I Am Legend, a classic horror novel written in 1954 by Richard Matheson, helped popularize the zombie genre. Its leading character, Robert Neville, appears to be the only man who is immune to a worldwide plague that has transformed every other human into a vampire. The novel follows Neville through his struggle for survival, quest to find a cure and kill his bloodthirsty enemies.
Neville spends his days hunting vampires and seeking to cure the disease. His minority status in a world filled with predators inspires him to discover a more efficient way to kill vampires, other than the traditional stake through the heart. His method includes exposing them to sunlight, killing natural bacteria, then inflicting deep wounds that turn the bacteria into aerobic parasites that consume their hosts.
We learn about Neville's personal life and history via flashbacks throughout the novel, including how both his wife and daughter became infected and eventually died. The plot gets even more complicated when Neville forms a relationship with a woman he assumes is uninfected like himself. She warns him the vampires are rebuilding society, slowly overcoming aspects of their disease and will be coming to arrest him.
How long can Neville survive when society as a whole is against him?
Richard Matheson is an American author and screenwriter. He is primarily known for his work in the fantasy, horror and science fiction genres. Many of his works have been adapted for firm, including The Shrinking Man, Hell House, What Dreams May Come, Bid Time Return (filmed as Somewhere in Time), A Stir of Echoes and I am Legend. He has also written numerous short story collections and television series, including 16 episodes of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek: The Original Series.
Matheson was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010. His influence has spanned decades. Authors, including Anne Rice and Stephen King, claim his influence in their works. He has been the subject of documentaries, tributes and characters in other science fiction works.
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"Excellent... It's a quick read and a great story. I am now completely confused as to why the screenwriters felt the need to change up the original tale so much for the failed Will Smith film. The original story is way more compelling... and offers a much more tragic struggle for humanity. LOVED it."
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