At the age of 9, Abraham Lincoln witnesses his mother being killed by a vampire, Jack Barts. Some 10 years later, he unsuccessfully tries to eliminate Barts but in the process makes the acquaintance of Henry Sturgess who teaches him how to fight and what is required to kill a vampire. The quid pro quo is that Abe will kill only those vampires that Henry directs him to. Abe relocates to Springfield where he gets a job as a store clerk while he studies the law and kills vampires by night. He also meets and eventually marries the pretty Mary Todd. Many years later as President of the United States, he comes to realize that vampires are fighting with the Confederate forces. As a result he mounts his own campaign to defeat them.
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Although both are credited to the same author Seth Grahame-Smith, the book and movie sharing the title "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" are very different. Adam and Vadoma do not appear in the book - they were created to satisfy the fantasy-action movie tradition's demand an "archnemesis". In the book Henry was born in the 1500s and Abe recognizes him as a vampire at first sight. Vampiric twists are given to many well-known trivial anecdotes from Abe's biography, as well as additional Civil War battles such as Bull Run and Antietam. There are tangential subplots involving historical figures such as Edgar Allan Poe, William Henry Seward, General George B. McClellan, and John Wilkes Booth. (The movie's inclusion of Harriet Tubman, who was not in the book, may attempt to compensate for this loss.) Mary Todd Lincoln never learns about vampires. Vampires are able to kill other vampires, and there are many "vamp on vamp" battles whose absence is considered by book fans to be one of the film's largest shortcomings. There is also a surprising twist at the end. Read More