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A Legend has Passed On: R.I.P. Richard Matheson


I have just heard that Richard Matheson has passed on. Odds are, you are familiar with his work. He is the author of I Am Legend which spawned the self-titled (abomination) adaptation as well as The Omega Man and the Vincent Price The Last Man on Earth, which he adapted for the screen. Matheson was the writer of a lot of classic Twilight Zone TV episodes – most notably Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.

Richard Matheson passed on yesterday, June 23rd. He was 87. His daughter Ali, wrote the following:

My beloved father passed away yesterday at home surrounded by the people and things he loved…he was funny, brilliant, loving, generous, kind, creative, and the most wonderful father ever…I miss you and love you forever Pop and I know you are now happy and healthy in a beautiful place full of love and joy you always knew was there…

He was going to be the Honorary Guest of Honor at the World Fantasy Covention 2013 in Brighton this Halloween, no word on if his son Richard Christian Matheson who was also attending will still appear.

“All of us have a path to follow and the path begins on earth.”


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Author: Andy Triefenbach View all posts by
Andy Triefenbach is the Editor-in-Chief and owner of In addition to his role on the site, he also programs St. Louis' monthly horror & exploitation theatrical midnight program, Late Nite Grindhouse. Coming from a household of a sci-fi father and a horror/supernatural loving mother, Andy's path to loving genre film was clear. He misses VHS and his personal Saturday night 6 tape movie marathons from his youth.