Authors > Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson published over 90 short stories and over 20 novels across many different genres. Most notably, his works influenced generations of writers in the Horror, Fantasy and Suspense genres. His classics I Am Legend, Hell House and What Dreams May Come are are great entry points to his works.

"Richard Matheson is the author who influenced me most as a writer." - Stephen King

"Richard Matheson's ironic and iconic imagination created seminal science-fiction stories . . . For me, he is in the same category as Bradbury and Asimov." -Steven Spielberg

"He was a giant, and YOU KNOW HIS STORIES, even if you think you don't." - Neil Gaiman

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I Am Legend

Robert Neville may well be the last living man on Earth . . . but he is not alone. An incurable plague has mutated every other man, woman, and child into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures who are determined to destroy him. By day, he is a hunter, stalking the infected monstrosities through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for dawn....

Year: 1954     Genre: HorrorVampires

The Incredible Shrinking Man

Inch by inch, day by day, Scott Carey is getting smaller. Once an unremarkable husband and father, Scott finds himself shrinking with no end in sight. His wife and family turn into unreachable giants, the family cat becomes a predatory menace, and Scott must struggle to survive in a world that seems to be growing ever larger and more perilous--until he faces the ultimate limits of fear and existence.

Year: 1956     Genre: HorrorScience Fiction

Hell House

Rolf Rudolph Deutsch is going die. But when Deutsch, a wealthy magazine and newpaper publisher, starts thinking seriously about his impending death, he offers to pay a physicist and two mediums, one physical and one mental, $100,000 each to establish the facts of life after death.

Year: 1971     Genre: Haunted HouseHorror

What Dreams May Come

What happens to us after we die? Chris Nielsen had no idea, until an unexpected accident cut his life short, separating him from his beloved wife, Annie. Now Chris must discover the true nature of life after death.

Year: 1978     Genre: After LifeSupernatural

Feb 20, 1926 -- Jun 23, 2013
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Want ItGot ItRead ItYearTitle

1954I Am LegendHorror, Vampires
1956The Incredible Shrinking ManHorror, Science Fiction
1958A Stir of EchoesGhosts, Psychological Thriller
1960The Beardless WarriorsWWII: European Theater
1971Hell HouseHaunted House, Horror
1975Somewhere In TimeFantasy, Time Travel
1978What Dreams May ComeSupernatural, After Life
1992Journal of the Gun YearsWesterns
2005Noir: Three Novels of SuspenseSuspense
2017The Best of Richard MathesonHorror, Short Stories




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