Springfield, PA: Gauntlet Press, 2000. HUNGER AND THIRST may be the literary event of 2000. Fifty years ago, when he was 23 years old and living in New York City, Richard Matheson wrote his first novel Hunger and Thirst, at age 23 in 1949--a massive 750+ manuscript pages. His then agent told him it was unpublishible due to its length and Matheson put it away and moved to California. Had this novel been published Matheson feels his writing career may have taken a far different turn. He's kept the novel in a draw for 50 years and only recently read it over again, felt it powerful and offered it to Gauntlet Press as a signed limited. On the book itself, the title was ONLY stamped on the spine at Matheson's request. The has a fabulous color dust jacket created by Harry Morris. Matheson also provides a lengthy introduction explaining why this book has sat for as long as it has, as well as discussing several other aborted projects including two proposed books that were to be 2000 pages apiece. Wonderful insight for any Matheson fan. Hunger and Thirst is the story of a man shot in a aborted robbery who wakes up to find himself paralyzed. The book flashes back to his sordid past as he hopes to be rescued to be given a chance at redemption. This book will most likely never be reprinted due to length and subject. An absolute MUST for a Matheson collector.an epic publication by any standards. One of only 750 numbered and signed copies. SIGNED by Richard Matheson. Illustrated by Harry Morris. 1st Edition. Fine in fine dj.