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on January 12, 2010
Stories included in Volume III:

-Big Surprise
-The Creeping Terror
-No Such Thing As a Vampire
-Day of Reckoning
-First Anniversary
-From Shadowed Places
-Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
-Finger Prints
-The Likeness of Julie
-Deus Ex Machina
-Girl of My Dreams
-The Jazz Machine
-Shock Wave
-Tis the Season To Be Jelly
-A Drink of Water
-Button, Button
-By Appointment Only
-The Finishing Touches
-Till Death Do Us Part
-The Near Departed
-Buried Talents
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VINE VOICEon March 17, 2006
An astounding event occurred in September 1989-A signed and slipcased edition of Richard Matheson's collected stories was offered by Scream Press (called Dream Press for this limited edition of 1250 at Mr. Matheson's request). If you weren't lucky enough to snatch up a copy of that landmark volume, Gauntlet Press is giving us a second chance to own and read these marvels of short fiction. This third collection in the Gauntlet series boasts some of Mr. Matheson's most famous stories: "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" (remember hot young William Shatner freaking out on the classic Twilight Zone episode of the same name?) and "Prey" (Karen Black pursued by a vicious killer Zuni fetish doll in her apartment in Trilogy of Terror). Three of my personal favorites are also included: the hilarious "Tis the Season to be Jelly" (opening line: Pa's nose fell off at breakfast--and it just gets weirder and funnier from there), a truly mind-blowing take on date rape, "The Likeness of Julie", and the story I'm reminded of every summer's evening, "Crickets". These are daring and original stories that crack the roof off contemporary American mores, stories that stay with the reader for a lifetime. In addition to these splendid tales, you'll find a preface by Stanley Wiater, the original Dream Press introduction and the 2003 introduction by Gauntlet Press. Also included are heartfelt and insightful appreciations by such luminaries as Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, Dennis Etchison and Richard Christian Matheson.
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on November 17, 2006
This book is a compilation of Richard Matheson's last short stories. If you are a fan of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone and/or Night Gallery, you will love this book. This is the best volume in the group. There are three volumes in the whole collection; I recommend buying all three at once so you won't have to wait for more when you finish this volume.
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on September 5, 2015
Richard Matheson is probably my favorite short story writer, next to Roald Dahl. These stories are great to read. It includes 'Nightmare at 20,000 feet' from the Twilight Zone as well as plenty of great stories. I can read his stories over and over.
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on November 6, 2013
Richard Matheson was such a skillful story teller. Collected Stories Vol.3 is a great additional to his two previous collected stories volumes. If you are a Richard Matheson fan, you will truly enjoy this book. Most of the best episodes of The Twilight Zone were written by him.
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on June 1, 2008
This is the third and last volume of Richard Matheson's short stories, all of which he wrote between 1950 and 1970. It contains an afterward by the son of the author as well as some other short texts about the author from other writers. Each story comes with a short note by the author.
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VINE VOICEon April 10, 2008
In the category of "All good things must come to an end" squarely fits the collection of Richard Matheson's short stories. As the first two volumes of the set aptly demonstrated, Matheson is a top-notch short story writer, although "was" might be more appropriate: he hasn't written a short story since the early 1970s. The third and final volume of Matheson's Collected Stories shows that he finished that phase of his career with a bang.

There are twenty-nine stories in this collection, too much to review each one individually. And while some are just okay, there are also some excellent ones. In fact, even if you've never read Matheson, you'll be familiar with some of the ones I'm referencing because of their adaptations for TV (particularly the Twilight Zone).

"Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" has been adapted at least twice (and parodied on the Simpsons). In it, a man on the verge of a nervous breakdown believes he seeing a being tampering with the wing of a plane while it is flying. Is it really there? Like many Matheson stories, what is reality and what is hallucination is sometimes hard to distinguish. And "First Anniversary" is a good example of Matheson horror, with a man losing sensitivity to his wife.

For pure horror, however, few stories in this set beat "Prey", the creepy tale of a woman trapped in her apartment with a Zuni warrior doll that has come to life and is intent on killing her. This was adapted for the 1970s TV movie "Trilogy of Terror" with Karen Black; the other two stories in that Trilogy are also in this volume: "The Likeness of Julie" and "Therese". The collection concludes with the final short story that Matheson wrote (although others would be published later), and it's a doozy: "Duel", the tale of a man driving from L.A. to San Francisco on back roads and being harassed by an ominous truck drive; the adaptation of this story would be one of the earliest works by a then-unknown Steven Spielberg.

Matheson may not be the most well-known writer, but he is one of the most influential (this volume contains praise by Stephen King, among others). Besides his short stories, he has done numerous screenplays (including many of Roger Corman's Poe movies) and such novels later adapted into movies as The Incredible Shrinking Man, Stir of Echoes, I Am Legend, What Dreams May Come, Hell House and Somewhere in Time. For a sampling of his work, you can't go wrong with this volume of his short stories as well as its two predecessors.
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on April 20, 2014
With Matheson having written so many great short stories, gathering them all to read can be a chore that requires buying new books just to get 3-4 new stories. Having such a thorough collection is an absolute treasure.
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on September 8, 2014
One of the best modern horror writers and so of course the product was fantastic. Shipped quickly and arrived in prime condition.
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on November 13, 2015
towards the end of the short story period for R.M.
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