miércoles, 9 de diciembre de 2015

Richard Matherson

Richard Mathneson

Richard Matheson
(1926 - 2013)

“He is one of the most important writers of the 20th Century” 
Ray Bradbury

Richard Matherson 


Richard Burton Matheson passed away June 23 this year (2013) at the age of 87. It is always sad to hear when a great author dies. For those of you who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing much about Richard Matheson here is an article dedicated to him: 

Richard Burton Matheson was born in Allendale, New Jersey, USA on February 20th 1926. He was a writer best known in the genres of horror, fantasy and science fiction. His most well-known novels also turned into films would be I Am Legend, The Twilight Zone, The Shrinking Man and Hell House. 

Richard was the third child of Norwegian immigrants of Bertolf Matheson and Fanny Matheson. Richard published his first short story in The Brooklyn Eagle when he was 8 years old. After graduating high school in 1943, Richard went on to join the military. He served as an infantry soldier during World War II. Then he studied a Bachelor of Journalism at Missouri University. The first story he made money from was Born of Man and Woman. This was published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Richard then went on in the years after to write many popular novels and screenplays. 

Here are some facts that you may not have known about Richard Matheson: 

His novel The Beardless Warriors described some of his experiences from war. 

Something that Richard said in an interview about George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead: “… I watched it one night on television and thought to myself, gee, that’s awfully close to I am Legend. He I guess prefers to believe that it’s just derivation, but it seems pretty close to me.” 

He married his wife Ruth Ann Woodson in 1952 

The story Duel was inspired from an incident in 1963 after Richard was tailgated by a truck. It started when he was playing a game of golf and heard the news of President J.F.Kennedy being assassinated. He stopped playing his game and began to return home. On his journey home a truck tailgated him for a long period of time. Duel was then later adapted for a television-movie by Spielberg. This was the beginning of Spielberg’s career. 

He nearly wrote the screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. Richard didn’t agree with Hitchcock about the actual birds. Richard believed that the audience shouldn’t see the birds very often. Where as Hitchcock wanted them seen a lot. 

Richard came up with the idea for I Am Legend when he was 16 after seeing Dracula.He didn’t write the book until 1952. 

Something that Richard said about screen-writing once: “One of my pet peeves is the fact that when people win awards – Academy Awards, notably – if it’s based on a novel, they never mention it. It’s as if the novel never existed. The screenwriter acts as if he’s made it up out of his own head. Sometimes even the director acts as if he’s made it up out of his own head. It’s an ego problem, of course, but it’s tremendously unfair as well. 

Richard had four children and three of them have become writers. 

Richard Matheson has left a great mark on the world. He will always be remembered. 



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 ofThe 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 Timeand subsequently reprinted under that title 
What Dreams May Come (1978); filmed as What Dreams May Come 
Earthbound (Playboy Publications, 1982), as by Logan Swanson[4] — editorially abridged version; restored text published as by Richard Matheson, 1989[citation needed] 
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) 

"Born of Man and Woman" (1950) 
"Third from the Sun" (1950); adapted as a Twilight Zone episode (1960) 
"The Waker Dreams" (a.k.a. "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---" (a.k.a. "The Foodlegger") (1952) 
"Shipshape Home" (1952) 
"SRL Ad" (1952) 
"Advance Notice" (a.k.a. "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" (a.k.a. "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 Zoneepisode (1963) 
"Disappearing Act" (1953); adapted as a Twilight Zoneepisode (1959) 
"The Disinheritors" (1953) 
"Dying Room Only" (1953) 
"Full Circle" (1953) 
"Mother by Protest" (a.k.a. "Trespass") (1953) 
"Little Girl Lost" (1953); adapted as a Twilight Zoneepisode (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".[22] 
"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" (a.k.a. "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" (a.k.a. "A Touch of Grapefruit") (1959) 
"No Such Thing as a Vampire" (1959) 
"Big Surprise" (a.k.a. "What Was in the Box") (1959) 
"Crickets" (1960) 
"Day of Reckoning" (a.k.a. "The Faces," "Graveyard Shift") (1960) 
"First Anniversary" (1960); adapted as an Outer Limitsepisode (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" (a.k.a. "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" (a.k.a. "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 Zoneepisode 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 Zoneepisode 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 Amazing Storiesin 1986) 
"Go West, Young Man" (1993) 
"Gunsight" (1993) 
"Little Jack Cornered" (1993) 
"Of Death and Thirty Minutes" (1993) 

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); a.k.a. Night of the Eagle(screenplay co-written with Charles Beaumont andGeorge 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) 
What Dreams May Come (film) (1998) 
The Box (2009) 
Real Steel (2011) 

Buckskin: "Act of Faith" (1959) 
Wanted Dead or Alive :"The Healing Woman" (1959) 
Twilight Zone: (16 episodes) (1959–1964) 
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) (1960–1962) 
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) 

Source: Wikipedia

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