Richard Matheson is legend.
Greg Cox wrote:
(Full disclosure: I've been Richard's editor for over twenty years now.)
Did I ever tell the story of the nice letter I got from him in the early 80s?
I'll probably tape The Raven
tonight. I think that's the only one of the bunch that I don't have on DVD, but I'm not sure. I'll check later on.
No, I don't know that story. What did Richard have to say?
is a fun movie. I always look forward to it as a kid, long before I ever dreamed of working with Matheson professionally, and even arranged a screening on campus back in my college days.
Be aware, though, that, unlike the other Corman films, The Raven
is very much a horror-comedy being played for laughs, and has only a tenuous connection to the original poem. Price and Karloff play dueling wizards, while Peter Lorre plays the Raven. (Really.)
And did I mention that a very young Jack Nicholson is cast as Pete Lorre's son?