I know I listed the four or five books I was reading yesterday and “I Am Legend” wasn’t on that list but it was for good reason. I didn’t buy it until after I did that post but it leapt into my hands as I was browsing in the bookstore yesterday and I had little choice but to buy the thing and give it a good home on my bookshelf.
I hadn’t heard of the book until I saw a trailer for the movie coming out in December (starring Will Smith? Ugh). I did a wiki search on the movie when I got home and saw that it was based on the book by Richard Matheson (which was also loosely adapted into a movie starring Charlton Heston called “The Omega Man”) and is considered one of the great vampire novels of all time. It takes place in a post-apoc world when humanity has fallen victim to a disease which seemingly turns people into vampires. The protagonist, Richard Neville, hunts the vampires by day and at night barricades himself in his house as the undead tries to get to him. Goddamn it all. I hate that I had to learn about this from a Will Smith movie. What a read!