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[[caption-width-right:261: [[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln Abe Lincoln.]] [[TheyFightCrime He hunts vampires.]]]]

->''"I hereby resolve to kill every vampire in America."''

A book by Seth Grahame-Smith, author of ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudiceAndZombies''.

Young UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln sees his mother die when he is just a boy. He soon discovers that a vampire is responsible. Swearing [[YouKilledMyFather vengeance]], Lincoln goes on to moonlight as a [[TheHunter vampire hunter]] with the help of [[FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire ethical vampire]] [[TheObiWan Henry Sturges]]. Along the way, [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy a large number of historical figures from Lincoln's era]] are shown to be either [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]], [[TheQuisling vampire sympathizers]], or [[TheHunter vampire hunters]].

Also, [[spoiler: the Civil War was a proxy war between vampires who wanted to rule humanity, and vampires who wanted to be left alone. [[{{Anvilicious}} Guess which side was which.]]]]

Other than the added vampires, the book stays true to the events of Lincoln's life. [[spoiler: His resurrection as a vampire after his assassination, however, is another matter.]]

A [[Film/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter movie adaptation]] was released on June 22, 2012, directed by [[{{Wanted}} Timur Bekmambetov]], produced by Creator/TimBurton, and starring [[Theatre/BloodyBloodyAndrewJackson Benjamin Walker]] in the title role. Seth Graham-Smith adapted the screenplay himself.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* ActuallyNotAVampire: A funny shortened version where Abe and Edgar Poe meet on the street and mistake each other for vampires (because of the way they were dressed and for recognizing another man who actually was a vampire). Of course, they straighten things out and become friends.
* AllJustADream: A RunningGag. Basically, if the chapter opens with main characters being randomly killed by vampires, expect to shortly read "Abe awoke with a start."
** TruthInTelevision: Lincoln was known for melancholy and dreaming of dire portents. He wrote in a note to his wife,
-->"Think you better put 'Tad's' pistol away. I had an ugly dream about him."
* ArcWords: "Judge us not equally."
** [[spoiler: "Some men are just too interesting to die."]]
** "These are the last seconds of my life."
** "All of us deserve Hell, but some of us deserve it sooner."
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Well, ''yeah''.
* AnAxeToGrind: Abe's weapon of choice is a woodcutter's axe.
* AlternateHistory: Averted. The book claims to be the true history of Lincoln, and historically things go much the same way as they did in real life.
* AxCrazy: Averted. Lincoln's RoaringRampageOfRevenge is cool, calm and methodical, and also kept secret from anyone but his closest friends.
** He does have one moment of ax craziness near the end, [[spoiler:where he snaps upon being offered the chance to resurrect Willie, and tries to behead Henry.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Abraham Lincoln is [[HesJustHiding a vampire.]]]]
* BadassBeard: He is Lincoln, after all.
* BadDreams: Abe suffers from these frequently, at least once proving to be prophetic.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: The book lives on this trope. Lincoln was a vampire hunter, [[spoiler: EdgarAllanPoe]] was a vampire fanboy, the [[spoiler: Roanoke colony]] was killed off by its vampiric doctor, and [[spoiler: John Wilkes Booth]] was, you guessed it, a vampire.
* BerserkButton: Do ''not'' speak callously about any of Abe's lost loved ones. [[CaptainObvious Being a vampire is also a bad idea.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Henry rescues Lincoln from [[spoiler: Jefferson Davis's ambush.]]
* BlackEyesOfEvil: The vampires' pupils are dilated to the point that it looks like they have these.
* BloodierAndGorier than its contemporary vampire stories. But a lot of the carnage is unrelated to the vampires themselves with regular old-fashioned human-on-human war and murder being large parts of the book.
* DaywalkingVampire: Sunlight burns the skin of young vampires, but after a few years they become immune. Their eyes, however, never become immune no matter how long they live, so they have to wear sunglasses in daytime.
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Abe, three separate times. [[ForegoneConclusion He doesn't go through with it.]]]]
** Also most vampires. Henry explains that it only takes about 300 years to literally do everything there is to do, and most vampires [[WhoWantsToLiveForever grow sick of living]] before they finish their 3rd century.
* EliteMooks: The Confederacy deploys [[spoiler:vampire infantry]].
* EyeScream: The above [[spoiler: vampire infantry]] are described having mutilated several men, including poking out a drummer boy's eyes.
* FemalesAreMoreInnocent: Averted. Abe seems to think this at first, incredulous that one woman is a vampire (expecting it to be her husband), but quickly learns better.
** [[FridgeLogic Which is strange]], considering the first vampire he comes across while hunting is a woman who kidnapped and murdered children.
* FootnoteFever: Grahame-Smith uses footnotes to explain places and terms that readers might not know, references for quotes (usually [[AsTheGoodBookSays the Bible]] or Creator/WilliamShakespeare), or how recorded history got some actual event wrong.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The aforementioned dream sequences have a lot of this.
* ForegoneConclusion: Anyone who had to study American history in grade school knows how the war turned out and what happened to Lincoln, and all it takes is a quick internet search to find out the fates of most of Abe's family and friends.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Henry Sturges. He ''is'' obliged to feed on people, but makes a point to only kill bad ones, or those so old or ill they're about to die anyway. As he puts it, 'All of us deserve hell, but some of us deserve it sooner.'
* HeelRealization: Stephen Douglas [[spoiler: when Lincoln tells him the vampires he was preaching for intended to enslave all of America, just like the blacks were enslaved to whites.]]
* HistoricalBadassUpgrade: With a title like that, what did you expect?
* HistoricalFantasy
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: [[spoiler: Henry]], though mostly by assisting mortal hunters rather than doing much hunting himself.
* HurtingHero: Abe.
* LesbianVampire: Edgar Allen Poe tells Abe a story of two lesbian vampires in East Europe (one of whom was the infamous Lady Bathory) who were into some 'kinky stuff' i.e. [[DudenotFunny torture, rape, and murder]].
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: The FramingDevice involves Grahame-Smith receiving Lincoln's long-lost journals.
* TheLostLenore: Anne.
* MeaningfulName: Lincoln refers to the primitive incendiary devices he created to blind vampires before attacking them as 'martyrs'.
* MotorMouth: Joshua Speed.
* NiceHat: The iconic stovepipe hat.
* NoodleIncident: [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, of all things. It is referred to briefly as "the Second Vampire Uprising".]]
* TheObiWan: Henry. Albeit the version who [[spoiler: doesn't die.]]
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Most of them are at least tolerant of sunlight (the weakness fades with age), garlic has no effect, and their eyes turn completely black when they're about to feed. They can also do things like ''jump from one bank of the Mississippi to the other in one leap''. [[spoiler: Their existence is also known to many of those in power, and a faction of them is allied with the Confederate States of America.]]
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: Especially in one scene where a couple of amateur hunters destroy the pipe system a wealthy vampire was using to siphon blood from [[PeopleFarms living people]].
* PeopleFarms: [[spoiler: The ultimate plan of a huge alliance of American vampires]].
* TheQuisling: [[spoiler: Jefferson Davis]] is more than happy with handing humanity to the vamps.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Abe does this several times, usually after the death of a loved one.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Abe's ax always finds the target with the sharp end.
** [[spoiler: Unless that target is Henry.]]
* UnusualEuphemism: Henry calls vampires to be killed 'those who deserve [[{{Hell}} it]] sooner' in his [[MissionBriefing letters.]]
* VampiresAreRich: They tend to be, yes.
* VampireHunter: Abe obviously and a couple of his friends whom he recruits to help him. Several others are mentioned in passing or play small roles.
* VampiricDraining: The old-fashioned kind, bloodsucking.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: While the concept is obviously ludicrous, Grahame-Smith supplements it with actual historical context and events as well as direct quotes from Lincoln himself. The brawl that led to Jack Armstrong befriending Lincoln? An amalgamation of testimonies based around the actual event. "The Suicide's Soliloquy?" Written by Lincoln. [[spoiler: Lincoln's dream of his own funeral? ''A direct quote from the man himself.'']]
* WarIsHell: Shown clearly and graphically as well as outright stated.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Early in his mentoring, Henry gives Abe a lecture on the disadvantages of being immortal, to explain why so many of his kind commit suicide in their third centuries. "Without death, life (becomes) meaningless. It is a story that can never be told. A song that can never be sung. For how would one finish it?"
* YouKilledMyFather: Lincoln's mother is killed by a vampire. So is [[spoiler: one of his sons.]]
** So was [[spoiler: his grandfather]], although his death was blamed on [[spoiler: Indians]].
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