Richard Matheson on Screen: a History of the Filmed Works

by Matthew R. Bradley
McFarland, October 2010, $45.00

This remarkable book provides a wealth of information about the various theatrical films and TV shows scripted by Matheson or adapted from his works by others. Extensive credits, production details, and quotes from interviews with participants appear along with plot summaries and critical reactions, often from Matheson himself. Illustrations include production stills and posters. While most of the works covered are in the horror, fantasy, and science fiction genres, Matheson is a popular fiction all-rounder, and there’s plenty of crime/suspense interest. While contributions to Twilight Zone are covered in depth, other episodic TV work is summarized more briefly. Matheson worked on such shows as The D.A.’s Man, Markham, Thriller, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. References are frequent to his Southern California contemporaries, notably William F. Nolan, Charles Beaumont, Robert Bloch, Ray Bradbury, and William Campbell Gault. Of particular interest is the account of mystery novelist George Baxt’s dubious contribution to the Matheson-Beaumont script for Night of the Eagle (1962; US title Burn, Witch, Burn!), an adaptation of Fritz Leiber’s Conjure Wife.

Jon L. Breen

bradley_richardmathesononscreenThis remarkable book is a wealth of information on Matheson's theatrical films and TV shows.

Teri Duerr

by Matthew R. Bradley
McFarland, October 2010, $45.00

October 2010