The Original Stories - Part 11: The Slicks
May 1954, Vol. 99 No. 1
Story Comment: The strange young man rode West with a purpose—to fulfill a grim dream of glory.
|Illustration by Charles Geer|
Notes: While reprinted in several of his collections under its original title, when included in his Western short story collection By the Gun, Matheson used the alternate title. The first line differs in the two reprinted versions, the Western omitting the beginning of the opening sentence, "On that afternoon in 1871," which itself is different from the original appearance, which starts, "That afternoon in 1871." Perhaps Matheson felt such an introduction was unnecessary amidst a collection of Western stories. While not the rarest of Matheson short fiction appearances, this one remains one of the most expensive due to its including the first appearance of Ian Fleming's James Bond novel, Live and Let Die.
April 1956, Vol. 36 No. 5
Subsequent appearances: He Is Legend (chapbook)
Editorial Comment: The market has shrunk, but the scope for epression is bigger than it ever was.
Aside from introductions and appreciations in other books, this, Matheson's only non-fiction article, has only been reprinted in the at one time indispensable He Is Legend edited by Mark Rathburn and Graeme Flanagan. In many ways rendered obsolete by the publication of Matthew Bradley/Stanley Wiater/Paul Stuve's The Richard Matheson Companion aka The Twilight and Other Zones, it still is a nice addition to any Matheson collection as it contains several nice tributes to Matheson along with this non-fiction piece.
May 1956, Vol. 7 No. 5
Subsequent appearances: N/A
Editorial Comment: She had a model's figure, the lovely face of a child, a woman's lips. She was the kind of girl you wanted to marry—and shouldn't.
|All illustrations by Geygan|
Notes: This profusely illustrated story was another abridgement of Matheson's first novel, Someone is Bleeding (like "The Frigid Flame" from Justice, published just seven months earlier, as documented previously).
For Men Only
Subsequent appearances: N/A
Editorial Comment: He had killed two men and a third lay dying—but now he had what he wanted. He was alone with her and no one could interfere.
Notes: I became aware of this abridgment of Matheson's second novel, Fury on Sunday in the pages of Matthew Bradley's Richard Matheson On Screen.
|Illustrations by Bill Thomas|
Men True Adventure
July 1958, Vol. 7 No. 7
Subsequent appearances (as "Boy In The Rocks"): By The Gun
Editorial Comment: It took more than men with guns to clear the range—t took a 16-year-old kid with guts.
Story Comment: It was getting to look as if nothing could drive the Tiner Gang out of the Panhandle. Then up rode a stubborn kid with more guts than ammunition.
December 1959, Vol. 4 No. 9
Subsequent appearances (as "Deadline": Collected Stories HC, Shock II, Collected Stories TP v3
Editorial Comment: Warshaw shows to double advantage this month with the above-mentioned cartoon-work and a piece of serious art—monoprint—for Richard Matheson's seasonal and softly scary "Dead Line.") Is any comment necessary to introduce Matheson, author of The Shrinking Man and A Stir of Echoes?
Story Comment: It's a matter of doors: opening or closing at the final stroke.
|Illustration by Warshaw|
Signature: The Diners Club Magazine
April 1967, Vol. 2 No. 4
Subsequent appearances: Collected Stories HC, Shock Waves, Collected Stories TP v3
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