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Button, Button: Uncanny Stories Paperback – April 1, 2008
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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
About the Author
Richard Matheson was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, The Beardless Warriors, The Path, Seven Steps to Midnight, Now You See It…, and What Dreams May Come, among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," based on his short story, along with several other Twilight Zone episodes. He was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, and fought in the infantry in World War II. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven.
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Top Customer Reviews
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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Even the lesser stories are enjoyable and there are enough of his more memorable pieces here to justify the purchase.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my 11 years old daughter that kept asking for it. She loved it and read it immediately.Published 18 months ago by Luis Garcia
Matheson is again up to usual Matheson standards. He often liked to have a plot twist near the end. The technique may have been hackneyed, but the results were not. Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by Robert
This is the third collection of stories I've read from Richard Matheson. While I don't think he'll ever be among my very favorite authors (he still sits comfortably among authors I... Read morePublished on January 11, 2014 by AN AVID READER
I'm glad I purchased these stories. I learned about "The Box" from the movie with the same name; I thought the movie was better and quite different from the story. Read morePublished on October 14, 2013 by Sofia
Most of the stories were a big disappointment. After seeing "The Box", I was hoping to gain more understanding of this very interesting movie, but the story did nothing to... Read morePublished on March 7, 2013 by Inge Adam
This is an excellent collection of short stories and each offers a great balance of entertainment and a chance to think about our "human condition"Published on February 28, 2013 by Kindle Customer
This is actually the first time I have been let down by Richard Matheson. I am Legend, Hell House, A Stir of Echos, The Incredible Shrinking Man, I was thinking he could do no... Read morePublished on January 4, 2013 by Daniel J. Henk