Under The Radar: Time Cannot Limit Love in Richard Matheson Classic
It is likely that many of the Keystone Statement's readers are not familiar with Richard Matheson the man, but certainly, everyone is familiar with some of his more popular works. Not only was he a long-standing writer for The Twilight Zone television series (responsible for such classics as "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" and "Third From the Sun"), but he is also the mind behind literary and film blockbusters such as I Am Legend, A Stir of Echoes, Hell House, and countless others. Stephen King has referenced Matheson as one of his greatest influences, and his legacy as a true master of horror is forever cemented.
With all of this information in mind, it may may surprise some to find that Matheson also had a bit of a sensitive side. He penned the novel What Dreams May Come before it became a major motion picture, a story revolving around the idea that love can overcome life and death. In the book (and subsequent film) which inspired this article, he explored loves ability to overcome the passage of time.
Originally titled Bid Time Return, this moving novel was later repackaged as Somewhere In Time when it got the Hollywood treatment in 1980. It centers around a man in the 1970s who falls in love with a 19th century actress he sees in a photo at a historic hotel. His overwhelming love for the woman, and creeping sense of vivid familiarity with her, inspires him to find a way to travel through time so that he can be with her. This is a highly original, and unquestionably captivating piece of art which Matheson himself feels represents the best of his writing in novel form. The manner in which this love-struck man manages to travel through time is incredibly unique, and the story provides enough twists and action to keep any reader motivated to keep the pages turning.
I came by this book because I have always been an avid reader of horror novels, and had grown to love the macabre works of Richard Matheson. I was hesitant at making a switch from my usual genre of choice, but quickly found myself enchanted by the beautiful language and stunning imagery found in those pages. I have muttled through my fair share of Nicholas Sparks movies, and can say with full sincerity that this master of horror not only did it first, but he also did it better.
If you are a fan of Matheson's, a fan of romance, or simply a fan of exquisite writing, do yourself a favor and travel alongside Richard Collier through these pages, and through the decades, in search of a love which simultaneously never was, and always had been.