WRITERS THAT MADE ME WANT TO BE A WRITER – RICHARD MATHESON

RICHARD MATHESON (1926-2013)

There is no writer who meant more to me. As a child, he was the first screenwriter whose name I recognized, on the credits of movies as diverse as THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM, THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN and TWLIGHT ZONE episodes like “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” and “Night Call.” How could one man, one brain, imagine all those wonderful, mind-blowing things. I went to the library, to the local bookstore, anywhere I could, and ordered everything written by him. I AM LEGEND. A STIR OF ECHOES. HELL HOUSE. SHOCK. SHOCK WAVES. I watched his television movies with wide-eyed wonder; THE NIGHT STALKER, DUEL, THE MORNING AFTER. I even dared to think I could be a writer. I wrote him a fan letter and he actually answered it himself! Later, when my career had taken me in unexpected directions, I met him at several screenings of his films and, tongue-tied, tried to tell him what he meant to me. He very kindly acted as if what I was saying made some sense. In recent years, I have become friends with his son, R.C. Matheson. I like to think of myself as a member of his very large extended family. We are all “Born of Man and Woman.”

Phoef Sutton

Phoef Sutton

Published novelist - living in South Pasadena, California with his wife Dawn and his daughters Skylar and Celia.
Phoef Sutton