Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
Here are more than twenty of Matheson's most memorable tales of fe ...more
8 Excellent short stories,
1 Boring short misfire, and
11 Dazzling, GRANDtastic short masterpieces
combine to make this one delicious helping of gumdrop goody goodness....in a scare you stool-less and leave you whimpering kind of way. This is a rare blend of literate, high quality prose and "oh shit" screaming terror. Matheson's story-telling is addictive and the heavy, meaty sense of tension-filled dread with which he is able to consistently imbue his stories is truly special. Yeah, I though ...more
Richard Matheson’s collection Nightmare At 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories is mostly made up of these sorts of stories.
You’ve probably read I am Legend - Matheson’s ...more
The collection begins with the title story, a favorite of Twilight Zone fans, both from the show and an episode starring a very young William Shatner and the film featuring John Lithgow in the lead.
This is an excellent way to begin because it highlights Matheson’s psychological style of horror blending the surreal and fantastic. Matheson’s genius is close, subtle, th ...more
Many of the stories in this collection are ones I've read elsewhere, but listening to them on audio this time was fantastic ...more
These 20 works of horror by Richard Matheson kick off with an introduction by Stephen King who says "Without Richard Matheson, I wouldn't be around." And a book dedication that reads "To Stephen King, with much admiration for taking the ball and running with it all the way."
Aside from the iconic first story, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet and last Prey, the remaining 18 were all new for me....the oldest from 1951 and newest 1969, with the majority written in t...more
DRESS OF WHITE SILK: *****
BLOOD SON: ****
WITCH WAR: **
MAD HOUSE: ****
DISAPPEARING ACT: *****
LEGION OF PLOTTERS: **
LONG DISTANCE CALL: *****
SLAUGHTER HOUSE: ***
WET STRAW: ****
DANCE OF THE DEAD: ****
THE CHILDREN OF NOAH: ***
THE HOLIDAY MAN: ****
OLD HAUNTS: *****
THE DISTRIBUTOR: ****
FIRST ANNIVERSARY: ****
THE LIKENESS OF JULIE: ****
I think it's needless to talk about the way Matheson wrote his stories. The above ratings have n ...more
The stories themselves are amazing. My personal favorites were the title story, "Dress of White Silk," "Through Cannels" and "Blood Son." Gre ...more
• Nightmare at 20,000 feet (Twilight Zone TV serie ...more
Most of that meh is not Matheson's fault - I fully recognize him as a master of his craft. Stephen King (my favorite author) admits Matheson is the writer who has influenced him most (and the more I read of Matheson's work the more I believe that). The meh is my fault; short stories are not usually my bag and it takes a lot for one to ...more
Maybe at the time of the writing – mostly the 1950’s – there were a lot of men questioning things which they hadn’t before. WW2 was over, and even ...more
Stephen King's introduction is wonderful, and succinctly reminds the reader just how important Matheson was as a bridge between the decline of the Great Pulpists (Lovecraft, REH, CAS, etc.) an ...more
Great collection of Matheson scary stories. I enjoyed most of them, as I always seem to like his stuff. A few were stories I'd read before, but it was nice to revisit those too.
Favorites: "Witch War", "The Distributor", "Mad House", and the title story. Most of these would be great as Twilight Zone episodes, and some of them were... ...more
If your only Matheson experience so far has been Will Smith in "I Am Legend," you owe it to yourself to expand your horizons. This collection is a great introduction to typical Matheson themes: ordinary folks in horrifying ...more
I just had to read "Prey" because I remember screaming along with Karen Black in "Trilogy of Terror" as the Zuni doll chased her all around her apartment. My favorite stories were "Blood Son" and "Dress of White Silk." Great American horror! ...more
This is not a complete collection, alas. For example, it does not contain the story "Born of Man and Woman" which fans of the genre should seek out, if they haven't read it already.
The stories ranged, for me, from 3 stars to 4.5. Highly recommended is "Nightmare At 20,000 Feet". Yes, its based on that Twilight Zone epis ...more
For me, it was a hit and miss. Some of them were boring others were truly creepy. The problem was that his boring stories seemed to outweigh the creepy, good ones.
So I say, if you enjoyed Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, and yo ...more