Richard Matheson (1926-2013) was born in New Jersey and moved to California in 1951 to work. He wrote many film and television scripts, including Nightmare at 20,000 Feet from The Twilight Zone, in addition to novels in the mystery, science fiction, horror, fantasy, and western genres. He also contributed to Have Gun, Will Travel, Night Gallery, and Star Trek episodes. The Shrinking Man, I Am Legend, and What Dreams May Come (starring Robin Williams) are just a few of his novels and stories that have been adapted into films. He won the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement, the Hugo Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Golden Spur Award, and the Writer's Guild Award during the course of his career.
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