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Remember that monster on the wing of the airplane? William Shatner saw it on The Twilight Zone, John Lithgow saw it in the movie-even Bart Simpson saw it. "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" is just one of many classic horror stories by Richard Matheson that have insinuated themselves into our collective ...
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Overview


Remember that monster on the wing of the airplane? William Shatner saw it on The Twilight Zone, John Lithgow saw it in the movie-even Bart Simpson saw it. "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" is just one of many classic horror stories by Richard Matheson that have insinuated themselves into our collective imagination.

Here are more than twenty of Matheson's most memorable tales of fear and paranoia, including:

"Duel," the nail-biting tale of man versus machines that inspired Steven Spielberg's first film;

"Prey," in which a terrified woman is stalked by a malevolent Tiki doll, as chillingly captured in yet another legendary TV moment;

"Blood Son," a disturbing portrait of a strange little boy who dreams of being a vampire;

"Dress of White Silk," a seductively sinister tale of evil and innocence.

Personally selected by Richard Matheson, the bestselling author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come, these and many other stories, more than demonstrate why he is rightfully regarded as one of the finest and most influential horror writers of our generation.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Although Matheson (I Am Legend; Hell House; etc.) needs no introduction to most horror fans, Stephen King provides one for this collection of classic weird tales in which he appreciatively remembers his mentor's "gut-bucket short stories that were like shots of white lightning." Spanning almost half a century, the influential contents are as much a roadmap to the direction horror fiction has taken since the 1950s as to Matheson's own legacy of spare, scary chillers. In lieu of pedantic priers into the Unknown, he offers sympathetic everymen, like the husband in "First Anniversary," who finds hints of the unearthly suddenly seeping through his comfortably complacent marriage. Matheson strips away horror's traditional gothic clutter to expose ordinary landscapes that perfectly take the imprint of his characters' paranoid fixations: that life's petty annoyances are part of a universal conspiracy to drive a person mad in "Legion of Plotters," and that dangerously malfunctioning household items are channels for a man's self-destructive anger in "Mad House." The agents of horror in these stories are less often the usual supernatural bogies than malignantly endowed everyday objects, like telephones, television sets and home appliances that are all the more frightening for their ubiquity. The well-known title tale about a nervous air traveler is a showcase for the author's trademark less-is-more prose style, which suspensefully delineates a psychological tug-of-war between man and a monster that may be purely imagined. Timeless in their simplicity, these stories are also relentless in their approach to basic fears. (Feb. 9) FYI: A Grand Master of Horror and winner of a Stoker for Lifetime Achievement, Matheson has also won Edgar and Hugo awards. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The Grand Master of Horror (the astral classic What Dreams May Come (1978), recently filmed with Robin Williams) offers 20 chillers from over the years.
From the Publisher
"Perhaps no author living is as responsible for chilling a generation with tantalizing nightmare visions . . . ."-The New York Times

"One of those who have moved imaginative fiction from the sidelines into the literary mainstream. May he be writing far into the twenty-first century."-Ray Bradbury

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429913683
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 266,160
  • File size: 2 MB

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
1. Nightmare at 20,000 Feet 13
2. Dress of White Silk 35
3. Blood Son 41
4. Through Channels 51
5. Witch War 59
6. Mad House 67
7. Disappearing Act 107
8. Legion of Plotters 127
9. Long Distance Call 139
10. Slaughter House 155
11. Wet Straw 197
12. Dance of the Dead 207
13. The Children of Noah 227
14. The Holiday Man 249
15. Old Haunts 255
16. The Distributor 267
17. Crickets 289
18. First Anniversary 299
19. The Likeness of Julie 309
20. Prey 321
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  • Posted October 16, 2009

    Some very interesting shorts.

    I loved the first story, the one that the Twilight Zone TV series and movie borrowed. After that, it is hit or miss on each story. The shorter stories really shine and really make this collection. Matheson's imagination goes all out with thing like- (I'll give an example from one of the shorter tales and one of my favorites) a group of teenage witches fighting modern day wars against tanks and armies, yet just acting as a teenager does by being arrogant and standoffish to the general who doesn't order them, but must simply ask them to vanquish the enemy. Clever tales!

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    Posted July 27, 2009

    20,000 is great but it's all down hill from there.

    I was hoping for so much more than the book delivered.

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

    A mixed bag of Matheson¿s shorts. There are better collections o

    A mixed bag of Matheson’s shorts. There are better collections out there, but this is a worthwhile read for Matheson fans. Outside of ‘Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,’ which begins the book, the shorts are printed in order of publication, so there’s a bit of muddling through his older stories before getting to the better ones. My favorites were Long Distance Call, Noah, Crickets, and The Distributor. Worth checking out to see Matheson progress from his weaker early works to his remarkable later period.

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