Published by McFarland, $45) 315 pages, Illustrated (B&W),ISBN 978-0-7864-4216-4 Also available as an E book.
Cinema Retro contributor Bradley (who, along with Gil Colon, conducted the William Peter Blatty interview in issue #19), spent over ten years compiling this in-depth look at the screen work of the master writer. Matheson cooperated fully and provides the foreword. Although other books have been written about this master of sci-fi and horror, this is by far the most comprehensive look at his work. Bradley provides the background stories on the making of The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man, Trilogy of Terror, Duel and the other memorable films derived from Matheson’s creative mind. The book also covers Matheson’s work in TV from an episode of ‘The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.’ to his classic entries in ‘The Twilight Zone’. There’s also coverage of the misfires, as well, which often prove to be even more interesting to read about. The book boasts an extensive index and bibliography. If you admire Matheson’s work, this book can be considered as essential.