My Darling! Three of his short stories were filmed together as Trilogy of Terror , including "Prey" initially published in the April issue of Playboy magazine with its famous Zuni warrior fetish doll. The Zuni fetish doll reappeared in the final segment of the belated sequel to the first movie, Trilogy of Terror II. In the s, Matheson published the novel Earthbound , wrote several screenplays for the TV series Amazing Stories, and continued to publish short fiction. He also wrote several movies—the offbeat comedy and box-office flop Loose Cannons, the biopic The Dreamer of Oz about L. Short stories continued to flow from his pen, and he saw the adaptations by other hands of two more of his novels for the big screen— What Dreams May Come and A Stir of Echoes as Stir of Echoes.
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Plot[ edit ] Arthur and Norma Lewis live in a low-rent tenement and are slowly descending into abject poverty. One day they receive a mysterious locked box with a button atop it and a note that says Mr.
Steward will come visit. Then, just as the note said, a smartly dressed stranger who introduces himself as Mr. Steward comes to their door while Arthur is away. Norma rationalizes that they could make good use of the money and that the one who dies might be an old Chinese peasant or a person with cancer.
Arthur hypothesizes that pressing the button could cause the death of an innocent baby. They open the box and discover it to be empty, with no mechanism that the button could for whatever purpose activate. Arthur angrily throws the box in the trash and tells Norma to forget the whole scheme. He remarks that Mr. The next day, as Arthur leaves for work he sees Norma sitting at the kitchen table transfixed by the button.
The next day, Mr. Norma asks what is to be done with the money, to which Steward remarks that they should spend it. Norma also asks what will happen to the box and Steward replies that the button will be "reprogrammed" and offered to someone else with the same terms and conditions.
Short story[ edit ] "Button, Button" was first published in Playboy , June , a short story written by Richard Matheson. In the original short story, the plot is resolved differently. A despondent Norma asks the stranger why her husband was the one who was killed. The stranger replies, "Do you really think you knew your husband?
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