I Am Legend author Richard Matheson dies

2013-06-25 10:29
Los Angeles - Richard Matheson, the prolific science-fiction and fantasy writer whose I Am Legend and The Shrinking Man were transformed into films, has died. He was 87.

A spokesperson for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films says Matheson died on Sunday in Los Angeles. No other details were provided.

Several of Matheson's works were adapted into movies, including Hell House and What Dreams May Come.

Matheson was also responsible for writing several episodes of the TV show The Twilight Zone. His instalments included Nightmare at 20 000 Feet, which featured William Shatner as an airplane passenger who spots a creature on the plane's wing.

Matheson's science-fiction vampire novel I Am Legend inspired three film adaptations: 1964's The Last Man on Earth, 1971's Omega Man and 2007's I Am Legend.