Richard Christian Matheson is an American author of horror novels and short stories, as well as screenplays. He is the son of novelist Richard Matheson. As an author, he is best known for the novel Created By and the novella The Ritual of Illusion, while much of his work has been on television and movies, including working on The A-Team, Knight Rider, Tales from the Crypt, The Shining (TV series), Three’s Company, The Incredible Hulk and much more. He has also written several feature films.

Richard Christian Matheson made his debut as a novelist in 1993 with Created By. Prior to that, he has had short stories published in anthologies going as far back as 1977. Below is a list of Richard Christian Matheson’s books in order of when they were originally released:

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Holiday (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Pride (With: Richard Matheson) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Ritual of Illusion (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Scars and Other Distinguishing Marks (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Scars and Other Distinguishing Marks (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dystopia (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Zoopraxis (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Dark Delicacies Books

Dark Delicacies (By: Jeff Gelb,Del Howison) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dark Delicacies: Fear (With: John Connolly,Gary A. Braunbeck,Heather Graham,Chuck Palahniuk,Simon R. Green,Michael Boatman,David Morrell,Kevin J. Anderson,Simon Clark,Clive Barker,Jeff Gelb,Ardath Mayhar,Del James,John R. Little,Maria Alexander,Del Howison,Eric Red,StevenWeber,Joseph V. Hartlaub,Mich Garris,Victor Salva) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dark Delicacies: Haunted (By: Jeff Gelb,Axelle Carolyn,Howison Del) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Hell Comes To Hollywood Books

(with Lisa Morton, Eric Miller, Del Howison)

Hell Comes to Hollywood, Volume I (By: C. Courtney Joyner,Eric Miller,Laura Brennan,Charles Austin Muir,Brian Domonic Muir,Ann Lewis Hamilton,Richard Tanne,Jed Strahm,Jeff Seeman,James Grayford,Sean Yopchick,Paul J. Salamoff,Joseph Dougherty,John Schouweller,Travis Baker,Andrew Helm,Jamison Rotch,Elizabeth J. Musgrave,William Paquet,Alan Bernholt,Shane Bitterling,Drew Pierce) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of The Mammoth Book of... Books

The Mammoth Book of 20th Century Science Fiction, Volume I (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Anthologies

Whispers(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Shadows 2(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dark Forces: New Stories of Suspense and Supernatural Horror(1980)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Death(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hot Blood Tales of Erotic Horror(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Razored Saddles(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Splatter-Punks: The Definitive Anthology(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Obsessions(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror Fourth Annual Collection(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Fourth Annual Collection(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Bradbury Chronicles(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Little Book of Horrors: Tiny Tales of Terror(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Mammoth Book of Vampires(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Best New Horror 6(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dark Terrors(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dark of the Night(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Robert Bloch's Psychos(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 8(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Millenium(1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dark Terrors 4(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dark Terrors 5(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dark Masques(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dark Terrors 6(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Shrouded by Darkness: Tales of Terror(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Best New Horror 18(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hellbound Hearts(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Werewolves and Shape Shifters: Encounters with the Beasts Within(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Visitants(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Book of Horrors(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Three(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Devil's Coattails(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Mammoth Book of Body Horror(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mammoth Books presents That Haunted Feeling(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Four For Fantasy(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Flotsam Fantastique: The Souvenir Book of World Fantasy Convention 2013(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Hell Comes To Hollywood, Volume II(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Darker Terrors 7(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cemetery Riots(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Corruption at the Crossroad(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Best New Horror 28(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Freedom of Screech(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Body Shocks(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Best New Horror #31(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Classic Monsters Unleashed(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Horrible Little Stories: Horror Fiction They Don’t Want You To Read(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Little Deaths(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

If You Like Richard Christian Matheson Books, You’ll Love…

Richard Christian Matheson Synopses: Created By is a standalone novel by Richard Christian Matheson. Alan White is a hot young writer-producer looking for the smash hit that will make his career. He thinks he’s found it with a new TV show called The Mercenary. The network has never seen anything like it. It’s full of sex, violence and nudity, and the ratings are through the roof. Alan couldn’t be happier. Until the morning’s headlines start to read like a rerun of the previous night’s episode. Until The Mercenary begins to take on a terrifying life of its own. Until it becomes chillingly clear that Alan must cancel his creation – before it cancels him.

The Ritual of Illusion is a novella by Richard Christian Matheson. Academy Award-winning actress, Sephanie Vamore, meteors to iconic fame … but like cinema itself, nothing is as it appears. The fifty witnesses to her mythic ascent and bizarre fate are film royalty… many based on Hollywood glitterati; directors, stars, agents, studio heads, screenwriters, lovers, producers. Her story is told in the style of Rashomon with dialogue alone – each hypnotic character adding poignant or lurid details to the shocking truth of what she really is.

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