“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” by Seth Grahame-Smith (Grand Central Publishing, 2010)

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After the incredible success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, with one million copies in print, and now available in twenty-one languages, as well as being optioned to become a major motion picture; Seth Grahame-Smith returns with his next book, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  The front cover seems somewhat subdued, inviting the viewer to investigate further: Abraham Lincoln stands with what appears to be an ax behind his back; blood drips down the wall behind him, along with a bloody handprint and some bloody footprints.  Flip the book over to the back and your curiosities are satisfied: he is holding an ax, and a bloody one at that; in his other hand is a severed head, also dripping blood.

The book begins with the framing device that Grahame-Smith received an unusual package wherein were the journals of Abraham Lincoln, in which the man reveals the hidden and terrifying reality that vampires are alive and well, existing in our world, killing us off one by one.  Grahame-Smith is charged to write a book explaining Lincoln’s stories.  The result is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, featuring excerpts, quotations and passages from Abraham Lincoln’s journals, as the author creates the story of this man’s incredible life from a young boy who held little respect for his father, who then went into politics looking to change things, and eventually became president.  Along the way Lincoln discovered the existence of vampires and began his quest to rid the land of these undead one by one with his deadly ax.

Seth Grahame-Smith has put a lot of work into this book for, while Lincoln never kept a journal, Smith does his best to keep true to Lincoln’s life, using his speech and writing style, and making the incidents involving vampires seem just part of this incredible biography of one of the most famous people in history.  Grahame-Smith goes even further, interweaving the existence of vampires with the civil war and slavery, so that when Lincoln makes his monumental decisions and steps towards a better nation, it is also to stop the growing power of these vampires.  And if you’re not fully convinced, there are some very interesting photos to help prove the story.

You’ll get a lot from reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, with not just an interesting biography on our former president, but an entertaining read that will make you think twice about our history, with what really happened, and more importantly the state of the world today and whether there might in fact be a vampire out there, watching you, hungrily.

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Originally written on January 25th, 2010 ©Alex C. Telander.

For an interview with Seth Grahame-Smith check out BookBanter Episode 27.

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” Book Trailer

Episode 28 of BookBanter will be available later tonight, a little before midnight, and it will feature my interview with Seth Grahame-Smith, author of the bestselling runaway success that started the whole literary mash-up craze, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  His new book, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter will be out on Tuesday, March 2nd.

I’ve never really been a fan of book trailers, and feel it’s a lot of work for something usually not that impressive, and I really wonder how much they help with advertising and sales.  But seeing the book trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has changed my mind on this, as it’s very well made, very entertaining, and a great advertising piece I’m sure.  See what you think:

02/27 On the Bookshelf . . .

I’d been contacted by Tor to see if I was interested in checking something new and innovative coming out, known as an “illustrated novel.”  I’m always interested in see what the publishing world tries to do in changing the dynamic of book publishing.  The book in question of Pleasure Model by Christopher Rowley.

Pleasure Model

This is the first book in a trilogy and represents a partnership between Heavy Metal magazine and Tor books.  “Heavy Metal Pulp will partner the top illustrators and designers from the iconic fantasy magazine with today’s most talented science fiction authors, blending the sensuous artistic style and graphic imagery of Heavy Metal with classic noir storytelling.”  After seeing the cover, I don’t want to make any assumptions (even though my mind unavoidably already has).

Also received a couple books coming out at the end of March from Night Shade Books: The Best Horror of the Year Volume Two edited by Ellen Datlow, and The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Four edited by Jonathan Strahan.

Best Horror of the Year Best Scifi Fantasy