Professor Abraham Van Helsing & President Abraham Lincoln’s Common Enemy

When Irish author Bram Stoker in 1897 published his epistolary novel about the undead, he had little idea that his exhaustive research on European myths and legends would give birth to a dark world where some believe vampires walk among us.  Dracula would be the catalyst for countless plays, books and films about the creatures that avoid sunlight and dwell in the dark shadows of night.

Mr. Stoker could never imagine that one day a book would be written about Abraham Lincoln as a vampire hunter.  This book would be turned into a film in 2012.

I first saw an advertisement for a summer film called Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter several months ago in the LA Times.  At first I took a double take and did more research.

On March 2, 2010 the novel Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter came to public attention. Its author was Seth Grahame-Smith.

The film is based on Mr. Grahame-Smith’s novel.  Tim Burton is behind the movie project.

Based on the trailer below,

Whatever history remembers of me, if it remembers anything at all, it shall only be a fraction of the truth,” says Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) in a voice over. “For whatever else I am—a husband, a lawyer, a president—I shall always think of myself first and foremost as a hunter.”

As a student of history, I find the plausibility of the 16th President of the United States as a vampire hunter as probable as catching one of J. Richard Gott’s cosmic strings.  Having said this, I understand that Lincoln historians see this as a positive step in rousing the younger generation to take a look at one of the country’s greatest Presidents.

Dave Blanchette of the Lincoln Library and Museum said in the LA Times,

Obviously, it’s not authentic Abraham Lincoln. But this is going to attract a new segment of the population to the Abraham Lincoln story that might not otherwise be attracted to it. If this movie opens the door to further research, to people who want to learn about the real Lincoln, we are very supportive of the film.”

Since the 2010 book came out the library has seen an increase in visitors.  After the film is released, a flood of visitors is expected.

The current film release date is June 22.   It was filmed in Covington, Louisiana which will probably see an increase in visitors also.

It is possible that this will be a good action-packed movie with cult status earmarks. Vampires are popular in today’s culture.  Perhaps they offer some clue to origins of the human species.

According to ancient non-biblical sources Adam’s first wife was Lilith, not Eve.  Lilith was a female demon, some believe a vampire.  Perhaps, the children of the night had their beginnings in an ancient land very long ago.

On a serious note: if you ever have the opportunity to visit Illinois, go the Lincoln Library and Museum.  Mr. Lincoln was a fascinating man.

If I may close with the words of Bram Stoker,

We were struck with the fact, that in all the mass of material of which the record is composed, there is hardly one authentic document: Nothing but a mass of typewriting, except the later notebooks of Mina and Seward and myself, and Van Helsing’s memorandum. We could hardly ask anyone, even did we wish to, to accept these as proofs of so wild a story.

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter—indeed a wild story, Mr. Stoker!


G. D. Williams       © 2012


Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Official Greenband Trailer

The First Trailer

LA Times

The Washington Times

Covington, Louisiana



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3 thoughts on “Professor Abraham Van Helsing & President Abraham Lincoln’s Common Enemy

  1. Very interesting post…I didn’t know about Lillith. I like that this idea of Lincoln being a vampire hunter prompted you to do some research, and I think that goes along with Blanchette’s point about re-awakening some curiosity about Lincoln.

    I have just seen the movie and can say that it truly is a blast…with campy laughs throughout, plenty of excellent action, and a thoughtful take on what Lincoln went through emotionally during those turbulent years.


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