Abraham Lincoln has best been remembered as our 13th president, freer of the slaves, ender of the Civil War, and… Vampire Hunter. With the release of the film Lincoln by Steven Spielberg, I felt it only appropriate to read this novel by Seth Grahame-Smith (writer of similar mash up books: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies and Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters).
The book is basically a Lincoln biography, with vampires. Grahame-Smith is able to weave the known facts about Lincoln with a layer of vampire fiction, thus writing a holy text for any True Blood fan/history buff. With the premise that slavery was the first step towards a vampire-controlled America, Old Abe sets off on a quest of vengeance to rid the world of vampires; the same creatures that had murdered his mother and grandfather. During his lifelong mission he teams up with vampire hunting apprentices, Edgar Allan Poe (who uses the experiences of the vampires to write his dark works), and a group of anti-slavery vampires known as the Union. The Civil War becomes a battle the Union must win, not just to free slaves, but to free all of America from the encroaching vampire domination.
The purpose of a piece of fictional work is to suspend disbelief, and nothing conceals fiction better than being interwoven with truth. I highly recommend this work for anyone looking to learn more about America while also being entertained by the idea of Honest Abe crushing the skull of a slave owner vampire with his ax.