Sad news…io9 is reporting that Richard Matheson has passed away at the age of 87.
Matheson was a giant in the field, writing such classics as I Am Legend (1954), Born of Man and Woman (1954 collection), Third from the Sun (1955 collection), The Shrinking Man (1956), A Stir of Echoes (1958), What Dreams May Come (1978), Richard Matheson’s “The Twilight Zone” Scripts (1998) and Volume Two (2002), Other Kingdoms (2011) and so many more. He has also scripted some of the genre’s most memorable scripts, like The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), House of Usher (1960), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Raven (1963), The Last Man on Earth (1964 as “Logan Swanson”, based on I Am Legend), The Legend of Hell House (1973, based on his novel), Somewhere in Time (1980, based on his novel), Twilight Zone: The Movie (Fourth segment “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”, 1983), as well as episodes of Twilight Zone (16 of ’em!), The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Star Trek: The Original Series (“The Enemy Within”, 1966), Duel (1971), The Night Stalker (1972), Night Gallery, Amazing Stories (1987), and more.
[via Gilbert Colon]