- Author: Richard Matheson
- Artist: Harry O. Morris
- Page Count: 124
- Pub. Date: 2000
- ISBN: 1-58767-007-0
- Status: Out of Print
by Richard Matheson
Medium: An intermediate agency, means, instrument or channel.
— The Oxford Universal Dictionary
From the introduction to Mediums Rare:
This book contains a brief account of psychic beginnings.
Parapsychology, today, utilizes a highly advanced methodology.
It has, long since, left behind the era of dim-lit parlors and spiritual melodramatics.
It is, now, a completely legitimate field of study based upon precise and sophisticated
It began quite differently...
Mediums Rare is a very personal project for Richard Matheson — focusing on his life-long interest in paranormal phenomena. At times creepy and filled with true-to-life chills, Mediums Rare is one of the most thought-provoking reads of 2000. This brand new non-fiction volume is available exclusively in this Cemetery Dance Publications edition and is a must for all Matheson fans and all readers of dark fiction!
Richard Matheson (born February 20, 1926) is an American author and screenwriter, typically of fantasy, horror or science fiction. Born in New Jersey, Matheson spent World War II as an infantry soldier. In 1949 he earned his bachelor's in journalism from the University of Missouri.
Over a career spanning five decades, Richard Matheson has won numerous prestigious awards, including the World Fantasy Convention's Life Achievement Award, the Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement, the Hugo Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Golden Spur Award, and the Writer's Guild Award.
His first published short story, "Born of Man and Woman," appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950. Between 1950 and 1971, Matheson produced dozens of stories, frequently blending elements of the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres, making important contributions to the further development of modern horror.
He wrote a number of episodes for the American TV series The Twilight Zone, including "Steel," "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," and "Little Girl Lost"; adapted the works of Edgar Allan Poe for Roger Corman and Dennis Wheatley's The Devil Rides Out for Hammer Films; and scripted Steven Spielberg's first feature, the TV movie Duel, from his own short story. He also contributed a number of scripts to the Warner Brothers western series Lawman between 1958 and 1962. In 1973, Matheson earned an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his teleplay for The Night Stalker, one of two TV movies written by Matheson that preceded the series Kolchak: The Night Stalker.
His novels include The Shrinking Man and the classic science fiction vampire novel, I Am Legend. Other Matheson novels include What Dreams May Come, Stir of Echoes, Bid Time Return, and Hell House.
Matheson has lived and worked in California since 1951.
Published in two states:
• Limited Edition of 750 signed and numbered copies ($40)
• Traycased Lettered Edition of 52 signed and lettered copies bound in leather with a satin ribbon page marker ($175)