Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
by Seth Grahame-Smith
(Grand Central Publishing)

If Seth Grahame-Smith were allowed to pen textbooks, you can only imagine how many more students would actually pay attention in History class. Granted they’d also end up believing that vampires were in charge of keeping slavery alive in the South, but at least they’d be paying attention.

Grahame-Smith, author of the surprise best seller “Pride, Prejudice and Zombies,” does a brilliant job of weaving actual history with a fantastical story about vampires that emigrated from Europe when the Colonies were founded as a way to find their utopia and take over the New World and those who hunt them.

You’d be forgiven for assuming this book was simply schlock, with a stone faced Lincoln holding a bloody axe on the cover of the book and a severed head in his grip on the back jacket. But far from schlock, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” takes a clever concept and witty, well-researched writing to tell one of the most riveting stories to ever make it into historical fiction.