1/29: Facts and Fiction of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

After reading the second part of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Seth Grahame-Smith mixes fact with fiction and edited the original images in order to complement the story which I believe he did a good job at. At first, I thought how would it be possible to incorporate vampires to the story of Abraham Lincoln but Seth Grahame-Smith definitely showed that it is possible. When I first thought how the story might come out mixing facts and fiction, I thought it would sound very silly. Instead, Seth Grahame-Smith did a good job making the story sound realistic and an intriguing book to read without having a childish comical effect. He skillfully blended historical fact with a fun fictional account of Lincoln as a hunter of vampires. There were several moments where I believed the mix of fact and fiction was pretty interesting to me in the book.abraham_lincoln__vampire_hunter_by_derekblairart-d53p723

One of the mixes of fact and fiction that I found interesting is Lincoln befriending Edgar Allen Poe. The real Lincoln was a fan of Poe’s works of poetry and fiction, but the two gentlemen never met in real life. Below is the picture of Poe and Lincoln.

Another one is the photo of the auction Negro slaves. This did sadly happened in real life outside of Atlanta, Georgia. According to the book, the sponsors of the slave actions are vampires. If you look closely to the picture, you can tell by the way the people (vampires) wear dark glasses to protect their eyes from the sun.  Seth Grahame-Smith definitely did an excellent job making the pictures realistic. If I have never done my research, I definitely would have believed this photo is real and authentic!

I found this picture online which I found it to be quite funny. This picture is the fusion of Abraham Lincoln being a vampire slayer as he chases Edward, a vampire from Twilight. I believed it was funny itself with having to edit anything myself. This is basically what I thought how the book would be before I started reading it. Boy was I wrong!


1/26: “So long as this country is cursed with slavery so too will it be cursed with vampires”- Abraham Lincoln, ALVH

Before I started reading this book, I didn’t know what to expect other than guessing that Abraham Lincoln hunts vampires just by reading the title. As soon as I started reading the book, I was immediately interested in what was going on and was looking forward to seeing what will be happening  regarding vampires which I believed was pretty odd yet cool to incorporate it with a story of Abraham Lincoln.

During the first part of the book, Seth Grahame-Smith explains various things that were going on with Abraham Lincoln as he was growing up that he have gotten from his journal. From facing to hunt a turkey and promising himself to never doing it again after feeling guilty about it (which I found it ironic since he eventually does become a hunter of different specie…), to death of his mother and learning what main reason was from is distant father, Abraham Lincoln ends up becoming a strong and passionate vampire hunter. Towards the end of part one, after witnessing what was happening to the slaves in New Orleans, Abraham Lincoln states in his journal, “So long as this country is cursed with slavery so too will it be cursed with vampires” (114). In this quote, Seth Grahame-Smith makes an interesting connection between the slavery and vampirism. Both the slave owners and vampires purchase the slave for the same reason which is need.  Slave owners make a profit off from the life and usage of their slaves which is much similar to vampires using slaves by feeding on the blood to sustain their “life”. This is the reason why the novel chooses to make a connection so closely between slavery and vampirism because they both serve the same purpose. Along with that, we all know that slavery is wrong and unethical and drinking blood of human beings is wrong and immoral. Therefore, it demonstrates the crime and immortality that both share. The analogy perfectly worked well when we see that the slave owner buys a bundle of slaves without a careful selection or reason whereas it seems forced when Abraham Lincoln states the quote, providing an example of foreshadowing of how the way slavery ended is the same way how vampirism will end.

When I think of vampires, the first thing that pops up to my head is “Twilight” which is probably the most obvious one that anyone can think of. Other than that, vampires have been used often in a political form. People often describe the government and politicians as vampires since they are who sucks the blood out of capitalism as you can see in the picture below of Obama (President) sucking the life of the Statue of Liberty (Capitalism).


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1/22: Introduction

Hello everybody!

My name is Hiba Shahid. I am a junior and an accounting student from Peter J. Tobin College of Business. I am a commuter at St. John’s University and currently residing at Long Island. The reason I came to St. John’s University is because of the vast diversity there is and the amazing programs they have to offer for the students. My interest are reading, drawing, henna tattoo drawing, spending time with family and friends, traveling, photography, meeting new people, and having intellectual discussions.

My current situation as an accounting major is deciding whether I want to work in the auditing field or become a tax accountant. I recently took an interesting and insightful tax class last semester and it helped me clarify my decision and my future a bit. Therefore, in five years I am hoping to see myself as a successful tax accountant working for one of the Big 4 firms.

I am a HUGE avid reader. I love to read during my free time. Reading takes me to places that I would never be able to to go and gives me the opportunities to explore difference lifestyles. When I first signed up for this class, I honestly didn’t know what the class was going to be about. When I found out that we will be focusing on Gothic literature, I was pretty excited for this class and the kinds of books we will be reading. I am really looking forward to meeting and learning about you all through your blogs and I cannot wait to see what this class have in store for us!