The Shrinking Man

The Shrinking Man

Richard Matheson / Feb 19, 2020

The Shrinking Man While on holiday Scott Carey is exposed to a cloud of radioactive spray shortly after he accidentally ingests insecticide The radioactivity acts as a catalyst for the bug spray causing his body to s

  • Title: The Shrinking Man
  • Author: Richard Matheson
  • ISBN: 9780575074637
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • While on holiday, Scott Carey is exposed to a cloud of radioactive spray shortly after he accidentally ingests insecticide The radioactivity acts as a catalyst for the bug spray, causing his body to shrink at a rate of approximately 1 7 of an inch per day A few weeks later, Carey can no longer deny the truth not only is he losing weight, he is also shorter than he was aWhile on holiday, Scott Carey is exposed to a cloud of radioactive spray shortly after he accidentally ingests insecticide The radioactivity acts as a catalyst for the bug spray, causing his body to shrink at a rate of approximately 1 7 of an inch per day A few weeks later, Carey can no longer deny the truth not only is he losing weight, he is also shorter than he was and deduces, to his dismay, that his body will continue to shrink.

    The Shrinking Man The Shrinking Man is a science fiction novel by American writer Richard Matheson, published in It has been adapted into a motion picture twice, called The Incredible Shrinking Man in and The Incredible Shrinking Woman in , both by Universal Pictures.Another adaptation of the story has been proposed, which has been pushed back several times from to the current day. The Incredible Shrinking Man Microphilia Shrinking Women ABOUT THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN The Incredible Shrinking Man is a speculative design research about the consequences of downsizing the human species to centimeters. The Incredible Shrinking Man Arne Hendriks Arne Hendriks is an artist and exhibition maker based in Amsterdam He s almost meters tall but not too happy about it Especially when he found out that every centimeter above cm takes about months of your life expectation. The Incredible Shrinking Man Richard Matheson One of my favorite movies of all time is The Incredible Shrinking Man, and one of my favorite writers when I was a tween and a teen was Richard Matheson. The Incredible Shrinking Man Quotes last lines Scott Carey I was continuing to shrink, to become what The infinitesimal What was I Still a human being Or was I the man of the future If there were other bursts of radiation, other clouds drifting across seas and continents, would other beings follow me into this vast new world The Incredible Shrinking Man Rotten Tomatoes Not to be confused with the movie The Incredible Shrinking Woman which was a spin on the original novel The Shrinking Man by Richard Matheson. Salu Digby Shrinking Violet Salu Digby , also known as Atom Girl, is a fictional character, a superhero and Legion of Super Heroes member in the DC Universe s th and st centuries She comes from the planet Imsk and has the power to shrink to tiny size, as do all Imsk natives. Ant Man and The Wasp review Shrinking the focus to human Ant Man and The Wasp takes the stakes and scale of a typically colossal Marvel film and shrinks them down to the most intimate level, focusing on families in this love letter to father daughter The Coolidge at the Greenway Coolidge Corner Theatre Experience cinema classics under the stars The Coolidge is thrilled to be partnering again with the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy for a free outdoor screening series this summer. Ant Man and the Wasp Film Review Buzzier Sequel Perhaps the best way to approach Ant Man and the Wasp, the sequel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe adventure that introduced the shrinking superhero, is as a Disney movie rather than a

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        Born in Allendale, New Jersey to Norwegian immigrant parents, Matheson was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1943 He then entered the military and spent World War II as an infantry soldier In 1949 he earned his bachelor s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and moved to California in 1951 He married in 1952 and has four children, three of whom Chris, Richard Christian, and Ali Matheson are writers of fiction and screenplays.His first short story, Born of Man and Woman, appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950 The tale of a monstrous child chained in its parents cellar, it was told in the first person as the creature s diary in poignantly non idiomatic English and immediately made Matheson famous Between 1950 and 1971, Matheson produced dozens of stories, frequently blending elements of the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres.Several of his stories, like Third from the Sun 1950 , Deadline 1959 and Button, Button 1970 are simple sketches with twist endings others, like Trespass 1953 , Being 1954 and Mute 1962 explore their characters dilemmas over twenty or thirty pages Some tales, such as The Funeral 1955 and The Doll that Does Everything 1954 incorporate zany satirical humour at the expense of genre clich s, and are written in an hysterically overblown prose very different from Matheson s usual pared down style Others, like The Test 1954 and Steel 1956 , portray the moral and physical struggles of ordinary people, rather than the then nearly ubiquitous scientists and superheroes, in situations which are at once futuristic and everyday Still others, such as Mad House 1953 , The Curious Child 1954 and perhaps most famously, Duel 1971 are tales of paranoia, in which the everyday environment of the present day becomes inexplicably alien or threatening.He wrote a number of episodes for the American TV series The Twilight Zone, including Steel, mentioned above and the famous Nightmare at 20,000 Feet adapted the works of Edgar Allan Poe for Roger Corman and Dennis Wheatley s The Devil Rides Out for Hammer Films and scripted Steven Spielberg s first feature, the TV movie Duel, from his own short story He also contributed a number of scripts to the Warner Brothers western series The Lawman between 1958 and 1962 In 1973, Matheson earned an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his teleplay for The Night Stalker, one of two TV movies written by Matheson that preceded the series Kolchak The Night Stalker Matheson also wrote the screenplay for Fanatic US title Die Die My Darling starring Talullah Bankhead and Stefanie Powers.Novels include The Shrinking Man filmed as The Incredible Shrinking Man, again from Matheson s own screenplay , and a science fiction vampire novel, I Am Legend, which has been filmed three times under the titles The Omega Man and The Last Man on Earth and once under the original title Other Matheson novels turned into notable films include What Dreams May Come, Stir of Echoes, Bid Time Return as Somewhere in Time , and Hell House as The Legend of Hell House and the aforementioned Duel, the last three adapted and scripted by Matheson himself Three of his short stories were filmed together as Trilogy of Terror, including Prey with its famous Zuni warrior doll.In 1960, Matheson published The Beardless Warriors, a nonfantastic, autobiographical novel about teenage American soldiers in World War II.He died at his home on June 23, 2013, at the age of 87uscmillan author richar


    1. Posted at Shelf Inflicted After reading about white male privilege, racial oppression, and gender inequality, I found it interesting that I chose to read a book about a man who is losing his height at nearly an inch per week. Not only is he greatly inconvenienced because he can't reach high shelves, he is also losing his power and significance as a man and a human being and reduced to merely survival. It’s an adventure tale, and it has some horror and sci-fi elements. I like how the story didn [...]

    2. Richard Matheson took the platform afforded him by his tremendous skill as a writer and used it as a platform to confront a serious and important issue that had been kept hidden for too longLE SHRINKAGEHere was a man that was WAY ahead of his time. Not only was he a gifted writer with an amazing and wide-ranging imagination, but he was also someone who wasn’t afraid to tackle tough and controversial social issues. From general topics like race relations, war and politics to deeply personal iss [...]

    3. Considering this is a Richard Matheson book, an author who is probably best known for his horror stories, I have initial expectations that this was going to be a scary venture in the same manner as Hell House was when I saw the movie as a child and later on read the book. But in the first fifty pages or so of this novel, my expectations were met in a different way yet it was also something more satisfying which could be what Matheson has intended when he wrote it. The Shrinking Man tells the sto [...]

    4. A Timeless novel, Matheson is such a great writer he writes with many themes undead, ghosts, haunted houses , shrinking man and human endeavors, I only wish he had written more novels, this story is of the highest caliber! This is a story of survival for one man and his emotional and psychological journey as life slips away from beneath his feet Inch by Inch literally. We follow his realization and self-discovery with this fate put before him."He looked at her full body again, feeling breath cat [...]

    5. Thoroughly enjoyed this story.Scott Carey is shrinking 1/7th of an inch a day until he reaches a point where he knows he will shrink to nothing. But even this knowledge cannot prepare him for the unknown world that awaits him.There were some truly horrifying moments in this story but the real power was the perspective it gave, not from just one, but from constant viewpoints during his transformation. I don't know what was worse; fleeing from a black widow that was the same size as him or lying w [...]

    6. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Every day Scott Carey is getting shorter by 1/7 of an inch. The doctors have figured out why -- he was exposed to a combination of insecticide and radioactivity -- but so far they have not been able to make him stop shrinking. Now Scott is only one inch tall and he is trapped in the cellar of his family's rented home with a stale piece of bread, an out-of-reach box of crackers, a sponge, a garden hose, a water heater, and a black widow spider. And in seven [...]

    7. The Shrinking Man is a really good book, in the sense of its horrifying idea, style of narration, its meticulous description whenever required, and its hidden sub-layer. This was Mr. Matheson's first story that I read, being amongst his earliest written works.The book initiates with a very small chapter, which in short, describes the causes of the protagonist's initiation of shrinkage; and continues while he is 5/7th of an inch tall with the following chapter. The story then interweaves with two [...]

    8. Thank God it’s over.I wanted to like this book. I really did. From the moment I saw the cover (a tiny man fending off a spider with a spear-sized needle—how awesome is that?), I wanted to read this story by an author I thought could do no wrong.When I had 5 pages left, I almost stopped reading. Not because I was disappointed with the direction of the plot, but because I just couldn’t take it anymore.The Shrinking Man is the story of Scott Carey, AKA “The Flash” from DC Comics. (I figur [...]

    9. Tre millimetri in una cantina (per tacer del ragno)Alla mia cagnolina sarebbe piaciuto questo libro. Tantissimo. Leggendolo, mi avrebbe chiamato e avrebbe puntato la zampottina sui passi più sofferti, giusto per farmi capire che è veramente poco cortese, e anche di cattivo gusto che io assuma quell’espressione divertita quando la vedo districarsi scocciata da un ciuffo d’erba. Io avrei fatto mea culpa, e avrei ammesso che è vero, ok, non dev’essere divertente misurare quanto un secchiel [...]

    10. Lo que hace Richard Matheson con ‘El increíble hombre menguante’ no es nada fácil. El mérito de Matheson radica en hacer creíble una historia a todas luces fantástica, la de un hombre que va menguando día a día; y lo hace tan bien que sufres con el protagonista y con todos los obstáculos y padecimientos por los que pasa, en una gran labor por parte de Matheson en la construcción psicológica del personaje.La historia comienza con una especie de nube radiactiva (un recurso muy de mod [...]

    11. Timeless novel Matheson is such a great writer most of his novels written in the 50s it can outdo many of today's stories. He writes with many themes the undead, ghosts, haunted houses , and human endeavours, I only wish he wrote more novels this story is of the highest calibre! This is a story of survival for one man in this emotional and psychological journey as life slips away from beneath his feet Inch by Inch literally. We follow his realisation and self-discovery with this fate put before [...]

    12. A BELATED TRIBUTERichard Matheson was my Ray Bradbury, the gateway drug to science fiction books as a teenager. I started with his short stories, probably his best and most consistent terrain, marked by no frills narrative, emotional honesty and often a twisting of the knife. Not long after I read I Am Legend, which is sort of the Velvet Underground of vampire novels, in that it influenced countless other properties many of which no doubt made more money than the original ever did. It’s a ridi [...]

    13. For a moment the entire grotesque spectacle of it swept over him forcibly, the insanity of a world where he could be killed trying to climb to the top of a table that any normal man could lift and carry with one hand.The Shrinking Man. Yeah, the title says it all. What a bold thing it was to write this story at a time when man was the undeniable cornerstone of every home! And what irony to read it today when economic difficulties and rapid social changes have reduced many men to inert members of [...]

    14. One of the good things to come out of the success of last year's "I Am Legend" is that a lot of Richard Matheson's catalog has come back into print. This collection looks like two separate works put together--the short novel "The Incredible Shrinking Man" and a set of short stories by Matheson. "The Incredible Shrinking Man"It's interesting to come to a Matheson novel after finishing the latest Stephen King short story collection. The cover blurb has King stating that Matheson was one of his gre [...]

    15. A slightly silly sounding premise but it works out rather well. It has both dark moments and humour throughout, with an ending that I didn't predict.

    16. It's kind of nice when the title of a book is also a perfect, if brief, description of the plot. The shrinking man of the title is Scott, who is shrinking exactly 1/7 of an inch every day. We're watching him during his last week before vanishing entirely, trapped in a basement with little food or water and stalked by an enormous (to him) black widow. Exactly how he got to be this size is shown through a series of flashbacks.In a way, it's almost like two books. One is a tediously, almost painful [...]

    17. Books like this are the exact reason I no longer read much science fiction. I prefer a fantastical viewpoint - i.e. "it's works that way because it's magic!" to a pseudo-scientific explanation that doesn't make a bit of sense. Why does Scott Carey shrink at the rate of 1/7 of an inch a day? Well he was sprayed by radioactive insecticide and the radiation caused the insecticide to mutate and wait something non-living can mutate? Since when? Ok, well, ignore that bit. See, this insecticide cause [...]

    18. Not impressed. The main character, Scott Carey, is whiney and lacks motivation for doing anything. His main nemesis, the spider, was more conceptual, than real, with only one short battle. The secondary characters were weak and mostly non-existent. His wife, child, even the Tom Thumb character at the circus were boring. It took more than half of the book to explain why he was shrinking an inch per day, and then you were left hanging at the end. Skip it.

    19. Great, scary little book. Quite an ordeal, survival in a world not made for your new size and a giant spider making your attempt a living hell. The end of the book left me with a different perspective on my surrounding world and my life within it. Pretty cool stuff.

    20. This book wasn't at all what I expected. I'd anticipated a heavy focus on science fiction, perhaps accompanied by a little horror, but in actuality the novel is more of a character study, focusing on Scott Carey as he comes to terms with his loss of height. The science behind his affliction is brushed over about two thirds of the way through the story, because by the time we meet Scott, he is past caring about what caused him to shrink, and is predisposed with how to survive as a man less than o [...]

    21. The Incredible Shrinking Man: A beautiful psychological study of masculinityEvery day Scott Carey is getting shorter by 1/7 of an inch. The doctors have figured out why — he was exposed to a combination of insecticide and radioactivity — but so far they have not been able to make him stop shrinking. Now Scott is only one inch tall and he is trapped in the cellar of his family’s rented home with a stale piece of bread, an out-of-reach box of crackers, a sponge, a garden hose, a water heater [...]

    22. Non fa per meIl protagonista di questo romanzo di fantascienza è condannato a rimpicciolire di tre millimetri ogni giorno.Sempre più piccolo, sempre più piccolo. Cosa succederà quando arriverà a zero?Ecco, il punto è questo. Che ho passato 250 pagine a pensare che non mi interessasse granché sapere ciò che poteva succedere.Il libro non è riuscito a coinvolgermi, una lotta per la sopravvivenza che mi ha annoiato. Mi ha ricordato "Non conosco il tuo nome", dove il protagonista per una str [...]

    23. This is a grim story that explores a man’s desire to live despite the inevitable end he faces as a shrinking man. As he shrinks, the protagonist, Scott, loses more and more of his power, being victimized by teenage bullies, his own daughter, and ultimately a spider. I thought the story was fascinating and Matheson’s descriptions are so realistic and logical it’s easy to accept Scott’s plight. My only issue with “The Incredible Shrinking Man” is that Scott is an incredibly unlikable c [...]

    24. I love this book, I am now reading it for the third time. A man exposed to a toxic substance starts shrinking. It's very believable, all the thoughts and feelings you would experience, how it changes relationships with wife and children, the dangers that exist as each day you become smaller.I love the ending. No, I won't tell you how it ends.

    25. For my 200th book - according to , anyway - I decided to read something special. I thought I would let myself choose one of the books that I’ve kept on the shelf for ages, have always wanted to read, but have always, for some reason, put off actually reading. To savour the excitement that leads up to reading them. There are lots of books that fit this description for me. But the one I opted for was Richard Matheson’s The Shrinking Man. Stephen King gave this a glowing review, of sorts, in hi [...]

    26. Imagine, if you will, both the physical and psychological toll of realizing that you're shrinking one-sevenths of an inch every day, that your height will continue to lessen until you're nothing—wiped from existence. While you were originally of average adult height, in time you become shorter than your wife who now finds it difficult to touch you intimately, shorter than your daughter who handles you like one of her dolls, smaller than the family cat that now stalks you from the safety of a m [...]

    27. The last time I watched Jack Arnold's 1957 film version of this novel, which was four or five years ago, I realized that I remembered every moment of it from the handful of viewings I had given it since it first made it to television in the 1960's. I think it is the definitive science fiction film of the 1950's, and I know that opinion is open to challenges, but Arnold's film has been selected for the National Registry by the National Film Preservation Board. I had never felt the need to read Ma [...]

    28. The book has effectively 3 components: The first component is the “adventure" story of the tiny man battling the alien environment of a normal cellar from an inch high perspective. The second thread is about coming to terms with / the reaction to a terminal illness. The third thread is about the connection between physical size and the perception by self and others of one’s worth as a "man". The “action” component is slowed by long description of every stage of the action – climbing th [...]

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