(CBS News) It happened this week . . . the loss of two masters of imagery.
Novelist and screenwriter Richard Mathesonat his California home. His specialty was putting the scary visions that popped into HIS head into OURS.
A bit of airplane daydreaming inspired him to write the classic "Twilight Zone" episode in which William Shatner sees a destructive hobgoblin out on the wing.
In another episode, he showed a lone woman in a farmhouse battling tiny space aliens . . . revealing only at the end that the "aliens" were actually Americans from a very distant Earth.
And though he didn't write the screenplays, his early novels inspired the 1957 film "The Incredible Shrinking Man" . . . and no fewer than three movie versions of "I Am Legend," the most recent with Will Smith in the starring role.
Richard Matheson died just days before he was due to receive an award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Films.
He was 87 years old.
For more info:
- Saturn Awards (Academy of Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy Films
Photographer Bert Stern captured unforgettable glimpses of real-life people.
He literally turned the advertising world upside-down in 1955 with this image of an Egyptian pyramid shot through a martini glass.
He photographed virtually every major celebrity of his time, including Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and the fashion model Twiggy.
He's best known perhaps for the evocative photographs he took of Marilyn Monroe in 1962, just six weeks before her headline-making suicide . . . a series that came to be known as "The Last Sitting."
In last year's documentary, "Bert Stern: Original Mad Man," he opened a window into his motivation for taking so many pictures.
"I'm obsessive - that's why I take pictures, I guess," he said. "I take pictures of things I'm looking at and I put them in the camera. And they're mine. They're all mine."
Bert Stern was 83 years old.
For more info:
- "Bert Stern: Original Mad Man" (Films Transit International)
- Bert Stern's "Last Sitting" photographs courtesy of Freeman's Auctioneers & Appraisers, Philadelphia
- "Marilyn Monroe: The Last Sitting" by Bert Stern - Photographs to be auctioned Sept. 10, 2013 by Freeman's
- Staley Wise Gallery, New York
- First Run Features
- Art Directors Club Hall of Fame: Bert Stern