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Uncanny Stories

Richard Matheson

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What if every time you pushed a button you received $50,000...but someone you didn’t know died? Would you still push the button? How many times?

"Button, Button", which inspired a memorable Twilight Zone episode, is just one of a dozen unforgettable tales in this new collection by Richard Matheson, the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend and What Dreams May Come. This volume contains a number of stories that were adapted for television, as well as a new introduction by Matheson himself.
 
This collection of stories features "Button, Button," soon to be a major motion picture starring Cameron Diaz and James Marsden.
 


 

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BUTTON, BUTTONThe package was lying by the front door--a cube-shaped carton sealed with tape, the name and address printed by hand: MR. AND MRS. ARTHUR LEWIS, 217 E. 37TH STREET, NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10016. Norma picked it up, unlocked the door, and went into the apartment. It was just getting dark.After she put the lamb chops in the broiler, she made herself a drink and sat down to open the package.Inside the carton was a push-button unit fastened to a small wooden box. A glass dome covered the button. Norma tried to lift it off, but it was locked in place.

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"His stories not only entertain, but touch the mind and heart."--Dean Koontz
 
“Perhaps no other author living is as responsible for chilling a generation with tantalizing nightmare visions."--The New York Times

“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


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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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Button, Button
Uncanny Stories
Richard Matheson

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
April 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765312570
ISBN10: 0765312573
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 208 pages
$13.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
April 2008
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429998482
ISBN10: 1429998482
208 pages
$7.99
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