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- Abraham Lincoln
- Henry Sturges
- Mary Todd Lincoln
- Ann Mayes Rutledge
- Jack Armstrong
- Edgar Allan Poe
- Joshua Fry Speed
- Ward Hill Lamon
- Thomas Lincoln
- Nancy Hanks
- Sarah Bush Lincoln
- Abe's Siblings
- Other Relatives
- Abe's Children
- Stephen A. Douglas
- Jefferson Davis
- John Wilkes Booth
- The Conspirators
- Historical Characters
- The Roanoke Colony
- Seth Grahame-Smith
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Meet the Cast
Abraham Lincoln Is BatmanNo, we're not joking. Sure, he's also the 16th president of the United States, but Abraham Lincoln is also Batman. For real. Check out the parallels between Abraham Lincoln...
MentorIf Abraham Lincoln is Batman from Batman Begins, then Henry Sturges is Henri Ducard: the mentor with a mysterious secret and Henry/i for a first name. Or you could think of him like you might...
Mary Todd Lincoln
Like Ann, Mary seems like she's out of Abe's league. (If anything, this is a book that tells us that love conquers all, except for vampires.) Mary comes from a wealthier family and when they meet i...
Ann Mayes Rutledge
Abe and Ann fall in love over a book and lose each other because of a letter, all between 1834 and 1835. Swoon.Ann is the daughter of New Salem's cofounder. She's young, and she's beautiful. In oth...
The Muscle/The FixerWhen we first meet him, Jack Armstrong seems like a dumb frontier guy with a gang (the Clary's Grove Boys). He seems like nothing more than a big dude who just likes to fight an...
Edgar Allan Poe
The Information ManEdgar Allan Poe is a curious case. In many ways, as the narrator points out, Poe is like Abe in that they both lost their mothers and are both more than a little morbid. (We woul...
Joshua Fry Speed
The Confidence ManWe'll give Abe the first word on Speed: he calls Speed "a pestilent but well-meaning friend" (7.65). Which is a long way of saying Speed talks too much. For instance, when Abe wal...
Ward Hill Lamon
The BodymanLamon is late to the vampire-killing party, and what a shame it is. He jumps on the bandwagon long after Abe starts a law office with him in 1852 (9.14). See, Abe may work with the guy,...
Worst DadYep. We said it. As far as parenting goes, this guy really blows at it.Abe's dad, Thomas, is a weird mix of role model and anti-role model for Abe. For instance, Abe thinks his dad is lazy...
Mom #1Abe's probably most important relationship is with his mom, who helps shape him when she's alive, when she's dying, and when she's dead. Good job, Mom.When she's alive, Nancy helps encourage...
Sarah Bush Lincoln
Mom #2Abe's life isn't a fairy tale with a wicked stepmother. It's a superhero story. So his second mom turns out to be awesome, not evil. She's warm and loving. She's the Aunt May to Abe's Peter P...
Sarah Lincoln and Thomas, Jr.Meet Abe's older sister and younger brother. We only hear a little about them, in part because they both die: Thomas, Jr. dies when he's about a month old; Sarah surviv...
Great Aunt Elizabeth and Uncle Tom SparrowJack Barts kills them, but Abe never goes around saying "I'll avenge my mother's aunt and uncle!" so these old folks couldn't have been that important to o...
Abe and Mary have four sons together, and only one makes it to adulthood: Robert Todd Lincoln (born 1843) survives; Edward Baker Lincoln (1846) dies at 3 years old; William Wallace Lincoln (1850) b...
Stephen A. Douglas
Here's how crazy Illinois is in the 1800s: not only are Douglas and Abe political opponents, they're both competing for Mary Todd's hand in marriage. Awkward.Douglas is almost the exact opposite of...
Douglas may be very different than Abe (one's short, the other's tall), but when you compare Davis to Abe, they're so different that they make Douglas and Lincoln look like brothers. Compare Abe's...
John Wilkes Booth
No vampire hunter would be complete without his natural enemy, the vampire hunter hunter. There's very little to like about John Wilkes Booth, except for the fact that his name is easily remembered...
We tend to think of John Wilkes Booth as a lone gunman, but he actually had a whole team of conspirators working with him. The only reason we don't remember them as well as we remember him is that...
Evil and Good Vampires?Vampires are for killing, not kissing in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. (Though Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Kisser sounds like fun, too.) The vampires here have a lot of typic...
Several characters in this book stick to their historical script, which means that they don't kill vampires or get killed by vampires. (Mostly they die of fever, would be our guess.)But that doesn'...
The Roanoke Colony
As long as there have been English people in America, there have been vampires. (Who knows, maybe the Vikings brought them over. Though we think they're more likely to bring werebears.) Here's the...
"Seth Grahame-Smith" is a name you have to say in quotation marks. We have him in quotation marks because we're not talking about the real dude. We're talking about the character who shows up in th...