Author Richard Matheson (b.1926) died on June 23. Matheson was the author of multiple seminal works in science fiction, fantasy, and horror, including I Am Legend, turned into the films The Last Man on Earth, The Omega Man, and I Am Legend, What Dreams May Come, turned into a film of the same title, Bid Time Return, made into the film Somewhere in Time, and The Shrinking Man, also turned into a film. He wrote several episodes of The Twilight Zone, including the classic “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.” Matheson received Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the World Fantasy Con and the Horror Writers of America, and in 2010 he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Matheson was a Worldcon Guest of Honor in 1958 at Solacon.
Richard Matheson has announced that he will regretfully have to miss World Fantasy Convention
2013 because of ongoing health concerns. Matheson was named Honourary Guest of Honour for this year’s convention, which is scheduled to be held in Brighton, UK over the weekend of October 31-November 3. Matheson will remain a Honorary Guest of Honour at this year’s convention, and there will still be programming to celebrate his work.
The 2013 World Fantasy Convention, to be held in Brighton, England from October 31-November 3, 2013, has announced its first two guests, father and son authors Richard Matheson and Richard Christian Matheson. The elder Matheson is known for his novels I Am Legend, The Shrinking Man, and Bid Time Return. The younger Matheson has written numerous short stories and the novel Created By. The Toastmaster at WFC 2013 will be China Miéville.