Abraham Lincoln: Great Emancipator, Log Splitter….Vampire Hunter?

Abraham Lincoln:  Vampire Hunter

Seth Grahame-Smith

Grand Central Publishing.  2010.  397 pgs.

Other books I’ve read by Grahame-Smith:  none.   He is also the author of:  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

Mild spoilers!

Well…..not quite sure what to say about this one and should probably give it a day or so to sink in.   First of all, I’m a huge fan of the Lincoln and my first reaction was:  add vampire hunter to the list of all of Lincoln’s fantastic accomplishments — well, why not?  If anyone could be one, he could.

I  did enjoy how Grahame-Smith wove vampires in and out of the various mysteries of Lincoln’s life.   Always wonder at why so many of Lincoln’s loved ones died young:  Ann Rutledge his first sweetheart, his mother Nancy Hanks, even beloved Tad?  Yup, you guessed it.  Ever wonder about Abraham’s impressive physical strength–especially his skill with his rail-splitting ax?  The better to fight…you know what.   His tendency in his early life to move about in Southern Illinois and up and down the Mississippi?  Maybe because he was looking for….you guessed it.  What I hadn’t envisioned was how vampires would actually be supporting the Confederacy — but it totally makes sense when you consider that slavery could provide an endless source of helpless human victims quite efficiently.

One caveat:  this book is not for the squeamish, so if graphic depictions of vampire type dining and vampire killing are not your thing, look elsewhere.   Last, there are many clever touches to enjoy about this book:  including photo shopped “authentic” Mathew Brady type photos documenting various  points in Lincoln’s career — of course related to his vampire pursuits.  This was a very fun read and if it gets someone interested in Lincoln’s real life, which is even more remarkable than this fiction, it will have accomplished a goal even greater than entertainment.