Nightmare At 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories By Richard Matheson

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Remember that monster on the wing of the airplane? William Shatner saw it on The Twilight Zone, John Lithgow saw it in the movie-even Bart Simpson saw it. "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" is just one of many classic horror stories by Richard Matheson that have insinuated themselves into our collective imagination.

Here are more than twenty of Matheson's most memorable tales of fear and paranoia, including:

"Duel," the nail-biting tale of man versus machines that inspired Steven Spielberg's first film;

"Prey," in which a terrified woman is stalked by a malevolent Tiki doll, as chillingly captured in yet another legendary TV moment;

"Blood Son," a disturbing portrait of a strange little boy who dreams of being a vampire;

"Dress of White Silk," a seductively sinister tale of evil and innocence.

Personally selected by Richard Matheson, the bestselling author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come, these and many other stories, more than demonstrate why he is rightfully regarded as one of the finest and most influential horror writers of our generation.

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User Review  - bontley - LibraryThing

Some of the stories felt rushed, some were silly. The classics were good (or did I like them because they were classics?), but didn't make up for the lesser works. Read full review

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User Review  - Marlene-NL - LibraryThing

Enjoyed this book. Back when I was 18 I used to buy many Horror collection books. I still have them, although they are translated into Dutch so I probably will never read them again. I am sure I've ... Read full review

Selected pages


2 Dress of White Silk
3 Blood Son
4 Through Channels
5 Witch War
6 Mad House
7 Disappearing Act
8 Legion of Plotters
9 Long Distance Call
12 Dance of the Dead
13 The Children of Noah
14 The Holiday Man
15 Old Haunts
16 The Distributor
17 Crickets
18 First Anniversary
19 The Likeness of Julie

10 Slaughter House
11 Wet Straw
20 Prey

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About the author (2007)

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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