Duel by Richard Matheson
Terror Stories By Richard Matheson

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Remember that murderous semi chasing Dennis Weaver down a lonely stretch of desert highway?

Duel, Steven Spielberg's acclaimed first film, was adapted by Richard Matheson from his unforgettable story of the same name.

But "Duel" is only one of the classic suspense tales in this outstanding collection of stories by the Grand Master of Horror, which also contains Matheson's legendary first story, "Born of Man and Woman," as well as several stunning shockers that inspired memorable episodes of The Twilight Zone, including "Little Girl Lost," "Steel," and "Third from the Sun."

Like Matheson's previous collection, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet, this collection is an indispensable treasure trove of terror from the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come.

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About Richard Matheson

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Richard Matheson was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, The Beardless Warriors, The Path, Seven Steps to Midnight, Now You See It…, and What Dreams May Come, among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” based on his short story, along with several other Twilight Zone episodes. He was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, and fought in the infantry in World War II. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven.
Published January 4, 2003 by Tor Books. 404 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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.), has heroic soldiers fighting to save The Machine, which runs the world from the twelve-legged Rustons—though it’s all a dream injected into them, for reasons we won’t reveal.

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Bradley, includes both the two short stories, first published in Playboy, and the screenplays derived from them, as well as an interview with Dennis Weaver, the star of Duel, the movie that established a young director named Steven Spielberg.

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"Being" and "Shipshape Home" have their share of creepy aliens drooling over human flesh, but Matheson's real talent for horror emerges when he takes familiar situations to familiar extremes: Two of the book's most haunting stories simply deal with alienation and disassociation.

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SF Site

His awards include the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement, the Hugo Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Golden Spur Award, and the Writer's Guild Award.

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Duel Movie Review: Yes, it’s true at only 24 years of age, director Steven Spielberg showed his technical prowess with his first made for TV feature in 1972, with duel, a nail-biting Alfred Hitchockesque thriller featuring of a salesman pursued on the road by a truck.

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Time Out New York

Spielberg's first film, superbly scripted by Richard Matheson, made for TV but booking its own place on the big screen: an absolute cracker about a salesman driving along the highway who gradually realises that the huge petrol tanker playfully snapping at his heels - apparently driverless - has m...

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Horror News Net

Even the ending has its own wonderful logic, when the truck finally leaps voraciously, not on Weaver but his car, and goes over a cliff in the attempt: In the one moment of overt horror, the truck utters a bellowing death-cry as it plunges to its doom.

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