Richard Burton Matheson (born February 20, 1926) is an American author and screenwriter, primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. He is perhaps best known as the author of The Shrinking Man, Hell House, What Dreams May Come, Bid Time Return (filmed as Somewhere in Time), A Stir of Echoes, and I Am Legend, all of which have been adapted as major motion pictures, the last at least three times. Matheson also wrote several The Twilight Zone television show episodes for Rod Serling, such as "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet", Steel, and others. He later adapted his 1971 short story "Duel" into a screenplay which was directed by a young Steven Spielberg, for the television movie of the same name.

Matheson was born in Allendale, New Jersey, the son of Norwegian immigrants Fanny (née Mathieson) and Bertolf Matheson, a tile floor installer. Matheson was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1943. He then entered the military and spent World War II as an infantry soldier. In 1949 he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and moved to California in 1951. He married Ruth Ann Woodson on July 1, 1952 and has four children, three of whom (Chris, Richard Christian, and Ali Matheson) are writers of fiction and screenplays.

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Oh, Scott, for people like you and me the world can be a wonderful place. The sky's as blue as it is for the giants, the friends are as warm.
Richard Matheson (b. 1926). Jack Arnold. Clarice Bruce (April Kent), The Incredible Shrinking Man, Clarice, a midget, is trying to reconcile Scott to his new height (1957).
Is it not ironic, oh my husband? Your wife an adulteress. Your mother an adulteress. Your uncle an adulterer. Your friend an adulterer. Do you not find that amusing, dear Nicholas?
Richard Matheson (b. 1926), U.S. screenwriter, and Roger Corman. Elizabeth Medina (Barbara Steele), The Pit and the Pendulum, after her husband learns she and her lover faked her death (1961).
I felt puny and absurd, a ludicrous midget. Easy enough to talk of soul and spirit and essential worth, but not when you're three feet tall.
Richard Matheson (b. 1926), and Jack Arnold. Robert Scott Carey (Grant Williams), The Incredible Shrinking Man, narrating his feelings as he leaves the house for the first time in weeks (1957).

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