Geekery: The Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

Geekery: The Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

Sci-fi author Richard Matheson died yesterday. I wasn’t really aware that I was a fan, until I read his obit here and realized I’ve read (and watched) many of his stuff like: I Am Legend, What Dreams May Come and most memorably, this episode of Twilight Zone. Up to now, every time I look out the window in a plane (and if I get a window seat, I always choose one near the wing), part of me expects to see a creature out there. Shiverrr!

There are other Twilight Zone eps that are better than this one, but this one sticks to my brain.

(And yes, I fully realize how cheesy this is — the creature is wearing a bear (gorilla?) suit, for godsakes! And yet…)

Somebody asked …

Somebody asked Somerset Maugham about his place in the pantheon of writers, and he said, “I’m in the very front row of the second rate.” I’m sort of haunted by that. You do the best you can. The idea of posterity for a writer is poison, don’t you think so?”

Michael Edwards

— Stephen King, quoting Somerset Maugham, in an interview with Ken Tucker. Full article here. Can’t wait for his new book, Joyland!

[photo borrowed from the article]