In 2008, Gauntlet Press published MATHESON UNCOLLECTED: VOLUME ONE, followed by VOLUME TWO in 2010, both as signed limited editions. This winter, we're bringing you MATHESON UNCOLLECTED: BACKTERIA AND OTHER IMPROBABLE TALES, a tradepaperback which will include all of the short stories found in the signed limited editions.
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It's little wonder that Richard Matheson is considered a living legend. His works helped to define my generation, and his words encompassed the very world in which I have lived. Indeed, there is hardly an American living today who has not been touched in some way by Mr. Matheson's imagination. This, the first of two volumes collecting previously uncollected works from the huge canon of Mr. Matheson's career, illustrates the breathtaking breadth of his vision and talent. Matheson historian and expert Tony Albarella introduces the actual teleplay that produced one the most famous classic Star Trek episodes, "The Enemy Within". When the Starship Enterprise experiences a transporter malfunction, intrepid Captain Kirk is literally split in two, becoming disjointed personalities reflecting opposite sides of Kirk's personality. Next up is a prescient unfinished science fiction novel written during the atomic 1950's, COLONY SEVEN, in which Mr. Matheson describes an overpopulated world in...
I've always been a huge fan of Richard Matheson. His curt, no-nonsense prose and themes of anxiety, paranoia, and strangeness work together to produce tense, memorable science fiction. The same can be said for this collection of never-before-published stories from the master himself. Granted, some stories lack an editor's touch and could use a little flair, but for the most part the stories prove to be entertaining reads, some of which will jump out, grab you by the throat, and make a lasting impression.
At least two of these three earlier reviews are NOT for the book shown that is titled Backteria and Other Improbable Tales. It has a publication date of 2012, no introduction, missing some of the stories one reviewer comments on, and is certainly not a limited edition, so I don't know what that is all about. As for THIS book, I felt that some of the stories were sub par Matheson, whimsical to the point of silliness, and a some others that were just mediocre. However, many were effective and entertaining, Matheson at work with a sharp knife, and a sly grin. So a mixed bag here and hard to give a rating to. I just finished the collection titled "Duel" in which a number of reviewers (not me) did not like the science fiction, a few stories in this collection have a science fiction element but it is slight and what I would call fantasy fiction.
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