The Incredible Shrinking Man

Richard Matheson

Tor Books



Trade Paperback

352 Pages



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Here is the vivid and terrifying novel that inspired the classic motion picture of the late 1950s. The Incredible Shrinking Man is, as Dean Koontz has written, "a classic of suspense as poignant as it is frightening—a mix that only Richard Matheson could pull off."

Formerly a simple and rather bland husband and father, Scott Carey now finds himself shrinking with no end in sight. Inch by inch, day by day, Scott is getting smaller. His wife and family turn into unreachable giants, the family cat becomes a predatory menace, and Scott must struggle to survive in a world that seems to be growing ever larger and more perilous—until he faces the ultimate limits of fear and existence.

This volume includes not only Matheson's complete novel but also nine additional SF/horror short stories—one of which, "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," was the basis for a classic episode of TV's The Twilight Zone.


Praise for The Incredible Shrinking Man

"A horror story if ever there was one . . . And a great adventure story—it is certainly one of that select handful that I have given to people, envying them the experience of the first reading."—Stephen King

"Richard Matheson is one of the great names in American terror fiction."—The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Matheson is the master of paranoia—pitting a single man against unknown horrors and examining his every slow twist in the wind."—San Jose Mercury News

"[Matheson is a] master of both horror and suspense."—Library Journal

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Chapter One

First he thought it was a tidal wave. Then he saw that the sky and ocean were visible through it and it was a curtain of spray rushing at the boat.
He'd been sunbathing on top of the cabin. It was just coincidence...

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  • Richard Matheson

  • Over a career spanning five decades, author Richard Matheson has won numerable prestigious awards, including the World Fantasy Convention's Life Achievement Award, the Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement, the Hugo Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Golden Spur Award, and the Writer's Guild Award. His other novels include Hell House, Somewhere in Time, and A Stir of Echoes. He lives in Calabasas, California.

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