Nightmare At 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories By Richard Matheson

Remember that monster on the wing of the airplane? William Shatner saw it on The Twilight Zone, John Lithgow saw it in the movie-even Bart Simpson saw it. "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" is just one of many classic horror stories by Richard Matheson that have insinuated themselves into our collective imagination. Here are more than twenty of Matheson's most memorable tales of fear and paranoia, including: "Duel," the nail-biting tale of man versus machines that inspired Steven Spielberg's first film; "Prey," in which a terrified woman is stalked by a malevolent Tiki doll, as chillingly captured in yet another legendary TV moment; "Blood Son," a disturbing portrait of a strange little boy who dreams of being a vampire; "Dress of White Silk," a seductively sinister tale of evil and innocence. Personally selected by Richard Matheson, the bestselling author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come , these and many other stories, more than demonstrate why he is rightfully regarded as one of the finest and most influential horror writers of our generation.

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By Susan (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · March 05, 2009
More chilling works by a 20th-century master of the genre. Matheson is a primary influence on modern horror--not just literary, but in cinema and television (Matheson wrote prolifically for "The Twilight Zone" and the title story of this collection was adapted for that show).

If your only Matheso... ...more
By Trudi (Regina, SK, Canada) · ★★★☆☆ · October 13, 2011
I expected to LOVE this collection, and while I mightily enjoyed a handful of the stories, others left me feeling cold, confused or just plain ol' meh-disappointed.

Most of that meh is not Matheson's fault - I fully recognize him as a master of his craft. Stephen King (my favorite author) admits M... ...more
By MG (Greensboro, NC) · ★★★★★ · June 01, 2011
This was my first reading of Richard Matheson's work. It was quite enjoyable. I got what I expected from the encounter, stories with a twist here and there and often a slow boil to a climatic end. ...more
By Oscar (Castellón, Spain) · ★★★★☆ · November 08, 2012
Todavía recuerdo aquella película de los 80 que vi siendo un niño, ‘En los límites de la realidad’, dividida en cuatro episodios, el último de los cuáles estaba basado en un relato de Richard Matheson. Esa escena en la que el pasajero protagonista descubre a un extraño ser sobre el ala del avión... ...more
By Carol (Troy, NY) · ★★★★★ · October 25, 2014
A hero from my childhood -- Richard Matheson wrote "Steel," my favorite Twilight Zone episode, plus he wrote the book that inspired the classic movie "The Omega Man" with Charlton Heston and Anthony Zerbe!

I just had to read "Prey" because I remember screaming along with Karen Black in "Trilogy of... ...more
By Brian (Chicago, IL) · ★★★★★ · February 08, 2010
Yet another example of what's wrong with the literary academic community in this world. While everyone gets wet in the pants at the mention of Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald and their great contribution to the world of letters, they bypass people like Matheson who wrote some of the most perfect... ...more
By Miss December · ★★★★☆ · November 16, 2014
As always, Richard Matheson knocks it out of the park. Matheson already knocks you down and then delivers one blow out of nowhere when you think it's over. And that's why I love him. Top faves in this short story compilation include "Disappearing Act," "Legion of Plotters," "Long Distance Call,"... ...more