**spoiler alert** Legend isn’t your typical horror story.
In those ancient tales of ghouls and monsters, the horrifying creatures always remained a min**spoiler alert** Legend isn’t your typical horror story.
In those ancient tales of ghouls and monsters, the horrifying creatures always remained a minority.
In Matheson’s sci-fi take on the vampire story, the monsters have become the majority and mankind is down to its last representative, Robert Neville.
In making mankind the minority, Matheson effectively spins the horror tale on its head. Vampires are the norm, mankind is the strange and frightening minority, the monster.
Thus, Matheson not only brings an exciting new (well, it was new in the 50’s when he wrote it) take to the horror genre, he also brings us a horror story told through the eyes of the monster himself (Neville).
The novella was a very quick read and, in my opinion, was infinitely better than the Hollywood adaptation. Then again, I always prefer the book to the movie, so that shouldn’t come as any sort of surprise.
In this new world, Neville moves about seemingly alone, killing vampires by day and fending them off by night. What he doesn’t realize is that morality has shifted. He’s killing them because he’s a holdover from the days when vampires terrorized humans. Now that humans (other than Neville) are nonexistent, he’s no longer fighting to save his own race, but to destroy theirs.
Neville, of course, realizes this all too late and has effectively sealed his own fate by the time he does.
I’m not usually a fan of science fiction, but this was a quick read and is an interesting, original take on a worn out genre....more