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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1455510181
ISBN-13: 9781455510184
Sku: 224258137
Publish Date: 3/27/2012
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7H x 4.25L x 1.25T
Pages:  448
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Grahame-Smith's revision of a Jane Austen classic blew readers' minds and became an instant national bestseller. Now, the author of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" tackles one of America's greatest presidents.
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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.
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Using the actual historical facts (or a "possibly" fictional secret journal, depending on how far you want to take the conceit) as the primary source for his latest mash-up, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES author Seth Grahame-Smith brings ravenous readers ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER. Everyone knows that Lincoln was a towering political figure, but it is less well known how important his height--and his axe skills--were to his vampire slaying? Driven in part by a need to avenge his mother's death, Abe decapitates and stakes all the way to the White House, where he continues his fight against the living, the undead, and other powers of evil as the Commander in Chief during the Civil War.
Author Bio
Seth Grahame-Smith
Seth Grahame-Smith is sometimes called the "king of the mash-up," for his ability to merge two ostensibly incompatible literary styles into a seamless--and humorous--whole. That talent first became apparent to readers with his 2005 bestseller, PRIDE AND PREDJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, which found Elizabeth Bennett battling the undead alongside Mr. Darcy. "I expected to be burnt at the stake; even to me it seemed slightly sacrilegious to rework one of the English language's greatest authors, but Austen lovers seem to have embraced it," Grahame-Smith told one interviewer. "I've had a lot of them tell me it's a great way to bring people into the Austen tent." Grahame-Smith is the pen name of Seth Jared Greenberg, who was born in New York State and raised in Connecticut. His mother was an editor, and his father was a bookstore owner who collected horror and science-fiction paperbacks; some 5,000 volumes filled the family basement. Upon earning a degree in film from Emerson College in 1998, Grahame-Smith worked briefly in television development before embarking on a writing career. He has said, "I'm not out to write the great American novel. I'm out to entertain the hell out of a reader to pull them through book mercilessly with these big bombastic characters and sequences." In addition to his books, Grahame-Smith has penned an MTV comedy series called THE HARD TIMES OF RJ BERGER and has contributed to screenplays for both PRIDE AND PREDJUDICE AND ZOMBIES and ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER.

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"He's a lively, fluent writer with a sharp sense of tone and pace. And as in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES, the mashup is not as arbitrary as it first seems. Vampirism is a metaphor for slavery: like slave owners, vampires live off the blood of others." - Lev Grossman 03/08/2010
Product Attributes
Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0448
Product attributePublisher:   Grand Central Publishing
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