Category Archives: Vampires

I Am Legend

I Am Legend
By Richard Matheson

Synopsis: Tells the story of a solitary man trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Robert Neville has remained alive, and human, in spite of the fact that a terrible virus has infected the rest of humanity, turning them into blood-thirsty vampires. Neville fights loneliness, desires to end his life, starvation, and the nightly attacks on his fortified home. When a woman appears out of nowhere everything changes for Neville.

My Opinion: Ok, so if you have seen the movie you are probably thinking “why would anyone read that book?” Well let me tell you first why I read it and then what I thought of it. I had read several statements by very famous horror writers saying that Matheson’s I Am Legend was an inspiration to them to write horror fiction, not the least of these authors being Stephen King. Also I found out that the book was written in the 50s so I knew it couldn’t be exactly like the movie. So based on that I decided to read it, and I was really glad I did. Let me say this, this book is not the same story as the movie. I don’t know why the movie even has the same title since that is about the only thing they have in common. I don’t want to say what is different about the story lines because I don’t want to give anything away, but this book is horror, not the hopeful encouraging story from the movie. Matheson does a great job of capturing what I would guess was the mind of someone who has been alone for a long time and lost everything he loved. He scares you with the monstrous vampires but also with the enclosing loneliness and hopelessness of Neville’s situation. This was a really great book, given a bad reputation by a terrible movie that sadly carried the same but nothing more.

FYI: The Last Man on Earth was a movie made in the 60s based on I Am Legend which starred Vincent Price and actually was co-scripted by Matheson himself. It was largely influential on George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead.

I Am Legend at amazon.com

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
By Seth Grahame-Smith

Synopsis: The author is given a collection of Abraham Lincoln’s journals and letters which contain a look into his secret life as a vampire hunter. The life of Abraham Lincoln is retold with this new information and we see for the first time how vampires played a role in slavery, the Civil War, the death of many of Abraham’s loved ones, Abraham’s assassination, and the shaping of one of the most important people in American history.

My Opinion: I like Seth Grahame-Smith and he did not disappoint me with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. It was funny, but it was also surprisingly engrossing. The humor of the concept could have easily worn thin, but the book is interesting and suspenseful and at times I caught myself taking it WAY too seriously. You will be surprised how much you actually learn about Abraham Lincoln’s life in this book. I liked it a lot.

FYI: Seth used The Lincoln Log as a major source for historical information about Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter at amazon.com

Other books I’ve reviewed by Seth Grahame-Smith:
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies