Book Quote:

From Abe’s Journal: He was no older than five years, wearing a white sleeping gown—his arms and legs hanging freely. I cold see the blood on his collar. On his sleeves. I could not strike from such a distance, for fear that an errant ax blade might kill the boy (if indeed he lived).

Abe watched the vampire reach the flatboat and start up the small plank, then stop halfway up.

Book Review:

Review by Ann Wilkes (AUG 22, 2010)

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, obviously an alternate biography, is fun from beginning to end. Seth Grahame-Smith’s includes mock journal entries and Photoshopped historic photos, so that the novel reads like an actual biography. The story is riveting throughout.

Young Abe, sitting by the fire as his drunken father rambles on with a familiar tale of the Indians scalping Abe’s grandfather, is startled when his father alters the ending. The true story, the one his father kept from him until then, is that it was vampires, not wild Indians who mutilated his grandfather. And then Abe knows who it was his father spoke to right before his mother’s fatal illness and what those words he overheard the man utter, “I’ll take it in other ways,” meant. His father had gotten on the wrong side of a vampire loan shark and Abe’s own dear mother paid the price with her life.

In this alternate history, vampires are a well-kept secret. Abe tries to keep it that way, lest an unholy war break out between humans and the powerful, evil vampire hordes.

Ironically, sympathetic vampire Henry Sturges helps Abraham on his mission, even sending him names of those members of society that are a bit long in the tooth that Abe might dispose of them. The bond between Abe and Henry is often tested, but remains strong. It’s the most poignant element in the story, even eclipsing Abe’s two loves, Ann Rutledge and Mary Todd.

Abe’s secret vampire hunting intersects with his personal life when Ann Rutledge’s fiancé turns out to be a vampire himself. Ann’s end, in Grahame-Smith’s version, is a result of the application, by her crazed fiancé of a few drops of his own tainted blood between her lips; the same method used to make Abe’s mother fatally ill.

When people think of Abraham Lincoln, they think of the Emancipation Proclamation, they think of his fight to save men from slavery. Imagine a world in which the slave owners and the vampires have come to an understanding. In this world, there are worse things still than being a slave.

I didn’t care for the ending of this novel, but the more I think on it, the more I realize, that yes, for all those characters to stay true to who they are in Grahame-Smith’s imagining, that is exactly the ending that would happen, whether it is a happy one or not. And on some levels, it is. I highly recommend this book and wish to read more like it.

AMAZON READER RATING: stars-4-0from 209 readers
PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing; 1st edition (March 2, 2010)
REVIEWER: Ann Wilkes
AUTHOR WEBSITE: Wikipedia page on Seth Grahame-Smith
EXTRAS: Excerpt

An interview regarding Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter

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August 22, 2010 · Judi Clark · No Comments
Tags:  · Posted in: Alternate History, Humorous, Speculative (Beyond Reality)

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