Stalen jongens, felle knapen by Richard Matheson

  • Started on: 2012-05-24
  • Finished on: 2012-05-24
  • Read in: Dutch
  • Rating: “****-”
  • Genre(s): Science Fiction


As a short quick read I read this short story collection by Richard Matheson. Before I started collecting more and more science fiction books, I only knew him from I Am Legend, but when you read collections like this you realize he has written many stories that were the inspiration for movies. The funny thing is, I never know this before hand, so I read something, think it sounds familiar, look it up, and sure enough, the story was the inspiration for…
I always find it hard to review a collection. Overall I liked this book, the stories were short but good. The stories gave just enough of a creep or inspiration to make you think about them. The stories that I recognized from movies en TV were “Steel” (Real Steel) and “Nightmare at 20.000 feet” (the famous Twilight Zone episode about the guy on the airplane wing that only William Shatner sees). Other gems were “Through Channels” (reminding me of a Doctor Who episode) and “When the Waker Sleeps”. A great writer, good stories, four out of five stars.