, the author of sci-fi classics like I Am Legend, The Shrinking Man, and A Stir of Echoes, has passed away at 87.
Matheson was supposed to receive the visionary award at this year's Academy of Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Films' Saturn Awards tomorrow. The 39th annual Saturn ceremony will award Matheson posthumously.
While he was predominantly known as an author, his works inspired numerous films. His 1954 vampire novel I Am Legend, for example, inspired three films: 's The Last Man on Earth, 's The Omega Man, and 's I Am Legend.
Matheson also dipped into film and television, responsible for episodes of horror/sci-fi heavyweights like The Twilight Zone and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. He even wrote 's iconic "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" episode:
In explaining "true reality," Matheson said, "Love people, love nature, love yourself, which engenders kindness and thoughtfulness and awareness."