Legendary science fiction and horror author, Richard Matheson, died last Sunday at the age of 87. Best known for his novel, I am Legend, which was adapted for the screen three times, Matheson was much more than a one-trick pony. Not only were five more of his novels adapted for the big screen but he also wrote many episodes of the acclaimed television series, The Twilight Zone, among others TV series, and wrote numerous short stories, including Duel. You might remember Duel as being the first film that a young Steven Spielberg directed. And the screenplay was written by none other than, you guessed it, Richard Matheson. He also wrote many other critically acclaimed feature film screenplays such as The Raven, which starred a young Jack Nicholson.
Matheson was a huge influence on contemporary writers such as Stephen King and Anne Rice, and film directors such as Steven Spielberg and Edgar Wright. You can find many of Matheson’s works here at the Buena Park Library District, including some of his film adaptations.
Richard Matheson, you will be greatly missed.