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Richard Matheson (1926-2013) was an influential sci-fi/fantasy/horror novelist and screenwriter. His works include:
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* "Born of Man and Woman": His first published short story, told from a point of view of a deformed child locked in the basement by its parents.
* ''Bid Time Return'', which was made into the movie ''Film/SomewhereInTime''.
* ''Film/TheIncredibleShrinkingMan'': The {{Trope Namer|s}}, Matheson wrote the original novel and the screenplay adaptation.
* ''Literature/IAmLegend'': 1954 novel, adapted to film three times - ''Film/TheLastManOnEarth'' (1964, with Creator/VincentPrice), ''Film/TheOmegaMan'' (1971, with Creator/CharltonHeston), and ''Film/IAmLegend'' (2007, with Creator/WillSmith).
* ''Literature/HellHouse'': 1971 novel, source for the 1973 film ''The Legend of Hell House''.
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Enemy Within".
* ''Film/WhatDreamsMayCome'': 1978 novel, adapted to film in 1998.
* ''A Stir of Echoes'': 1958 novel, adapted to [[Film/StirOfEchoes film]] in 1999.
* ''The Night Stalker'', a MadeForTVMovie adaptation of a (then unpublished) novel by Jeffrey Grant Rice, and its sequel TV movie, ''The Night Strangler''. Both movies were huge ratings hits, which led to the development of the series ''Series/KolchakTheNightStalker'' (which Matheson was not involved with).
* The short stories "Prey" and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" ("There's...something on the wing!"). "Prey" was adapted into one of the stories in the TV movie ''Film/TrilogyOfTerror'', "Nightmare" into a ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode. Both adaptations have been critically acclaimed.
* The short story "Button, Button," which was also adapted into a ''Twilight Zone'' episode and then the movie ''TheBox''.
* ''Film/{{Duel}}'', a short story that was made into the first film directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg.
* "The Splendid Source", a 1956 short story adapted into an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' in 2010.
* All three of the stories featured in ''Trilogy Of Terror''.
* The short story "Steel," the basis for a ''Twilight Zone'' episode that was in turn the basis for ''Film/RealSteel''.
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A description of tropes appearing in Matheson's other works:
* CreepyChild: The protagonist of ''Drink My Red Blood''
** The little girls in ''Witch War'' are disturbingly calm about the fact they regularly murder enemy soldiers in various gruesome ways.
* HauntedHouse: ''Slaughter House''
** His novel Earth Bound features one.
* IAmAHumanitarian: The entire town in ''The Children of Noah'' is made up of cannibals
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: ''Drink My Red Blood''
** ''Dr.Mortons Folly''
** ''No Such Thing as a Vampire''
* PerversePuppet: The fetish doll in ''Prey''
* PublicDomainCharacter: Dracula himself makes an appearance in ''Drink My Red Blood''
* RealityWarper: The little girls in ''Witch War''
* TownWithADarkSecret: The town in ''The Children of Noah'' regularly thins it own population [[spoiler:and removes visitor]] through cannibalism.
* UndeadChild: ''Little Girl Knocking At My Door''
* VampireWannabe: The protagonist of ''Drink My Red Blood''