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Genre Icon Richard Matheson Passes

A true icon of the genre, the legendary writer Richard Matheson has died.

He was 87 years old.

Mr Matheson is responsible for some of the best writing in the horror field with his most recognized work being I AM LEGEND which was adapted into three different feature films, all classics in their own way. THE LAST MAN ON EARTH which starred Vincent Price was the first followed by THE OMEGA MAN which starred Charlton Heston and most recently I AM LEGEND which starred Will Smith.

Matheson also penned HELL HOUSE which was adapted into THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE and he also wrote the screenplay for Steven Speilberg’s DUEL. A lot of fans my age remember his classic Twilight Zone episodes of which he was responsible for fourteen.

I only mention a handful of the contributions this amazing author gave to the genre and his voice will be dearly missed.

MT

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