Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Seth Grahame-Smith

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Seth Grahame-Smith



Indiana, 1818. 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 Union 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.

My Thoughts

I found this book a very entertaining read. Being Canadian, I am unaware of a great portion of American history, so it was great to delve deeper into the history of President Lincoln in this way. The added entertainment value of vampires and vampire hunting was a clear bonus.

I generally have grown to enjoy some fantasy and science fiction novels over the past couple of years, but I have to say that this is the best tale of the sort I’ve read so far. I really enjoyed how Grahame-Smith weaved tales of hunting and killing into the known history of Abraham Lincoln. I especially enjoyed how masterfully he was able to replicate the wording and speech used by the President in order to make his “own personal writings” seem legitimate.

The entertainment value this book brings is non-replicable. It’s simply brilliant. I really look forward to reading his other works of this nature, as I find the writing fresh, witty, and simply good. I really enjoy the fresh account of tales of old being told from a fantasy/horror perspective. It adds allure for readers like me – who are sick of the same old stuff, and need a fresh twist every now and then.


~ by Aubrey Smith on December 27, 2012.

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