Richard Matheson is the author of dozens of fantasy and science fiction novels, many for film and television.son of bill and ted films chris mattson Conversation with father.
Chris said: “If you’re interested in my dad, if Richard Matheson is a character you’re interested in, if his story is important to you, I think I have a very specific one for that person. A vantage point.” Episode 520 Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “I was his child and I was very, very close to him for a long time.”
in the novel I am a legend, shrinking personand churning echo, Richard Matheson combines wild sci-fi concepts with relatable everyday characters. This approach would have profound implications for later authors such as Stephen King. “[Matheson] “Deprived of a lot of the gothic/spiderweb/dark mansion/candlelight quality, he brings reality and this sense of realism,” Chris said.I am a legend The sense of reality he got was really surprising, “What would it be like to be the last person alive in a world full of vampires?”
Richard Matheson’s great theme is loneliness. He writes over and over again that the isolated man struggles to resist the insurmountable odds.exist Conversation with father, Chris recalls his father’s difficulties with others. “He and my mom have a lot of friends and they socialize a lot, but I don’t know if he has close friends,” Chris said. “I’m not sure if anyone can really open up. I’m not sure if he has another man he can actually show up and talk openly about his feelings.”
Chris believes his father used two strategies to deal with his loneliness.One is the comfort of being in the company of animals – his love for dogs comes through powerfully in the novel I am a legend and what a dream might happen– The other is throwing himself into his work. “Here’s a guy who goes to his small office — this is a guy who goes through a convert barn and he’s going to be alone in the office for eight hours,” Chris said. “He likes it, or he needs it. He Thrive on it.”
Hear the full interview with Chris Matheson on episode 520 of 520 Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And check out some highlights from the discussion below.
Chris Matheson adapts:
[My dad] Is a very economical and efficient storyteller. He once described what he thought was a good book because “it was as clean as a hound’s teeth.” That’s how he used to be. That’s his stuff sometimes, just bang-bang-bang-bang. This can make for a really good movie because with a movie you don’t have that long. You have a few hours. I am a legend Not a very long book. That’s 160 pages. …so his already skinny and economical story was perfect for filming. It’s shocking how many movies are in his story.
Chris Matheson mind and destiny Harold Percival:
[My dad] Loved it and embraced it, it became his bible, so much in fact that he ended up writing a book called pathIt was his popularization of Harold Percival’s book. In a way, if you google “Harold Percival”, if you look at his Wikipedia entry, it basically says that his biggest adherent in the world is Richard Matheson, which I think is true. This book is ridiculous. This book is ridiculous. This book is clunky and fluffy, just a hell of a fraud and stupidity. I couldn’t believe it when I read it. It was like, “Dad, how can you believe this? How is this possible?” My dad was a smart guy. In my opinion, fear trumps everything.
Chris Matheson what a dream might happen:
I know he’s writing this book [our family] It’s all characters…I remember saying to him, “Dad, I don’t understand. You die, go to heaven, and then mom kills herself, and goes to hell. It’s a weird story.” He was like, “Okay, What else?” I was like, “Well, I don’t know. You can go to hell, right?” And he was like, “Oh, that doesn’t make sense.” But I thought it was weird, and it made my mom Angry. She doesn’t like it very much. It’s weird for her because she ended up giving her such a long love letter. But she killed herself because she couldn’t live without him and went to hell, he came from heaven and saved her. Kind of weird.
Chris Matheson An excellent adventure by Bill and Ted:
I believe we did it [the police station scene] Almost on site or the day before. This is written right now. I guess what we wrote didn’t work, so I remember my partner Ed Solomon [time travel] idea. My first reaction was like, “Wow, this is really complicated. Does that work?” I spent a minute wrapping my head around it. And then it was like, “Oh, right. Well, this is really funny.” Then we wrote it very, very fast, and the jokes seemed fresh. As you enter new territory, you may get some funny jokes.
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