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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We will never see his like again. One of the true great storytellers has left the world. May his words never be silenced.

Books, television, movies. He literally did it all. Farewell.

Rest in peace Richard Matheson; youwere a versatile and prolific writer who has left an incredible legacy of some of the most ass-kicking prose fiction, movies and television that I've ever witnessed. Going to watch "Duel" tonight in your honor.

Horrible news.What an incredible writer and a great,great man.God bless you sir and thank you for your legacy in books,television and movies. Condolences to your family and friends.

The old gods perish...

George Romero maybe the godfather of the zombie apocalypse, but Matheson will always be the unsung father of it all with I Am Legend (Romero took inspiration from the book).

A genius! Richard Matheson along with Ray Bradbury and Philip K Dick have written the source material of some of the best (and worst!) films of the last 50 years. They were all ahead of their time. I salute you sir!

Sad news. Maybe, one day we will get a version of I Am Legend which actually captures the true spirit and meaning of the story.

My wife will be equally saddened as he wrote one of her favourite films, Somewhere In Time.

What a fine body of work he has to be remembered by.
Also, I watched "The Last Man on Earth" only recently. I can see why it's heralded as the first zombie movie.

<3 Remembered forever. Thank you Mr Matheson

My sentiments exactly. I Am Legend is one of my favourite ever books. I was so hacked off with the Will Smith version. Completely missed the point of the book (and the title!)

I am a fan of the book as well. I always felt it would work better with a lower budget. I could see Sam Rockwell being good in the role.

I remember you with honour Sir

Somewhere in Time made a romantic of me, I thrilled to Kirk vs Kirk in The Enemy Within and Duel thrilled the little boy inside me.

You had a great innings and you made me feel. Rest in triumph at your life.

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