Historically accurate except for the vampire parts, Seth Grahame-Smith's morbid mash-up features an axe-wielding Abe Lincoln out to rid America of its bloodsucking menace
From witnessing his mother’s death from sickness and the intervention of a vampire, to slaves being sold as vampire fodder, Abe turns to a vigilante life of vampire hunter, judge and executioner. And who knows where his talent for slaughter came from, the man, tall but sinewy, could very well paint the town dark with undead blood. As a precursor to Van Helsing and Buffy, Abe might even have written the book on vampire slaying.
As a historical piece, it goes like this: All they taught you in school about Honest Abe, slavery and the Civil War left some finer, darker details in the history books of America’s schools and libraries--that of the important part played by vampires in building America. Vampires, apparently, were everywhere during this time in history, and even before that. Wielding power of aristocracy and influencing politics, society, even the cattle industry. Of course, after Abe became privy to all these, the once mighty and powerful vampire nation met a foe to be reckoned with. And reckoned he did, for decades on end.
Enjoyable throughout with a narrative that grips the imagination, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is part history, part imagination, and all literature. The book also features stunning never-before-seen-photos of vampires walking in the 19th century. Some of these photos are quite familiar, really, but the vampires were edited out. Good golly, could it have been a conspiracy?