Saturday, August 21, 2010

He is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson-Christopher Conlon

He is Legend: An Anthology Celebrating Richard Matheson
Christopher Conlon
Tor, Sep 2010, $25.99
ISBN: 9780765326133

Christopher Conlon brings together fifteen highly regarded authors to pay homage to He Is Legend Richard Matheson. The concept is simply to have each participating writer contribute a work tied to a Matheson masterpiece to create a companion short story. The best entries are those that bring a fresh venue to the original story; for instance, "Throttle" by Joe Hill and his dad Stephen King based on Duel (think of the Spielberg film) Recalled by F. Paul Wilson based on The Distributor. The other tales range from I Am Legend, Hell House, The Incredible Shrinking Man, and Somewhere in Time. Although some rehash the original, all are well written as this anthology affirms that Mr. Matheson is in deed a legend.

Harriet Klausner

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