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The Best of Richard Matheson Audiobook

The Best of Richard Matheson

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Publisher's Summary

Among the greats of 20th-century horror and fantasy, few names stand above Richard Matheson. Though known by many for novels like I Am Legend and his 16 Twilight Zone episodes, Matheson truly shines in his chilling, masterful short stories. Since his first story appeared in 1950, virtually every major writer of science fiction and fantasy has fallen under his influence, including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, and Joe Hill, as well as filmmakers like Stephen Spielberg and J. J. Abrams.

Matheson revolutionized horror by taking it out of Gothic castles and strange cosmos and into the darkened streets and suburbs we recognize as our own. He infused tales of the fantastic and supernormal with dark explorations of human nature, delving deep into the universal dread of feeling alone and threatened in a dangerous world. The Best of Richard Matheson brings together his greatest hits as chosen by Victor LaValle, an expert on horror fiction and one of its brightest talents, marking the first major overview of Matheson's legendary career.

Narrated by Robertson Dean, Donald Corren, Peter Berkrot, Paul Michael Garcia, Hillary Huber, Traber Burns, Scott Brick, Devon Sorvari, and Kevin Kenerly.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Arthur
    United States
    24/10/17
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    "Rich and thrilling storytelling"

    Great stories from Richard Matheson. The complete list (I think) is below:

    Born of Man and Woman
    Prey
    Witch War
    Shipshape Home
    Blood Son
    Where There's a Will
    Dying Room Only
    Counterfeit Bills
    Death Ship
    Dance of the Dead
    Man with a Club
    Button, Button
    Duel
    Day of Reckoning
    The Prisoner
    Dress of White Silk
    Haircut
    Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
    The Funeral
    Third From the Sun
    The Last Day
    Long Distance Call
    Deus ex Machina
    One for the Books
    Now Die in It
    The Conqueror
    The Holiday Man
    No Such Thing as a Vampire
    Big Surprise
    A Visit to Santa Claus
    Finger Prints
    Mute
    Shock Wave

    If you're unfamiliar with Matheson, think "Man on the Wing of the Airplane", "The Box", and "I am Legend". His stories are often macabre and imaginative, but not always scary. This is much more "Twilight Zone (for which he was a repeated writer) than "Tales from the Darkside". After reading a bit of Hell House, I wasn't a big fan of Matheson. After such a large sampling of his short stories, my opinion has changed. At his best (The Last Day, Duel) Matheson describes humanity at the brink...at the edge of its survival, its sanity, or its ability to endure.

    If you like strange tales with a dark flavor, try this selection out.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    30/11/17
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    "Victor LaValle Introduction is NOT included"

    I was excited for this collection, as I've only read Matheson's novels and have always enjoyed his work. Unfortunately the introduction by Victor LaValle which is part of the reason I purchased this collection is not included even though it's listed in the book information on Audible.

    There are several narrators here, which is a nice way to break up the stories. They are all very traditional style audiobook narrators, which isn't always my preference, but they fit Matheson's work nicely.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • LIA
    NoDak , USA
    18/01/18
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    " not bad at all"

    beautifully narrated some of the stories lacked a little bit but all in all I would say it's a good book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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