The productive fantasy and sci-fi writer Richard Matheson died at the age of 87. A few of his books including ‘The Shrinking Man’ and ‘I Am legend’ were transformed into movies too. his other books transformed into movies were ‘What Dreams May Come’, ‘A Stir of Echoes’, ‘Heel House’, and a few others.
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films’ spokesman informed that the writer died in Los Angeles on Sunday. Nothing else was known about the death of him.
‘I Am legend’, Matheson’s sci-fi vampire novel, was adapted into three different movie versions – Will Smith starred ‘I Am Legend’ (2007), Charlton Heston starred ‘Omega Man’ (1971), and Vincent Price starred ‘The Last Man on Earth’ (1964).
The writer also penned down a number of episodes of ‘the Twilight Zone’ and editions of ‘Amazing Stories’, ‘The Martian Chronicles’, ‘Rod Serling’s Night Gallery’, and ‘The Alfred Hitchcock Hour’.
The episodes Matheson wrote down for ‘Twilight Zone’ were ‘Nightmare at 20,000 Feet’ and ‘Steel’, which was adapted into a movie named ‘Real Steel’ in 2011.
Director Richard Kelly adapted one of Matheson’s stories ‘Button, Button’ into a movie. He said on Twitter that it was a great honor for him to get the chance of adapting the writing of the great sci-fi writer.
A number of famous people from different generations drew great inspiration from the writings of Matheson. Two prominent names among them are Stephen King and Steven Spielberg. King dedicated to Matheson his novel ‘Cell’ (2006). On the other hand, Spielberg made his first feature length movie ‘Duel’ by taking inspiration from a short story of Matheson of the same name.
Matheson was supposed to take the Saturn Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Films on Wednesday. However, he will now be honored posthumously. The award ceremony will be exclusively dedicated to the late writer.
He left four children and his wife.