|I Am Legend by Richard Matheson 1997 Edition|
I Am Legend was written in 1954 if you can believe it, making it 63 years old. And it's as remarkable today as it was then. Perhaps even more so, because it doesn't feel like Science Fiction, it feels more like a possibility.
The last third of this story is gripping and devastating. We witness Robert Neville lose the last shred of hope, accept his fate and realize just how little man has evolved. And for us, 63 years later, it's sobering to think that we are more like the 'vampires' in the story than anything else. As a result, I'm more than a little sad, but also in awe of Richard Matheson's insight into humanity, and his ability to articulate such a poignant, and shockingly real view of human nature and our own potential destiny.
Are you thoroughly depressed now? Maybe this will cheer you up... There are several other stories in this anthology, but there is one called Prey which I'm pleased to report is the original story which became the final story in the 1975 made-for-TV film Trilogy of Terror starring Karen Black. Richard Matheson himself wrote the teleplay along with William F. Nolan which stands to reason why this adaptation is exceptionally faithful to the original story. And a real treat.
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