What's great about writing is that it is endlessly elastic. It can accomodate you no matter what you've become . . . it's always there to embrace and reflect you.

Richard Christian (R.C.) Matheson: Writer



Scars & Other Distinguishing Marks
(w/ Richard Matheson) (1986)
(w/ Richard Matheson) (2002)

Created By (1993)
De Huurling (1993)
Cauchemar Cathodique (1995)
The Ritual of Illusion,
a novella (2011)

Selected Anthologies with stories by RC Matheson
(there are over 80 and growing)

Shadows 2
Dark Forces
100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories
Masques: All New Works of Horror and the Supernatural
Cutting Edge
Masters of Darkness
Masques 2
Silver Scream
Horror100 Best Books (1988)
Hot Blood: Tales of Provocative Horror (1989)
Urban Horrors
The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror Fourth Annual Collection
The Bradbury Chronicles: Stories in Honor of Ray Bradbury (1991)
The Mammoth Book of Vampires (1992)
Monsters in Our Midst (1993)
Little Deaths (1994)
The Best New Horror 6 (1995)
Dark Terrors (1995)
Lethal Kisses (1996)
Off Limits: Tales of Alien Sex (1996)
Dancing with the Dark (1997)
Dark of the Night (1997)
Dark Thoughts on Writing (1997)
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume Eight (1997)
Millennium (1997)
Robert Bloch's Psychos (1997)
Wild Women (1997)
Dark Terrors 4 (1998)
Dark Terrors 5 (2000)
The Bleeding Edge: Dark Barriers, Dark Frontiers (2009)
Hellbound Hearts
Dark Delicacies III Haunted
(2009) -
The Ghostly Cry: True Encounters with the Paranormal
Werewolves & Shapeshifters: Encounters w/ The Beast Within (2010)

The Dead That Walk (2010)
The Devil's Coattails
The Best Horror of the Year
Zombies, Zombies, Zombies
The Book of Horrors
Voices in the Dark
Body Horror

Stephen King's Battleground, Collector's Edition (2012)

Bram Stoker Award first novel nominee for Created By

He says he has always had an “intoxicated relationship with language,” and like most of the writers we have interviewed, he writes because he is alive and it is part of who he is. He writes in so many genres, he simply can't be defined by them.

He began his professional writing career at 17 as a copywriter, and by the age of 20 was the head writer for the Quincy, M.E. television series that ran in the 1970s, and had a movie script auctioned and purchased by Steven Spielberg. His writing mentors have been the best in business, and he has been highly praised by writers Ray Bradbury, Stephen King and Clive Barker, although he seems happiest with praise from his father, writer Richard Matheson, best know for works like The Incredible Shrinking Man, and What Dreams May Come.

Interview Movie
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MP3 Audio File
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There is something physical about R.C.’s writing as he talks about switching hands to alter his mindset, playing a musical instrument to experience the rhythm of language, and always being quite literally on the run in the studio system. And he seems to be determined to push his own work beyond the expected – from horror to splatterpunk, from novella to web project.

He has the “voice of originality and a creative heart,” and he always finishes his work.

Listen to the interview to hear what this illustrates, and how R.C. is the master of "compressive prose."

Selected Filmography
Writer & Producer

Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Three's Company (1978) (TV)
Another Day (1978)
The Incredible Hulk (1978–1979) (TV)
Cliffhangers (1979)
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (1979) (TV)
Quincy, M.E. (1979)
Stone (1980) (TV)
Enos (TV series) (1980) (TV)
B.J. and the Bear (1981) (TV)
The Powers of Matthew Star (1982) (TV)
Knight Rider (1982) (TV)
Simon and Simon (1982)
The Phoenix (1982)
The A-Team (1983–1986) (TV)
Hardcastle and McCormick (1984–1985) (TV)
Hunter (1985) (TV)
Stir Crazy (1985)
Renegades (1986)
Brothers-In-Law (1986)
Amazing Stories (1986–1987) (TV)
Stingray (1987)
Three O'Clock High (with Thomas E. Szollosi) (1987)
It Takes Two (with Thomas E. Szollosi) (1988)
Loose Cannons (with Richard Matheson and Bob Clark) (1990)
Tales from the Crypt (1991) (TV)
TEECH (1991)
The Torkelsons (1992) (TV)
Full Eclipse (with Michael Reaves) (1993) (TV)
Lawless (1997)
Sole Survivor (2000)
Paradise (with Norman Steinberg) (2004) (TV)
Tsunami Telethon (2005)
Masters of Horror (2005–2006) (TV)
It Waits (2005)
Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006) (TV)
Chemistry (2011) (TV) (Co-Creator, with Norman Steinberg)

Music (Producer and Drums)
The EXISTERS: Tiger Walkin' Weather (1999)
Smash-Cut (2009)
As Above, So Below (2010)
The EXISTERS: Of Coffins and Carousels (2012)

Richard Christian Matheson is one of the most diversely creative people we have interviewed. He is a screen and TV scriptwriter, a copy-short story-novella-novel writer, editor, professional musician, producer and the president of Matheson Entertainment. He also created Splatter, a web-based horror project, with Roger Corman. He has sold 14 original spec scripts for films, had seven feature films produced, written for 35 TV series, and crafted over 85 short stories. And he seems to be speeding up.


Malibu, CA

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Screen/TV: comedy, drama, sci-fi, horror, suspense, paranormal, thriller
Books: Short stories, novels, novellas, thriller, fantasy, horror, paranormal, splatterpunk




Santa Monica/LA, CA

Youthful Influence:

His father, fiction and script writer Richard (Burton) Matheson.

Favorite Authors:

Nathanael West and dark, comic, psychological writers like Roald Dahl. For style, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Martin Amiss, James Wolcott, Christopher Hitchens and others who take big peculiar chances with language —he likes to be suprised, amused and be told the truth.

Literary Habit:

With coffee, anywhere, anytime and fast. His fear is being inspired without anything handy to write with or on.

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