Richard Matheson on Screen: A History of the Filmed Works by Matthew R. Bradley
By Matthew R. Bradley
Even though innumerable biographies were written approximately novelists, playwrights, and poets, screenwriters are infrequently granted this contrast, even ones as prolific and profitable as Richard Matheson. He has occupied a distinct place in cinema because the author or unique writer of movies from The brilliant Shrinking guy in 1957 via i'm Legend in 2007. This ebook records his upward push to prominence, parallel literary profession, and position within the horror and technological know-how fiction renaissance. In chronological order, the exhaustively listed narrative examines every one movie written through Matheson or in accordance with his paintings, with sections dedicated to episodic tv (including The Twilight quarter) and unproduced initiatives.
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