Prolific author and screen writer of such works as I Am Legend and The Twilight Zone.
February 20, 1926 – June 23, 2013
Richard Matheson is among the most prolific and quietly recognizable authors of science fiction short stories, novels, and screenplays. Regardless of genre, Matheson's work displays themes of human existence facing alternate realities, incorporating the paranormal, terror, survival, and ardor.
His first short story, “Born of Man and Woman,” was published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950. The story was written as a simple tale of terror but was lauded as a great work of science fiction, earning Matheson immediate fame.
Matheson transitioned to TV and film writing in the late 1960s, adapting a number of his stories and novels for the screen. Among his most notable adaptations are his first novel I Am Legend (1954; filmed as The Last Man on Earth (1964), The Omega Man (1971), and I Am Legend (2007)), The Shrinking Man (1956; filmed as The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)) for which he earned a Hugo Award, Bid Time Returns (1975; filmed as Somewhere in Time (1980)) for which he earned a World Fantasy Award, and What Dreams May Come (1978; film (1998)).
Starting in 1959, Matheson produced 14 original scripts for the television series The Twilight Zone including the landmark “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.”