Seth Grahame-Smith, the same author as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, wrote Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a book definitely fitting his niche. However, in this book he uses Lincoln’s diary entries to work in his vampire world. Through “found” diaries of the late President we are able to follow Lincoln’s journey and his close tie to the vampire society. In his childhood he realizes a vampire kills his mother and sets his mind (and body) on hunting vampires.
The book has a few unexpected turns, and pleasant surprises (at least surprising me). I think this is Graham-Smith at the best I’ve ever read from him. Vampire Hunter works better than his Pride and Prejudice because he is not as entirely constrained by another authors text. Instead, he is able to use history and the journals to highlight his story, making it seem like the truth. The story has just enough violence balanced with an obviously heavily associated protagonist, but the other characters, like the vampire Henry, are just as well developed. There is a compelling sadness to the story, that really gives the novel a meaningfulness not often felt, especially for a mash-up fantasy, horror genre. I highly recommend.
P.S. I have yet to see the movie, so I can not compare the two. I am anxious to see how it compares, though. Soon. Soon.