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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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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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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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.

Harriet Klausner
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By Danielle on December 26, 2014
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Some of the stories didn't really make sense to me lol. I bought this book because of the button, button story. Some of the stories were pretty funny. The only bad thing about this book is that some of the stories didn't keep my attention so I kept putting it down. It took me longer than usual to read but I'm glad that I didn't give up on this book.
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Matheson's stories in this collection vary from the powerful punch of the opening story to some fairly mundane tales of suspense. Often he relies on the good old twist in the tale to give his stories impact and these seem to be the least impressive. Where Matheson shines is where the stories are deceptively simple and where meaning resides in the nooks and crannies of a character's words or the description of a simple action. These are the stories that give a reader pause, and chill with their darker layers of meaning beneath the superficial events of the tale.

Even the lesser stories are enjoyable and there are enough of his more memorable pieces here to justify the purchase.
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Richard Matheson was one of the greatest writers of our time. I bought the book because I had some questions after watching THE BOX. The only thing the movie used from the book was the basic premise of pressing a button, someone dies, you get money, so, still have questions. That said, the movie was pretty good and REALLY expanded on what was in the short story.
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I would recommend any novel or short story collection by this author. He wrote some of the better stories on the original "Twilight Zone" television show and his stories almost always hit the mark for a good read.
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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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