Editorial Comment: Forthcoming
Fifteen Detective Stories
October 1953, Vol. 19 No. 4
Subsequent appearances: Collected Stories HC, Shock Waves, Button, Button, Collected Stories TP v1
Editorial Comment: It was a strange, little room, with a one-way door. Behind it, Bob lost not only his life and his future—but also his yesterdays!
Notes: "Dying Room Only" was later adapted by Matheson for an ABC movie of the week. It was recently issued through the Warner Archive on DVD-R.
January 1953, Vol. 44 No. 8
Subsequent appearances: Collected Stories HC, Shock Waves, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories, Collected Stories TP v2
Editorial Comment: "...if I die, you'll wait and I'll find a way to come to you."
Story Comment: "...in bed, the window closed, he distinctly felt his hair ruffled by a breeze."
|Illustration by Vincent Napoli|
July 1953, Vol. 45 No. 3
Subsequent appearances: Collected Stories HC, Shock III, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories, Collected Stories TP v2
Editorial Comment: There had been rumors of ghosts about the old place, but neither of the brothers could credit that sort of thing.
Story Comment: "...permeated by a cruel and malignant vitality which tried to drink the life force from all who entered it."
|Illustration by Joseph Eberle|
May 1951, Vol. 60 No. 3
Subsequent appearances (as Gunsight): By the Gun
Editorial Comment: Only a trusted few knew Sherrif Cooley's hidden weakness... It would take the frontier's meanest killer to ferret out his deadly secret.
Story Comment: Few people knew that John Cooley enforced the law with near-blind eyes, until one man finally broke the sherriff's secret—the meanest killer this side of Hell!
March 1952, Vol. 76 No. 3
Subsequent appearances: Matheson Uncollected V2
Editorial Comment:A sheriff follows his code to its payoff.
Story Comment: A sheriff follows his code to its cruel desert payoff!
Fifteen Western Tales
Subsequent appearances: By the Gun
Story Comment: The time was one o'clock. The place: the field behind the graveyard. Sheriff Torrin was afraid of this duel—because Hell, itself, would reject the losing gunman.
Notes: A particularly challenging Western pulp to find, as Fifteen Western Tales transitioned a few months earlier from a standard pulp size to a bed-sheet (magazine sized) format. Special thanks to my pal and fellow Matheson scholar Paul Stuve (co-editor of The Richard Matheson Companion) for graciously hooking me up with this long sought-after appearance.
"Son of a Gunman"
December 1955, Vol. 1 No. 3
Subsequent appearances (as "Boy in the Rocks"): By the Gun
Editorial Comment: The cowed ranchers wanted peace at any price—and if they didn't welcome the ragtag kid who was rich in the heritage of his father's fighting spirit.
Notes: Before being collected (as "Boy in the Rocks"), "Son of a Gunman" was reprinted in Men True Adventure as "Get Off the Circle 7." Peter would surely be remiss if I didn't mention this issue also contains an Elmore Leonard story ("Jugged"). I can't recall if he told me how much that made this issue worth before or after I gave him my duplicate copy for his collection. :)
There's more to come! Stay tuned for future installments of Richard Matheson - The Original Stories.