Richard Matheson (1926-2013) was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Now You See It..., and What Dreams May Come, among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including several Twilight Zone episodes.
Matheson was writing horror novels and winning Hugos, Golden Spurs, Edgars, and more before anyone had even heard of Stephen King. In his latest, a dying magician invites his family and friends to his estate for one last performance.
"One of his strongest efforts. . . . We're all a lot richer to have Richard Matheson among us." --Dean Koontz"A fascinating variation on the locked-room mystery. . . with more hairpin turns than a mountain road. Now You See It . . . is absorbing." --The Washington Post Book World"There are as many twists and turns as a medieval catacomb in one of the most fun novels of the year." --Rocky Mountain News"Matheson's prose is extremely smooth and the pacing frantic, with some outrageous surprise coming at least once per chapter, every three or four pages. The plot takes so many 180-degree turns that it spins." --The Philadelphia Inquirer
The prolific master of suspense and screenwriting (I Am Legend; The Incredible Shrinking Man) here comes up with a knockout tale the like of whose twists and final turns have not been seen since Henri Clouzot's devilish film thriller Diabolique. That it also seems a blueprint for a Broadway play along the lines of Sleuth, with characters quietly doubling in roles on a limited set, is just one more hurdle Matheson offers the reader, as if performing a sonnet in terza rima. Some years ago, the Great Delacorte, a famed stage magician, came down with a stroke that left him a ``vegetable,'' able to move only his eyes. The entire novel takes place through those eyes as Delacorte sits in the Magic Room of his country estate, a room custom-tailored to display stage illusions. Delacorte's son, Max, has taken his name and place as an illusionist. Max is supported on stage by his wife, Cassandra, and her amazingly identical lookalike younger brother, Brian, but for the past year Cassandra has been poisoning Max's food with arsenic and sleeping with his agent. She wants the act for herself-yet Max has his own ideas, and his revenge is the big dish that Matheson sets before us in this dazzler that offers top-flight fun as well as a welcome return to form for its author after last year's recycled Earthbound and 1993's disappointing 7 Steps to Midnight. (Feb.)