Saturday, September 11, 2010
Matheson Uncollected Volume Two
In many ways Matheson Uncollected Volume Two (Gauntlet Publishing) is the most unique of all Richard Matheson collections inasmuch as it contains two horror novels that Matheson decided to set aside plus his own screenplay for "What Dreams May Come" as well as ten short stories, two of which have particularly interesting histories.
"Now Die In It" was the short story that sparked the novel Ride The Nightmare, one of Matheson's tightest, sharpest suspense novels that was later turned into a very good full-hour Alfred Hitchcock TV episode.
The real discovery here is the western "The Hunt," which was forgotten by the author himself and unearthed by Gauntlet. Suspense, character, color and surprise all packed into one of those short stories that are flawless gems. Hopefully this will now start showing up in other Matheson collections.
There's a collaboration with his son Richard Christian, another previously unpublished short story and overall--and this is what makes this collection important--an overview of a a long and brilliant career. The book reveals the ingenuity and craft that has made Richard Matheson one of the truly great and enduring American storyteller. The handsome collection is a pleasure in every way.
Table of Contents are as follows:
Mountains of the Mind (an unfinished novel)
"Now Die In It" (a short story)
"Where There's a Will" (a short story written with Richard Christian Matheson)
"Getting Together" (a short story)
"Person to Person" (a short story)
"Portrait" and "Portrait Illustration"
"Haircut" (a short story)
"An Element Never Forgets" (a short story)
Red is the Color of Desire (an unfinished novel)
The House of the Dead (an unfinished novel)
"What Dreams May Come" (an unpublished screenplay)
Lettered Edition Only:
"The House of the Dead" (alternate version)
Numbered edition without slipcase is
$75 + p&h