Author Richard Matheson has passed away at the age of 87. As this is breaking news, there are not a whole lot of details we can offer at this time, we’ll update this spot as more information comes in but Matheson’s daughter, Ali, wrote the following:
“My beloved father passed away yesterday at home surrounded by the people and things he loved…he was funny, brilliant, loving, generous, kind, creative, and the most wonderful father ever…I miss you and love you forever Pop and I know you are now happy and healthy in a beautiful place full of love and joy you always knew was there…”
Update: Mr. Matheson passed yesterday and sources tell us he had been ill for a bit now.
That came via author John Shirley’s Facebook page and Twitter.
Matheson, of course, has made a monumental impact on our genre with his works like “I Am Legend” (which spawned The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man and I Am Legend with Will Smith and inspired Night of the Living Dead) and “Hell House” (a diving board for so many cinematic haunted house offerings as well as the adaptation The Legend of Hell House).
He also penned “What Dreams May Come,” many Twilight Zone episodes (one of which paved the way for Real Steel), The Devil Rides Out, Duel, The Night Stalker and so much more.
He will be greatly missed…