Somecritics have praised Matheson for translating Cold War anxieties into thecontext of horror fiction, or for making a thinly-veiled plea for racialtolerance (the novel takes place in South Central LA, on the same streets I frequented in my youth).
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.
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The "vampire teen romance" sectionat Barnes & Noble—which didn't even exist a few years before—was now afavorite meeting place for the high school 'in' crowd.
During the day,he hunts for sleeping vampires and hammers stakes through their hearts.
And occasionally he remembers the past, events he would prefer to forget.
Bothlove interests are integrated into thelarger plot, and amplify the horror ofproceedings. He works with great economy,and (as Damon Knight noted) often moves from scene to scene withinsistent forward motion.
The moment when hisfirst wife, who died in the vampireepidemic, returns to her grievinghusband, is one of the most memorablepassages in the novel. But he also knows when to linger—and almostalways because he sense an opportunity to amplify the emotional chargeof his tale.
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.