Richard Matheson's influence over film and fiction spanned generations. Stephen Spielberg's career was kick-started by Matheson's short story Duel. Stephen King cited him as his biggest influence and waxed particularly lyrical about his novel The Shrinking Man (1956). George A Romero was inspired to make his classic Zombie movie Night of the Living Dead by the way the vampires shambled about in the first film version of Matheson's best known novel, I Am Legend (1954).
Lydia Davis, the shortest of all short story writers, whose works can be as brief as a single sentence, has won the fifth Man Booker International Prize.
That scarf, those glasses – she must be a writer?
When Dominic Cooke took over at the Royal Court, he said he wanted to stage more plays about “what it means to be middle class”. Now, as the reins of artistic director pass to Vicky Featherstone, comes possibly the most middle-class play of his era - and very funny on the topic it is too.
'I've promised myself I'll meet Mickey'
He was a boxing writer whose vivid, funny pieces helped establish The Independent on Sunday
Actor Ian Hart is set to play John Lennon for the third time in a one-off television show that imagines the legendary musician walked out on The Beatles in 1962 just before they became famous.
Comic Vic Reeves is to take a guest role as a butler who gets bumped off in a new Miss Marple TV drama.
As a satire of British public life, The Thick of It, is widely admired. But when it was revealed that the comedy would pillory public inquiries, it seems the Leveson Inquiry into press standards suffered a sense of humour failure.
A great veteran of a bitter conflict looks back in sadness, and reflects on the role of words in war
Music and literature have blended in harmony ever since (in Kipling's words) "'Omer smote 'is blooming lyre" in Bronze Age Greece, where both lyric and epic verse was sung. Yet we take this fruitful kinship, or twinship, too much for granted. Specialists study the relationships between word, sound and meaning in song-cycles, opera or pop lyrics (sometimes, as in Christopher Ricks's readings of Bob Dylan, with dazzling virtuosity). But opportunities to hear every chord in the music-literature dialogue remain scarce. Hence the value of the Notes & Letters festival, which runs for a second year this weekend. Its participants range from one novelist who is also a ground-breaking musician (Amit Chaudhuri plays a gig with his eclectic east-west band) to another with a sideline as a performer (Andrey Kurkov takes the floor with a Russian-Ukrainian cabaret), and other authors - such as Ali Smith and Janice Galloway – inspired by music and musicians.
Bulgarian author Miroslav Penkov has won the £15,000 BBC International Short Story Award for his story East of the West.
A portrait of the first Children's Laureate from his difficult childhood to a prolific career
History, wrote Edward Gibbon as he wearily surveyed the decline and fall of the Roman empire, "is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind".
The American crime writer James Sallis – whose novel Drive was turned into the 2011 Hollywood film with Ryan Gosling – faced a welcome complication when he set about writing the just-released sequel, Driven.
This mash-up of fiction biography and social history creatively mimics our retail frenzy.