Saturday, October 15, 2005
Tho Rod Serling created the Twilight Zone my favourite writers from the show are Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson.
Beamont started out as a cartoonist and worked at MGM animation for a bit as well as doing gag cartoons but gave it up and pursued writing. Initially he worked at Whitman publication and wrote and co-edited comics, working on Bugs, Mickey Mouse and Andy Panda comics before his short story and screen writing career took off. Along with the Twilight Zone and other TV series he was a screenwriter at American International and worked on Roger Corman Poe films like the Masque of the Red Death and The Haunted Palace.
His short stories appeared in the "slicks" as well as genre magazines.
Tragically in 1963, he was diagnosed with Alzeheimers at 34 and degenerated and aged rapidly and died 4 years later.
The first image is his first novel, written under a pseudonym and the other 3 are short story collections.