Legendary author Richard Matheson died yesterday at home with his family. He was 87.
Matheson was born in 1926 in New Jersey. His first short story, "Born of Man and Woman," was first published in 1950, and his first novel, Someone is Bleeding, was published in 1953. In total, he had hundreds of short stories, dozens of novels, and dozens of screenplays and TV episodes to his name.
Some of his best-known works include I Am Legend, What Dreams May Come, Hell House, and A Stir of Echoes, all of which were adapted into major motion pictures. He wrote directly for the screen, too, including many episodes of The Twilight Zone, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and the original Star Trek. He worked frequently with B-movie legend Roger Corman, and scripted all of Corman's Poe adaptations.
Matheson leaves behind a legacy that is almost impossible to put into words. He has influenced genre legends from Anne Rice, Stephen King, George Romero, Chris Carter, and Joe Hill. He has received lifetime acheivement awards from the Bram Stoker Awards; World Fantasy Awards; Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films; and Fangoria; he won an Edgar Allan Poe award, a Hugo award, and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Matheson has had an influence on every corner of the genre.
The announcement of Matheson's death came via a protected post on his daughter Ali Marie Matheson's Facebook page: "My beloved father passed away yesterday at home surrounded by the people and things he loved…he was funny, brilliant, loving, generous, kind, creative, and the most wonderful father ever…I miss you and love you forever Pop and I know you are now happy and healthy in a beautiful place full of love and joy you always knew was there…"