Sadly, after an anxious day of rumors on Facebook and Twitter, it has been confirmed that the extraordinarily talented fantasist Richard Matheson has departed this plane at age 87 after a long illness.
Matheson has always been one of my greatest literary influences and inspirations, a man whose imagination knew no
limits, who could see the fantastic in the mundane world around us, and
paint vivid, indelible, unforgettable images with words. He was a
master, and his influence on popular culture - from the Twilight Zone to
The Incredible Shrinking Man to Roger Corman's colorful Poe films to Somewhere In Time (the movie theme was played at our wedding) to I Am Legend and beyond - is immeasurable. In fact, I was just watching the 1971 film adaptation of Legend, The Omega Man, last night.
When I was writing my Kolchak The Night Stalker comic book miniseries a few years ago, it was
Matheson's teleplays for the original TV movies that I used as my guide
to the character.
Rest in peace, sir.