!

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  10. Mustang,
    I, too, am not a fan of sci-fi. Matheson and Bradbury are exceptions for me, however.

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  11. I like the Charleton Heston movie version of "I Am Legend" called "The Omega Man"

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  12. ...but anytime Heston wielded a machine gun in a movie to mow down mindless hippy zombies, it was good.

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  13. I know Matheson mainly for "Somewhere In Time"

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  14. Beamish,
    I've seen The Omega Man several times. Good film!

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  15. Dmarks,
    The music for Somewhere in Time was beautiful -- and haunting.

    And the film itself was beautifully done. What a wonderful love story!

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  16. Debbie,
    Yes, Stephen King is a Leftist. But most of his writing is not overtly so; therefore, I read much of what he writes.

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  17. Duck,
    I saw the film Duel again recently on cable TV. The film holds up very well!

    I was enamored of the film when it appeared on TV -- in large part because I owned a Valiant at the time.

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