Richard Matheson dies, aged 87

News Den Of Geek 24 Jun 2013 - 22:18

The man who wrote the likes of Duel, I Am Legend, Hell House and so much more has left us, at the age of 87.

We've got some sad news to report. Author and screenwriter Richard Matheson has died at the age of 87.

It's hard to know quite where to start when trying to get across just how much Matheson contributed to the world of science fiction. Amongst his novels were I Am Legend (filmed three times), The Shrinking Man, What Dreams May Come and Hell House. He also wrote many, many short stories, including the one that became one of Steven Spielberg's finest movies, Duel. Most recently, one of his short stories formed the basis of the film Real Steel.

Prolific across the big and small screen too (not least more than one contribution to The Twilight Zone), Matheson leaves behind an incredible collection of quality writing, that's had a signficant impact in the world of science fiction. His is survived by his wife and four children. Our thoughts are very much with them.

People are already sharing their favourite Richard Matheson works on Twitter, with the hashtag #RIPMatheson. There's quite a list to get through.

Rest in peace, Mr Matheson. And thank you.

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