Just got finished reading this short story by Richard Matheson, copywrighted in 1954. Nice! Sounded alot like Omega Man, I thought. Could it have been the movie's inspiration? Anyone who's read the book and seen the movie care to weigh in? I wonder why they changed the vampires to zombies in the movie? More of a market for Sci-fi than Horror movies at the time? The book actually made the vampirism very clinical, a disease. AND a result of a nuclear war (where in the movie it was biological war... Or was it an epidemic.. I can't remeber now). So I guess they weren't THAT far off base.. Omega Man remains one of my favorite movies of the period. A little shlocky, but in a good way..