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Abraham Lincoln by Seth Grahame-Smith
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Apr 07, 10

bookshelves: ya-mash-up

If you thought combining zombies starving for brains and English Regency society was strange, what about pairing our illustrious 16th President with the undead? Seth Grahame-Smith, the mastermind behind last year’s wildly popular Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is at it again.

Sure, Lincoln brought together a broken nation. Yes, he freed the slaves, but it seems his battles with blood thirsty vampires have been forgotten by history– or so Grahame-Smith would like you to think.

The book, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, is based upon the idea that there is a previously undiscovered diary by Lincoln. The diary details Lincoln’s struggle against the undead. In truth, Lincoln never kept a diary, but this is a rather entertaining imagining.

Grahame-Smith even works in the true fact that Lincoln was a great fan of Edgar Allen Poe by incorporating the Gothic writer into the mix as well. Also, the illustrations guarantee that you’ll never look at Lincoln in quite the same way again.

The author recently gave an interview to NPR explaining about the book and a bit about the craze for mash-ups that he started.

If you’re looking for a different take on vampires, or just a good laugh, I highly recommend this one.

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