To me, horror connotes blood and guts, while terror is a much more subtle art, a matter of stirring up primal fears. Albert and Chris are able to use their minds to make their surroundings slightly more bearable, but Albert warns Chris that this will be harder to do the further they travel.
Religious basis[ edit ] Some Hindus claim that the beliefs presented in the novel conform to the teachings of Hinduismthough Matheson denied any direct influence. But, by the mid-seventies, I had tired of playing the fright game. I should say right now that in this version of the Afterlife, God hardly gets a look-in.
Because she does not believe in an afterlife, she finds it impossible that he could be her dead husband. As he begins losing consciousness, Ann recognizes him and realizes what has happened. When he awakens, he is horrified to find himself staring at a figure of himself conversing with the family.
Earth ties have less meaning. After a moment of disorientation where he starts to forget his own identity, the atmosphere of Hell gradually drawing him in and threatening to trap him there, he delivers a monologue of appreciation for her, detailing the ways in which she enriched his life.
Trust me on that. After exploring the place for a while, he finds Albert, his cousin, who reveals himself as the unidentified man he had been seeing. Albert later compares it to purgatorya time when people are forced to re-examine their lives without rationalization.
This is a real big no no. Albert, who is as shocked as Chris, explains that by committing suicide Ann has placed her spirit in the "lower realm" from Summerland, and that she will stay there for twenty-four years — her intended life span.
It resembles a dark, depressing version of the neighborhood where he and Ann lived. Each is a portion of the overall reality. But where to these suddenly-acquired moral standards come from? Albert explains that the place they occupy is called Summerland.
Actually, no angels are to be had for love nor money in this version of Heaven. Chris learns that he and Ann have had several past lives, and in all of them they had a special connection with each other.
Then cousin Albert turns up and he turns out to be a most helpful companion. Relationships of thought, not blood, are what count.
The work that people do isas far as I could figure, making yourself ready to either get reborn or proceed to one of the higher levels, like in your usual computer game. She gets angry and calls him a liar. Which brings us to There is no pain or death, but people maintain occupations of sorts and perform leisure activities.
What happened is that Richard Matheson read a ton of books about the afterlife and combined all their ideas into this ridiculous novel.
Background[ edit ] Matheson, primarily known for horror fictionwanted to move away from the genre.
Some people like being old! The theatre is alive and well in Heaven, but there is censorship. Understanding now that he has died, he is surprised that he looks and feels alive, with apparently a physical body and sensations.
He calls her attention to the improbably negative conditions of the house. In heaven you communicate telepathically. Communication is telepathic, travel instantaneous.
Chris tries to communicate with them, but tires and goes off to sleep. Raised a Christian ScientistMatheson gradually developed what he called his own religion, taking elements from many sources.“Thank you for gracing my life with your lovely presence, for adding the sweet measure of your soul to my existence.” ― Richard Matheson, What Dreams May Come.
I read Richard Matheson’s What Dreams May Come originally in the early s and the book had such an impact on me that it changed my entire perspective on Life and Death. There have not been too many books that have had such life altering experiences for me.
Richard Matheson was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, The Beardless Warriors, The Path, Seven Steps to Midnight, Now You See It, and What Dreams May Come, among others.
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