“Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter” by Seth Grahame-Smith
October has passed in a flash – my son turned two, I traveled to my hometown for a weekend, and in between Halloween festivities I’ve also been sick for the last three weeks. This has all conspired to equate to an October hardly full of scary reads.
However, I managed to get through one book that I think counts as seasonally appropriate — and I enjoyed it tremendously.
“Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter” is not actually as stupid as you think it’s going to be. That’s saying a lot, considering it came along at a time when every publisher in the world seemed to be going — “Ooh! Let’s put [insert horror monster/element here] together with [insert literary classic or historical figure here] and it’s sure to be a bestseller!”
This trend, of course, happened thanks to Seth Grahame-Smith, the author of the very book I’m discussing here. Mr. Grahame-Smith, a writer of considerable talent and cleverness, had previously given the world an utter treat of a novel called “Pride & Prejudice & Zombies,” and it launched a million imitators. Some were okay. Most were not.
At the height of this craze, Mr. Grahame-Smith turned his attention and considerable writing skill to perhaps the most famous of presidents, our own axe-wielding Abe, and managed to create a tale that is not unlike Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” Through the device of a modern writer given Abe’s Journal and papers, and historical records and speeches, we’re taken back in time to see the REAL history of slavery, The Civil War, and Lincoln’s enduring legacy — and this time, vampires have been added, and it’s pretty darn brilliant and totally works.
And there’s an appearance from a quite famous literary figure who fits right in. All I’m saying.
I enjoyed this book, and I didn’t really expect to. I’m also in love with the ending, which made me smile.
[Note: Nope. I’m not watching the movie. Don’t ask me.]
Have a safe and happy Halloween, friends!