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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. Would you still push the button?

“Button, Button," Richard Matheson’s chilling tale of greed and temptation, is now the basis of The Box, the new film from the director of Donnie Darko. In addition, this outstanding collection also contains many other ...

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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. Would you still push the button?

“Button, Button," Richard Matheson’s chilling tale of greed and temptation, is now the basis of The Box, the new film from the director of Donnie Darko. In addition, this outstanding collection also contains many other unforgettable stories by Matheson, the award-winning author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come.

"The inventive plots and spare but convincing portraits of ordinary men and women caught up in forces beyond their control demonstrate why Stephen King has called Matheson his most significant influence.”

—Publishers Weekly

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"His stories not only entertain, but touch the mind and heart."—Dean Koontz

“Perhaps no other author living is as responsible for chilling a generation with tantalizing nightmare visions."—The New York Times

“Richard Matheson is one of the great names in American terror fiction.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Matheson is the master of paranoia—pitting a single man against unknown horrors and examining his every slow twist in the wind."—San Jose Mercury News

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.)

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765361431
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 9/29/2009
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Movie Tie-In
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 1,423,684
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Matheson was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, The Beardless Warriors, The Path, Seven Steps to Midnight, Now You See It…, and What Dreams May Come, among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” based on his short story, along with several other Twilight Zone episodes. He was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, and fought in the infantry in World War II. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Button, Button 15

Girl of My Dreams 27

Dying Room Only 47

A Flourish of Strumpets 73

No Such Thing as a Vampire 85

Pattern for Survival 99

Mute 105

The Creeping Terror 145

Shock Wave 165

Clothes Make the Man 183

The Jazz Machine 189

'Tis the Season to Be Jelly 199

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2009

    *scratches head*

    okay the first story was the box and it was AMAZING. albeit very short and to the point. but i really liked the message behind it.
    so the book started off VERY promising. but then the stories kind of got confusing and all over the place and just..wth. especially the last one. i have absolutely no idea what it was about and what the characters were. human? animal? bees? aliens? no clue. i was sorry i wasted the money on it. but i do love the short story of the box. just not the book in general.

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  • Posted November 8, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    The Box

    My only complaint on this book is that, the story that was based on the book was to short. It didn't really give you to much in site on the movie. It was more like a teaser. The rest of Richard Matheson stories was great until you got near to the end. And then the stories just got crazy, and stupid lol.

    My favorite stories of the whole book are:The Girl of My Dreams, Dying Room Only, and No Such Things as Vampires. All three of them were great stories, and had a very unique ending.

    BUT ABOVE ALL I AM A BIG FAN OF RICHARD MATHESON BOOKS!!!!

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    Posted April 18, 2012

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    TERRIBLE

    what a waste of time!!! this book is full of little short stories with absolute zero meaning, made zero sense, and just left you hanging. i seriously felt like i was kiling brain cells with every paragraph. the first "book" that i have ever chose not to finish. it SUCKED

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