Date: 25th June 2013
In the class of science fiction’s most influential and original writers, Richard Matheson stands up there with the likes of Isaac Asimov and Ray Bradbury. So it is with sorrow that we report he has died in California at the age of 87.
Though his name might not immediately spark recognition, there is a good chance that if you enjoy the genre, you’ve read his work or seen something adapted from it, including I Am Legend, published in 1954 and filmed as The Last Man On Earth, The Omega Man and the eponymous 2007 Will Smith version; The Shrinking Man, which he adapted into 1957’s The Incredible Shrinking Man; A Stir Of Echoes and several episodes of The Twilight Zone, including the classic Nightmare At 20,000 Feet.
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Source: Press Release