Saturday, March 31, 2012

Honest Abe, the vampire killing machine

I've been reading the amusing SETH GRAHAME-SMITH book, "ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER," and it is enjoyable.
The author of "PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES," Grahame-Smith specializes in a type of literary "mash-up."
In this case, he combines a biography of the 16th president with a fanciful tale as told through Lincoln's "secret diaries" -- that Lincoln was both a rail-splitter and a vampire killer.
"There are but two types of men who desire war: Those who haven't the slightest intention of fighting it themselves, and those who haven't the slightest idea what it is. Of my youth I can decidedly say that the latter was true. I ached for this "war" with vampires, knowing nothing of its consequences. Knowing nothing of holding a dying friend in my arms or burying a child. Any man who has seen the face of death knows better than to seek him out a second time."
I like the way Grahame-Smith seamlessly blends historical fact with his blood-sucking fiction. In an interview, Grahame-Smith even said a reader could become a Lincoln expert by reading "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter."
All you have to do, Grahame-Smith said, is subtract the vampires.


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