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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

(Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  132,584 ratings  ·  12,369 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
Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published February 16th 2010)
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Kimberly Um, no. Abraham Lincoln was not a vampire hunter. Pretty sure that was Theodore Roosevelt.
Pete Wilson ROBERT! Stop feeding Murel that nonsense! Murel...this story was all true.

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Jared Vincent Lacaran
Dec 15, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: PPL HU DSNT LYK VAMP RMNCE



Miranda Reads
Allow me to a little-known history book, starring Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

(Am I the only one who gets chills??)

Abraham Lincoln was a little more than a child when his mother passed due to a mysterious illness. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, her death was due to a vengeful vampire.

Abraham does what any sensible child would've done - pledged himself wholly and completely to eradicating the entire world of vampires. As expected, plenty of heads rolled and bodies dismembered -
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
Will M.
"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
Jul 31, 2011 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 seamlessly 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.

Mar 13, 2010 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
On the 4th of July it seems appropriate to go back and write a review on a book with one of our American presidents at the center of the action. Maybe it would have been a little more appropriate on President's Day, but the 4th is a good secondary option.

The genre of alternate history/retelling the classics with monsters at the center of the story has become quite popular over the past decade. While these titles interest me, I approach them with skepticism - is the gimmick going to lead to a
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
Nov 10, 2010 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.

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 ...more
Heidi The Reader
Take Abraham Lincoln and his famous rail-splitting ax, add a dash of vampires and voila: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Fans of horror may enjoy this creative re-mix of history more than I did. Though I enjoyed learning about Lincoln, the moments of gore inbetween weren't for me.

I listened to the audiobook and my favorite parts were the Americana inspired musical interludes between some of the chapters. Banjos or plaintive violins shepherded readers into the next section. It was beautiful.

Apr 25, 2012 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
Mike (the Paladin)
Jul 15, 2010 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 ...more
amy e.
Apr 20, 2010 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
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 ...more
Well, a quick scan of the reviews indicated a general distaste for this book; many people touched on things I imagined would really bug me.

So, I went into this one excited but still prepared to be bored and annoyed.

I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

The audible edition employs dramatic music in places that make for a richer, more immersive experience; Smith relies quite heavily on pathos to convey critical parts of the story, and the music contributes to this effort.

As with most
Megan Baxter
Alt-history by the creator of that trend of adding monsters to fiction, starting with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which quite frankly, I rifled through once, saw the bits that had been added, winced at how they'd been added, and put it gently back down and backed away.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...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
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
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
Tina Rath
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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
I loved the film of this which I watched many years ago and I had promised myself I would read the book some time. So Ive been quite disappointed to find the book was quite dry. Im not generally very keen on biographies and auto biographies and this was written in a biographical tone. Should have stuck to the movie! ...more
BAM Endlessly Booked
Well this is definitely a fresh perspective
Glad I've read it, but not excited about it

9/11/17 giving this another listen I think I missed something

Dear audio narrator,
Could you maybe use different voices for first and third person? Thanks

I should have left things alone. The second time around was so much worse than expected. This book is both ludicrous as well as disrespectful and unpatriotic. I was often offended as I listened. I just could not listen with a light heart when such an honored
Julie Zantopoulos
I was pretty impressed with the obvious historical research that went into this book. Unlike a lot of people who ran to the history books to confirm and deduce the viability of a story like this, I just took it for a fun look at a paranormal history. I listened to the audiobook though I do have a physical copy. I don't think I was intrigued enough to continue with the series but I did enjoy learning more about the time period and Lincoln-even if it was in a fantastical way. The vampires in this ...more
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Love, love, loved this!❤ Creative and entertaining. Enjoyed reading a different take on Abe and the war.
May 24, 2012 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
This is my third time reading this book. As you can see it didnt 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 its 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 holding
Mar 12, 2010 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
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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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