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I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
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I Am Legend (original 1954; edition 2007)

by Richard Matheson (Author)

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Winner of the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award for best vampire novel of the century: the genre-defining classic of horror sci-fi that inspired three films.   The population of the entire world has been obliterated by a pandemic of vampire bacteria. Yet somehow, Robert Neville survived. He must now struggle to make sense of what happened and learn to protect himself against the vampires who hunt him nightly.   As months of scavenging and hiding turn to years marked by depression and alcoholism, Robert spends his days hunting his tormentors and researching the cause of their affliction. But the more he discovers about the vampires around him, the more he sees the unsettling truth of who is--and who is not--a monster.   Richard Matheson's I Am Legend has been a major influence on horror literature. In 2012, it was named the best vampire novel of the century by the Horror Writers Association and the Bram Stoker Estate. The novel was adapted to film in 1964 as The Last Man on Earth, in 1971 as Omega Man, and in 2007 as I am Legend, starring Will Smith.… (more)
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I Am Legend {story collection} by Richard Matheson (1954)

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This is probably my weirdest "comfort" book. None of the three movies made from this story are as good as the book. The insight into Robert's mind is the most important part of the story. I first read this book in college in a class called "Evil Lurks Among Us," and I fell in love with it. I have since read it many times and listened to the audiobook. Despite the fact that it is a rather scary story, I find the story to be very comfortable. I think Robert feels like a familiar person to me, and I enjoy my time with him. My favorite part of the story is the last few lines which include the title and I feel that the movies all miss the point being made in the last bit of the story. Robert has become the monster in this world. He is now the equivalent of the myth of the vampire that we have in our world. ( )
  knerd.knitter | Jul 18, 2024 |
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The isolation and mental torment was the most interesting part for me. He lost me on his poorly linked science garble. Just not my thing ( )
  cmpeters | Feb 2, 2024 |
If all you know of I Am Legend is the Will Smith movie, you owe it to yourself to read this, the source material. It's FAR better. ( )
  GordCampbell | Dec 20, 2023 |
I watched the movie first and just got around to reading the novel. I certainly didn't expect it to be so different! The author certainly built up the feeling of loneliness that that was characterized by the movie. I was drawn into the book and finished it in one sitting. Very glad I decided to read it. Recommended! ( )
  talalsyed | Jul 22, 2023 |
Overall, I thought this was an excellent book. There were two short stories that I didn't like and one that I liked the premise, but it was written like Matheson just wanted to show how many SAT words he knew. ( )
  LynnMPK | Jul 1, 2023 |
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To HENRY KUTTNER with my grateful thanks for his help and encouragement on this book.
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On those cloudy days, Robert Neville was never sure when sunset came, and sometimes they were in the streets before he could get back.
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This is the work for a short story collection, which includes the novella "I Am Legend" (1954). Please do NOT combine it with the main "I Am Legend" work which just contains the novel.

Stories contained in this work are:
  • I Am Legend
  • Buried Talents
  • The Near Departed
  • Prey
  • Witch War
  • Dance of the Dead
  • Dress of White Silk
  • Mad House
  • The Funeral
  • From Shadowed Places
  • Person to Person
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Winner of the Bram Stoker Lifetime Achievement Award for best vampire novel of the century: the genre-defining classic of horror sci-fi that inspired three films.   The population of the entire world has been obliterated by a pandemic of vampire bacteria. Yet somehow, Robert Neville survived. He must now struggle to make sense of what happened and learn to protect himself against the vampires who hunt him nightly.   As months of scavenging and hiding turn to years marked by depression and alcoholism, Robert spends his days hunting his tormentors and researching the cause of their affliction. But the more he discovers about the vampires around him, the more he sees the unsettling truth of who is--and who is not--a monster.   Richard Matheson's I Am Legend has been a major influence on horror literature. In 2012, it was named the best vampire novel of the century by the Horror Writers Association and the Bram Stoker Estate. The novel was adapted to film in 1964 as The Last Man on Earth, in 1971 as Omega Man, and in 2007 as I am Legend, starring Will Smith.

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THE LAST MAN ON EARTH IS NOT ALONE

Robert Neville may well be the only survivor of an incurable plague that has mutated every other man, woman, and child into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures who are determined to destroy him.

By day, he scavenges for food and supplies, desperate to find any other survivors who might be out there. But all the while the infected lurk in the shadows, watching his every move, waiting for him to make a mistake....

I AM LEGEND
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