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Both longtime fans and readers who have never encountered horror and suspense author Matheson (I Am Legend), winner of Stoker and World Fantasy lifetime achievement awards among many others, should enjoy this collection of a dozen stories originally published in the 1950s and 1960s. In the standout title story, later adapted as a Twilight Zone episode, a discontented husband and wife are presented with a device and told they will get $50,000 every time they press its button. The catch is that every push will cause someone else's death. Many of the other tales pack a similar punch. The collection also includes The Creeping Terror, a vicious parody of the author's home state of California. The inventive plots and spare but convincing portraits of the ordinary men and women caught up by forces beyond their control demonstrate why Stephen King has called Matheson his most significant influence. (Apr.)
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“His stories not only entertain, but touch the mind and heart.” ―Dean Koontz

“Perhaps no other author living is as responsible for chilling a generation with tantalizing nightmare visions.” ―The New York Times

“Richard Matheson is one of the great names in American terror fiction.” ―The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Matheson is the master of paranoia--pitting a single man against unknown horrors and examining his every slow twist in the wind.” ―San Jose Mercury News

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765312573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765312570
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Matheson was born in 1926. He began publishing SF with his short story 'Born of Man and Woman' in 1950. I Am Legend was published in 1954 and subsequently filmed as The Omega Man (in 1971), starring Charlton Heston, and I Am Legend (in 2007), starring Will Smith. Matheson wrote the script for the film The Incredible Shrinking Man, an adaptation of his second SF novel The Shrinking Man. The film won a Hugo award in 1958. He wrote many screenplays as well as episodes of The Twilight Zone. He continued to write short stories and novels, some of which formed the basis for film scripts, including Duel, directed by Steven Spielberg in 1971. A film of his novel What Dreams May Come was released in 1998, starring Robin Williams. Stephen King has cited Richard Matheson as a creative influence on his work.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr James N Simpson on May 28, 2008
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Richard Matheson has certainly written some of the most classic and well known masterpieces throughout his career, many of which are short stories. Usually with a Matheson anthology the title story is superb (such as with Duel: Terror Stories By Richard Matheson) and the rest are just fillers and to be honest are very average stories. Those coming across Button, Button Uncanny Stories will be pleased to know that the majority are of not only readable but fairly high quality. The only thing though this collection lacks is a masterpiece, there's nothing of the quality of Duel, or The Shrinking Man, I Am Legend or Nightmare At 20,000 Feet in this collection.

All short stories within, with the exception of Button, Button, (this anthology's title story) were all originally published in the 1950s or early 1960s. Button, Button is no new work either it first appeared in 1970. Trying to track down a lot of these Matheson gems today would be pretty difficult and expensive so it's good to see publishers republishing old work together for the first time in new anthologies.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 2, 2008
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The twelve stories that make up this collection were mostly written in the 1950s and 1960s (the newest is 1970) but continue to be timely as they showcase a strong suspense horror author who remains renowned for his Twilight Zone twists affirmed by this anthology. The title story is a terrific tale of ethics vs. greed as a married couple possesses a device in which each time they press a button they receive $50,000, but a stranger dies. "Girl of My Dreams" stars a rat who abuses his naive girlfriend's psychic gift to make money; greed is one of the deadly sins in the Matheson world while the loss of innocence ("Mute") is even deadlier. "No Such Thing as a Vampire" feels very Twilight Zone like. This superb anthology is top rate as the short stories are filled with everyday people with moral choices between avarice and ethics involved in scenarios beyond their normal existence; any moment Rod Serling will inform the audience they entered a world filled with imagination and much more.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Long Island Momma on October 31, 2009
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I picked up this book, once I realized the movie The Box was based on a short story by Richard Matheson. I wasn't familiar with Richard Matheson, but apparently, Stephen King was once quoted as saying that he is the author who influenced him the most as a writer, so I figured I would give him a try.

I read the first story, which the movie, The Box is based on called Button, Button and loved it. It is a tale of ethics vs. greed as a married couple possesses a device in which each time they press a button they receive $50,000, but a stranger dies. The other short stories in the book are all excellent and many have a Twilight Zone feel to them. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Naida M. VINE VOICE on February 2, 2012
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The Box: Uncanny Stories is a creepy collection of twelve short stories by author Richard Matheson who also wrote I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come.
As with most short story anthologies, I enjoyed some of these tales more than others. In this collection, there were maybe two that I didn't care for.
These stories are strange and suspenseful and have supernatural and fantasy aspects to them. Most of the stories have an unexpected twist to them. I'll mention a few that I enjoyed here in my review.

-Button, Button - A couple is asked to push a button and in return they get fifty thousand dollars. The price however, is that someone they do not know will drop dead. It is mainly the wife who wonders if they should push the button and take the money. I guess the ending fairly quickly, but I enjoyed this one none the less.

-Girl of My Dreams- A woman has vivid nightmares about the ways others will die. Her husband greedily exploits her supernatural ability. Told from the husbands point of view, you really get a feel as to how grimy he is.

-Dying Room Only- This was more of a suspenseful story that got under my skin and made me uncomfortable as I read it. A married couple stops to eat at a small rest stop in the middle of nowhere. After going to the ladies room, the wife comes out to find her husband is missing. There are only locals at this rest stop, and no one wants to answer her questions about her husbands whereabouts.
This is my favorite story of the bunch. It tapped into the fear of being utterly alone and helpless. Matheson sets the mood perfectly, the heat of the day is stifling, as is the wife's slowly growing terror.

-No Such Thing As a Vampire: A woman awakes one day to find tell tale bite necks on herself.
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