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Undead ApocalypseVampires and Zombies in the 21st Century$
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Stacey Abbott

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748694907

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748694907.001.0001

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The Legacy of Richard Matheson’s

The Legacy of Richard Matheson’s

I Am Legend

(p.9) Chapter 1 The Legacy of Richard Matheson’s
Undead Apocalypse

Stacey Abbott

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter traces the 21st century synergy between vampire and zombie back to Richard Matheson’s 1954 novel I Am Legend, a book that both reinvented the vampire story as science-fiction by reimaging the vampire through the language of science, and served as origin text for the birth of the zombie genre with George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Through an analysis of a range of adaptations of Matheson’s novel, including his own script written for Hammer Studios but rejected by the BBFC, this chapter considers how this text marks key transformative moments within the evolution of the horror genre on film.

Keywords:   Vampire, Zombie, Science-fiction, horror, Hammer Studios, Richard Matheson, BBFC, Adaptation

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