Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
It figures — every time somebody gets the bright idea to team disparate elements — say, Abbott and Costello and Frankenstein — to turn out a crowd-pleasing book or movie, the creators have to try to top it with an inane follow-up. Seth Grahame-Smith won over both Jane Austen fans and horror devotees with Pride and Prejudice and
Zombies, in which Austen characters including Mr. Darcy and the Bennet sisters fight off the living dead via kickboxing routines.
Here, Grahame-Smith’s notion that Abe Lincoln was a vampire killer is a catchy set-up, but after some intriguing, can’t-wait-to-turn-the-page business, the novel settles into a repetitious saga in which Abe and his pals behead or stake one vampire after another. Over time, we learn that there are good vampires and bad vampires and that conflicts between these two factions led to the Civil War. There’s little suspense or horror, though the book has dark touches of humor and some amusing illustrations that would be at home within the pages of Weekly World News. But overall, the novel is colorless.
— Robert Nott