In between beating my brains out over the index of Richard Matheson on Screen, I called the man himself to let him know that the book was limping along toward a tentative early-October publication. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry as I report to you that the guy is still putting me to shame at 84. He’s got a new novel, Other Kingdoms, coming out from Tor in March, and not one but two new stories on tap. This from the man who swore off writing short stories 40 years ago after “Duel,” but if he wants to change his mind, who am I to tell him otherwise?
I don’t have details on any of these yet (although I’ll pass them along when I get them), but I understand that one of the stories is appearing in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, which ironically is where he made his professional debut with “Born of Man and Woman” in 1950. In another manifestation of what I call “the great wheel of publishing,” the magazine is now run by none other than my old St. Martin’s Press colleague, Gordon Van Gelder. And, in what may be some kind of record, it’s been 47 years since they last published a new Matheson story, “Girl of My Dreams,” which was adapted by his buddy Robert Bloch for the short-lived Hammer TV series Journey to the Unknown, about which you can read in…well, you know.