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I Am Legend

Richard Matheson

Orb Books



Trade Paperback

320 Pages


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From out of the night come the living dead with a single purpose: destroy Robert Neville, the last man on earth.

As I Am Legend begins, a mysterious plague has swept the planet, leaving in its wake a lone survivor. By day, Neville is a hunter who stalks the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night—when the legions of undead are roaming everywhere—he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn. But how long can one man last in a world of vampires?

This edition offers Matheson's classic novel in its entirety as well as several other unforgettable tales of horror and suspense.


Praise for I Am Legend

"One of the ten all-time best novels of vampirism."—Fangoria

"The most clever and riveting vampire novel since Dracula."—Dean Koontz

"One of the most important writers of the twentieth century."—Ray Bradbury

"Matheson is one of the great names in American terror fiction."—The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Matheson inspires, it's as simple as that."—Brian Lumley

"I think the author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson. Books like I Am Legend were an inspiration to me."—Stephen King

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PART ONE: January 1976


On those cloudy days, Robert Neville was never sure when sunset came, and sometimes they were in the streets before he could get back.

If he had been more analytical, he might have calculated the approximate time of their arrival; but he still used the lifetime habit of judging nightfall by the sky, and on cloudy days that method didn’t work. That was why he chose to stay near the house on those days.

He walked around the house in the dull gray of afternoon, a cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth, trailing threadlike

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  • Richard Matheson

  • Over a career spanning five decades, author Richard Matheson has won numerable prestigious awards, including the World Fantasy Convention's Life Achievement Award, the Bram Stoker Award for Life Achievement, the Hugo Award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Golden Spur Award, and the Writer's Guild Award. His other novels include Hell House, Somewhere in Time, and A Stir of Echoes. He lives in Calabasas, California.
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