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Richard Matheson

American fiction writer

1926   -   2013

genre: fantasy
country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: University of Missouri
occupation: writer, screenwriter, novelist, science fiction writer
award received: Edgar Award, Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, Geffen Award

Richard Burton Matheson (February 20, 1926 – June 23, 2013) was an American author and screenwriter, primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. He is best known as the author of I Am Legend, a 1954 science fiction horror novel that has been adapted for the screen four times, the first of which, The Last Man on Earth, was co-scripted by him. Matheson also wrote 16 television episodes of The Twilight Zone, including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" and "Steel", as well as several adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe stories for Roger Corman and American International Pictures - House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, Tales of Terror and The Raven. He adapted his 1971 short story "Duel" as a screenplay directed by Steven Spielberg for the television film Duel that year. Seven of his novels and short stories have been adapted as motion pictures: The Shrinking Man (filmed as The Incredible Shrinking Man), Hell House (filmed as The Legend of Hell House), What Dreams May Come, Bid Time Return (filmed as Somewhere in Time), A Stir of Echoes, Steel (filmed as Real Steel), and Button, Button (filmed as The Box). The movie Cold Sweat was based on his novel Riding the Nightmare, and Les seins de glace ("Icy Breasts") was based on his novel Someone is Bleeding.
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works

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Born of Man and Woman

short story by Richard Matheson

author: Richard Matheson

1950

Regola per sopravvivere

short story by Richard Matheson

author: Richard Matheson

1977

Button, Button

short story by Richard Matheson

author: Richard Matheson

1970

What Dreams May Come

book by Richard Matheson

author: Richard Matheson

1978

Hell House

novel by Richard Matheson

author: Richard Matheson

1971

I Am Legend

novel by Richard Matheson

author: Richard Matheson

1954

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