There’s kind of this whole mash-up trend going on in literature these days where an author with nothing much better to do will take a piece of classic literature and mash it up with zombie or vampire lore.
There are many others but for now let’s just focus on the work of Seth Grahame-Smith.
Smith is also the literary genius behind Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, and I use the phrase literary genius very loosely. I give him credit for taking old stuff and twisting it into something new and being successful with it. Am I jealous? Maybe. Far be it from me to drool over somebody else getting movie rights. (At least Phoenix Worthy is an original character.) But I digress….
Indiana, 1818 — Moonlight falls through the dense woods that surround a one-room cabin, where a nine-year-old Abraham Lincoln kneels at his suffering mother’s bedside. She’s been stricken with something the old-timers call “Milk Sickness.”
“My baby boy…” she whispers before dying. Only later will the grieving Abe learn that his mother’s fatal affliction was actually the work of a vampire.
When the truth becomes known to young Lincoln, he writes in his journal, “henceforth my life shall be one of rigorous study and devotion. I shall become a master of mind and body. And this mastery shall have but one purpose…” Gifted with his legendary height, strength, and skill with an ax, Abe sets out on a path of vengeance that will lead him all the way to the White House.
While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.
Using the journal as his guide and writing in the grand biographical style of Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough, Seth Grahame-Smith has reconstructed the true life story of our greatest president for the first time-all while revealing the hidden history behind the Civil War and uncovering the role vampires played in the birth, growth, and near-death of our nation.
With the whole Vampire thing contrasted against the Civil War/Gettysburg period there was only one producer who could do this justice. But since J.J. Abrams was not available they got Tim Burton. Nice call.
Here are some other classic literature mashups:
These are mad times we live in… mad times!
— Professor Horace Slughorn