I Am Legend: Limited Edition

Richard Matheson

Introduced by Joe Hill
Illustrated by Dave McKean

A Folio Society limited edition of I Am Legend features an exclusive signed print by artist Dave McKean, and a spectacular black leather binding. Limited to just 295 copies.

Published price: US$ 395.00


I Am Legend: Limited Edition

Please note this edition is limited to one copy per customer.

‘Richard Matheson’s ironic and iconic imagination created seminal science-fiction stories … For me, he is in the same category as Bradbury and Asimov’
Steven Spielberg

This special Folio edition stands as a spectacular visualisation of Richard Matheson’s masterpiece. Limited to just 295 copies, each volume comes with an exclusive print signed by Dave McKean. Bound in black leather and blocked in red with a design by the artist, this edition also features red page edges, and a cloth slipcase printed with a harrowing design by McKean. The interior features McKean’s artwork throughout, while the black and red foil-blocked ‘red blood cell’ endpaper design is inspired by one of the interior illustrations. Acclaimed novelist Joe Hill has written an insightful and warm introduction, examining how Matheson set out to ‘build a better vampire’, and in doing so opened the door to a new world of horror.

Robert Neville is a man alone in a world of monsters. Each day, he works to exterminate the vampire threat, and every night he listens to them howl for his blood. It’s a desperate fight for survival, one he cannot afford to lose, but as his world grows strange and distorted, a darker question emerges: who is the real monster here?

‘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

It is hard to calculate the impact of Richard Matheson’s thrill-ride of a novel. Influencing horror masters such as Stephen King and George A. Romero, I Am Legend took the gothic and shadowy world of the vampire and dragged it into the light. One of the first writers to popularise a post-apocalyptic world, Matheson started a trend of stories that look to examine the consequences of survival at any cost. The influence of this desperate landscape can be felt across the full breadth of modern media, from comic books and video games, to the current wave of zombie films and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. A prolific writer with an affinity for television and film, many of Matheson’s stories have made it to the big screen, including his screenplay for Duel, Steven Spielberg’s first film, while I Am Legend itself has been adapted four times for the cinema.

Production Details

I Am Legend: Limited Edition book
  • Bound in blocked leather with a design by the artist.
  • Set in Aldus.
  • 208 pages.
  • Frontispiece and 6 colour illustrations.
  • 4 integrated black and white illustrations for the part-titles and illustrated headings throughout.
  • Signed limited print in paper folder.
  • Metallic foil blocked endpapers.
  • Red coloured page edges.
  • Printed cloth slipcase.
  • 10˝ x 5½˝.

About Richard Matheson

Richard Matheson was an author and screenwriter. He was born in New Jersey in 1926 and raised in Brooklyn. After completing his studies at school, Matheson joined the army and served with the infantry in Europe during the Second World War. Upon his return to America he graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism and moved to California. He published his first short story, ‘Born of Man and Woman’, in 1950 and his first novel, I Am Legend, in 1954. His 1956 book, The Shrinking Man, and its film adaptation the following year, enabled Matheson to make a career out of his passion. Many of Matheson’s works have been adapted for the screen, including A Stir of Echoes (1958), Bid Time Return (1975) and What Dreams May Come (1978). In 1991 he received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement and in 2010 he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. He died in 2013.

About Joe Hill

Joe Hill is the author of Heart-Shaped Box (2007), Horns (2010), NOS4A2 (2013), The Fireman (2016) and a book of short stories, 20th Century Ghosts (2005). He is a recipient of the Ray Bradbury Fellowship and the winner of the A. E. Coppard Long Fiction Prize, William Crawford, World Fantasy, British Fantasy, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild Awards. He earned the Eisner Award for Best Writer for his long-running comic book series, Locke & Key, featuring the art of Gabriel Rodriguez. His short fiction has appeared in literary, mystery and horror collections and magazines in Britain and America.

About Dave McKean

Dave McKean has released sixty books as an illustrator, author, photographer and designer, including Cages (1990–6, winner of two Harvey Awards, the Ignatz Award, La Pantera Award, and the Alph-Art Award), Pictures That Tick (2009, V&A Illustrated Book of the Year), and Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash (2016, a 14–18 Now Foundation/Imperial War Museum/licaf commission). He has collaborated with Neil Gaiman (Sandman, 1989–97; Coraline, 2002), John Cale (What’s Welsh for Zen, 1998; Sedition and Alchemy, 2003), David Almond (The Savage, 2008), Richard Dawkins (The Magic of Reality, 2011), Heston Blumenthal (as Director of Story at The Fat Duck), and others. He has worked in theatre, galleries, and the music industry, and has written and directed three feature films: MirrorMask (2005), The Gospel of Us (2012, winner of two Cymru baftas), and Luna (2014, winner of the Raindance Award for Best Picture, bifa). He illustrated the Folio Society edition of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods in 2017.


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