Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith is a paranormal book that starts off as a compelling read but thuds into a wall like Abe’s throwing ax.
Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is a fictional retelling of one of our nation’s greatest President’s life with a definitive paranormal twist. Grahame-Smith’s Lincoln encounters vampires at an early age when his dearly beloved mother falls victim to a blood sucking fiend. The unnatural demise of his mother leads Grahame-Smith’s Lincoln to set off down a part of revenge against vampire-kind as he determines to become Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. Enter Henry. Henry, friend, mentor, guide, oh yes, and vampire. Henry plays a pivotal role and helps to shape Abe’s life. Throughout much of the book the main character is indeed Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, secretly assisted by Henry from the wings. With discrete missives from Henry, Grahame-Smith’s Lincoln sets out on countless adventures to dispose of permanently the plague, the scourge, the vermin infesting the countryside one vampire at a time. What tiring work for only one man, no matter how towering a figure he may be. So along the way we are joined in Abraham’s journey by various companions-in-arms as he recruits fellow vampire hunters. It may or may not come as a surprise to you, but vampire hunting doesn’t exactly pay the bills. And so ensues Abe’s public career in politics to supplement the vampire hunter night job. When the apex of political ambitions is reached and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is seated in the White House, the story really begins to take a nosedive.