Penguin Classics has been killing it lately with 20th Century American horror fiction — Charles Beaumont, Ray Russell, Shirley Jackson, Thomas Ligotti, even Clark Ashton Smith. The Best of Richard Matheson is a solid collection — there’s a couple of missing greats and as many duds, but it’s hard to argue with LaValle’s selection of stories — “Duel,” “Long Distance Call,” “The Funeral,” “Button, Button,” “Born of Man and Woman,” “Witch War.” Some of these I’d seen on The Twilight Zone or Night Gallery but never actually read, and a number of them I’d never heard of. “Now Die In It” is a hardboiled crime story worthy of Westlake, and “Dance of the Dead” anticipates both Romero’s zombies and the dystopian futurism of A Clockwork Orange. (Apparently Tobe Hooper did an adaptation of it for Masters of Horror about a dozen years back; I’ll have to track it down.)