The Incredible Shrinking Man

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Overview

Inch by inch, day by day, Scott Carey is getting smaller. Once an unremarkable husband and father, Scott finds himself shrinking with no end in sight. His wife and family turn into unreachable giants, the family cat becomes a predatory menace, and Scott must struggle to survive in a world that seems to be growing ever larger and more perilous—until he faces the ultimate limits of fear and existence.

Scott Carey is an ordinary man, until a mysterious cloud causes him...

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Overview

Inch by inch, day by day, Scott Carey is getting smaller. Once an unremarkable husband and father, Scott finds himself shrinking with no end in sight. His wife and family turn into unreachable giants, the family cat becomes a predatory menace, and Scott must struggle to survive in a world that seems to be growing ever larger and more perilous—until he faces the ultimate limits of fear and existence.

Scott Carey is an ordinary man, until a mysterious cloud causes him to start shrinking away at a rate of one inch per week--from dwarf-sized to doll-sized to beyond. "A great adventure story . . . one of that select handful I have given to people, envying them the experience of the first reading."--Stephen King.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Matheson's legendary 1956 sci-fi tale of Scott Carey, a family man who is slowly shrinking into obscurity and a terrifying new world inside his own house, is beautifully realized by Yuri Rasovsky's memorable reading. Enthusiastic and compelling, Rasovsky seems predisposed to the suspense master's style of writing. Capturing the brilliant mix of everyday life and extraordinary horrors that Matheson is so revered for creating, Rasovsky reads with a dry, cool wit that breathes new life into this classic tale. He knows exactly how to relay the tension and anxiety to his audience, and never ceases to raise the stakes and bring the audience to their knees in sheer terror. This is a thrilling and unforgettable experience. A Tor paperback. (May)

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From The Critics
Scott Carey is a typical American family man. He is happily married and loves his wife and daughter. However, everything changes including relationships when the tidal wave of spray soaked him while sunbathing on the top of a boat. Now Cary is shrinking inch by inch into a micro world of the unknown. He has only six days left on the human plane and this is his account of when he became The Incredible Shrinking Man. Though this anthology is labeled the Incredible Shrinking Man, it actually contains several other stories besides this classic. Included are great tales like "Duel", "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", and "The Test" that prove that Richard Matheson works not only hold up, but he remains the master of tales that involve an outside force that harm the innocent. Horror meets science fiction at a signpost that Serling would have relished announcing, as this is a great collection worth reading and in many ways better than the several well-done movies that are based on these tales.
From the Publisher
"The author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson."—Stephen King

"One of the most important writers of the twentieth century."—Ray Bradbury

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

"Matheson inspires, it's as simple as that."—Brian Lumley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312856649
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 528,252
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Matheson is The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Other Kingdoms, Somewhere in Time, 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 screenplays, and he wrote for several Twilight Zone episodes, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” based on his short story. 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. He lives in Calabasas, California.

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Chapter One

First he thought it was a tidal wave. Then he saw that the sky and ocean were visible through it and it was a curtain of spray rushing at the boat.

He'd been sunbathing on top of the cabin. It was just coincidence that he pushed up on his elbow and saw it coming.

"Marty!" he yelled. There was no answer. He scuttled across the hot wood and slid down the deck. "Hey, Marty!"

The spray didn't look menacing, but for some reason he wanted to avoid it. he ran around the cabin, wincing at the hot planks underfoot. It would be a race.

Which he lost. One moment he was in sunlight. The next he was being soaked by the warm, glittering spray.

Then it was past. He stood there watching it sweep across the water, sun-glowing drops of it covering him. Suddenly he twitched and looked down. There was a curious tingling on his skin.

He grabbed for a towel and dried himself. It wasn't so much pain as a pleasant stinging, like that of lotion on newly shaven cheeks.

Then he was dry and the feeling was almost gone. He went below and woke up his brother and told him about the curtain of spray that had run across the boat.

It was the beginning.

Copyright © 1994 by Richard Matheson

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

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    Matheson does it again!

    The Incredible Shrinking Man
    Matheson does it again!
    After growing up seeing the movies based off this book, I was curious to read it and see how it all started. In true Matheson style, the story is told from the main characters perspective, in this case Scott, and all of the internal struggles Scott deals with as he is shrinking. Scott's interactions with others always lead back to or solely reflect his struggle or perspective but never anyone else's. This is one of the finer points of the book, Scott is so obsessed with what is happening to him, he looses those precious last moments with his wife, daughter, family and friends. The ending is a twist, which I expected a twist from Matheson, but this was beyond what I imagined it would be and was a true delight as a result. The details and descriptions in the book are supreme and create a delightful read of a frightening experience. A

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

    Pretty darn Fun

    Richard Matheson is not a great writer, but this book has the story the classic movie, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN was based on. It also has some other fun stories. Worth a read.

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  • Posted January 9, 2009

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    chilling and emotional...

    This was an amazing read! It was chilling and frightening and yet at the same time it was very emotional and sad. Matheson did a fantastic job at showing different aspects of how shrinking affected the main character, Scott. There was the very terrifying prospect of being smaller than a spider for example, as well as the grief and loneliness of basically losing everybody he loves. It was exciting reading about Scott's everyday trials as he shrunk, from losing his authority over his daughter to moving into a doll house. The Incredible Shrinking Man is an incredible story not to be missed!<BR/><BR/>The last half of this book consists of short stories by Richard Matheson. They are wonderful and horrifying! One of my favorites is Nightmare at 20,000 Feet. It's about a man in an airplane on a night flight. Imagine looking out the window to see a man-like being crouched on the wing grinning viciously at you. Creepy! Matheson really knows how to humanize and dramatize horror. He writes a good horror story, not just mindless blood-and-guts gore.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

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    A CLASSIC REVISITED

    Most are familiar with the incredible sci-fi epic The Incredible Shrinking Man. It stands alone as a precursor of later stories and films. However, an added pleasure is this unabridged narration of Richard Matheson's landmark story by Yuri Rasovsky. A Peabody, Grammy and Audie Award winning performer, Rasovsky has been writing, producing, and directing audio dramas for some thirty years. His experience and gifts for vocal performance come to the fore in this reading of what is often called a classic of suspense. Listeners will remember Scott Carey as an unremarkable man who is enjoying a holiday at sea when he is suddenly enfolded in a glowing cloud. Upon returning home medical tests reveal that he has been infected by an insecticide that causes him to shrink - very little at a time. As our story progresses he is at first unable to wear his clothes, then he loses his job. Obviously his wife notices a dramatic change in him, and when his situation is revealed he is surrounded by the curious. He finds solace with a circus midget, but she is not shrinking - he is until he reaches the point where the family cat is a formidable adversary. Listen and enjoy again the genius of Richard Matheson who has been called 'one of the most important writers of the 20th century.' - Gail Cooke

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Tremendous anthology

    Scott Carey is a typical American family man. He is happily married and loves his wife and daughter. However, everything changes including relationships when the tidal wave of spray soaked him while sunbathing on the top of a boat. Now Cary is shrinking inch by inch into a micro world of the unknown. He has only six days left on the human plane and this is his account of when he became THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN. <P> Though this anthology is labeled the INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN, it actually contains several other stories besides this classic. Included are great tales like ¿Duel¿, ¿Nightmare at 20,000 Feet¿, and ¿The Test¿ that prove that Richard Matheson works not only hold up, but he remains the master of tales that involve an outside force that harm the innocent. Horror meets science fiction at a signpost that Serling would have relished announcing, as this is a great collection worth reading and in many ways better than the several well-done movies that are based on these tales. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2000

    A Classic, Matheson At His Best

    Matheson is a virtuoso of many forms of storytelling and it shows in this book. Matheson has an equal respect from sci-fi, horror, and fantasy fans because his work regularly defies categorization. As one would expect from Matheson, you cannot really classify The Shrinking Man. At times it has elements of sci-fi, at other times elements of horror and fantasy. Matheson shows the character of Scott Carey not as a noble, brave, completely in control hero, but as a frustrated, angry, depressed hero. A hero who acts much the same way we would act if we found ourselves shrinking at an inch a week. But despite Carey's behavior he ultimately comes to an acceptance of his fate with a courage that redeems him completely of his former faults. The journey that Scott goes through in the story is not external but internal. An amazing work of literature. Matheson is truly a master.

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