Links to the works of Richard Matheson in television shows, short stories, books and movies.Posted: February 21, 2014 | Author: Renae Rude - The Paranormalist | Filed under: *Macabre Media, Books & Authors, Courting Creepy Posts, Movies & Films, TV: Broadcast & Cable | Tags: Hell House, horror, horror films, horror movies, horror writer, I Am Legend, Kolchak the Night Stalker, Renae Rude, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Stir of Echoes, The Paranormalist, What Dreams May Come | 14 Comments
Eighty-eight years ago yesterday, on February 20th, 1926, Richard Matheson was born. In 1950, his story, Born of Man and Woman, was published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. It garnered a great deal of attention and his literary career was launched. He died on June 23rd, 2013. Between those dates, he changed everything in the field of horror. (He also wrote sci-fi, fantasy, westerns and mysteries, but I think his greatest contribution was to my own beloved genre.) To read a simple but complete biography of his life, visit Bio.
If you are a casual horror / sci-fi fan, you may not realize just how influential this writer was in his lifetime. Stephen King is frequently quoted as saying “[Richard Matheson is the] author who influenced me most as a writer.” Just days after Matheson’s death, King posted a tribute, at StephenKing.com, which you can read HERE.
Right now, I want to celebrate this man’s life by getting some of his brilliance into your head. I’ve collected the most easily accessible works in the lists below. Please note that I’ve NOT seen or read everything here. Those pieces that I especially recommend are highlighted in green text. (Please also know that seeing any adaptation of I Am Legend is going to be frustrating. None of them do it justice. In the video interview at the bottom of this post, Matheson says so himself.)
It’s possible at hulu.com to stream all episodes of the original Twilight Zone series on your computer for free. This is what Matheson contributed to that series:
THE TWILIGHT ZONE:
S1 E11 And When the Sky Opened
S1 E14 Third From the Sun
S1 E18 The Last Flight
S1 E23 A World of Difference
S1 E36 A World of His Own
S2 E7 Nick of Time
S2 E15 The Invaders
(This is, perhaps, the most memorable episode from my childhood, when I’d sneak to turn the TV on the middle of the night, when everyone else was asleep.)
S3 E13 Once Upon a Time
S3 E26 Little Girl Lost
S3 E34 Young Man’s Fancy
S4 E5 Mute
S4 E6 Death Ship
S5 E2 Steel
S5 E3 Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
S5 E19 Night Call
S5 E21 Spur of the Moment
NIGHT GALLERY (1971):
S2 E8 (segment The Big Surprise)
S2 E22 (segment The Funeral)
S1 E5 The Enemy Within (You must be a subscriber to watch Star Trek on hulu.)
Like so many authors of his generation, Matheson wrote for periodicals, and in his time there were many wonderful, inexpensive pulp-style magazines to host his creativity. At unz.org, you will find “A Free Website for Periodicals, Books, and Videos” where you can view PDFs of certain stories, just as they appeared when they were published.
FROM STARTLING STORIES:
Miss Stardust (March, 1955)
Witch War (July, 1951)
FROM THRILLING WONDER STORIES:
Return (October, 1951)
The Foodlegger (April, 1952)
Of course, Matheson was an author of books too … many of them horror. I believe you will (always and forever) find him on the shelves of any decent bookstore, but a lot of us have switched to e-books. Here’s what I found at Amazon:
The Memoirs of Wild Bill Hickok $6.64
The Gun Fight $5.98
Legends of the Gun Years $8.89
Other Kingdoms $7.59
The Path: A New Look At Reality $7.59
Shadow on the Sun $6.83
Duel: Terror Stories by Richard Matheson $8.89
The Beardless Warriors: A Novel of World War II $7.59
Hunted Past Reason $8.89
Steel: And Other Stories $6.95
A Stir of Echoes $8.89
What Dreams May Come: A Novel $8.89
Hell House $8.89
The Box: Uncanny Stories $6.83
Nightmare At 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories By Richard Matheson $8.89
Somewhere In Time $5.98
I Am Legend (RosettaBooks into Film) $6.09
… but as for that last one, if you are a horror fan, you should own the most beautiful copy of the bound book you can afford. It IS canon.
When it comes to the movie adaptations of Matheson’s work, I’ve gathered a few resources for you. I’ve provided the IMDb listing for all of them, and the Netflix listing where I could. Any movie that is available on streaming is generally available on disc too. If I did not provide a Netflix link, that means it’s not available NOW, but many are expected to become available eventually.
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) Netflix Disc IMDb
The Pit and The Pendulum (1961) Netflix Disc IMDb
Burn, Witch, Burn (1962) IMDb
The Last Man on Earth (1964) IMDb
Die! Die! My Darling! (1965) IMDb
The Devil Rides Out (1968) IMDb
De Sade (1969) Netflix Streaming IMDb
Cold Sweat (1970) IMDb
The Omega Man (1971) Netflix Disc IMDb
Duel (1971) Netflix Disc IMDb
The Night Stalker aka The Kolchak Papers (1972) IMDb
The Night Strangler (1973) IMDb
Kolchak: The Night Stalker Series: Series on Netflix Streaming
The Legend of Hell House (1973) Netflix Disc IMDb
Dying Room Only (1973) IMDb
Scream of the Wolf (1974) IMDb
Trilogy of Terror (segment, Amelia – the Zuni fetish doll piece, of course, 1975) Netflix Disc IMDb
Dead of Night (1977) Netflix Disc IMDb
The Martian Chronicles (series – 3 episodes 1980) Netflix Disc IMDb
Somewhere in Time (1980) Netflix Streaming IMDb
The Incredible Shrinking Woman (comedy, 1981) IMDb
Twilight Zone: The Movie (segment, Nightmare at 20,00o Feet, 1983) Netflix Disc IMDb
Loose Cannons (comedy, 1990) Netflix Disc IMDb
What Dreams May Come (based on the novel, 1998) Netflix Disc IMDb
Stir of Echos (based on the novel, 1999) Netflix Disc IMDb
I Am Legend (based on the novel, 2007) Netflix Disc IMDb
The Box (based on the short story, Button, Button, 2009) Netflix Disc IMDb
Real Steel (based on the short story, Steel, 2011) Netflix Disc IMDb
‘NetNet: secret dungeon, Victorian cemetery, “giant” crab-monster, true ghost story with pic, horror / dark fiction writer & reader, and Flowers in the Attic.Posted: January 11, 2014 | Author: Renae Rude - The Paranormalist | Filed under: *Macabre Media, Books & Authors, Ghosts & Hauntings, Guest Posts & Reblogs, NetNet | Tags: bee keeping, crab, dark fiction, Flowers in the Attic, Ghosts & Hauntings, haunt, horror movies, horror reader, horror writer, paranormal, Renae Rude, secret dungeon, short films, The Paranormalist, true ghost story, Victorian cemetery | 10 Comments
EXPLORE A SECRET DUNGEON
One of my most frequent dream themes is finding a previously undiscovered room (or rooms) in the house where I live. I can’t vouch that the following story is true, but it’s SO cool if it is. Read: This Guy Moved Into a New Apartment Only to Find Something Weird Yet Amazing… (It’s really one big picture on a meme site, so I can’t share a peek.) Click though. It’s sorta awesome.
LEARN ABOUT A BEAUTIFUL VICTORIAN-ERA CEMETERY & ITS BEES
I love that Deborah DeLong, keeper of the Romancing the Bee blog, often connects gardening and beekeeping with darker, but still beautiful, things. Read: Spring Grove Cemetery – The Victorian Way of Death.
WATCH AN ACCIDENTAL / NATURAL HORROR SHORT FILM
I am reminded of every giant-monster movie I’ve ever seen.
READ A TRUE GHOST STORY, COMPLETE WITH PHOTO!
Here’s a real friend of a friend story: Matthew Alan Bennett has this neighbor, see … oh just go read: Paranormal Wednesday – girl in the window.
HORROR WRITER, MEET READER
Emily Einolander writes about beer and movies over at Craft Fear. This essay about what she gets out of horror caught my eye. Read, Why Just Eat Chicken When You Can Be One?
HORROR DARK FICTION WRITER
Joanna Parypinski just made a subtle change to her blog header info; she changed the tagline to read “author of dark fiction” instead of “author of horror fiction.” I found the thoughts that led her to make the change interesting … and familiar. I’ve been thinking along the same lines myself since the new year came on. Read: Why I Write Dark Fiction.
REMINISCE ABOUT A NOVEL YOU PROBABLY READ BEFORE YOU SHOULD HAVE
Scoobyclue took me back to the days of my early adolescence with her piece on the wonderful/terrible Flowers in the Attic. Read: Back to the Attic. Then tell me, how old were you when you read it? (And did any of you “boys” ever read it?)
START A NEW HOBBY: PARTICIPATE IN #HAUNTEDPHOTOAWEEK
I know. It’s a shameless plug for my own project. But it’s gonna be so much fun! Keep an eye out for creepy / eerie photo ops; play with photo editors (if you like.) Then bring the results to one of the galleries. Click the pic for more info.
PS: Thanks, Tim Prasil, for this beauty – the first official submission to #hauntedphotoaweek:
There is no way I’m going to capture every great thing that happens in my personal web, let alone on the wider internet. The posts I feature here just happened to catch my eye. They resonated with me and whatever is going on in my life right now. And they are worth sharing.