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Steel, and other stories
Matheson, Richard
Adult Fiction MATHESO

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Matheson's latest collection features two recently published pieces, but is otherwise a repackaging of largely unremarkable speculative fiction stories originally published in the 1950s. Matheson's inextinguishable imagination is apparent in "Dr. Morton's Folly" (2009), a humorous little gem about a vampire in need of immediate dental assistance, and "The Window of Time" (2010), a heartfelt, quietly profound story about an elderly retired author who seeks out a nearby retirement home and finds a portal to the past. Other standouts include the classic "Steel," inspiration for the forthcoming film Real Steel, and "The Traveller," about a researcher who goes back in time and witnesses the crucifixion of Jesus. With stories that span more than half a century and the full range of horror, science fiction, and dark fantasy, this uneven collection primarily stands as a testament to Matheson's literary longevity. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Matheson's somber tale of the future of professional boxing and one man's desire to win at all costs ("Steel")-the basis for Real Steel, a major film starring Hugh Jackman-leads off this collection that features the SF Hall of Famer's most imaginative and disturbing tales. Including two previously uncollected stories as well as the satirical fantasy "The Splendid Source," this volume represents the mind of a creative and fearless writer and should be of interest to Matheson collectors as well as libraries in general. VERDICT Touching on creeping horror as well as broad satire, this collection showcases a rare and important talent. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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