Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson (1926-) is an American author who primarily writes fantasy, horror and science fiction stories. Some of his best known works are I am Legend (1954), The Shrinking Man (1956) and What Dreams May Come (1978) which have all been turned into films. Matheson has also written the screenplays for several TV series, among them The Twilight Zone. His scientific approach to the supernatural is said to have been an inspiration for fantasy novels like Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby and William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist. Matheson has received a number of awards. Born of Man and Woman (1950) was his first short story, and it was among the stories selected in 1970 by the Science Fiction Writers of America as one of the best science fiction short stories of all time.