September 12, 2012
Writing prompt:
Expand on Fredric Brown’s very short horror story, “Knock”:


The last man on earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door.


Richard Matheson did this, first shortening the story even more by making it one letter shorter:


The last man on earth sat alone in the room. There was a lock on the door.


That turned into I Am Legend, which inspired Night of the Living Dead.
And that’s how Richard Matheson invented the entire zombie genre.

Writing prompt:

Expand on Fredric Brown’s very short horror story, “Knock”:

The last man on earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door.

Richard Matheson did this, first shortening the story even more by making it one letter shorter:

The last man on earth sat alone in the room. There was a lock on the door.

That turned into I Am Legend, which inspired Night of the Living Dead.

And that’s how Richard Matheson invented the entire zombie genre.

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