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RICHARD MATHESON: COLLECTED STORIES Volume Three, byRichard Matheson, Edited by Stanley Wiater. Colorado Springs, CO; Gauntlet Press; 2005. 1st edition trade paperback.

"The book I'm looking at is volume three and it's the best so far containing, as it does, some genuine masterpieces that will outlast us all. Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, The Likeness of Julie, Mute, Girl of My Dreams, Shock Wave, Prey and Duel are just a few other stories here, along with remarks by such folks as Harlan Ellison, Stephen King. Dennis Etchison and Richard Christian Matheson.

"This is a book you'll keep for life."

-- Ed Gorman

VOLUME THREE of Edge Books imprint publication of RICHARD MATHESON: COLLECTED STORIES. Again, it is an expanded tradepaperback version of the 1989 Dream/Press hardcover limited edition. Published in 3 volumes.

This three volume edition of RICHARD MATHESON: COLLECTED STORIES is the gathering together of 86 Richard Matheson short stories, beginning with Born of Man and Woman from 1950 and ending with Duel from 1971. The stories were arranged by Matheson himself roughly in chronological order of original publication. There are also several tributes to Richard Matheson throughout the volumes from admirers such as Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, William F. Nolan, and others. Finally, Matheson wrote a deeply revealing Introduction for the collection. As Matheson himself states in this Introduction, "A twenty-year period of creativity reduced to the psychological background of my output of fantasy and science-fiction stories. If this were a thesis, that would be my premise".

As with Volume One and Two, for Volume Three editor Stanley Wiater has included a "bibliophile" at the end of each story containing Matheson's very own commentary on the behind-the-scenes details of each story. Each story is also listed with it's original publication date and place of publication.

Table of Contents for RICHARD MATHESON: COLLECTED STORIES, VOLUME THREE: Editor's Preface, Dream Press Introduction: 1989, Gauntlet Press Introduction: 2003, Big Surprise, The Creeping Terror, Deadline, Mantage, No Such Thing As a Vampire,

From Harlan Ellison,

Crickets, Day of Reckoning, First Anniversary, From Shadowed Places, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, Finger Prints, The Likeness of Julie, Mute, Deus Ex Machina, Girl of My Dreams, The Jazz Machine,

From Stephen King,

Shock Wave, 'Tis the Season To Be Jelly, Interest, A Drink of Water, Therese, Prey, Button, Button,

From Dennis Etchison,

By Appointment Only, Finishing Touches, 'Til Death Do Us Part, The Near Departed, Buried Talents, Duel,

From Richard Christian Matheson.


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