What Dreams May Come
By Richard Matheson
Originally published in 1978
What Dreams May Come is a powerful story that captures the mind, heart and spirit of all who read it. It’s tough to put into words the feelings conjured by such a story, but as a reviewer it’s expected of me to try. Read it for yourself and you’ll understand the challenge such a task presents. In other words, bare with me here, okay?
Originally published in 1978, Richard Matheson tells the story of a middle-aged writer named Chris Neilson who’s killed during a horrible car accident within the first chapter. Naturally, Chris’s death is only the beginning. As the story progresses, Chris tries to communicate with his wife, Anne, any way he can, desperate to let her know it’s okay, he still exists, and she needn’t be so devasted by his sudden passing. Chris struggles through heaven and hell to re-connect with his wife and just when he feels most hopeful, tragedy strikes. Chris must now face the reality of losing his wife for all eternity.
What Dreams May Come expertly crosses genres by the best to ever do it. Matheson blends romance with supernatural layers fueled by spiritual reasoning while still managing to remind us why he’s revered as a master of horror. The scenes in which Chris must navigate a level of hell he never knew existed are truly terrifying.
I imagine most readers will come away from this book (adapted into an Oscar-winning film staring the late, great Robin Williams) with opinions and conclusions as unique as their own individual beliefs going into it. While mileage will always vary, I cannot recommend this book enough. After all, it may very well alter the way you view your life and, most importantly, your death. What Dreams May Come is a classic worth revisiting.
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