Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter A Review

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith

Title: Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

Author: Seth Grahame-Smith

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Published Date: January 1, 2012



Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.” “My baby boy…” she whispers before dying. Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire. When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House. While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years. Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.



I really wanted to like Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. It is such an interesting and unique concept to take historical events, treat them seriously, and write an alternative history. I found the book to be dull and plodding. It is obvious that my interest is waning when I keep checking how many more pages are left to reach the end. It is actually difficult to imagine how a book about vampires can be so boring but I had to force myself to finish this one.

It was not all a negative experience and I did enjoy that the ending has a twist. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter is well-written, if rather dry. The parts of the story that detailed the Civil War and the assassination were by far the most interesting. John Wilkes Booth and his mini-bio to his end were also done well.

I have yet to watch the movie adaptation but hope it is a bit more exciting than the book.

What was the last book you read that did not live up to your expectations?

All images and the summary from goodreads.



  1. Ok, I just finished this one, but on audio book. I’ll admit that for the first 2/3 of the book I was interested. The fight scenes were really great read out loud. And I think I’m new to the specifics of Lincoln’s history so the real stuff was as interesting. But I think because Grahame-Smith stuck so closely to Lincoln’s history and the vampires began to wane…It got a little stodgy to me.

    I guess I was surprised that he stuck so closely to history, which was great in the beginning and a bit dull by the end.
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    • Glad it wasn’t just me!

      I never listen to audio books but it is interesting to wonder if I would have found it more exciting listening rather than reading? I plan on watching the movie soon, so I guess that can be a gauge if the style of the book (the dryness) is what bothered me or maybe this genre is just not for me.

  2. I felt the same way about the book – slow & boring. I also recently saw the movie – and it was totally different – much more action packed. ({Book or Movie} Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter)
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