One of the finest and most influential horror writers of the 20th century, Richard Matheson (I Am Legend, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Somewhere in Time) has left his stamp on the collective imagination. Here are more than 20 of Matheson's most memorable tales of fear and paranoia, personally selected by the author. Many of these stories have already entered into popular culture, including the title story, which became a landmark episode of The Twilight Zone, and "Duel", the nail-biting tale of man versus machine that inspired Steven Spielberg's first film.
Other stories include "First Anniversary", "Dress of White Silk", "Witch War", "Dance of the Dead", "Mad House", "Prey", "Blood Son", "Crickets", "Wet Straw", "The Children of Noah", "Through Channels", "Old Haunts", "Disappearing Act", "The Holiday Man", "Legion of Plotters", "The Distributor", "Long Distance Call", "Slaughter House", and "The Likeness of Julie".
Find out why Stephen King (who wrote the introduction) has called Matheson one of his favorite writers.
Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia, Malcolm Hillgartner, Arte Johnson,Jay Karnes, Ray Porter, Lawrence Pressman, Yuri Rasovsky, Lorna Raver, Ned Schmidtke,Conrad John Schuck, and Christine Williams.
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- 10 01 2010
Waste of a credit
I started and quit on this 2 part book several times, before I finally suffered through to the merciful end.There are plenty of better syfy authors to choose from. DON'T waste your credit!
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- 01 07 2009
An Excellent Collection
I've listened to numerous short story horror collections through
Audible and have to say that this is one of the finest. Unlike many other collections which tend to meander, wandering in and out of the horror genre, Mr Matheson's writing is pure terror; bold, original (even against contemporary authors) and, to quote Mr. King's introduction, 'unrelenting'. From the opening tale Matheson puts you on the edge of your seat and then never gives you a moments' rest! Well narrated, nice clear recording.
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- 01 03 2014
SAVE YOUR MONEY
i honestly don't know who's worse, the publisher for publishing this tripe or the writers for their lousy stories.
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- 12 07 2011
Worst I've ever heard
I wish I would have read further down on the reviews. The first several are very positive reviews. If I would have read further, I would see that this would be a waste of a credit/money/etc. I'm shocked that Stephen King who is one of my favorite authors would give this collection any kudos at all. Don't waste your money. I've not heard one horror story/scary story and most don't even make sense. Sigh......... have only made it through 6 stories so far. May not be able to continue.
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- 02 07 2012
dark fantasy, but some of the stories are recycled
Is there anything you would change about this book?
I would rerecord any narrations by Yuri Rasovsky. Many of the stories were recycled from the short stories in the I Am Leged collection.
What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?
The stories were so dark, I have listened to many Richard Matheson Stories, but these are easily the darkest and angriest
What three words best describe the narrators???s voice?
spitty slobbery gross
Was Nightmare at 20,000 Feet worth the listening time?
Any additional comments?
I love Richard Matheson's writing, but this compilation just seemed lazy.
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- Carrie Lewis
- 02 11 2009
Great collection - false advertising
Great stories. I was happy to get turned on to Richard Matheson and wish I would have discovered him sooner. My only complaint is that the advertising text on Audible makes it appear as if "Duel" is part of this collection, and it's not. "Duel" was a major reason I bought the book and to not have it a part of the collection was very disappointing. That said, the book is still worth the money.
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- 23 03 2013
Some good, some bad.
Any additional comments?
There was a number of really good stories in here, some a bit dated but still very good.
Some were not so good. The stories which concern one man's descent into madness, usually written in the first person, and ending with the reader wondering wether the events described had actually taken place, or were in the narrator's mind. Kind of like ending a story with '' It was all just a dream'' I've always thought that stories like that are a bit of a cop out. Still worth the time and the credit.
There wer a couple of stories i recognized from T.V. and movies. The Gremlin, of course from the twilight zone. The distibutor very likely inspired Stephen King to write Needful things. (one of his best in my opinion) And One year aniversary was used for an episode of The outer limits.
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- 08 03 2011
These are some of the worse stories I have heard. They remind me of the ramblings of the mentally ill. Some didn't even make sense to me. A big waste of money. I gave it one star because that was the lowest I could give it.
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- 30 11 2009
This was without doubt the worst collection of short stories that I have ever read although I must admit that I gave up on the book after the first 6 or 7 stories. I could not believe that the rest would be any better. A load of crap and a waste of a credit!
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- Andrewu Th
- 06 11 2009
Short and Terryfying
I listened to this book mostly at work and on the bus and it kept me constantly entertained. The stories here are all by Matheson [the man behind I Am Legend] so they are well written and the narration is fantastic, emotive, and captivating. The stories range in length and scope covering most of the realms of horror. From ghosts to monsters within and without all fans of horror will find something to satisfy their most carnal cravings here! As an added bonus each of Matheson's tales can be enjoyed on many levels, each one with its own messages about life, humanity, and society.
If you want entertaining classic horror fiction that is well written, well read, and engrossing pick this book up!
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- 31 08 2012
brilliant and timeless
this is a must for any horror or quirky twilight zone fans.Must admit i only downloaded because of the intro from Stephen King but so glad i did really enjoyed this collection of short stories.Highly recommended
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- 09 08 2012
Great stories, well read
These stories are full of rage and horror. A story about a house that has absorbed a man's lifetime of anger; a story about a man who systematically provokes hatred and violence among neighbours for no apparent reason; a story about a writer so full of self-loathing and despair that he ceases to exist; a story about a tie salesman for whom other people are a perpetual hell of sound and slime. These stories are the essence of their author. Someone who understands human darkness very well.
They are, I believe, chronlogically ordered and so there is some variation in quality. Some readers are better than others but in general they are excellent. Conrad John Schuck may be an acquired taste...but I have come to like him best - especially reading "Wet Straw".
I think anyone who wants to understand modern horror writing should give this a chance and listen to every story carefully.
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- 19 11 2011
A good few scares
The title says it all, the first one was an episode of the Twilight Zone movie, not recommended for those with a fear of flying!
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- 09 10 2009
Some good, some incomprehensible to me.
I enjoyed a lot of these stories, especially the title one. Some of them are more accessible than others, with some of them leaving me wondering what actually happened. There were just a couple which I did not reach the end of, skipping on to the next. as a big fan of the author, I would say his novels are better than his short stories, only because when he writes a full novel he is committing time and effort to a good idea from the start. With some of the shorts, you feel they are like 'fast-food' versions of his ability - knocked up over a day or so. The narrator does an excellent, expressive job of the stories.
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- 26 11 2009
the worst audio book I have ever listened to
I would have to say that this is the worst audio book that I have ever attempted to listen to. I say attempted as I gave up on the whole thing having flicked through the first 6 short stories having to give up on each on due to either totally lame story lines or terrible and in one instance intelligible narration. I appreciate that everyone has different tastes, but this is terrible. I was particularly drawn to this book as Stephen King does the intro and I enjoy a number of his books so thought (foolishly) that they would be of a similar caliber. If I know how to ask Audible for a refund I would do as this is so bad. If you are looking at buying this one, please save your money and move on to another book.
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- 13 04 2013
Nightmare At 20000 ft
The first story was good but frustrating and not particularly scary. Thought the other stories a little strange as every one seem to finish abruptly leaving the outcome to your imagination. Not my cup of tea I'm afraid, stopped listening after half a dozen stories.
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