Book Review: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

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Seth Grahame-Smith proved his ability to think outside the box with his debut novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. His hybrid Jane Austen classic hit #3 on the New York Times best-seller list. His second novel—Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter—is another historical/horror combination, and it puts a new twist on the life of our sixteenth President.

After an acquaintance supposedly leaves him ten leather-bound books, the author uncovers a hidden thread of history. These books—journals penned by Abraham Lincoln himself—lead the author to uncover the true reason behind the Civil War. Vampires.

The journal entries feel authentic, and the story is seamlessly woven into historical events. Grahame-Smith recreates the life of a man known for both greatness and great tragedy—a man burdened with the task of carrying our country through one of its darkest hours. He gives us an Abraham Lincoln committed to doing what was right whether it was speaking out against slavery or killing vampires, and he does it so well that you might just wonder if there’s more to history than we’ve been told.

Will the story translate to the big screen? We’ll soon find out. The movie adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter hits theaters June 22nd. An adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies starring Natalie Portman is also in the works.

©2012 Kim Vandel

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