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The definitive collection of terrifying stories by "one of the greatest writers of the 20th century" (Ray Bradbury), edited by award-winning author Victor LaValle

Among the greats of 20th-century horror and fantasy, few names stand above Richard Matheson. Though known by many for novels like I Am Legend and his sixteen Twilight Zone episodes, Matheson truly shines in his chilling, masterful short stories. Since his first story appeared in 1950, virtually every major writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy has fallen under his influence, including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, and Joe Hill, as well as filmmakers like Stephen Spielberg and J.J. Abrams. Matheson revolutionized horror by taking it out of Gothic castles and strange cosmos and setting it in the darkened streets and suburbs we recognize as our own. He infused tales of the fantastic and supernormal with dark explorations of human nature, delving deep into the universal dread of feeling alone and threatened in a dangerous world. The Best of Richard Matheson brings together his greatest hits as chosen by Victor LaValle, an expert on horror fiction and one of its brightest talents, marking the first major overview of Matheson's legendary career.

"[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

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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The definitive collection of terrifying stories by "one of the greatest writers of the 20th century" (Ray Bradbury), edited by award-winning author Victor LaValle

Among the greats of 20th-century horror and fantasy, few names stand above Richard Matheson. Though known by many for novels like I Am Legend and his sixteen Twilight Zone episodes, Matheson truly shines in his chilling, masterful short stories. Since his first story appeared in 1950, virtually every major writer of science fiction, horror, and fantasy has fallen under his influence, including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, and Joe Hill, as well as filmmakers like Stephen Spielberg and J.J. Abrams. Matheson revolutionized horror by taking it out of Gothic castles and strange cosmos and setting it in the darkened streets and suburbs we recognize as our own. He infused tales of the fantastic and supernormal with dark explorations of human nature, delving deep into the universal dread of feeling alone and threatened in a dangerous world. The Best of Richard Matheson brings together his greatest hits as chosen by Victor LaValle, an expert on horror fiction and one of its brightest talents, marking the first major overview of Matheson's legendary career.

"[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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        August 14, 2017
        Richard Matheson (I Am Legend) is one of the giants of genre writing, and his talents are on full display in this collection, edited and introduced by LaValle (The Changeling). Classic stories such as “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” in which an airline passenger is the sole witness to a creature tearing at the engines of the airplane, display Matheson’s quick, dexterous pacing. Matheson wrote to thrill, and he succeeds even when there’s no supernatural element. In the tense “A Visit to Santa Claus” and “Dying Room Only,” characters contend with human monsters in broad daylight. All of his stories are lessons in economy, and Matheson’s last lines are swift and sometimes brutal, as with “The Last Day,” which follows a man through humankind’s dying hours. The end of “Witch War” will stick with readers, melding the horrors of war with the indifferent brutality of children. Matheson was a writer of revelations, and some of his stories’ climactic twists feel like clockwork irony (the man was dead the whole time! The phone calls are coming from the cemetery!). Yet his imagination and mastery of the short form cannot be denied, and this collection demonstrates the indelible influence he had on speculative literature. Agent: Susan Ramer, Don Congdon Associates.

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        August 1, 2017
        A collection of stories from a horror legend.This retrospective, the first since the author's death in 2013, is a mix of 33 well-known classics and lesser known tales offering tension and scares aplenty. Readers already familiar with Matheson's work will immediately recognize "Duel," which takes road rage to horrifying new levels and was immortalized in Steven Spielberg's TV movie of the same name. And of course, "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" served as the basis for a well-known Twilight Zone episode (of which Matheson wrote 16). Among other highlights are "Shipshape Home," in which a couple is convinced that something strange is going on in the apartment they bought for a song, and the humorous "The Funeral," which has a hapless funeral director take on a very odd client and his very, very strange friends. "The Prisoner" tells of a man who finds himself on death row in 1954 but claims to be a nuclear physicist from 1944, and the quick but effective "Now Die in It" is about a husband and father with a secret past that comes back to haunt him. The melancholy "The Last Day" is about, well, the last day before a flaming ball in the sky destroys the Earth, and the disturbing "Day of Reckoning" features a mother who will go to extraordinary lengths to have eternal control over her child. Where Matheson shines is in his depictions of ordinary horror, the way strange goings-on affect everyday people, and his ambiguous endings leave plenty of room for further thought. As a bonus, editor LaValle offers an enlightening introduction that discusses Matheson's influence on his own work and even offers up the story behind what he calls his "Matheson moment," giving more heft to the stories that follow. These chilling page-turners still hold up, serving as an excellent starting point for a new generation of readers.

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