It didn’t take many pages into this book for me to start wondering just where facts turned into fiction. My temptation was to put the book on my lap and start searching history on the Internet.
I resisted. I tread the book, THEN I did some research.
As I started reading, I used the theater axiom, “Suspension of disbelief,” and enjoyed the heck out of this book!
Author Seth Grahame-Smith is a master at researching actual events and then turning his weird nightmares into the mix. This is my first mash-up of any book or music, etc. I enjoyed the heck out of it.
I’ve read a bit about Lincoln, so the weaving of actual events and words fascinated me. Smith takes actual dialogue and then inserts a sentence of two from his own imagination. Good stuff!
I am SO sorry I missed the 3D movie, but I hear it isn’t as good as the book. I don’t care, I’m still going to rent the DVD. The book is gory, and I wonder how the movie handles all the blood.
Okay, I am NOT going to spoil the book for you if you haven’t read it. I’ll just leak one plot twist – the vampires cultivate slaves for an unending food supply. Abe wants to kill vampires for several reasons, including his desire to free the slaves from vampires.
Read the follow from abrahamlincolnblog.blogspot.com at your own risk, or if you have read the book..
SPOILER ALERT: Abraham Lincoln was not a vampire hunter.
*The Secret Journal Of Abraham Lincoln – complete fiction. It would be a major historical find if such a journal were ever to be discovered.
•Lincoln befriending Edgar Allen Poe – also fiction. The real Lincoln loved Poe’s works of poetry and fiction, but the two gentlemen never met in real life. That photo in the book which shows them posing together? Nicely faked.
•Lincoln venturing to Mississippi to confront Jefferson Davis – fiction. The two probably did meet somewhere along the way, but Lincoln never travelled to Mississippi to confront him.
•The photos – mostly doctored, blatantly or not. Most of the photos in the book have been “enhanced” to go along with the story. For example, Jefferson Davis and John Wilkes Booth never posed together for a photo. The photo with Lincoln sitting in General McClellan’s tent at Antietam is real enough, with the exception of the axe shown next to Lincoln. The photo showing the close-up with the skull on the battlefield? Mostly real, with the exception of the fangs.
•Lincoln in New Orleans – fact. Lincoln did travel twice to New Orleans, once in 1828, and once in 1830. He was hired to deliver crops and other cargo from Illinois down the Mississippi River.
•Lincoln’s mother Nancy dying when Abe was 9 – fact. She indeed died when Abe was only 9, but from drinking milk poisoned by a cow eating white snake root, a poisonous plant.
•Lincoln’s son Willie dying in 1862 – fact. He died of typhoid fever.
•Vampires – sorry, folks. Henry Sturges is fictional. So are all the other vampires which pop up in the story. I didn’t really have to tell you this, did I?