Abraham Lincoln has remained a powerful and haunting icon of American history for nearly two centuries. Perhaps even more than his legacy of helping to end slavery and the Civil War, his violent death has cemented his place in the collective American consciousness as a hero, a veritable giant of leadership, grace, and integrity. Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, has written a new book–Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The book centers around the discovery of Lincoln’s fictional diary, detailing his career not only as the leader of a warring nation, but also as a vampire avenger. It is Lincoln’s legend that fuels American imagination.
In The Lincoln Assassination: Crime and Punishment, Myth and Memory, leading Lincoln scholars seek to examine how the president’s brutal death created a nation of mourners and spurred myths and legends that have become a part of the country’s identity.