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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter #1)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  114,538 Ratings  ·  11,601 Reviews
Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother's bedside. She's been stricken with something the old-timers call "Milk Sickness."

"My baby boy..." she whispers before dying.

Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother's fatal affliction was actually the wor
Mass Market Paperback, 433 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Grand Central Publishing (first published February 16th 2010)
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Kimberly Madrid Um, no. Abraham Lincoln was not a vampire hunter. Pretty sure that was Theodore Roosevelt.
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Jared Vincent Lacaran
Jan 01, 2015 Jared Vincent Lacaran rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PPL HU DSNT LYK VAMP RMNCE



Liza Gilbert
I've been a Wisconsinite my whole life. I know cheese.

That said, I read 131 pages of this before I put it down. After all, cheese can be fun.

However, ALVH was more your store-brand Velvetta than your aged sharp cheddar.

I kept reading for a couple of reasons.
1) It was SO much better than Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
2) The concept was intriguing
3) Much like a plate of cheesy nachos, one often keeps going back for more when they really should stop

I stopped reading because -

1) The writing was
May 16, 2010 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I came across this book at Barnes & Noble while I was at Union Station in DC and had to call a friend who has encyclopedic knowledge of books of this genre.
I was pulled in immediately by the cover and decided that I was going to buy it on my way home.
How could you not want to read a book about someone like Lincoln, who seemingly faced tragedy upon tragedy in his personal life only to be doubly tested in his political life.
The book is built on the premise that Lincoln kept a series of secret
Will M.
Jun 11, 2015 Will M. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
"Without death," he answered, "life is meaningless. It is a story that can never be told. A song that can never be sung. For how would one finish it?"

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is an impeccable example of how history can be made interesting with strategy. Even though I'm vastly interested in history, reading huge textbooks or listening to commentaries still makes me sleepy. I've read about how Lincoln died many times now, from different sources, but I never understood why it happened. I
If it's your tendency to roll your eyes at literary mashups such as Jane Slayer and Android Karenina, then I bet they rolled back into your head when what seems to be an affront to the greatest president in American history was published: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Mine certainly did, and I'm a fan of Lincoln and vampires. However, Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, did extensive research into Lincoln and the politics and culture of Lincoln's time and he en ...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Brilliant premise, but oh-so-clunky in execution. This mish-mash of historical texts and vampire hunting action chugged along dutifully to the end, much like a dry textbook on U.S. History. With vampires.
I think my biggest gripe is that we are told again and again how great a man Lincoln is, how he could win over a crowd with his electrifying oratory, and yet we aren't shown it. I wanted to feel it, with examples, not the author's assurances. I also felt like Lincoln was kept at a distance from
Apr 27, 2012 seak rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Slowly, I'm getting my blog reviews up here. Here's one from 2 years ago almost to the day. It's always nice to be a couple years ahead of the curve. :D

Like I said before, I'm not immune to peer pressure. The opposite is in fact true. I also realize this is probably getting as annoying as hearing about how busy people are and excuses as to why there's no posting. I'll attempt to refrain (doh!).

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter tells the story found in Lincoln's secret journal describing his alterna
Dec 22, 2010 Iyah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pretty-ok
So Abraham Lincoln was the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather of Sam and Dean Winchester.


Okay so this book was chopped into 3 parts. The first chapter is The Boy. it's basically about Abraham and how he was during childhood days. Part 1 shows where Abraham started and how it - him being a vampire hunter-all started.

The 2nd part is actually the most fictitious part since it is the part where Abe is very much active in vampire hunting.

3rd chapt
amy e.
Feb 21, 2012 amy e. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually don't read biographies or vampire lit. My boyfriend's mom passed along "Abraham Lincoln" Vampire Hunter," and I politely accepted. I remember rolling my eyes the first time I spied the flashy cover in the Minneapolis airport. Some weeks prior in a pitifully sparse lit section of Borders I realized the tremendous volume of vampire-themed novels. Author Seth Grahame-Smith is not alone. Authors are courting vampires like David Letterman and production assistants. I've never opened a novel ...more
Oct 01, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Abenator!

Very entertaining, very original, and lots of fun.

As hilariously irreverent as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, yet like that mash-up Grahame-Smith has woven his adaptions seemlessly into the original and his interjected dialogue sounds correct. Especially noteworthy was the infusion of historical personages into his narrative, some vampires and some not.

Clearly well researched, this is a great read for Abe fans and vampire aficionados alike.

Mike (the Paladin)
Jul 19, 2010 Mike (the Paladin) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Here I go again...braving the waters of controversy in a skiff of electrons.... I know a lot of you like this book, some of you like it immensely. It caught my eye because (let's face it) this is less than usual subject matter. I suppose I expected the topic to be dealt with in a somewhat tongue and cheek manner. I'm not familiar Seth Grahame-Smith's other work, none of the others caught my interest. I'm not, after all a Jane Austen fan and I am relatively conservative, so his prior works just d ...more
3.0 stars. This book was a better read (or rather listen) then I was expecting when I first started the book. What I thought was going to be a "light-hearted" and almost humorous vampire story actually turned out to be a fairly compelling read that interweaves and connects the battle to end slavery with the battle to destroy vampires. I think if you go into the story without any preconceptions, you will have a pretty good time with it. I also thought that the last line of the book was worth half ...more
Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter had a prominent display place in my local library, which is how I picked it up but still haven't read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It's a ripping yarn but the way Grahame-Smith has vampires involved in slavery and the Civil War shifts real historical figures' motives in ways I dislike and can't approve of. I felt that it cheapened things. I hated the ending, seeing it as out of character for Lincoln as he's presented in this book as well a ...more
When I first saw the title a while back, I had first thought it would be some ridiculously campy, cheesy vampire book. But then the movie previews caught my attention and made me reconsider. And since I've decided to watch the movie, I of course, had to first read the book.

AL:VH was so much more than I was expecting; rich in detail, the story quickly drew me in and I was hooked. The story was interspersed with newspaper articles and speeches that I assume are actual historical fact that gave it
Jan 18, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, fantasy
I loved this book and I love the way Grahame-Smith combines historical fact with vampire fiction utterly seamlessly creating a highly 'plausible' and very believable version of Abraham Lincoln's life and death. The writing is vivid and descriptive and takes the reader into the heart of the action and into the mind of one of America's greatest President's as he tackles the forces of Slavery and the Undead all in one foul swoop. A brilliant read that is a vast relief from the recent trend of soppy ...more
Okay. Having seen the title, how can I not read this? It's too wonderfully weird and silly not to read.

And what makes it work for me even more is...having seen a very serious catalog of American antiques (they specialise in Civil War-era items) that listed as from St.-Louis 1856 a boxed (patented! Dr. Someone's!) anti-vampire kit (two pistols, bullet mould, silver bullets, ivory cross that converts to a stake, vial of holy water, small mirror) for approx. $2500...I have to read this book. It se
Tina Rath
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Abraham Lincoln is one of my personal heroes. I enjoy reading about his life and times, the Civil War and the biographies or diaries of people who lived through it.

I also enjoy dark urban fantasy; urban romance just pisses me off.

I should like this, right? Right?

Actually, I am pretty ambivalent about it. I enjoyed the story. It could have been any main character and the story of how vampires influenced the Civil War could have been an interesting premise. The life of the vampire hunter during t
May 25, 2012 Chloe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, blood-suckers
A few years ago, when all the books of this ilk first began to be released, I swore I would not give in to the fad. At first this was rather easy, because I am not the sort of person who is generally inclined to read Pride and Prejudice either with or without zombies. I have far too much sense to give in to Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters, or so I liked to think. At the very least, there were already far too many books to read on my list for me to add on some cheap Victorian retreads. ...more
Mar 18, 2010 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is one of those books that's going to be sold by the cover and title alone.

The cover, featuring the visage of Honest Abe with a blood stains on his famous suit and a bloody axe in one hand is enough to make you take pause, open the cover and wonder what kind of absurdest joys lie within the books pages.

Seth Grahame-Smith, who found ways to skewer the works of Jane Austen by inserting zombies, has an interesting new way to skewer the biography--by inserting vamp
Veronica Belmont
Apr 17, 2010 Veronica Belmont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, vampires
Seth Grahame-Smith does an excellent job combining history with fantastical fiction, and it all comes together with gruesome detail in this book. I half expected this to be a comedy (not having read anything else by him), but I was definitely surprised by some of the turns this story took. Not for the squeamish!

May 03, 2011 Ardail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its more believable than a ninety year old vampire hanging out in high school. I cant wait for the movie, yes there is a movie in the works.
This is my third time reading this book. As you can see it didn’t take me long to read it this time (it is a very quick read). I really enjoy it, I love to re-read it, and it’s one of my favorite books.

I still remember that day way back in 2010, when I walked into Barnes & Noble and the shelves were lined with a new book called Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. My first reaction was, “WTF??!!!” The cover that was staring me in the face, with that absurd title, a picture of Abraham Lincoln hold
I am not an expert on Abraham Lincoln's life. I know he was the 16th President. That his election as President along with a few other events lead to the South seceding from the Union and the start of the Civil War. He emancipated the slaves, wrote the Gettysburg address and was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in the Ford Theater. I may know a fact or two more if I thinking about it. You may also think you know a lot about life but after reading this controversial biography you may be thinking ...more
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Carol Storm
Aug 08, 2012 Carol Storm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tremendously exciting and compelling. Yet also frustrating and disappointing.

I had really mixed feelings about this book. The use of vampires as a plot feature is both an incredible blessing and a fatal flaw.

On the one hand, because "vampires" are the force behind slavery in the south, the author can afford to be brutally honest and shockingly direct about how bad slavery really was. It's worth noting that, even half a century after the Civil Rights movement, most so-called "literary" fiction a
Overall, this held my attention and kept me entertained. The premise is clever, and it’s fun to imagine a president I’ve always thought of as fairly mild-mannered as such a warrior.
It was interesting the way the author wove actual Lincoln material into the narrative and how he augmented the evils of slavery by making it a vampire-backed enterprise. I also liked how there were two factions of vampires, instead of making them all one thing or the other. I really liked Henry; I wish there had been
May 27, 2010 AH rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, how can you pass up a book with such an intriguing front and back cover?

I found this book at the library in the new books section. I had read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and knew that I was in for some fun reading. I had heard about ALVH and I was curious as to how an author could combine actual historical facts and fiction together. Well, it works with this book.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter reads like a historical document. It combines a biography of Abraham Lincoln's life,
Sarah Brocious
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I loved this book! It was rather clever and amazingly entertaining. I always thought Abraham was a pretty cool guy, but this was totally fun story to run with. Good book to escape into. ;)
I have to admit, I wanted the book because of the cover art and because of the ludicrous premise. Abraham Lincoln being a secret vampire hunter, and that being a big influence in his stopping American slavery.

I personally find this story extremely interesting, even though it has the ability to cross over to cheesy at any moment, it actually doesn't. The vibe is very serious, violent, and tragic. Even when they introduce unlikely but just as famous names/characters, you get to see the story throu
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Seth Grahame-Smith (born Seth Jared Greenberg) is an American author, screenwriter and film producer. He is best known for his novels Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter which both hit the New York Times' best seller list. Seth Grahame-Smith lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife, Erin, and his son, Joshua.
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