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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.


  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.

    Right Truth

  2. Very underrated.

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

  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.

  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.

  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.

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

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

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

    You are always welcome here!

  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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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.

  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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