Subtitled: The Dark Worlds Of Richard Matheson

I put this on hold at the library, hoping for a biography of Richard Matheson. Instead, this book provided many testimonials to Matheson and his work, written by those who knew and worked with him. Although it wasn’t technically a biography, it did provide a lot of biographical details as well as in depth analysis of many of his written works.

One thing that struck me about some of the stories related in the book was what a fantastic group of SFF writers all came of age in the Los Angeles/Hollywood area during the early to mid-1950s. Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Charles Beaumont, Robert Bloch, Harlan Ellison and other SFF giants were all in the same area and in a writing group together.

I gave this book four stars on Goodreads. It didn’t provide a great deal of entertainment value, but it did deliver some insight into how Matheson got ideas for his short stories, novels, and screenplays. I came up with a couple of new story ideas while reading it.