Richard Matheson

(February 20, 1926 – June 23, 2013)

Richard Burton Matheson was an author and screenwriter, primarily in the SF, fantasy, and horror genres. He was known best as the author of I Am Legend, a 1954 horror novel that has been adapted for the screen three times, although five more of his novels have been adapted as major motion pictures: The Shrinking Man, Hell House, What Dreams May Come, Bid Time Return (filmed as Somewhere in Time), and A Stir of Echoes.

Matheson also wrote numerous television episodes of The Twilight Zone for Rod Serling, including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" and "Steel." He later adapted his 1971 short story "Duel" as a screenplay which was directed by a young Steven Spielberg, for the TV movie of the same name.

He was GoH at Solacon, the 1958 Worldcon.

In the early 1950s he was part of a group of friends in California that wrote SF. The group included William Nolan, Chad Oliver, Charles Beaumont, and Ray Bradbury.

He was nominated for the 1951 Best Short Story Retro Hugo and his screenplay won the 1958 Outstanding Movie Hugo.

His son, Richard Christian Matheson, is also a writer.

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