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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,615 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Julia Campbell, Paul Michael Garcia, Malcolm Hillgartner, Arte Johnson, Jay Karnes, Ray Porter, Lawrence Pressman, Yuri Rasovsky Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN:
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One of the finest and most influential horror writers of the 20th century, Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Somewhere in Time) has left his stamp on the collective imagination. Here are more than 20 of Matheson's most memorable tales of fear and paranoia, personally selected by the author. Many of these stories have already entered into popular culture, including the title story, which became a landmark episode of The Twilight Zone, and Duel, the nail-biting tale of man versus machine that inspired Steven Spielberg's first film.

Other stories include First Anniversary, Dress of White Silk, Witch War, Dance of the Dead, Mad House, Prey, Blood Son, Crickets, Wet Straw, The Children of Noah, Through Channels, Old Haunts, Disappearing Act, The Holiday Man, Legion of Plotters, The Distributor, Long Distance Call, Slaughter House, and The Likeness of Julie.

Find out why Stephen King (who wrote the introduction) has called Matheson one of his favorite writers.

Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia, Malcolm Hillgartner, Arte Johnson,Jay Karnes, Ray Porter, Lawrence Pressman, Yuri Rasovsky, Lorna Raver, Ned Schmidtke,Conrad John Schuck, and Christine Williams.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas Mariner | 2/17/2014

    " Pretty much since the day Stephen King said this was his greatest influence, someone has been publishing Richard Matheson endlessly. He's got some very good stories though. Some of them are slow and unfulfilling, but for the most part, this is a great collection of good scares. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom Eldridge | 2/17/2014

    " There is something as cold as liquid nitrogen at the core of Richard Matheson's stories. I remember watching Duel on the ABC Movie of the Week in 1971 and being completely blown away by it. His endings are like when you think you're at the bottom of the steps and step out and....drop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 2/14/2014

    " Fun book filled with REALLY short stories. Matheson wrote some of the original Twilight Zone television series episodes and this book reads like a black and white flip book of the show. "Horror stories" is a stretch though, especially if you're looking for modern chainsaw massacres and/or Stephen King-like absurdity! ; ) Given the time period these were written there's a very certain cuteness and innocence about them, but thought-provoking all the same in a 'watching Twilight Zone at midnight as a kid' sort of way! Good stuff! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tess Lynch | 2/2/2014

    " This is my desert island book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 1/8/2014

    " Finished this on the plane. Like all short story compilations, some were good, and some were just okay. In fact, I had read three of them before, probably when I read "I am Legend." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/6/2014

    " As with all story collections, there are hits and misses. There were also a couple stories in here that I'd already read in other Matheson/horror anthologies so I skipped over them. This was the not the best choice to listen to as I went for a run at 6am one morning (a guy on a bicycle nearly gave me a heart attack), but overall, this was a very good collection. Matheson is the master of creeping you out subtly. I feel like his stories are what I wanted the Dan Chaon book that I tried to read recently to be like. But I don't know if there really is anyone quite like Matheson. Delightfully creepy and weird and excellent narrators. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric Anderson | 12/31/2013

    " More Matheson....I haven't read a collection of short stories and am enjoying it....I really appreciate the talent it takes for the author to introduce character where you feel you can empathize and know them and tell a story in 20 pages. Great stuff if you're a lover of Twlight Zone like stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff French | 12/27/2013

    " This is an excellent collection of stories. There is a sense of eeriness that weaves it's way throughout all of the works. A few of these appear in the 'I Am Legend' collection as well, but are well worth reading again (and again and again). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dxmaniac69 | 12/14/2013

    " A collection of short horror stories by Richard Matheson. As with any collection there are some that are better then others, but its mostly good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raoul | 12/8/2013

    " A mix of good and bad. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 destiney sunshine | 12/6/2013

    " It was basically reading a bunch of cheesy horror stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack | 11/20/2013

    " Satisfying, in a 1957 kind of way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrick | 10/3/2013

    " Awesome short stories from the man who probably wrote all of your favorite "Twilight Zone" episodes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Junk | 4/14/2013

    " I love this collection of short stories. Many of them were turned into Twilight Zone episodes. Matheson is truly a master of his craft! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/29/2012

    " Wet Straw! Creepy... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pandora | 11/2/2012

    " Been awhile sinceI read it but, I remmeber it as my favorite of his collection. The introduction by King is excellent. Nightmare at 20,000 feet is even better as a story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isuru | 9/10/2012

    " Matheson chills and thrills in this compendium of horrifying tales. His enduring effect on the likes of Stephen King is heavily demonstrated through his tales of the weird and the supernatural, and is a delectable treat for the fans of the genre. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/3/2011

    " Classic, genre-defining tales of horror. I really appreciate Matheson's solid plots and clear and direct writing style and will seek out more of his work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 10/11/2011

    " Some of the stories felt rushed, some were silly. The classics were good (or did I like them because they were classics?), but didn't make up for the lesser works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 gbcjr | 8/12/2011

    " A great collection of short stories by Richard Matheson, who wrote many of the classic Twilight Zone episodes. This is a great introduction to a profound writer of the horror genre, who has inspired the likes of Stephen King. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harold | 1/16/2011

    " Another great one by Richard Matheson. This is a collection of his short fiction and a few of them I can remember as shorts in movies or on TV. My only complaint is that his stories seem to come to an abrupt halt. No warning, just over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harold | 1/16/2011

    " Another great one by Richard Matheson. This is a collection of his short fiction and a few of them I can remember as shorts in movies or on TV. My only complaint is that his stories seem to come to an abrupt halt. No warning, just over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald | 1/6/2011

    " Richard Matheson is one of my favorite authors.. outta of these short stories
    Nightmare @ 20,000 Feet, Disappearing Act, Dance Of The Dead & The Distributor. were my favorites... A Must read if you like short strange stories.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fred | 10/22/2010

    " This was my introduction to Richard Matheson. All I can say is that he changed everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 9/22/2010

    " I love this collection of short stories. Many of them were turned into Twilight Zone episodes. Matheson is truly a master of his craft! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tess | 6/26/2010

    " This is my desert island book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 4/13/2010

    " Good ideas not that engagingly written. What happens keeps you reading, but the way he does it is plodding and oddly bloodless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dxmaniac69 | 12/30/2009

    " A collection of short horror stories by Richard Matheson. As with any collection there are some that are better then others, but its mostly good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.K. | 11/19/2009

    " Once again, Matheson shows 'em how it's done. I wish his other short stories had been filmed for anthology shows, he has great twists, endings and visual hooks. He never minces words, either. "

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