Title: The Passage
Year published: 2010
Genre: Post-apocalypse (near/far), thriller/horror.
Two words: Long term.
Justin Cronin’s dabble with the apocalypse has met with wide critical celebration, as he blended numerous genres: starting out as a thriller, it progresses to some sort of action horror when transported to its post-apocalyptic adventure resting place. Wedging together the ever-popular theme of genetically modified vampires (thanks, I Am Legend) with wasteland survivors and a prodigal child with superpowers, it’s a recipe for epic adventure. And you’d think it a very impressive thing for an author to pull off. But does he? Read more
Title: I Am Legend
Year published: 1954
Genre: Post-apocalyptic (near), horror.
Threat: Disease, vampires
Two words: Utterly influential.
Rarely in history has a book had such a profound impact on its genre as I Am Legend. More than half a century after its initial release, it continues to influence the countless zombie apocalypse, vampire society and lonely wasteland wanderer stories that now pervade popular culture. Themes that we now consider cliché, like the scientific origin of the paranormal disease, and the sole survivor turned hardened hunter, were novel and original when this book was first released. Testament to how successfully Matheson captured these ideas, they are now over-used and over-familiar. But if you’ve never read the original, rest assured it still stands the test of time. Read more