BookBanter Episode 27 with Seth Grahame-Smith



This episode features my interview with Seth Grahame-Smith, who is the author of the original mash-novel that swept the world by storm, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which is now being turned into a movie, as well as a graphic novel, and there’s even a prequel coming out soon. But most of our interview — after some initial discussion about Seth’s thoughts on zombies — was spent talking about his new book coming out March 2nd, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. In the interview, you learn where he came up with the idea for the book (which predates Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), how he went about writing the book with all the research. Seth also does a lot of TV work, which he talks about, as well as other projects he’s currently working on. There was a bit of an issue with the recording and sound quality, but the interview is clear enough and pretty interesting.

This episode features my reviews Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and the new book, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter :

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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For more updates and news, as wells as thoughts and comments about books and writing, be sure to check out the BookBanter Blog.

Be sure to join me on the next episode of BookBanter, coming March 15th, where I’ll be talking with bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson, and we’ll be talking all about his latest book, Galileo’s Dream.

Until next time,

Alex C. Telander.


“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.

If you liked this review and are interested in purchasing this book, click here.

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:

Bookbanter Episode 26 with David Grann



In this new episode of Bookbanter, I had the chance to interview David Grann. Grann is a staff writer for the New Yorker and last year published his first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, about one of the world’s last explorers, Percy Fawcett, and his expeditions into the Amazon in search of a lost civilization. In the interview, you learn of David Grann’s history: how he became an article writer, how he ended up working for the New Yorker, and how he comes up with his incredible ideas for articles. Grann also talks about his new book due out in March 9th, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession, collecting a number of his articles. We concluded the interview with discussion on whether Grann ever plans to return to the Amazon in light of some recent evidence of archaeological excavations that are being made there.

This episode also features my reviews for The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins, Altar of Eden by James Rollins, and The Lost City of Z by David Grann:

This episode of BookBanter is brought to you by East Bay and Footlocker, leading world suppliers of athletic footwear, apparel and sports equipment, featuring top athletic brands such as Adidas, Reebok, Converse, and Nike.  Go to East and use the code AFBOOK15 to receive 15% off your order, or the code AFBOOK20 to receive 20% off your order of $75 or more.  Or go to and use the code AFBOOKFL to receive 15% off your order.

For more updates and news, as wells as thoughts and comments about books and writing, be sure to check out the BookBanter Blog.

Please join me next time, in Episode 27 on March 1st, where I will hopefully be interviewing Seth Grahame-Smith, author of the bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and his new book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

See you next time,

Alex C. Telander.


In the Pipeline for BookBanter

And to think for a little while I was wondering who I was going to be interviewing this year . . .

With the Cherie Priest interview set to go in Episode 25 next week on February 1st, and an interview with Kim Stanley Robinson in the bag . . .

Will be scheduling soon for my Seth Grahame-Smith interview, where we’ll be talking about his new forthcoming book, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter . . .

I also have set for this Friday an interview with David Grann, author of the fantastic book Lost City of Z (and you can read a little about what I thought of it here) . . .

And finally, today I had a publicist contacting me about possibly interviewing the great author, Peter Straub, for his forthcoming book, A Dark Matter.  I don’t think I was even aware Straub had a new book coming out . . .

So far 2010 is turning out to be a great year for BookBanter!

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Just finished up Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which is the unique story of Abraham Lincoln’s life from birth to assassination.  As a young boy his mother was taken from him . . . by a vampire, and from then on he swore to kill every vampire in America.  With his trusty ax, he set about doing just this, traveling the country, gaining allies (some even vampires no less!), and doing his best to rid the country of the blood-sucking fiends.

Seth Grahame-Smith, author of the bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, does a great job of weaving Lincoln’s life in with killing vampires, chronicling his political career and using the vampire population as an impetus for starting the Civil War.  One could almost read a biography on Lincoln, and be reading Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter alongside it, as told from Lincoln’s journal entries.  And then there are the hilarious photographs from the period!

I’ll be interviewing Seth Grahame-Smith in the near future for Episode 27 of BookBanter, which will be up March 1st, magically coinciding with the publication of the book on March 2nd.  (Funny how that works . . . almost like it’s planned or something!)

Foiled Again . . .

I’ve managed to do it again: read two books at the same time on a similar subject.  In this case, I’m currently reading Let the Right One in by John Ajvide Lindqvist and the forthcoming Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith.  Now don’t get me wrong, these are two good books that I’m enjoying to read, but they’re both on the subject of vampires.  And with something like vampires, each other has their own way of having vampires live and exist in the worlds they create, how they attack and defend themselves, and most importantly how they can be harmed or killed.  So I find myself starting to read and wondering for a moment, “Now, which vampires were these again?”  But it’s my own fault for doing this.

Oh well, I’m still enjoying both books a lot and I’ll get through it, and I’m sure they’ll be a time — perhaps even again this year — where the same thing will occur and the moons will align with the planets and I’ll be reading another two books on the same subject and be getting a little confused.

C’est la vie . . .

01/06 On the Bookshelf . . .

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Managed to snag myself an advance reader copy of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which is due out March 2nd.  Some of you may remember Seth as the co-author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (with Jane Austen), which was a lot of fun.  While I don’t plan to read any summaries or copy describing this book — I like to be completely surprised and unspoiled — the cover and title alone have me fascinated and excited.

Since I missed out on the chance to interview Seth for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies due to schedule conflicts, I’m hoping to get him for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter on a future episode of BookBanter.

And it looks to be an well-designed book with a unique look to it, so will try to get a finished copy to see how it looks.  And here’s the back cover to intrigue you even further:

Back Cover

BookBanter Schedule Change

Due to Seth Grahame-Smith (author of bestselling Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) being too busy over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be unable to do our interview for BookBanter.  I had planned to have my interview with Seth for Episode 19, which will be available November 1st.  But now will be rescheduling for some future date with Seth, so with regards to that interview, stay posted for more info once I have it.

In which case for Episode 19, assuming everything goes to plan, will be my interview with Alan Jacobson, author of the bestselling The 7th Victim, and the recently released Crush.

Also with the addition of Guy Gavriel Kay to the lineup of interviews, the rest of the year and going into January 2010, BookBanter’s schedule is looking something like this:

Episode 19 (11/01/09): ALAN JACOBSON, author of bestselling The 7th Victim and recent release Crush.

Episode 20 (11/15/09): GARTH NIX, author of many books including the bestselling Old Kingdom, Keys to the Kingdom series, and Seventh Tower series, at the World Fantasy Convention.

Episode 21 (12/01/09): KEN SCHOLES, author of Lamentation and Canticle.

Episode 22: (12/15/09): JEFF VANDERMEER, writer, editor, and author of new book on writing, Booklife.

Episode 23: (01/01/10): GUY GAVRIEL KAY, author of a number of books including Tigana and Lions of Al-Rassan.

Episode 24: (01/15/09): S. G. BROWNE, author of Breathers.

BookBanter Episode 18 Now Available

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October is also Star Wars appreciation month . . . no, that’s not true. But there is, however, a new Star Wars book — a horror novel in fact — that was released on October 13: Star Wars Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber and I had a chance to interview Joe and talk all about how he ended getting to write a Star Wars book, what this whole process was like, what it was like writing some very familiar characters, as well as a some tough questions like: “What’s your favorite Star Wars movie?” and “If you could be a Star Wars character, who would you be?” Schreiber also has another book out simultaneously, an original horror novel called No Doors, No Windows, which is also reviewed in this episode. And since it was a pretty short interview, I was able to feature some other reviews in the episode: Distant Early Warnings: Canada’s Best Science Fiction edited by Robert J. Sawyer, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and my two humorous reviews for Brandon Sanderson’s Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians and Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones.

If you would like to purchase any of these books, click on the covers below:

Death Troopers No Doors, No Windows Distant Early Warnings Hunger Games

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones

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Otherwise, I’ll see you next time, on November 1st, where I’ll hopefully be interviewing author Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and we’ll also be talking about what else he’s working on.

Until then, keep reading!

Alex C. Telander.