Monday, April 9, 2007

Lost Book Gem: "I Am Legend" - Richard Matheson (1954)


"You've done me no right,
But you've done me some wrong."
~ Rush ~

NO SPOILERS:
He's written acclaimed episodes for both Rod Serling's "Twilight Zone" and Gene Roddenberry's "Star Trek" and a host of other shows.  And he has been recognized as a major influence on beaucoup writers, most notably Stephen King.  That's pretty heady stuff right there.

But above all, Richard Matheson will forever be remembered for his esteemed novel, the iconic...I Am Legend.

Published in 1954, I Am Legend takes place in the future (the late 1970's) and revolves around Robert Neville...lone survivor of a horrific epidemic that has left his world filled with a kind of walking dead vampires.

Story ideas like this are quite common nowadays, but Matheson was one of the earlier contributors to the genre.

The pacing of the story runs fast with heavy claustrophobic shadows surrounding the reader. Cashing in at just over 200 pages, I Am Legend is absolutely perfect in its telling.

Along with tension (and a stunner ending)...the story will have you asking questions long after putting it down.  But that's what great stories do, isn't it?  They give...and take.  There are no "pansy swan benches" on this merry-go-round.

"Finding My Way" - Rush / Rush (debut 1974)


Yeah, oh yeah!
Ooh, said I,
I'm comin' out to get you.
Ooh, sit down.
I'm comin' out to find you.
Ooh, yeah. Ooh yeah.
Findin' my way!


I've been gone so long
I've lost count of the years.
Well, I sang some sad songs,
Oh yes, and cried some bad tears.


Look out! I'm comin'.

Whoa, whoa.
Look out! I'm comin'.
Whoa, yeah.
I'm runnin',
Finding my way back home.
Oh yeah!
Yeah, oh yeah!
Ooh, said I,
I'm comin' back to look for you.
Ooh, sit down.
I'm goin' by the back door.
Ooh, yeah. Ooh yeah.
Findin' my way!

You've done me no right,
But you've done me some wrong.
Left me lonely each night
While I sing my sad song.


Good stuff.
Casey Chambers
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2 comments:

Liberty said...

I haven't heard this song in years! Thanks for sharing!

Casey said...

Thanks for dropping by!