Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
This book is phenomenal! Seriously, if you want a great page turner, while learning about one of the greatest orators in history, then please, please, please purchase, borrow, or if you must, buy a coffee and sit in B&N to read this novel.
Seth Grahame-Smith sifts through the history of Abe while beautifully and violently adding a gruesome twist. There are no long winded battle tales from the civil war, but instead a look at his youth, his family struggles, the tremendous losses he dealt with and of course his political strife. I now believe that Abe Lincoln saved the country from vampire rule with an ax and a gift with words (well not really).
Smith’s melding of historical fact and vampire myth is brilliantly subtle. The tragedies of Abe’s life are tweaked and his passion to end slavery harbors a new motive. He makes you a believer. However, it is extremely gruesome and if you are easily scared or have a true distaste for gore, then I would say read it with the lights on, or stay away. This is not for the faint of hearts.
Read it soon, because the movie is being edited as we speak…I can’t wait!
UPDATE: The movie also named Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, disappointingly sucked! Filled with ridiculous effects the movie was a spectacle…and not in a good way. Skip it.