Literary Birthday – 20 February – Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson was born 20 February 1926, and died 23 June 2013.


  1. That which you believe becomes your world.
  2. If you go too far in fantasy and break the string of logic, and become nonsensical, someone will surely remind you of your dereliction….Pound for pound, fantasy makes a tougher opponent for the creative person.
  3. I think we’re yearning for something beyond the every day. And I will tell you I don’t believe in the supernatural, I believe in the supernormal. To me there is nothing that goes against nature. If it seems incomprehensible, it’s only because we haven’t been able to understand it yet.
  4. I hope people are reading my work in the future. I hope I have done more than frighten a couple of generations. I hope I’ve inspired a few people one way or another.
  5. You have four hours every morning, the statement would rise like a menacing wraith. You have time to write many thousands of words. Why don’t you? And the answer was always lost in a tangle of becauses and wells and endless reasons that he clung to like a drowning man at straws.
  6. I’m sitting in my office trying to squeeze a story from my head. It is that kind of morning when you feel like melting the typewriter into a bar of steel and clubbing yourself to death with it.
  7. I think most writers can never divorce themselves from their private lives and personas; they are the ones that are writing. And the more they remove themselves from their own persona, the more, perhaps, mechanical the work becomes.
  8. I had to write about realistic circumstances. That’s the way my brain works. And I think that gave me a sort of place in the field.
  9. We’ve forgotten much. How to struggle, how to rise to dizzy heights, and sink to unparalleled depths. We no longer aspire to anything. Even the finer shades of despair are lost to us… The full gamut of life is a brief, shadowy continuum that runs from grey to more grey. The rainbow is bleached. We hardly know how to doubt anymore.
  10. A man could get used to anything if he had to.

Richard Matheson was an American author and screenwriter. He is best known as the author of What Dreams May Come, and I Am Legend, a 1954 horror novel that has been adapted for the screen four times.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 20th February 2014