Matheson is famous for the Twilight Zone episode Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.. (That's the one with the airliner and the gremlin.) His anthology by the same name is one place to start. He's one terrific writer, and more mainstream than the previous two.
Ah! I remember that episode clearly. It was brilliant!
I'll need to follow up on all that. Books are out of the questions now --- I just threw out many hundreds of $$$ of retail value of books last night, and I'll be doing that to more as we prepare to move.
@40hz - I think you will enjoy this. See below.
This is a very British style film. If you hate British styles, you'll hate this, and if you love 'em, you may well like this.
Now, as a British film, I find many make me want to commit suicide rather than watch another second. Some are just boring to tears and entirely push you to suicide. Some British film makers love to mirror their weather.
Then... There is that other class of British films that is simply brilliant or bizarre - one of the two, and sometimes both.
This film will likely get you to pull out the razor blades in the first 20 minutes or so, but don't slice your wrists quite so quickly -- it gets a lot better!
What is this film? A mix of:
- The Dark Crystal
- Alice in Wonderland
- The Wizard of Oz
- The Wall
But it's more than that. It mixes in some kind of bizarrely organic clock-work world
with a dark element that isn't as hopeful as steam punk.
The art and CGI is spectacularly well done.
I do NOT recommend this for people that like big tits and sex scenes, or lots of shoot 'em up, or mainstream films.
This is squarely in the "art" category, but not so far into it that it's just stupid, as many "art" films are.
Take that for what you will and from my past recommendations and likes.
Oh... and one last thing...
If you like to get high... yeah... do it. You'll like this. Very trippy~!