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Richard Matheson


Born
in Allendale, New Jersey, The United States
February 20, 1926

Died
June 23, 2013

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Born in Allendale, New Jersey to Norwegian immigrant parents, Matheson was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1943. He then entered the military and spent World War II as an infantry soldier. In 1949 he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and moved to California in 1951. He married in 1952 and has four children, three of whom (Chris, Richard Christian, and Ali Matheson) are writers of fiction and screenplays.

His first short story, "Born of Man and Woman," appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950. The tale of a monstrous child chained in its parents' cellar, it was told in the first person as the creature's diary (in poignantly non-idiomatic En
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Quotes by Richard Matheson  (?)
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“That which you believe becomes your world.”
Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come

“Heaven would never be heaven without you.”
Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come

“Thank you...for gracing my life with your lovely presence, for adding the sweet measure of your soul to my existence.”
Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come

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What would you like to read in June? Please note that by voting on a book, you are agreeing to read it and return for discussion around the start of June if it wins.

Girl Under Glass by Monica Enderle Pierce
2012, AR 4.06, 277 pages, $2.99 Kindle, $14.99 paperback

Girl Under Glass by Monica Enderle Pierce
 
  7 votes, 20.0%

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
2012, AR 4.06, 387 pages, $5.43 Kindle (weird price) and $6.33 or less for paperback

Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer
 
  7 votes, 20.0%

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2011, AR 4.28, 374 pages, $9.99 Kindle, $6.99 used pb

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

 
  7 votes, 20.0%

The Return Man by V.M. Zito
2012, AR 3.8, 448 pages (oh just makes it)
$7.59 Kindle, cheap paperback

The Return Man by V.M. Zito
 
  4 votes, 11.4%

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
1954, AR 4.05, 160 pages, $6.83 Kindle, cheap used pb

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
 
  4 votes, 11.4%

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
2006, AR 3.93, 241 pages, $11.99 Kindle, cheap paperback

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
 
  2 votes, 5.7%

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2011, AR 3.57, 240 pages, $6.29 Kindle, cheap pb

Human.4 (Point 4, #1) by Mike A. Lancaster
 
  2 votes, 5.7%

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1963, AR 4.18, 304 pages, $8.99 Kindle, cheap used pb

Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
 
  2 votes, 5.7%

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