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« on: June 25, 2013, 12:57:58 AM »

First it was the great Ray Harryhausen and now it's one of my all time favorite writers. 

Richard Matheson dead at 87

I've been pretty vocal about my love of Matheson's work in books, tv and film.  He was truly one of the greats.  He included the insanely brilliant Ray Bradbury as one of his friends and mentors in his early days as a young writer working for pulp mags. 

I bought his complete works years ago and I think it's time I reread some of his best work.  That and watch The Night Stalker and...well hell... I own WAY too many things he's created.

All I can say is that heaven has got one hell of an entertainment industry now.   :cry:

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« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2013, 04:36:05 AM »

True pioneer and a great writer.

Bizarrely, I haven't watched Twilight Zone in a while (my daughter was too freaked out by "Eye of the Beholder"), and we actually put an episode on last night.  Fortunately, it didn't turn out to be one of Matheson's or I would be looking over my shoulder for Rod Serling about now.

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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2013, 06:03:26 AM »

I love his short stories, going back to his debut, "Born of Man and Woman." The one story he co-wrote with his son Richard Christian Matheson, "Where There's a Will" is a classic I re-read several times over the years.

Anyone who only knows "I Am Legend" as a CGI-heavy Will Smith movie should look up Matheson's terrific story (as a novella, it's sort of sold as a book with some additional Matheson short stories) nobody ever quite did justice to on screen.

Spielberg's "Duel" was a terrific TV adaptation of Matheson's short story, yet it's still probably better on the written page.  icon_smile

I hesitate to even send folks to links that describe those stories. The best way to enjoy Matheson's work for me was to not exactly know what I was getting into when I read it. icon_cool I donated and tossed a bunch of books back in 2011 when I was having painting done at home. I just could not part with any books that had Matheson stories in it.

And of course he had his hand in nearly all my favorite episodes of The Twilight Zone.

And of course, he'll be missed...  tear

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