“…this blog offers some fascinating insights into cinema history from a widely published author on popular culture…” —Jeremy Duns, author of Free Agent and Free Country
Praised by award-winning author Ed Gorman as “one of the best of all writers on popular culture,” Matthew R. Bradley is a widely published authority on the work of Richard Matheson. He is the author of Richard Matheson on Screen: A History of the Filmed Works (now in its third printing), the editor of Matheson’s Duel & The Distributor, and the co-editor (with Stanley Wiater and Paul Stuve) of The Richard Matheson Companion, revised and updated as The Twilight and Other Zones: The Dark Worlds of Richard Matheson. Bradley has written introductions to limited editions of Matheson’s I Am Legend, Hell House, Noir: Three Novels of Suspense, and What Dreams May Come, as well as of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist.
Bradley’s articles, reviews, and interviews with a variety of filmmakers and literary figures have appeared in Filmfax, Outre, VideoScope, Mystery Scene, Fangoria, Cinema Retro, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and Doomed. He has also contributed to such books as The Man Who Collected Psychos: Critical Essays on Robert Bloch and two different versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers: A Tribute. Bradley has created content for the Cinema Retro and Tor.com websites and the blogs We Are Controlling Transmission and It Couldn’t Happen Here…; he writes extensively about Marvel Comics of the Silver and Bronze Ages as a regular contributor to Marvel University.
A self-described “middlebrow snob,” Bradley haughtily disdains what he considers lowbrow culture (e.g., sports, reality TV, the Three Stooges, rap/hip-hop), and cheerfully admits to being completely at sea with its highbrow counterpart (e.g., poetry, opera, ballet, painting, sculpture, architecture), but aggressively champions much of the vast, fertile area that lies between. This includes 1960s and ’70s cinema; filmmakers such as Aldrich, Bava, Bergman, Frankenheimer, Hitchcock (his favorite), Huston, Kubrick, Kurosawa, Leone, Sturges, Truffaut, Welles, and Wise; and the authors and screenwriters known as the “California Sorcerers” (e.g., Bloch, Ray Bradbury, George Clayton Johnson, Matheson, William F. Nolan, and Jerry Sohl, all of whom he has interviewed). Also among Bradley’s special areas of interest and/or expertise are horror and science fiction films, literary adaptations, James Bond, mysteries and thrillers, the Beatles (he has rewritten the lyrics to dozens of their songs), Talking Heads, film scores, Bugs Bunny, and a small assortment of cult TV shows.
A lifelong resident of Connecticut (excepting a nine-month stint in Brooklyn fresh out of school), Bradley holds a B.A. in English Literature from Trinity College in Hartford, where he worked for four years at Cinestudio, one of the preeminent repertory cinemas in the Northeast. He is a twenty-year veteran of the book-publishing and home-video industries in Manhattan, including six years as Stephen King’s hardcover publicist at Viking Penguin, and currently serves as the Copy Specialist for the PCS Stamps & Coins division of MBI, Inc., in Norwalk. Bradley lives in Bethel with his wife, Loreen, and their shelter cats, Lucy and Sally. Their daughter, Alexandra, lives in the Washington, D.C., area.