7 Steps to Midnight

Richard Matheson

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New York Times Bestselling Author of I Am Legend

When a mysterious imposter steals his identity and life, mathematician Chris Barton is suddenly thrust into a whirlwind of danger and intrigue. Overnight, without warning or explanation, people he has never met are trying to kill him-not even his own sister recognizes him. On the run, from California to London to Paris and beyond, vicious assassins pursue Chris while cryptic messages lead him on a wild, danger-filled chase around the world.

Full of twists and surprises, this is the story of an ordinary man driven to the breaking point in a high tension game of deceit and betrayal where there are no rules, nothing is as it seems, and it is always . . . 7 Steps to Midnight.

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Most of them were wearing digit costumes. One through nine, completely out of order. Others had on letter costumes, caps or lowercase. Plus- and minus-sign costumes. Greater-than and less-than costumes. Parenthesis and bracket costumes. All milling around the stage like sheep.
He leaned toward Wilson, whispering, “How am I supposed to get them in their proper places?”
“Don’t ask me,” Wilson answered. “You’re the director.”
“What?” He gaped at the older man. “I thought you were.”
“Not this play,” Wilson said.
Chris slumped back with a groan.

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"The author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson."-Stephen King

"Matheson is the master of paranoia-pitting a single man against unknown horrors and examining his every slow twist in the wind. 7 Steps is a book to be devoured in one long swallow."-San Jose Mercury News

"Richard Matheson is one of the great names in American terror fiction. 7 Steps to Midnight commands attention. . . . The pace is as frantic as anything since the days of Sax Rohmer-but the writing is fortunately up to Matheson's high standards. This is a novel that flies across the page."-The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, The Beardless Warriors, The Path, Seven Steps to Midnight, Now You See It…, and What Dreams May Come, among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet,” based on his short story, along with several other Twilight Zone episodes. He was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, and fought in the infantry in World War II. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven.

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7 Steps to Midnight
Richard Matheson

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
July 2003
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ISBN: 9780765308375
ISBN10: 0765308371
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$15.99
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