Firstly, ignore that horrendous movie that used the name as this novel. That movie has absolutely nothing to do with this book. Get it out of your mind completely. Done that? Good. Now stop thinking about Will Smith as well.
Last night, I had the chance of revisiting this amazing novella in a late night reading binge. This was probably my fourth time reading it since I picked up the ebook. And yes, I got it only after I saw the freaking awesome trailer for the movie in the cinema. Guilty as charged.
But as run-of-the-mill and disappointing as the movie was, this novella totally isn’t. They start off pretty similarly, focusing on the protagonist and his day-to-day struggles of living in a world overrun by vampires. But when it comes to the second half of the book. Mind blown. Completely.
Richard Matheson delivers a horror story packed with a thoughtful ending that provokes the reader to think about the idea of horror itself. After multiple read throughs, I can safely say that you will never finish the book feeling the same way twice.
I highly recommend this book. If you don’t want to buy it, I’m sure the library would have it. And if you need a few more reviews to convince yourself, here’s another 700 more.
And for the budding horror writers out there. perhaps look at this as well as Death By Utopia to learn an alternative presentation for horror beyond the physical. Look beyond disgustingly-gruesome to discover the true essence of horror, frightfully-chilling.