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  • Paperback: 453 pages
  • Publisher: Gauntlet Pr (March 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887368795
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887368797
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Andre Farant TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 11 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Stories Included Jan. 12 2010
By prafaces - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A feast for the connoisseur of good horror stories. Oct. 20 2008
By PresterJohn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Master of the Short Story March 16 2008
By mrliteral - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Recently I read a collection of short stories by a big name author and was rather unimpressed. I guess it hadn't helped that I had recently read Richard Matheson's Collected Stories, Volume 1. Matheson was a gifted short story writer - he sticks strictly to novels these days - who understands how to write a great short story. Next to Matheson, other authors are likely to seem lacking.

Volume 2 of Matheson's Collected Stories features less of his more well-known works, but it's still got a lot worth reading. The first story in the set is "Slaughter House", which shows that when it's needed, Matheson can adopt a different style: in this case, a rather Victorian-sort of narrative about a haunted house and its effect on a pair of brothers. "Trespass" (adapted into the movie The Stranger Within) relates the tale of a woman who is mysteriously impregnated and then starts undergoing changes herself.

I won't discuss all the nearly thirty stories in this book, but a few more are worthy of special mention. "Being" has a couple held captive in a remote desert location by a man who intends on feeding them to an alien. "The Test" posits a future where the elderly must take intelligence exams to prove they should go on living. "Steel" (adapted into a Twilight Zone episode) has a man impersonating a robot boxer when his entrant in a bout breaks down. "The Distributor" has a man slowly destroying a neighborhood's sense of community. And there are more comic stories too, including "The Funeral", "Miss Stardust" and "The Splendid Source".

While overall, this volume is not at the same level as the first one, it still is a lot of fun to read. Matheson engages the reader immediately, imbues his stories with the right amount of suspense, horror or comedy (as appropriate) and delivers an appropriately strong ending (often with a twist); these are all requirements of a great short story writer. Although Matheson is most known as a horror writer, you don't need to be a fan of the genre to enjoy this book; it will please most fans of fiction.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Stories - Poor Editing Jan. 29 2008
By Plabius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.


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