Origins of My Love of Horror 9
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson is one of my favorite novels. It's a post-apocalyptic story about the last human on an Earth overrun by vampires. Even today, it remains a relevant, striking story, with spare prose underlying the tale's sense of urgency. And the ending still packs a punch--not surprising, given Matheson's work on several of the best Twilight Zone episodes. It's a novel I recommend unreservedly.
There are three movie versions: The Last Man on Earth (1964), The Omega Man (1971), and I Am Legend (2007). While each has its merits, none capture the novel's paranoia and anxiety.
Do you have a favorite post-apocalyptic novel? How about a favorite Matheson novel? Let me know in the comments.
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Derek Austin Johnson has lived most of his life in the Lone Star State. His work has appeared in The Horror Zine, Rayguns Over Texas!, Horror U.S.A.: Texas, Campfire Macabre, The Dread Machine, and Generation X-ed.
He lives in Central Texas.