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Richard Matheson, Autor der wahrscheinlich bekanntesten Twilight Zone-Folge ever (Nightmare at 20,000 Feet), I Am Legend, den Drehbüchern zu Steven Spielbergs Regie-Debut Duel, Roger Cormans Poe-Adaptionen zu The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven und House of Usher, sowie den Roman und Drehbuch zu einem meiner absoluten SciFi-Lieblinge The Incredible Shrinking Man, ist am Sonntag im Alter von 87 Jahren in seinem Zuhause in Calabasas, Kalifornien, im Kreise seiner Familie gestorben. RIP, Richard!
Among the episodes was the unforgettable 1963 installment Nightmare at 20,000 Feet starring William Shatner. Matheson talked about his inspiration for the story during a 2002 interview with the Archive of American Television.
“I was on an airplane and I looked out and there was all these fluffy clouds and I thought, ‘Gee what if I saw a guy skiing across that like it was snow?’ because it looked like snow. But when I thought it over, that’s not very scary, so I turned it into a gremlin out on the wing of the airplane.”
"We were all with him when he passed," said Matheson Jr. "It was very peaceful. Even though we were sobbing, it was beautiful in its own way. He was a majestic talent and he was every bit as wonderful as a father, a friend and a husband."