By Richard Matheson,Victor LaValle

The definitive number of terrifying tales through "one of the best writers of the twentieth century" (Ray Bradbury), edited via award-winning writer Victor LaValle

Among the greats of 20th-century horror and myth, few names stand above Richard Matheson. even though recognized by way of many for novels like I Am Legend and his 16 Twilight Zone episodes, Matheson really shines in his chilling, masterful brief tales. given that his first tale seemed in 1950, nearly each significant author of technology fiction, horror, and myth has fallen less than his impression, together with Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Peter Straub, and Joe Hill, in addition to filmmakers like Stephen Spielberg and J.J. Abrams. Matheson revolutionized horror by way of taking it out of Gothic castles and weird cosmos and surroundings it within the darkened streets and suburbs we realize as our personal. He infused stories of the glorious and supernormal with darkish explorations of human nature, delving deep into the common dread of feeling by myself and threatened in a perilous international. The better of Richard Matheson brings jointly his maximum hits as selected by means of Victor LaValle, knowledgeable on horror fiction and one in every of its brightest skills, marking the 1st significant evaluate of Matheson's mythical career.

"[Matheson is] the writer who stimulated me so much as a writer." -Stephen King

"Richard Matheson's ironic and iconic mind's eye created seminal science-fiction tales . . . For me, he's within the comparable class as Bradbury and Asimov." -Steven Spielberg

"He used to be an incredible, and also you understand HIS tales, whether you think that you don't." -Neil Gaiman

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more suitable by means of introductions and notes through exclusive students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations via award-winning translators.

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