Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Will Slay You
Los Angeles author Seth Grahame-Smith’s follow-up to his New York Times best seller, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, bears an equally strange and amusing title. One would expect B movie style exploitation or a "Tales from the Crypt" horrorfest.
Instead, written in the style of renowned biographer David McCullough, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter works remarkably well as a parody of historical biographies. Any student who has had to slog through thick and dusty tomes will appreciate the comic subtlety of the fabricated photographs and footnotes.
You can even learn a few fun facts about the life of our 16th President while enjoying the book, as long as you remember to sort out the apocryphal stories (Lincoln grew a beard to hide a vampire-slaying injury, and wore the long coat to hide his vampire-slaying axe).
Real events in Lincoln's life are interwoven with the mythical, attributing his mother's death (and many more to come) to vampires. But it is his mother's death that is the impetus for his axe-wielding vengeance.
The author ingeniously leads you into the world of vampires through a present-day character who is made privy to Lincoln’s secret diaries, in the style of Danielewsky's House of Leaves.