By Seth Grahame-Smith
Indiana, 1818. Moonlight falls throughout the dense woods that encompass a one-room cabin, the place a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his agony mother's bedside. She's been troubled with anything the old-timers name "Milk Sickness."
"My child boy..." she whispers sooner than dying.
Only later will the grieving Abe study that his mother's deadly illness used to be truly the paintings of a vampire.
When the reality turns into recognized to younger Lincoln, he writes in his magazine, "henceforth my lifestyles might be certainly one of rigorous research and devotion. I shall develop into a grasp of brain and physique. And this mastery shall have yet one purpose..." talented along with his mythical peak, power, and talent with an ax, Abe units out on a course of vengeance that may lead him all of the option to the White House.
While Abraham Lincoln is greatly lauded for saving a Union and releasing hundreds of thousands of slaves, his valiant struggle opposed to the forces of the undead has remained within the shadows for centuries. that's, until eventually Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon the key magazine of Abraham Lincoln, and have become the 1st dwelling individual to put eyes on it in additional than a hundred and forty years.
Using the magazine as his advisor and writing within the grand biographical sort of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth has reconstructed the real lifestyles tale of our best president for the 1st time-all whereas revealing the hidden heritage at the back of the Civil warfare and uncovering the position vampires performed within the beginning, progress, and near-death of our state.
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith