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The Great Emancipator, Bitches

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Freeing slaves and staking bloodsuckers.

Easily one of the cooler ideas for an alternate history mash-up, Lincoln’s brooding personality and the turmoil of the day lend a lot of credence to the notion that there were vampires running amok in the 1860s and Honest Abe was fighting a clandestine war against them. The novel was written by Seth Grahame-Smith, who had previously written the hilarious Pride & Prejudice & Zombies mash-up, so everything looked stellar.

But the book made a big mistake in that it took itself way too seriously. I figured it’d be hard to make Lincoln running around staking vampires boring and dry, but the novel actually comes perilously close. That, and most of his hunting takes place before his presidency, which certainly drains the fun of imagining The Great Emancipator dusting some bloodsuckers between cabinet meetings.

That being said, I still have hopes for the movie. Tim Burton is helming the project, which is an insanely perfect fit. And given Hollywood’s proclivities, I feel certain that the slower parts of the book will be dumped in favor of more bloodshed. So hopefully this gleefully silly idea will be a whole lot more entertaining on the silver screen.

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