Lately I’ve written a bit about two topics: Abraham Lincoln and vampires. So a number of readers have asked, quite understandably, if I’m aware of the new mashup novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. A couple have sent links to this promotional video. The answer is I’ve heard of the book but haven’t read it.
Author Seth Grahame-Smith isn’t the first person to connect Honest Abe to undead bloodsuckers. Lincoln’s critics were doing it during the Civil War. Below is a political cartoon from 1864, a full generation before Bram Stoker wrote Dracula. The caption is not visible in this image, but it reads: “Columbia, thou art mine; with thy blood I will renew my lease of life—ah! ah!” (The source is this article, from the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association.)