Grade Saver provides access to 1215 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 9407 literature essays, 2423 sample college application essays, 424 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site!Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.Turning female vampires into sexy creatures is absurd."And, true, if you are seeking sexy vampires, you can skip Richard Matheson's book. But don’t expect a novel of sort to end with a happy love fest or truce betweenthe undead and the living. Instead youwill learn exactly what it takes to become a legend. Matheson himself notwithstanding—you should try to avoidat all costs.
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Richard Matheson writes a novel that follows Robert Neville, the last man on Earth.
I'm not sure that Richard Matheson would approve, but he didn't much care for the movie versions and other 'straight' ways of interpreting his horror story.
For better or worse, he may have created a legend muchdifferent from the one he anticipated. During the course of the year—if we survive—we will have tackled zombies, serial killers, ghosts, demons, vampires, and monsters of all denominations.
The Horror Writers Association needed to jump on thisbandwagon, and decided to to give a special award for the"Vampire Novel of the Century." Ah, but they bypassedall these new upstarts, and other estimable candidates, inorder to honor a pulp fiction book that was almost sixtyyears old: Richard Matheson's in particular, as a source ofinspiration.
In King's word, Matheson was "the authorwho influenced me the most as a writer." Horror author Ramsey Campbell has noted that this single book was able to "revolutionizevampirism." Even Anne Rice, who had hoped to win the 'best of century'honor for her classic (if you haven’t seen, put it onyour 'to do' list), has praised the author’s storytelling brilliance, adding"he is in the same category as Bradbury and Asimov." Orson Welles wasreportedly another admirer of as much more than genre thriller.Asto other theories of the book’s hidden meaning, he responds: "I don't thinkthe book means anything more than it is: the story of a man trying to survivein a world of vampires."Matheson breaks many of the most basic rules of horror fiction in this work.Although this novel initiated the craze for stories about a zombie apocalypse—a plot that is more popular nowadays than ever before—he actually opensthe book after the decimation of the population.Written in 1954, at the height of many racial tensions, the vampire creatures have been seen as various groups.Though Matheson never defines who they actually symbolize, literary analysts have widely suggested African-American.Matheson deals with all these issues with a surprisingly light touch, focusingon details that rarely come to the forefront of horror stories.The longestchapter in deals with Neville's attempt to befriend a stray dog,the only familiar creature he has encountered in the three years sincesociety collapsed.The plot follows the mutation of a virus and the end of the world as we know it but also the deterioration of the psyche of a man.The most common theme of this novel is an emphasis on human emotion and how we interact with others.The zombie wars arefinished, and the human race has dwindled down to a sole individual, ourhero Robert Neville.Much of the book focuses on his day-to-day activities as a lonely survivor.