The Box

The Box

3.5 14
by Richard Matheson
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

What if you were told that you could make a fortune just by pushing a button on a box? But pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world . . . someone you don't know. See more details below

Overview

What if you were told that you could make a fortune just by pushing a button on a box? But pressing this button will simultaneously cause the death of another human being somewhere in the world . . . someone you don't know.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Both longtime fans and readers who have never encountered horror and suspense author Matheson (I Am Legend), winner of Stoker and World Fantasy lifetime achievement awards among many others, should enjoy this collection of a dozen stories originally published in the 1950s and 1960s. In the standout title story, later adapted as a Twilight Zoneepisode, a discontented husband and wife are presented with a device and told they will get $50,000 every time they press its button. The catch is that every push will cause someone else's death. Many of the other tales pack a similar punch. The collection also includes "The Creeping Terror," a vicious parody of the author's home state of California. The inventive plots and spare but convincing portraits of the ordinary men and women caught up by forces beyond their control demonstrate why Stephen King has called Matheson his most significant influence. (Apr.)

Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
School Library Journal

These dozen short stories, previously published from 1950 to 1970, demonstrate the range of one of the most admired writers in horror fiction, best known for I Am Legend. The title story (once adapted into a Twilight Zoneepisode) asks, If you could press a button and receive $50,000, but someone you don't know dies, would you? "Girl of My Dreams" features a despicable protagonist who uses his girlfriend's psychic talent for personal gain. "Mute" is aching and lyrical, exploring the loss of innocence from a fresh angle. "A Flourish of Strumpets" reads like Thurber gone a touch off-color. "'Tis the Season To Be Jelly" is just plain odd. Demand may be driven by the recent I Am Legendfilm, but these stories deserve to be read in spite of the movie's popularity. Highly recommended for popular fiction collections.
—Karl G. Siewert Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765321718
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
09/15/2009
Edition description:
Movie Tie-In
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,414,832
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.56(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >