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Collected Stories, Vol. 3 by Richard Matheson
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really liked it
bookshelves: short-stories, 2010-read
Read in October, 2009

This collection of short horror/thriller stories is quite good. It's amazing because I would start reading many of these stories and then realize they were later adapted into quite famous TV shorts or movies.

This is just one third of Richard Matheson's (I Am Legend) short story collection but includes the story "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" upon which the famous Twilight Zone episode with William Shatner.

It also includes the story "Button, Button" which was the influence for the 80s Twilight Zone episode. It will be remade this year into a Cameron Diaz movie called "The Box"

One other story is "Prey" about a killer African doll which stalks a woman in her apartment. It was later adapted as the amusing "The Doll" episode in "Trilogy of Terror" It was later famous enough to be lampooned in the Simpsons Halloween episode with the killer Krusty doll.

Finally, this collection ends with "Duel" which was adapted into a Stephen Spielberg's first feature length movie.

This is all to say that Matheson has had a profound effect on popular culture. He's still alive at a ripe old age of 83 but he doesn't write short stories any more. It's too bad because many of these are quite good.

The Twilight Zone likely couldn't exist without the work of this man.
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