Richard Matheson (1926-2013)

INCREDIBLE Photo of The Incredible Shrinking Man

Richard Matheson, the prolific Science Fiction and Horror writer died yesterday. He was 87.

Matheson is unique in that he will be remembered not only for his short stories and novels, but his ground-breaking work in television and film, including writing some of the most memorable scripts for The Twilight Zone. His work helped to set the tone of the series and elevate it to one of the premiere writing showcases of its time.

He also wrote for the unfortunately short-lived Kolchak: The Night Stalker/The Night Strangler (both feature-length pilots) and was the screenwriter for The Incredible Shrinking Man, Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, and many more.

He will be sorely missed.

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Someone is Bleeding (1953)
Fury on Sunday (1953)
I Am Legend (1954) filmed as The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man, I Am Omega and I Am Legend
The Shrinking Man (1956); filmed as The Incredible Shrinking Man and subsequently reprinted under that title; also the basis of the film The Incredible Shrinking Woman
A Stir of Echoes (1958); filmed as Stir of Echoes
Ride the Nightmare (1959); adapted as an episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and later filmed as Cold Sweat (1970 film)
The Beardless Warriors (1960); filmed as The Young Warriors
The Comedy of Terrors (1964), with Elsie Lee; filmed as The Comedy of Terrors
Hell House (1971); filmed as The Legend of Hell House
Bid Time Return (1975); filmed as Somewhere in Time and subsequently reprinted under that title
What Dreams May Come (1978); filmed as What Dreams May Come
Earthbound (editorially abridged version published under the pseudonym “Logan Swanson”, 1982; restored text published under Matheson’s own name, 1989)
Journal of the Gun Years (1992)
The Gunfight (1993)
7 Steps to Midnight (1993)
Shadow on 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); adapted as a Twilight Zone episode (1960)
“The Waker Dreams” (AKA “When the Waker Sleeps”) (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—” (AKA “The Foodlegger”) (1952)
“Shipshape Home” (1952)
“SRL Ad” (1952)
“Advance Notice” (AKA “Letter to the Editor”) (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” (AKA “Sorry, Right Number”) (1953)
“Slaughter House” (1953)
“Mad House” (1953)
“The Last Day” (1953)
“Lazarus II” (1953)
“Legion of Plotters” (1953)
“Death Ship” (1953); adapted as a Twilight Zone episode (1963)
“Disappearing Act” (1953); adapted as a Twilight Zone episode (1959)
“The Disinheritors” (1953)
“Dying Room Only” (1953)
“Full Circle” (1953)
“Mother by Protest” (AKA “Trespass”) (1953)
“Little Girl Lost” (1953); adapted as a Twilight Zone episode (1962)
“Being” (1954)
“The Curious Child” (1954)
“When Day Is Dun” (1954)
“Dance of the Dead” (1954); adapted as a Masters of Horror episode (2005)
“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); adapted as story segment for Rod Serling’s Night Gallery
“Too Proud to Lose” (1955)
“One for the Books” (1955)
“Pattern for Survival” (1955)
“A Flourish of Strumpets” (1956)
“The Splendid Source” (1956); the basis of the Family Guy episode “The Splendid Source”.[14]
“Steel” (1956); adapted as a Twilight Zone episode (1963); loosely filmed as Real Steel (2011)
“The Children of Noah” (1957)
“A Visit to Santa Claus” (AKA “I’ll Make It Look Good,” as Logan Swanson) (1957)
“The Holiday Man” (1957)
“Old Haunts” (1957)
“The Distributor” (1958)
“The Edge” (1958)
“Lemmings” (1958)
“Mantage” (1959)
“Deadline” (1959)
“The Creeping Terror” (AKA “A Touch of Grapefruit”) (1959)
“No Such Thing as a Vampire” (1959)
“Big Surprise” (AKA “What Was in the Box”) (1959)
“Crickets” (1960)
“Day of Reckoning” (AKA “The Faces,” “Graveyard Shift”) (1960)
“First Anniversary” (1960); adapted as an Outer Limits episode (1996)
“From Shadowed Places” (1960)
“Finger Prints” (1962)
“Mute” (1962); adapted as a Twilight Zone episode (1963)
“The Likeness of Julie” (as Logan Swanson) (1962); adapted into “Julie” in the 1975 TV film Trilogy of Terror
“The Jazz Machine” (1963)
“Crescendo” (AKA “Shock Wave”) (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” (AKA “Therese”) (1969); adapted into “Millicent and Therese” in the 1975 TV film Trilogy of Terror
“Prey” (1969); adapted into “Ameilia” in the 1975 TV film Trilogy of Terror
“Button, Button” (1970); filmed as a The Twilight Zone episode in 1986; filmed as The Box (2009)
“‘Til Death Do Us Part” (1970)
“By Appointment Only” (1970)
“The Finishing Touches” (1970)
“Duel” (1971); filmed as Duel (1971)
“Big Surprise” (1971); adapted as story segment for Rod Serling’s Night Gallery
“Where There’s a Will” (with Richard Christian Matheson) (1980)
“And Now I’m Waiting” (1983)
“Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” (as The Twilight Zone episode in 1963; as segment four of Twilight Zone: The Movie, 1983; first published in 1984)
“Getting Together” (1986)
“Buried Talents” (1987)
“The Near Departed” (1987)
“Shoo Fly” (1988)
“Person to Person” (1989)
“Two O’Clock Session” (1991)
“The Doll” (as Twilight Zone episode, published as a story in 1993)
“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) Published as Shock 4 in the UK (1980)
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) Previously unpublished screenplays of these two stories
Button, Button: Uncanny Stories (2008) (Tor Books)
Uncollected Matheson: Volume 1 (2008)
Uncollected Matheson: Volume 2 (2010)
Steel: And Other Stories (2011)
Bakteria and Other Improbable Tales (2011) (e-book exclusive)


The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Beat Generation (1959)
House of Usher (1960)
Master of the World (1961)
The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
Burn Witch Burn (1962); aka Night of the Eagle (screenplay co-written with Charles Beaumont and George Baxt based on the novel Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber
Tales of Terror (1962)
The Raven (1963)
The Comedy of Terrors (1963)
The Last Man on Earth (as “Logan Swanson”, based on Matheson’s novel I Am Legend)(1964)
Fanatic (1965)
The Young Warriors (1967)
The Devil Rides Out (1968)
De Sade (1969)
The Legend of Hell House (based on his novel) (1973)
Somewhere in Time (based on his novel) (1980)
Twilight Zone: The Movie: Fourth segment “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” (1983)
Jaws 3-D (1983)
Loose Cannons (1990)
I Am Legend (film) (2007)
The Box (2009)
Real Steel (2011)


Buckskin: “Act of Faith” (1959)
Wanted Dead or Alive :”The Healing Woman” (1959)
Twilight Zone: (16 episodes) (1959ā€“1964)
Have Gun Will Travel: “The Lady on The Wall” (1960)
Bourbon Street Beat: “Target of Hate” (1960)
Cheyenne: “Home Is The Brave” (1960)
Lawman (Six episodes) (1960ā€“1962)
Thriller: “The Return of Andrew Bentley” (1961)
Combat!: “Forgotten Front” (as Logan Swanson) (1962)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: “Ride the Nightmare” (1962)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: “The Thirty-First of February” (1963)
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.: “The Atlantis Affair” (1966)
Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theater : “Time of Flight” (1966)
Star Trek: The Original Series: “The Enemy Within” (1966)
Duel (1971)
The Night Stalker (1972)
Night Gallery (1972): ” The Funeral” (1972)
The Night Strangler (1973)
Dying Room Only (1973)
Circle of Fear (originally titled Ghost Story (1973))
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1974)
Scream of The Wolf (1974)
The Morning After (1974)
Trilogy of Terror (1975)
Dead of Night (1977)
The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver (1977)
The Martian Chronicles mini-series (1979, 1980)
Twilight Zone: “Button, Button” (as Logan Swanson) (1986)
Amazing Stories: “One for the Books” (1987)
Dreamer of Oz (1990)
Rod Serling’s Lost Classics (1994)
Trilogy of Terror II (1996)


The Path: Metaphysics for the 90s (1993)


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