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7 Steps to Midnight

By Richard Matheson
7 Steps to Midnight by Richard Matheson digital book - Fable

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In this suspense thriller by the author of I Am Legend and Now You See It, a man is on the run for his life after he’s replaced by an impostor.

Government mathematician Chris Barton lives a routine life—until, at the end of an ordinary workday, he finds his car missing from the employee parking lot. When he finally arrives home, there is a stranger living in his house—a man who claims to be him. Thrust suddenly into a surreal world where the evidence of his senses cannot be trusted and strangers are trying to kill him, Chris must avoid violent assassins while following a trail of cryptic clues to regain his life . . .

“Matheson is the master of paranoia—pitting a single man against unknown horrors and examining his every slow twist in the wind. 7 Steps is a book to be devoured in one long swallow.” —San Jose Mercury News

“Richard Matheson is one of the great names in American terror fiction. 7 Steps to Midnight commands attention. . . . The writing is fortunately up to Matheson's high standards. This is a novel that flies across the page.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

Praise for Richard Matheson
“The author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson.” —Stephen King

“One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.” —Ray Bradbury

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About Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson (1926–2013) was a prolific speculative fiction author and screenwriter who wrote novels, short stories, movie screenplays, and scripts for television. He is perhaps best known for I Am Legend, a novel that was translated to the silver screen twice-once starring Charlton Heston, and once starring Will Smith. His screenplay The Incredible Shrinking Man, based on a prior novel, won the Hugo Award in 1958. Several other novels of Matheson's have been adapted to film, including What Dreams May Come, A Stir of Echoes, Duel, and Hell House. The movie version of Duel, based on a Matheson short story of the same name, was directed by Steven Spielberg. He is also known for writing dozens of episodes for The Twilight Zone, including the iconic "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," and several popular Star Trek episodes, including "The Enemy Within." In addition to the Hugo Award, Richard Matheson was the recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement (1984) and an Edgar Award for a teleplay written for The Night Stalker. He was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010.

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