Review: The Last American Vampire

When we think of vampires, we often bring to mind macabre horror stories or Bram Stoker’s grisly Dracula. Yet, Seth Grahame-Smith departs from the path of horror to paint a truly mesmerizing epic of a vampire’s historic journey through the history of America. Debuting from where its prequel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter ended, this novel expands on the character of the enigmatic and suave Henry Sturges. The various flashbacks throughout the book, accompanied by an excellent and unique descriptive style, conquer the difficult task of developing the vampiric Henry as a noble hero while preventing a bland, one-dimensional character. Smith’s coterie of characters does not simply remain with Sturges; a full cast of colorful historical characters complements the vampire, ranging from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Nikola Tesla. Overall, this book is a very enjoyable read and I recommend it to anyone with a penchant for history or for historical fiction.

-Evan McDonagh

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