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Old June 24 2013, 10:56 PM   #1
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Richard Matheson: RIP to a real legend

Richard Matheson passes away at 87.

There is a long list of his contributions. "The Enemy Within" to "Bid Time Return" (aka in film as Somewhere In Time) to "I Am Legend".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Matheson
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Old June 24 2013, 11:05 PM   #2
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He was a great writer. Rest in peace, Richard Matheson.
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Old June 24 2013, 11:19 PM   #3
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RIP, Richard Matheson. He was the last of the big three Twilight Zone writers to pass away. Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, Steel (recently adapted as Real Steel starring Hugh Jackman), The Last Flight, etc. He had a ton a lot of his stories turned into movies and television programs. I Am Legend was a great book, much better than the three movies adapted from it.

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Old June 24 2013, 11:22 PM   #4
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RIP, my friend.
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Old June 24 2013, 11:26 PM   #5
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Ah, he was 87, not 67. Confused me for a minute. Sad nevertheless.
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Old June 24 2013, 11:49 PM   #6
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RIP

I agree about him being a legend. Both my wife and I love "I Am Legend," in particular.

Side note: Greg Cox was Richard's editor at Tor. Hopefully Greg's doing all right.
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Old June 24 2013, 11:50 PM   #7
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I've enjoyed a lot of his work that was adapted to the screen though the only written work I've read is I Am Legend. Of course, with Greg Cox posting here, we've been oft reminded of his contributions. I find all these passings more and more sighworthy as I get older and older.
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Old June 25 2013, 01:40 AM   #8
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RIP

I agree about him being a legend. Both my wife and I love "I Am Legend," in particular.

Side note: Greg Cox was Richard's editor at Tor. Hopefully Greg's doing all right.
Thanks for thinking of me. I had the privilege of being Richard's editor for over twenty years. I always knew this day would come, but I keep reminding myself that Richard had a remarkably long and accomplished life. He never retired and kept on writing and working well into his eighties--and his works are still as alive and vital as ever.

Just last week, a new musical production of SOMEWHERE IN TIME opened in Portland, Oregon. My biggest regret right now is that Richard won't be around to see the musical open on Broadway someday . . ..
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Old June 25 2013, 02:06 AM   #9
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This news saddens me greatly. I've been aware of his work since the days of TZ where he, Serling, and Charles Beaumont wrote the lion's share of the series. But don't take my word for it. Watch "The Incredible Shrinking Man", "I am Legend" (The original Vincent Price version called "Last Man on Earth", not the progressively declining remakes.) He also wrote the screenplay for a TV movie from a little known novel about a vampire prowling the streets of Las Vegas, some of you may be familiar with it. He even wrote a "Star Trek" episode.
Every contemporary horror writer owes a debt to Matheson. Some, like King, have acknowledged it, others haven't.
For you young'uns unfamiliar with his work, get busy and read some. You won't be disappointed.

A true giant has passed from the scene.
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Old June 25 2013, 02:10 AM   #10
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sojourner wrote: View Post
Ah, he was 87, not 67. Confused me for a minute. Sad nevertheless.
Yeah, my bad on the typo

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RIP

I agree about him being a legend. Both my wife and I love "I Am Legend," in particular.

Side note: Greg Cox was Richard's editor at Tor. Hopefully Greg's doing all right.
Thanks for thinking of me. I had the privilege of being Richard's editor for over twenty years. I always knew this day would come, but I keep reminding myself that Richard had a remarkably long and accomplished life. He never retired and kept on writing and working well into his eighties--and his works are still as alive and vital as ever.

Just last week, a new musical production of SOMEWHERE IN TIME opened in Portland, Oregon. My biggest regret right now is that Richard won't be around to see the musical open on Broadway someday . . ..
At least he had that brief cameo in the film. Thank you for taking the time to post about him.
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Old June 25 2013, 02:19 AM   #11
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Re: Richard Matheson: RIP to a real legend

sad news indeed. i can still remember the first time i read I Am Legend one winter night long ago. RIP.
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Old June 25 2013, 03:51 AM   #12
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Good to hear from you, Greg.

I had a semi-running joke at your expense in the TCM Genre Movies thread regarding "who's Richard Matheson?" I think I should retire it now.
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Old June 25 2013, 04:18 AM   #13
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Honestly, I'm glad to see that Richard's passing is getting the recognition it deserves. I've been spending the evening reading all the glowing tributes and obituaries that are springing up on-line--and debating which DVD I want to rewatch first: SOMEWHERE IN TIME or THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE?
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Old June 25 2013, 04:19 AM   #14
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Hehe.... that pair covers both extremes. Go with "Somewhere In Time". You'll sleep better.
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Old June 25 2013, 03:46 PM   #15
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The master of the first person narrative, Richard Matheson managed to scare and inspire and humanize.

Twilight Zone was the best written television show ever, due in large part to Matheson. While I've had the pleasure and honor of meeting a few of the TZ writers, for some reason I don't recall ever making it to a Matheson signing, now to my deep sadness and regret. Though somewhere around here I think I do have a signed copy of "I Am Legend" that I picked up at a bookstore after one of his signings. *wanders over to bookshelves* Ah yes, there it is. Near my Charles Beaumont collected stories.

What an extraordinary team Rod Serling put together. Now several are together again...
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