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. (Book description from www.amazon.com)
Seth Grahame-Smith, the acclaimed author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, brings us this fictional tale of “Honest Abe” and his hunting of vampires. Grahame-Smith uses the actual life stories of Abe Lincoln and adds in bloodsuckers, decapitations, and gore.
I have always had an issue with taking a classic or an autobiography and adding in another element to make it trend with today’s readers. I thought this was a poor use of the originial materials. I decided to read to read Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter mainly because the movie will be coming out soon. I absolutely loved this book, and I will be reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The author doesn’t just add horror; he uses the horror to create an amazing story based on the journals of Abe Lincoln.
The take on the vampires was interesting. With black marble-like eyes and retractable fangs, these vampires are vicious, cruel, and political. There are two factions of bloodsuckers: those who support the free will of humanity and those who would see all humans enslaved, caged and kept as food. The “free will” vampires are supporting Abe as a young man, having seen something in his future that could decide the fate of the country. Abe is mentored by one vampire named Henry Sturges, and Abe is trying to find a balance between his desire to be a leader and a father and his thirst for vengeance against those who took from him his mother, his first love, and more.
Not only are vampires added into the written word, they are also added into dates pictures. These doctored photos add a feeling of reality to the journals. See one of the pictures here:
I absolutely enjoyed this book. Adding an element of horror to the story of the man who freed the slaves and re-united our country was the perfect way to create an amazing tale. From Abe’s younger years to his meeting with Edgar Allan Poe, this book details many high points (both real and fictional) of Abraham Lincoln’s life. I cannot recommend this book more. If you like horror and you enjoy history, you will definitely find a favorite in this book!
The film version of the book is scheduled to be released in theatres on June 22, 2012.