From Richard Matheson, author of I Am Legend, comes a four-book bundle of his best suspense novels. Revenge, murder, and horror abound in these stories of speculative fiction as the dark side of humanity is explored.
From Richard Matheson, author of I Am Legend, comes a four-book bundle of his best suspense novels. Revenge, murder, and horror abound in these stories of speculative fiction as the dark side of humanity is explored. The Shrinking Man: While on vacation, Scott Carey is exposed to a cloud of radioactive gas—and begins to shrink at a fraction of an inch per day. As he loses his stature, his relationships with his spouse, family, and friends are also threatened—as is his life. The inspiration for several movies, this novel raises interesting questions about the meaning of masculinity in 1950’s American suburbia.
Camp Pleasant: As a first-time camp counselor at a boy’s summer camp, Matt Harper is the witness to a murder. Told with jarring simplicity, this novel tells the story of casual brutality in an environment that should be representative of idyllic childhood innocence.
Hunger and Thirst: In renowned science fiction and horror writer Richard Matheson’s first novel, the protagonist lies paralyzed in a hospital bed after catching a bullet in a robbery gone wrong. In this touching and compelling novel, he contemplates his life thus far—and his hopes for the future.
7 Steps to Midnight: At the end of an ordinary workday, mathematician Chris Barton finds his car missing from the employee parking lot and a stranger living in his house, claiming to be him. Thrust into a surreal world of violence and mystery, Chris must go on the run, stay alive, and follow a series of cryptic clues to regain his life.
Richard Matheson (1926-2013) was a prolific speculative fiction author and screenwriter who wrote novels, short stories, movie screenplays, and scripts for television. He is perhaps best known for I Am Legend, a novel that was translated to the silver screen twice—once starring Charlton Heston, and once starring Will Smith. His screenplay The Incredible Shrinking Man, based on a prior novel, won the Hugo Award in 1958. Several other novels of Matheson's have been adapted to film, including What Dreams May Come, A Stir of Echoes, Duel, and Hell House. The movie version of Duel, based on a Matheson short story of the same name, was directed by Steven Spielberg. He is also known for writing dozens of episodes for The Twilight Zone, including the iconic "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," and several popular Star Trek episodes, including "The Enemy Within." In addition to the Hugo Award, Richard Matheson was the recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (1984) and an Edgar Award for a teleplay written for The Night Stalker. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010.
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