Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter does an incredible job of combining history and fantasy/horror into one captivating read. The most unique thing about this book is that it is written as if it is an actual biography of Abraham Lincoln. Grahame-Smith went so far as to include journal entries, footnotes, and images all to give the illusion of a non-fictional work. The reader learns about the life of Abraham Lincoln who became our 16th president, the man who ended slavery and a famous vampire hunter.
This novel was a fun read as long as you can separate what you think you know about Lincoln and what you are told by Grahame-Smith. Don’t get me wrong, there are some facts found within the story, but it is most definitely an altered history tale. I also really liked how Lincoln was portrayed as a family man. It was refreshing to see how involved he was with his family, even though he is running a country and killing vampires. There are also great side characters in this story, which I wouldn’t have anticipated since it is written like a biography. Grahame-Smith developed interesting friends for Lincoln as well as an intriguing vampire mythology, all of which keeps the story fresh and engaging.