Monday, February 15, 2010

Abe Lincoln, Vampire Slayer?

I actually can’t remember from where I first heard of this book (which is disappointing, as it was today, and within the last couple of hours…), but I thought it looked interesting enough that I should make people aware of it:

AbrahamLincoln,VampireHunter Seth Grahame-Smith also authored the phenomenally successful Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, which continues to sell extremely well here in the UK (though I’ve never read it, for some reason). Here’s the blurb for his latest alternative take:

The facts included are: for over 250 years, between 1607 and 1865, vampires thrived in the shadows of America. Few humans believed in them; Abraham Lincoln was the most gifted vampire hunter of his day, and kept a secret journal about his war against them; and rumours of the journal's existence have long been a favourite topic among historians and Lincoln biographers. Most dismiss it as myth.

Through the extraordinary discovery of Abraham Lincoln's previously unknown and long lost journals, Seth Grahame-Smith brings to life the Great Emancipator's untold history – his lifelong pursuit of the immortal undead. With unparalleled daring, Seth re-writes Abraham Lincoln's biography to include this significant and gory piece of US history.

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" features all the detail, colour, and readability of Team of Rivals - Barack Obama's favourite book and the number one bestselling Lincoln biography - with only some of the historical accuracy (and thrilling new scenes of vampire combat). From Lincoln's frontier childhood to his assassination, this richly re-imagined history gives new meaning to the moments of an already incredible life.

Those of you familiar with the non-fiction Civilian Reader will know that I have a particular interest in the US Presidency and the men who occupied the office. Couple this with my interest in vampires, and this could be a very interesting book indeed. I shall endeavour to get a review done for it.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is published in April 2010, by Constable Books, and can be pre-ordered here (UK).

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