Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The President as Slayer

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER by Seth Grahame-Smith hit bookstores yesterday.  It's been getting great reviews, and rumors are Tim Burton is teaming with Timur Bekmambetov to produce the movie version.  Here's the blurb:
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..

And in case you can't get enough Abe as Slayer, here's an iPhone app for you too:


Kristen Painter said...

Tim Burton is apparently in talks to turn this into a movie already.

Derek Tatum said...

I read that Burton had optioned it to produce, but hadn't heard that he was thinking about directing. Now the man is just toying with us.


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Kris said...

hah! i'm reading this one right now and I love it so far...I can't wait to finish it!

Taliesin_ttlg said...

re the app... 'tis free, we like free... installing it now!

Michele Hauf said...

Kris, you'll have to let us know what you think of the book. I just don't see the appeal of any of the classics mashed up with horror that they've been doing lately, but someone must like them, because they keep putting them out!