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Richard Matheson, Volume 2: Collected Stories [Paperback]

Richard Matheson
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March 1 2005 Richard Matheson: Collected Stories
Here we have VOLUME TWO of our Edge Books imprint publication of RICHARD MATHESON: COLLECTED STORIES. Again, it is an expanded tradepaperback version of the 1989 Dream/Press hardcover limited edition. We are publishing it in 3 volumes (click here to view RICHARD MATHESON: COLLECTED STORIES, VOLUME ONE).

This three volume edition of RICHARD MATHESON: COLLECTED STORIES is the gathering together of 86 Richard Matheson short stories, beginning with Born of Man and Woman from 1950 and ending with Duel from 1971. The stories were arranged by Matheson himself roughly in chronological order of original publication. There are also several tributes to Richard Matheson throughout the volumes from admirers such as Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, William F. Nolan, and others. Finally, Matheson wrote a deeply revealing Introduction for the collection. As Matheson himself states in this Introduction, "A twenty-year period of creativity reduced to the psychological background of my output of fantasy and science-fiction stories. If this were a thesis, that would be my premise".

As with Volume One, for Volume Two editor Stanley Wiater has included a "bibliophile" at the end of each story containing Matheson's very own commentary on the behind-the-scenes details of each story. Each story is also listed with it's original publication date and place of publication.


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5.0 out of 5 stars More influential work from the master June 11 2011
By Andre Farant TOP 500 REVIEWER
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There would be no Stephen King without Richard Matheson. This statement alone should be enough to convince you to read Matheson's work.

Matheson's short stories have been immeasurably influential and are an excellent place to start if you are unfamiliar with his work (though, in fact, you probably are familiar with his work, you just don't know it yet).

A few highlights in Collected Stories: Volume 2:

"Wet Straw" - A man's dreams come true as he is allowed to relive his most cherished moment with his recently deceased wife.

"Dear Diary" - Some things never change.

"The Doll that Does Everything" - Parents, too busy to entertain their young child, buy him the latest toy: a robotic playmate . . . but is it better than the real thing?

"A Splendid Source" - Yes, this one was redone as an episode of The Family Guy

"Steel" - Adapted in the upcoming movie Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman

Highly recommended, as are all of Matheson's novels and short stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stories Included Jan. 12 2010
By prafaces - Published on Amazon.com
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Stories included in Volume II:

-Slaughter House
-Trespass
-The Wedding
-Wet Straw
-Being
-The Conqueror
-The Curious Child
-Dear Diary
-Descent
-The Doll That Does Everything
-The Man Who Made the World
-The Test
-The Traveller
-When Day is Dun
-Dance of the Dead
-The Funeral
-Miss Stardust
-One for the Books
-Pattern for Survival
-A Flourish of Strumpets
-A Splendid Source
-Steel
-A Visit to Santa Claus
-The Children of Noah
-The Holiday Man
-Lemmings
-Old Haunts
-The Distributor
-The Edge
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classics Jan. 1 2006
By Linda Painchaud-Steinman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you're familiar with Matheson's work, you may have read a few of these tales already. Even if you have, revisiting some of them won't bother you a bit, since Matheson writes so well.

The stories, which include gems like "The Children of Noah" and "Wet Straw" are the kind of tales that give you a shiver with their twist endings, and leave you wanting more.

Great classics from a master.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A feast for the connoisseur of good horror stories. Oct. 20 2008
By Dr. W. Onyeama - Published on Amazon.com
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The two volumes (2 & 3)of Collected Stories by Richard Matheson should satisfy everyone interested in the modern ghost and horror story. Matheson is one of the modern masters of the genre. With more than forty stories in each volume the reader will be kept occupied frightening themselves sleepless, for many a long hour. What I found particularly engaging was the way he has skillfully updated the ghost story from its Victorian heyday to the modern era without losing anything of its particular flavour. It is for the reader to sample the joys contained therein for themselves and I will make no attempt to critique individual offerings. I would simply wish to recommend these volumes highly to those with an insatiable appetite for the well constructed tale of macabre terror.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Stories - Poor Editing Jan. 29 2008
By Plabius - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read all three of the volumes in this collection. I must say that this collection is so poorly edited, that I find it impossible to believe that it was edited at all.

The excellence of Matheson's work has caused it to be melded into the very culture of America. Some of the stories here were adapted to serve as episodes of the television series, Amazing Stories, Night Gallery, and the Twilight Zone.

The poor editing of this collection, or, rather, the lack of editing, certainly does not pay a worthy tribute to such a great and culturally significant writer.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Stories June 11 2014
By Melinda - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm halfway through the book, but enjoying it very much so far. Quirky but interesting stories with a scary twist.
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