The Link

The Link

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by Richard Matheson
     
 

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The work The Link began as a 557-page outline that Richard Matheson wrote for a proposed twenty-hour ABC mini-series in the late 1970s. The ABC executives asked Matheson to shorten the series into seven hours but after Matheson had written three hours of the series, the two parted company. Matheson's original vision could not be condensed without destroying the

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The work The Link began as a 557-page outline that Richard Matheson wrote for a proposed twenty-hour ABC mini-series in the late 1970s. The ABC executives asked Matheson to shorten the series into seven hours but after Matheson had written three hours of the series, the two parted company. Matheson's original vision could not be condensed without destroying the essence of the plot and characters. Here in The Link is the original outline, in narrative form, in publication for the first time.

The story follows Robert Allright as he explores his own demons as well as those of psychics past as he also struggles to decipher his father's dying wish to explore an archeological dig in Arizona. Allright's only clue is the mystifying crystal that his father believes is the key to a great discovery.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Richard Burton Matheson (born February 20, 1926) is an American author and screenwriter working primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. Between 1950 and 1971, Matheson produced dozens of stories, frequently combining elements from the different genres in which he works, making important contributions to the further development of modern horror. Matheson wrote fourteen episodes for the American television series The Twilight Zone, including the famous "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." Notably, Steven Spielberg's first full length film (made for television) was based on the story �Duel,� for which Matheson also wrote the screenplay.

Matheson's first novel, Someone is Bleeding, was published in 1953. His thirty novels since then include The Shrinking Man (filmed as The Incredible Shrinking Man, again adapted from Matheson's own screenplay), and a science fiction/vampire novel, I Am Legend (made into film as The Last Man on Earth, 1964, The Omega Man, 1971, and I Am Legend, 2007).

A new film based on Matheson's story �Steel,� entitled Real Steel, is a major motion picture that was released in October 2011. His most recent novel, Other Kingdoms, appeared in March 2011.

According to film critic Roger Ebert, Matheson's scientific approach to the supernatural in I Am Legend and other novels from the 1950s and '60s anticipated the "pseudorealistic fantasy novels like Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist." In 2010, Matheson was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, and Stephen King has cited Matheson as a creative influence; his novel Cell is dedicated to Matheson along with filmmaker George A. Romero. Author Anne Rice has said that Matheson's short story, "A Dress of White Silk" was a primary early influence on her interest in vampires and fantasy fiction.

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Publishers Weekly
Matheson's lifelong interest in the paranormal (Come Fygures, Come Shadowes) shapes every element of this massive unproduced screen treatment, whose hero, Robert Allright, is a writer scripting a TV mini-series about modern psychic phenomena. As Allright works with paranormal investigator Cathy Graves and explores a mystery uncovered by his archeologist father in the Arizona desert, he discovers his own latent psychic talents and truths that build to cosmic revelations at the finale. Matheson peppers the story with innumerable historical incidents of supposed paranormal activity that make fascinating reading, but show just how impossible this story would have been to film. This lightly fleshed out screenplay is purely for Matheson completists. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781887368834
Publisher:
Gauntlet, Incorporated CO
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Edition description:
Signed, numbered edition
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.22(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Burton Matheson (born February 20, 1926) is an American author and screenwriter working primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. Between 1950 and 1971, Matheson produced dozens of stories, frequently combining elements from the different genres in which he works, making important contributions to the further development of modern horror. Matheson wrote fourteen episodes for the American television series The Twilight Zone, including the famous "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." Notably, Steven Spielberg's first full length film (made for television) was based on the story �Duel,� for which Matheson also wrote the screenplay.

Matheson's first novel, Someone is Bleeding, was published in 1953. His thirty novels since then include The Shrinking Man (filmed as The Incredible Shrinking Man, again adapted from Matheson's own screenplay), and a science fiction/vampire novel, I Am Legend (made into film as The Last Man on Earth, 1964, The Omega Man, 1971, and I Am Legend, 2007).

A new film based on Matheson's story �Steel,� entitled Real Steel, is a major motion picture that was released in October 2011. His most recent novel, Other Kingdoms, appeared in March 2011.

According to film critic Roger Ebert, Matheson's scientific approach to the supernatural in I Am Legend and other novels from the 1950s and '60s anticipated the "pseudorealistic fantasy novels like Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist." In 2010, Matheson was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, and Stephen King has cited Matheson as a creative influence; his novel Cell is dedicated to Matheson along with filmmaker George A. Romero. Author Anne Rice has said that Matheson's short story, "A Dress of White Silk" was a primary early influence on her interest in vampires and fantasy fiction.

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Television and film fans recognize the fantastic works of imagination written by Richard Matheson through the many productions of his telescripts for the original Twilight Zone television series, television movies such as Duel, directed by unknown upstart Steven Spielberg, and feature films including What Dreams May Come, starring Robin Williams. In 2005, his short story titled ¿Dance of the Dead¿ was scripted for the celebrated HBO series Masters of Horror by his talented son, Richard Christian Matheson. Not all of Mr. Matheson¿s treatments for television have made it to the screen, however, and THE LINK is an epic unproduced screen treatment for a proposed 20-hour ABC television miniseries back in the 1970s. When ABC executives requested that the series be shortened to a 7-hour running time, Mr. Matheson found it impossible to cut the story without eviscerating the plot and characterizations. Let us fall upon our knees in thankfulness that Barry Hoffman of Gauntlet Press has published the outline of this enormously entertaining miniseries so that we may read what was intended, but never finalized and filmed. (And we have to suffer through months of American Idol and the like? I don't get it.) This is the intricate and very involving story of a writer named Robert Allright who is himself scripting a television miniseries about modern psychic phenomena. Cool, huh? Robert is a skeptic, but when his archeologist father uncovers a strange crystal in the Arizona desert, bizarre but undeniable links to our human past (and present and future!) begin to emerge. When Robert and paranormal investigator Cathy Graves explore the mysteries his father has only begun to investigate, Robert finds his own latent psychic powers coming to the fore, and cosmic revelations about life on earth propel the story to a stunning conclusion that will leave the reader breathless. Mankind¿s most fundamental questions about life and death are about to be revealed! This is a tour de force in which Mr. Matheson illustrates the various paranormal incidents that have perplexed and amazed us throughout history, building the foundations of his miniseries upon the principals that have governed his life. As fascinating and utterly satisfying as anything I can imagine being produced on television.