Seth Grahame-Smith's novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter does an incredible job of combining history and fantasy/horror into one captivating read. The most unique thing about this book is that it is written as if it is an actual biography of Abraham Lincoln. Grahame-Smith went so far as to include journal entries, footnotes, and images all to give the illusion of a non-fictional work. The reader learns about the life of Abraham Lincoln who became our 16th president, the man who ended slavery and a famous vampire hunter. This novel was a fun read as long as you can separate what you think you know about Lincoln and what you are told by Grahame-Smith. Don't get me wrong, there are some facts found within the story, but it is most definitely an altered history tale. I also really liked how Lincoln was portrayed as a family man. It was refreshing to see how involved he was with his family, even though he is running a country and killing vampires. There are also great side characters in this story, which I wouldn't have anticipated since it is written like a biography. Grahame-Smith developed interesting friends for Lincoln as well as an intriguing vampire mythology, all of which keeps the story fresh and engaging.— Sherry
Indiana. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."
"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.
Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.
When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, "henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose..." Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.
While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.
Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.
About the Author
Seth Grahame-Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. In addition to adapting the screenplay for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Seth also wrote Tim Burton's film Dark Shadows. He lives in Los Angeles.
"Seth Grahame-Smith is an excellent writer whose prose raises Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter a step above others of its genre...[He] does such an excellent job blending the facts of Lincoln's life into the story that it is sometimes hard to determine fact from fiction...Suspenseful, and most readers will want to read it in one sitting."— Asbury Park Press
"Evocative...Grahame-Smith [is] a lively, fluent writer with a sharp sense of tone and pace."—TIME
"Thanks to P&P&Z, a delicious mutant book craze was born. But then opportunists infested the territory...It's nice to see plucky Grahame-Smith retake his turf."—Entertainment Weekly
"Not just the Lincoln biography we've all been waiting for. It's also the funniest, most action-packed and weirdly well-researched account of the Civil War you'll probably read in a long time. Grahame-Smith could be poised to become the Howard Zinn of vampire-related alterna-history."—Vanity Fair
"Grahame-Smith does an excellent job of capturing the spirit of this style of story-telling, mixing historically accurate anecdotes with entries from Lincoln's fictional secret journal, weaving the vampire elements into the story in a manner that's quite believable."—Wired