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Richard Matheson, horror/scifi master

PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:32 am
by so sorry
Topside has a really good interview with Richard Matheson

I know we've knocked around Matheson's work in some movie threads (the I am Legend redux especially) but I was a little shocked he didn't have his own thread in the Books forum. Problem corrected!

Quite a prolific writer, with a good number of his stories adapted to the big screen (check out his wiki page for a total list).

Re: Richard Matheson, horror/scifi master

PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 11:42 am
by Fievel
Wow! That started off extremely similar to the interview on IGN that Butcher linked in the Random thread. But Beaks eventually hit a lot of other great points.
Fun read!

Re: Richard Matheson, horror/scifi master

PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 12:00 pm
by The Vicar
Richard is one of my very favorite writers, ever since those first Twilight Zone eps of his.
Someday I Am Legend WILL be done correctly.
Liked the interview. My experience with discovering Matheson seems identical to Beaks.

Re: Richard Matheson, horror/scifi master

PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:09 pm
by Al Shut
Beaks: I like that movie, but I feel like they could maybe take another crack at HELL HOUSE.

Matheson: Oh, I’ve been trying to get them to do that for a long time. I’m trying to talk 20th Century Fox into remaking it and following my book even more [closely]. I was originally going to do it with a producer named Stanley Chase, and it was going to follow my book very closely. I mean, [the 1973 film] didn’t deviate from it that much, but they could have come closer. It was about the time of ultimate censorship, so I had to cut out all of the really raunchy stuff from the book, which I would probably stick back in now for good or for bad.


I feel like I've said something similar around here before but the day I see a Hell House without cuts (that costs more than a million dollars to make) I'll eat my hat.

Re: Richard Matheson, horror/scifi master

PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 3:59 pm
by Bloo
what a great article.

Re: Richard Matheson, horror/scifi master

PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 4:40 pm
by minstrel
Excellent interview. I'm glad to see that Matheson is still writing, and in spite of his age, shows no sign of slowing down. Inspiring!

He also seems like a generous man, giving credit to almost anyone who ever worked with him. Very un-Harlan-Ellison, I guess. I wonder if those two guys know and/or like each other.

Re: Richard Matheson, horror/scifi master

PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:39 pm
by The Vicar
They are pretty much polar opposites, although I've am a fan of both men's work. I think Harlan would grate on Richard after a few minutes.

Re: Richard Matheson, horror/scifi master

PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 6:12 pm
by Bloo
yeah Harlan wouldn't have been so...complimentary to people who changed his work and it was good...and he certainly wouldn't have called the adaptations of his work that weren't good "dreck", he'd write a 28 page essay about how they screwed him over.

God I love Ellison, but Matheson seems more like the Gentleman

Re: Richard Matheson, horror/scifi master

PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:23 pm
by The Vicar
Bloo wrote:yeah Harlan wouldn't have been so...complimentary to people who changed his work and it was good...and he certainly wouldn't have called the adaptations of his work that weren't good "dreck", he'd write a 28 page essay about how they screwed him over.

God I love Ellison, but Matheson seems more like the Gentleman


Agreed.

Re: Richard Matheson, horror/scifi master

PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 4:19 am
by Al Shut
The real Gentleman.

Re: Richard Matheson, horror/scifi master

PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:55 am
by magicmonkey
Al Shut wrote:The real Gentleman.

iPAMP.

Never read any Matheson...yet. Is he better than King?

Re: Richard Matheson, horror/scifi master

PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 9:07 am
by The Vicar
magicmonkey wrote:
Never read any Matheson...yet. Is he better than King?


Matheson has more range as a writer than King, and has penned some rather iconic works in his time ( Hell House/I Am Legend).
Matheson would get my vote. King has a tendency to repeat himself.

Re: Richard Matheson, horror/scifi master

PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 2:35 pm
by Bloo
I'd go for Matheson over King as well. He's written in a variety of genres including horror, crime, and western. And King has repeatedly cited Matheson as an influence.

Re: Richard Matheson, horror/scifi master

PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2011 9:46 am
by magicmonkey
The Vicar wrote:
magicmonkey wrote:
Never read any Matheson...yet. Is he better than King?


Matheson has more range as a writer than King, and has penned some rather iconic works in his time ( Hell House/I Am Legend).
Matheson would get my vote. King has a tendency to repeat himself.


After a quick wiki search, I discovered quite a bit. I honestly only knew of him in regards to I am Legend (Hadn't known about his Legend of Hell House penning), but having seen Stir of Echoes and What Dreams May Come and now discovering he was the progenitor of those too, well, blimey. It's certainly piqued my interest by about another 180%!

Definitely looking out for his books now.

Re: Richard Matheson, horror/scifi master

PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:36 am
by The Vicar
One of the fun aspects of reading a collection of Matheson's short stories is getting started on one,
and realizing that you saw it in the Twilight Zone.

Re: Richard Matheson, horror/scifi master

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:04 pm
by TheButcher