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Richard Matheson took the platform afforded him by his tremendous skill as a writer and used it as a platform to confront a serious and important issue that had been kept hidden for too long.MALE SHRINKAGE Here was a man that was WAY ahead of his time Not only was he a gifted writer with an amazing and wide ranging imagination, but he was also someone who wasn t afraid to tackle tough and controversial social issues From general topics like race relations, war and politics to deeply pers Richard Matheson took the platform afforded him by his tremendous skill as a writer and used it as a platform to confront a serious and important issue that had been kept hidden for too long.MALE SHRINKAGE Here was a man that was WAY ahead of his time Not only was he a gifted writer with an amazing and wide ranging imagination, but he was also someone who wasn t afraid to tackle tough and controversial social issues From general topics like race relations, war and politics to deeply personal issues like religion, the acceptance of the individualand of coursemale shrinkage It is staggering when you consider that this novel was written back in 1956 during a time when the exact causes and lasting impact of shrinkage were not nearly as well known as they are today Back in the 1950 s, there was very little research into the physical causes of this phenomenon and almost none on the psychological effects on the male population It was a taboo subject that was just not discussed even between fathers and sons Some have speculated this lack of communication between the generations on this most important issue may have contributed to the tremendous social upheaval that occurred during the 1960 s and 1970 s Of course, nowadays there is a much better understanding among the scientific community about the phenomenon of male shrinkage as evidenced by the illustration below that was used at a recent medical conference to explain the basic science behind the condition Nevertheless, despite not having the scientific research available and despite the conservative time in which this story was written, Matheson managed to write what is arguably the most in depth and thoughtful discussion of male shrinkage that has ever been written I can only applaud Mr Matheson for showing the world that this issue can be addressed in a compassionate, intelligent way Of course, given the social s of his time, Matheson was forced to disguise the central theme of his story by having his plot revolve around the shrinking of the main character s ENTIRE body However, despite this bow to conventionality, the astute reader from the very beginning is able to see through the thinly veiled disguise and into the truth behind Matheson s powerful story.As the story begins, Scott Carey is a man of above average size with a wife and daughter While on the ocean, he is doused with radioactive water that causes him to immediately begin shrinking From there the story is told through two interweaving plot lines The present shows Scott when he is shudder 5 7 of an inch big, hiding in his basement and living a survivors existence trying to find food and water while battling a Black Widow spider and an oversized pussy cat the obvious symbolic meaning of these two are discussed below Meanwhile, the second plot thread is a series of flashbacks in which we see Scott dwindle from his above average size all the way down to the point where Scott is so small that he no longer even sees himself as a man It is during these flashbacks that I think Matheson s writing and story telling is at its most poignant and compelling Once Carey loses his above average size, his self esteem and rational demeanor begin to erode at once Does anyone still think Matheson is talking about height.I think notAs Scott continues to lose inches, he is unable to concentrate at work and becomes obsessed with what he views as kid glove treatment from those who know about IT Almost immediately after Scott experiences the first signs of shrinkage, his marriage begins to suffer big surprise, huh Scott feels as though his wife is less attracted to him and sees her attempt to maintain a normal relationship as condescending This deterioration continues as Scott gets smaller and smaller until there is no physical contact at all between Scott and his wife In the negative reaction of Scott s wife, Matheson again shows how he was decades ahead of his time in recognizing and confronting what in modern times has become a cliche Matheson was brilliant in his depiction of the psychological trauma that accompanied Scott s reduction in size and I don t believe there has ever been aevocative examination of this deeply emotional issue The fact that all of this deep and penetrating analysis needed to be done behind the veil of an acceptable plot makes the depth of the writing evenamazing Here are just a few examples of Matheson s superb ability to write an acceptable upon surface story while engaging in heated, passionate intercourse upon his true themes Surface Plot As mentioned above, the trauma for Scott begins story begins with him being doused with water after which he immediately begins to experience shrinkage Subtext Scott is shown to be the everyman as he is confronted with the classic factors contributing to shrinkage Surface Plot Chapter headings are all done in inches alone e.g., 68 , 64 , etc rather then thecommon height measurements of feet and inches Subtext Matheson s use of the common unit of male size rather than height is a clear indication that he was asking his readers to strip away normal conventions Surface Plot As Scott finds himself smaller and smaller he is confronted by the main monster of the story.a female Black Widow spider Subtext The subtle imagery in this plot device is almost magical in its invocation of the often harsh, uncaring female when it comes to the issue of shrinkage Surface Plot Almost as telling is Scott s dangerous encounter with an oversized pussy cat just after going through a heartfelt inner monologue about his concern over his current size Subtext Here Matheson seems to be touching on the fear and angst that can accompany someone regarding the physical act of love when dealing with excessive shrinkage The appearance of the cat so soon after Scott s internal expression of inadequacy appears to confirm this Surface Plot A central fixture of the plot when Scott is at his smallest is the water heater in the basement which provides both a critical source of sustenance as well as a primary obstacle to overcome Subtext Here we have the constant reminder that while cold water is the enemy and cause of shrinkage, warm water can just as quickly bring salvation While there are manyexamples of Matheson s subtle exploration of this provocative issue, the above provides enough to demonstrate the nuance and skill exhibited by Matheson in this ground breaking novel I would strongly recommend you read the story yourself so you can see the full range of Matheson s gift It is possible that some out there may be uncomfortable reading this review and addressing the issue of shrinkage in this forum However, after reading Matheson s brilliant and courageous story, I have been motivated to expose this issue and hope that through awareness and education, we can create compassion and understanding for this most painful and personal of issues He has given me the courage to take up his mantle unworthy as I may be and shout out from the rooftops..EXPOSURE TO COLD WATER CAN CAUSE SIGNIFICANT BUT TEMPORARY REDUCTION IN SIZE THAT CAN CAUSE AN OBSERVER TO PERCEIVE DEFICIENCIES THAT ARE NOT TRULY THERE Considering this is a Richard Matheson book, an author who is probably best known for his horror stories, I have initial expectations that this was going to be a scary venture in the same manner as Hell House was when I saw the movie as a child and later on read the book But in the first fifty pages or so of this novel, my expectations were met in a different way yet it was also somethingsatisfying which could be what Matheson has intended when he wrote it The Shrinking Man tells the sto Considering this is a Richard Matheson book, an author who is probably best known for his horror stories, I have initial expectations that this was going to be a scary venture in the same manner as Hell House was when I saw the movie as a child and later on read the book But in the first fifty pages or so of this novel, my expectations were met in a different way yet it was also somethingsatisfying which could be what Matheson has intended when he wrote it The Shrinking Man tells the story of Scott Carey who was one day sprayed with a radioactive chemical by accident, and found himself physically shrinking since The novel perfectly opens with a very terrifying description of Scott being chased down by a spider At first glance, this book seems to be a very simplistic survivalist story about one man s struggle to endure a hopeless circumstance but the existential horror that is the overall thematic scope of the plot is definitely its most intriguing aspect This could almost be an episode in Twilight Zone and that s probably the strength of Matheson s work as a horror writer In The Shrinking Man, he gives us a chilling glimpse at the visceral terror of physical helplessness Scott Carey s anxiety is not just about being erased from existence entirely but it s also about the gradual loss of his relevance as a person of flesh and blood A man who used to be six foot tall, he now has to deal with the emasculation of his role both as a husband and father Scott may be shrinking into a size that s even below his kid daughter, but he still has the same needs and entitlement as any grown man does and the harrowing and pitiful ways he tries to hold onto these things but fail are almost hard to read for me.Matheson needs to be commended for his clear cut prowess as he delicately approached the writing of this story with such an earnest tone even though it has an absurd premise What Matheson and the readers end up with is a massively heartfelt tale about the importance of spiritual optimism and the ways that a man can still see a point in living despite the uncertainty and despair he faces The book can also be seen as a deconstruction of masculine roles in society and what happens when those very rigid notions are inspected and essentially stripped away which is the case with Scott Carey s character as we put ourselves in his position of estrangement from the tangible reality including his family The Shrinking Man ended with a sincere resolution that is bittersweet and unexpected Scott Carey has feared about non existence because he had only defined it in terms of the human context, neglecting the reality that the nature of the universe is not as black and white as our own limited perspectives as mortals Scott Carey, now in his microscopic size, is fortunate enough to witness the everyday miracles of life especially now that he s removed from human bias and that for me is by far the most uplifting kind of pay off in a science fiction novel that explored such an existential journey This is a great book filled with engrossing psychological reflections about primal survival instincts and resignation to an inevitable outcome.RECOMMENDED 8 10A tedious build up that was able to find its perfect prose rhythm once the protagonist continues to grow and thrive himself in spite of his physical shrinkage. It s been a really long time since I last read this even longer since I ve seen the whole movie, but there were some iconic scenes that stayed with me Rereading it was a great idea since I d forgotten how masterfully Matheson had woven the story together The great environmental message about how he comes to shrink through massive, random exposure to radiation a pesticide.The most exciting thread is his struggle in the basement as he shrinks from 1 down even further He s battling hunger, It s been a really long time since I last read this even longer since I ve seen the whole movie, but there were some iconic scenes that stayed with me Rereading it was a great idea since I d forgotten how masterfully Matheson had woven the story together The great environmental message about how he comes to shrink through massive, random exposure to radiation a pesticide.The most exciting thread is his struggle in the basement as he shrinks from 1 down even further He s battling hunger, cold, the spider Worse, he knows he has only days left as he shrinks 1 7 daily What is a 0 man besides dead Yet he struggles on to escape from the basement prison.In between these battles bouts of despair, Carey remembers the earlier part of his shrinking There he struggled with the loss of his family as his decreasing size alienates them Best of all, he keeps us in suspense as to how they lost him to the basement we don t find out until the very end.And then there is the end Perfect Truly a SF classic There were some inevitable inaccuracies in the science aspect, but they were easy to overlook This version was very well narrated, too Highly recommended A Timeless novel, Matheson is such a great writer he writes with many themes undead, ghosts, haunted houses , shrinking man and human endeavors, I only wish he had writtennovels, this story is of the highest caliber This is a story of survival for one man and his emotional and psychological journey as life slips away from beneath his feet Inch by Inch literally We follow his realization and self discovery with this fate put before himHe looked at her full body again, feeling breathA Timeless novel, Matheson is such a great writer he writes with many themes undead, ghosts, haunted houses , shrinking man and human endeavors, I only wish he had writtennovels, this story is of the highest caliber This is a story of survival for one man and his emotional and psychological journey as life slips away from beneath his feet Inch by Inch literally We follow his realization and self discovery with this fate put before himHe looked at her full body again, feeling breath catch him uncontrollably It wasn t just physical desire it was so muchIt was the dread of tomorrows without her It was the horror of his plight, which no words could capture For it was not a sudden incident removing him from her life It wasn t a sudden illness taking him, leaving the memory of him intact, cutting him from her love with merciful swiftness It wasn t even a lingering sickness At least then he d be himself and, although she could watch him with pity and terror, at least she would be watching the man she knew This was worse, far worse Odd that after all the moments of abject terror he had suffered contemplating the end of his existence, this night he felt no terror at all Hours way lay the end of his days He knew, and still he was glad he was alive That was the wonderful part of this moment That was the thick blanket of contentment that warmed his toes To know the end was close and not to mind This, he knew, was courage, the truest, ultimate courage, because there was no one here to sympathize or praise him for it What he felt was felt without the hope of commendation Before it had been different He knew that now Before he had kept on living because he had kept on hoping That was what kept most men living But now, in the final hours, even hope had vanished Yet he could smile At a point without hope he had found contentment He k re he had tried and there was nothing to be sorry for And this was complete victory, because it was a victory over himself I ve fought a good fight, he said It sounded funny to say it He felt almost embarrassed Then he shook away embarrassment It was what was left to him Why shouldn t he proclaim the bitter sweetness of his pride He bellowed at the universe I ve fought a good fight And under his breath he added God damn it to hell It made him laugh His laughter was the faintest icy sprinkling of sound against the vast, dark earth It felt good to sleep, under the stars While on holiday, Scott Carey is exposed to a cloud of radioactive spray shortly after he accidentally ingests insecticide The radioactivity acts as a catalyst for the bug spray, causing his body to shrink at a rate of approximately of an inch per day A few weeks later, Carey can no longer deny the truth not only is he losing weight, he is also shorter than he was and deduces, to his dismay, that his body will continue to shrinkGauntlet has published our fifth Richard Matheson Classic Revisited THE SHRINKING MAN As with all of our classic revisited titles we ve added additional material to make this a definitive edition Richard Matheson has written a new introduction for the book David Morrell has written a wonderfully insightful afterwood Both Matheson and Morrell have signed both the numbered and lettered editions Both editions also include ten pages of Matheson s screenplay from the original film And Matheson has provided a number of stills from his own personal archives from the movie Several appear in the numbered edition, with others appearing in just the leather traycased lettered edition Thoroughly enjoyed this story.Scott Carey is shrinking 1 7th of an inch a day until he reaches a point where he knows he will shrink to nothing But even this knowledge cannot prepare him for the unknown world that awaits him.There were some truly horrifying moments in this story but the real power was the perspective it gave, not from just one, but from constant viewpoints during his transformation I don t know what was worse fleeing from a black widow that was the same size as him or lying w Thoroughly enjoyed this story.Scott Carey is shrinking 1 7th of an inch a day until he reaches a point where he knows he will shrink to nothing But even this knowledge cannot prepare him for the unknown world that awaits him.There were some truly horrifying moments in this story but the real power was the perspective it gave, not from just one, but from constant viewpoints during his transformation I don t know what was worse fleeing from a black widow that was the same size as him or lying with a small doll for comfort because in size relation it was the only thing he could relate to Just imagine walking from one side of the basement to the other but knowing you would need food and water and that it would be a trek similar to a day long hike in a the wilderness I would recommend this one to my fellow readers It is a horror story with a lot of depth and is action packed from beginning to end ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Every day Scott Carey is getting shorter by 1 7 of an inch The doctors have figured out why he was exposed to a combination of insecticide and radioactivity but so far they have not been able to make him stop shrinking Now Scott is only one inch tall and he is trapped in the cellar of his family s rented home with a stale piece of bread, an out of reach box of crackers, a sponge, a garden hose, a water heater, and a black widow spider And in seven ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Every day Scott Carey is getting shorter by 1 7 of an inch The doctors have figured out why he was exposed to a combination of insecticide and radioactivity but so far they have not been able to make him stop shrinking Now Scott is only one inch tall and he is trapped in the cellar of his family s rented home with a stale piece of bread, an out of reach box of crackers, a sponge, a garden hose, a water heater, and a black widow spider And in sevendays, he ll be gone.Well, that s enough to make many readers want to hear Scott s story How did he get in the cellar Why didn t he prepare for this since he had plenty of time Where is his wife and daughter Will the therapies reverse the shrinkage Will the spider get him Readers who are expecting a horror adventure story will be pleased with Richard Matheson s The Incredible Shrinking Man because there s plenty of scary excitement Spiders, cats, and sparrows are monsters and so are toddlers the oil burner is a giant tower with an unpredictable roaring flame the garden hose is a viper the sand pile is a desert the repairman is a giant pins are spears and a spool of thread is a rope That story by itself is fun and fascinating.But it s the rest of the story the flashbacks, marked with Scott s height as he continues to shrink that make The Incredible Shrinking Man such an excellent book For this story is less about the horror of being physically small than it is about the horror of being physically different and, specifically, about losing manhood Scott was originally 6 2 and he had a good job and a loving wife and daughter But as he gradually loses height, he also gradually loses his place as an employee, a husband, a father, and a man It is this change that is horrifying to watch and made me consider what it means to be a man the importance of height, strength, respect, the ability to provide, and even the pitch of the voice And then a heartbreaking scene at a carnival reminds us that reality is relative much of how we are perceived and therefore how we perceive ourselves depends on our position relative to others.The Incredible Shrinking Man is so muchthan an exciting and well written horror story it s a beautiful psychological study of masculinity and loneliness I listened to Blackstone Audio s version It s eight hours long and excellently read by Yuri Rasovsky I highly recommend this version.ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature I wish I could return this book and get the one that most of my friends here read instead Naw, just kidding, I m sure I read this all wrong But even after really gritting my teeth in my efforts to suspend disbelief or actually turn a blind eye to facts and physics, I really couldn t find much engaging in this story Scott shrinks 1 7th of an inch each day radiation insecticides effects obviously follow the imperial metric system , which of course works out to exponential shrinking as it goe I wish I could return this book and get the one that most of my friends here read instead Naw, just kidding, I m sure I read this all wrong But even after really gritting my teeth in my efforts to suspend disbelief or actually turn a blind eye to facts and physics, I really couldn t find much engaging in this story Scott shrinks 1 7th of an inch each day radiation insecticides effects obviously follow the imperial metric system , which of course works out to exponential shrinking as it goes from a couple of per day starting out to 25 33 50 % and beyond as he edges into sub inch height Anyway, I said I should disregard reason here, so what about metaphor and symbolism Yes, there s plenty of course and plenty of analyses of the story available if you are inclined Unfortunately, for me, I did not find it all terribly interesting or engaging I feel that the story, content and the characters haven t really aged well Surprisingly much comes down to the main character s sense of sexual adequacy and parts are quite explicit The lusting after a 16 year old girl supposedly because she s smaller than the wife and the coupling with a midget woman with the consent of said wife, because it s obviously absolutely necessary does little to rouse any sympathy for the protagonist When he himself is exposed to a paedophile, is another matter and there I thought this side of the story kind of worked OK, let s look at it as purely an adventure type story then, running from the house cat, battling a Black Widow spider, climbing workbenches and the like Well, let s not actually A very large part of the story is taken up with descriptions of relative sizes and incredibly boring descriptions of excursions in a normal cellar when you are but an inch or so and I gave up instantly trying to see the scene of sewing needles, thread, stairs, paint jar handles, sponges with Scott traversing, climbing, jumping, balancing Top the entire thing off with a bit of a cop out ending or non ending if you will and this one is not a book I d recommend The second star isfor the classic status than anything else The Shrinking Man is a really good book, in the sense of its horrifying idea, style of narration, its meticulous description whenever required, and its hidden sub layer This was Mr Matheson s first story that I read, being amongst his earliest written works.The book initiates with a very small chapter, which in short, describes the causes of the protagonist s initiation of shrinkage and continues while he is 5 7th of an inch tall with the following chapter The story then interweaves with two The Shrinking Man is a really good book, in the sense of its horrifying idea, style of narration, its meticulous description whenever required, and its hidden sub layer This was Mr Matheson s first story that I read, being amongst his earliest written works.The book initiates with a very small chapter, which in short, describes the causes of the protagonist s initiation of shrinkage and continues while he is 5 7th of an inch tall with the following chapter The story then interweaves with two timelines one whilst he is shrinking from 68 onwards and the other where he reduces in height from 5 7th of an inch toHis rate of shrinkage is 1 7th of an inch per day This I think is intentionally put, where dividing an inch into seven parts is considered unconventional.The book employs a third person narrative during both the interweaving narratives Narration I When Scott is under an inch in height, his narrative describes his mundane activities, but which are the only ones that can be described because his size is so small in relation to the large stuff of materials around him The distances for him to travel from a place to another are vast considering his scale, and quite a lot can take place within that time And not to forget, it is also about weight Personally to me, it took a while to imagine and get accustomed to a perspective from a tiny man, and the descriptive details of his mundane activities got me bored indeed at various times Though I understand that that has to be what the author can describe for such a person at that scale most of the timesHe d been running since it had all started Running physically, from the man and the boys and the cat and the bird and the spider, and a far worse kind of flight running mentally Running from life, from his problems and his fears retreating, backtracking, facing nothing, yielding, giving in, surrendering He still lived, but was his living considered, or only an instinctive survival Yes, he still struggled for food and water, but wasn t that inevitable if he chose to go on living What he wanted to know was this Was he a separate, meaningful person was he an individual Did he matter Was it enough just to surviveNarration II While Scott is shrinking from 68 through to becoming as small as being about a foot in height, the narration does not deal with mundane activities This is the time when the writer describes of what the protagonist has to face during the period of his shrinkage implications on his social and family life, the problems that he faces with his inability to use his sexual drive and the way he has to cope with it, the loss of authority of fatherhood to his daughter and in turn losing her respect, the insanity of going through a celebrity status, his thoughts on hopes of survivalism, questions on whether human life is valuable, purposeful and meaningful at such a small scale, etcIt was a thing about people They did not look down expecting to see anything but dogs and catsSome of these questions also come during the other narrative This narration was however, the better part of the book for me, personally.The story also has a sub layer under it s surface, that is allusive to something like the discrimination under a Class System as just one example The problems that the protagonist faces while he is shrunk are allusive to a Poor Man, a human who is cast in a society as being in a Lower or Working Class or the Poor Class, an outcast even perhaps someone who can easily lose hope, and might even question the value and use of his presence in existence Towering against him is a human being of a larger height as being allusive of a Higher Class in the Society, having easy access to all the available resources of life and leading a well to do life, relatively.Overall the story is great the ending even wonderful, especially for those times during the 1950s to 70s, perhaps even 80s , and even now to many view spoiler The idea of humanity s limited perceptions of scaling across dimensions, and not to forget the Zero, is also brought to attention to the reader hide spoiler One s own gradually physical shrinkage sounds extremely horrifying to me after reading the book and living in the world of a shrunken protagonist within the last few days A very good read indeed, for an SF Horror classic Much recommended Thank God it s over.I wanted to like this book I really did From the moment I saw the cover a tiny man fending off a spider with a spear sized needle how awesome is that , I wanted to read this story by an author I thought could do no wrong.When I had 5 pages left, I almost stopped reading Not because I was disappointed with the direction of the plot, but because I just couldn t take it any The Shrinking Man is the story of Scott Carey, AKA The Flash from DC Comics I figure he must Thank God it s over.I wanted to like this book I really did From the moment I saw the cover a tiny man fending off a spider with a spear sized needle how awesome is that , I wanted to read this story by an author I thought could do no wrong.When I had 5 pages left, I almost stopped reading Not because I was disappointed with the direction of the plot, but because I just couldn t take it any The Shrinking Man is the story of Scott Carey, AKA The Flash from DC Comics I figure he must be some sort of incarnation of the fleet footed superhero in the red and yellow spandex, because no matter how small Scott Carey gets, he can always outrun whatever is chasing him Apparently the shorter your legs are, the faster you move Logic.I ve read a few other Matheson stories the novels I Am Legend, Hell House and Woman, not to mention a few of his well known stories like Born of Man and Woman and Prey and I ve loved them all Somethan others, admittedly, but I ve never walked away regretting the time I spent reading them.That all changed with The Incredibly Boring Man Who Also Happens to be Shrinking, FYIOriginal manuscript title Things start out great Five star book from the beginning We see a tiny little man struggling to survive in a world that was not built for his size Every simple task we take for granted eating, sleeping, not getting eaten by bear sized spiders is an arduous endeavor for him Early on, Matheson goes into great detail regarding just how much work it takes for Scott to survive.And he continues with that level of detail for the rest of the book.If you want to talk about every single foothold this tiny man has to use in climbing a chair 100x his size, great that ll really help the reader realize just how small Scott is But it quickly becomes TOO DAMNED MUCH I m sorry, but I m experiencing a level of fury right now that can only be expressed through the magic of CAPS LOCK Every scene with Scott as a tiny man in the cellar was about 2 3x as long as it needed to be I get that we re supposed to experience his frustration, but you ve got to draw the line somewhere at a certain point, I feel like I m the one having to put up with all these insurmountable obstacles, and guess what It s NOT ENJOYABLE.Or maybe this was some sort of Matheson meta brilliance Scott Carey feels like there s no hope and that his world will never get better, and that s the exact same feeling I got about myself while reading the book Bra vo, Mr Matheson Just to be clear, I still think Matheson is an amazing writer But man, was this story ever a stinker This book probably would have worked better as a novella There are just pages upon pages of superfluous information And I don t necessarily mean there are scenes that needed to be cut just that the existing scenes should have been chopped in half or maybe even thirds.I went into this book thinking it was a classic I was greatly disappointed But, in the end, I still have one thing to be thankful for At least it wasn t Frankenstein The Shrinking Man


About the Author: Richard Matheson

Born in Allendale, New Jersey to Norwegian immigrant parents, Matheson was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1943 He then entered the military and spent World War II as an infantry soldier In 1949 he earned his bachelor s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and moved to California in 1951 He married in 1952 and has four children, three of whom Chris, Richard Christian, and Ali Matheson are writers of fiction and screenplays.His first short story, Born of Man and Woman, appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950 The tale of a monstrous child chained in its parents cellar, it was told in the first person as the creature s diary in poignantly non idiomatic English and immediately made Matheson famous Between 1950 and 1971, Matheson produced dozens of stories, frequently blending elements of the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres.Several of his stories, like Third from the Sun 1950 , Deadline 1959 and Button, Button 1970 are simple sketches with twist endings others, like Trespass 1953 , Being 1954 and Mute 1962 explore their characters dilemmas over twenty or thirty pages Some tales, such as The Funeral 1955 and The Doll that Does Everything 1954 incorporate zany satirical humour at the expense of genre clich s, and are written in an hysterically overblown prose very different from Matheson s usual pared down style Others, like The Test 1954 and Steel 1956 , portray the moral and physical struggles of ordinary people, rather than the then nearly ubiquitous scientists and superheroes, in situations which are at once futuristic and everyday Still others, such as Mad House 1953 , The Curious Child 1954 and perhaps most famously, Duel 1971 are tales of paranoia, in which the everyday environment of the present day becomes inexplicably alien or threatening.He wrote a number of episodes for the American TV series The Twilight Zone, including Steel, mentioned above and the famous Nightmare at 20,000 Feet adapted the works of Edgar Allan Poe for Roger Corman and Dennis Wheatley s The Devil Rides Out for Hammer Films and scripted Steven Spielberg s first feature, the TV movie Duel, from his own short story He also contributed a number of scripts to the Warner Brothers western series The Lawman between 1958 and 1962 In 1973, Matheson earned an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his teleplay for The Night Stalker, one of two TV movies written by Matheson that preceded the series Kolchak The Night Stalker Matheson also wrote the screenplay for Fanatic US title Die Die My Darling starring Talullah Bankhead and Stefanie Powers.Novels include The Shrinking Man filmed as The Incredible Shrinking Man, again from Matheson s own screenplay , and a science fiction vampire novel, I Am Legend, which has been filmed three times under the titles The Omega Man and The Last Man on Earth and once under the original title Other Matheson novels turned into notable films include What Dreams May Come, Stir of Echoes, Bid Time Return as Somewhere in Time , and Hell House as The Legend of Hell House and the aforementioned Duel, the last three adapted and scripted by Matheson himself Three of his short stories were filmed together as Trilogy of Terror, including Prey with its famous Zuni warrior doll.In 1960, Matheson published The Beardless Warriors, a nonfantastic, autobiographical novel about teenage American soldiers in World War II.He died at his home on June 23, 2013, at the age of 87http us.macmillan.com author richar


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