I am Legend

I am Legend

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By (author) Richard Matheson

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  • Publisher: Doherty (Tom) Associates,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 102mm x 170mm x 25mm | 68g
  • Publication date: 1 November 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0765357151
  • ISBN 13: 9780765357151
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: REV and Revised ed.
  • Sales rank: 3,910

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Robert Neville may well be the last living man on Earth . . . but he is not alone. An incurable plague has mutated every other man, woman, and child into bloodthirsty, nocturnal creatures who are determined to destroy him. By day, he is a hunter, stalking the infected monstrosities through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for dawn....

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Richard Matheson was "The New York Times" bestselling author of "I Am Legend," "Hell House," "Somewhere in Time," "The Incredible Shrinking Man," "A Stir of Echoes," "The Beardless Warriors," "The Path," "Seven Steps to Midnight," "Now You See It...," and "What Dreams May Come," among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," based on his short story, along with several other "Twilight Zone" episodes. He was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, and fought in the infantry in World War II. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven.

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By Danielle Liddell 21 Oct 2011 4

It's worth noting that while this book is titled 'I Am Legend', also contains ten short stories by Richard Matheson - something that isn't mentioned anywhere on this site or on the cover either.

Together, they take up approximately the same amount of pages as 'I Am Legend' itself.

For reference, the short stories are:
- 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

Nevertheless, it's still an excellent story, with some bonus (albeit unexpected) reading material.

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"One of the most important writers of the twentieth century."--Ray Bradbury "I think the author who influence me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson. Books like "I Am Legend" were an inspiration to me." --Stephen King "Matheson is one of the great names in American terror fiction."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer" "Matheson inspires, it's as simple as that."--Brian Lumley