Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter (2010), was a mashup novel (classic work of fiction that combines with a popular modern genre). Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2009), which Seth Grahame-Smith wrote, was based on Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice (1813) n combined with modern zombie genre. the idea of "mashup" where 2 sources were combined are highly similar to music remixes. "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" will be adapted into a film n to be released in 2012, with Tim Burton being involved in its production! "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" will also be adapted n to be released in 2013.
the book was written in a biography style, based on "secret diaries" that Abe kept n later passed to the author (Seth) through a vampire named Henry. during childhood, Abe learned from his father that his grandfather n mother did not die on natural causes as claimed, they were killed by vampires. since then, Abe vowed to kill as many vampires as he can. during one of his vampire hunting mission, he was saved by a vampire named Henry. Henry nursed Abe back to health n trained him into a skilled ax-handler. for the following years, Henry would send Abe the names n addresses of vampires, whom he dutifully killed them. one day, travelling down the Mississippi River, he witnessed a slave auction, it changed his life forever. slaves were sold to high-bid buyers, which most of them were vampires. Abe later wrote in his diaries that vampires will continue to exist as long as they can easily buy their dinner, he vowed to end slavery as to destroy the vampires.
the book was fun to read with every rumor about Abe twisted into vampire related. for example Abe's beard, legends said that he grew it because Grace Bedell (as an eleven-year-old) mentioned that women loved whiskers. but in this book, the beard was grew to hide a scar from his vampire hunting mission. the story was at its darkest approaching the end, with the country threw into chaos with Civil War n Vampire War, Abe n his family were often the target of many assassinations. for some strange reason, i find myself enjoying the historical read even though i had never been a fan of historical fiction. it was engaging n easily had me absorbed into the story!
author: Seth Grahame-Smith
genre: Historical Fiction