I’ll tell you why.
First of all, the historical part and the fiction/vampire part? Seamless. There’s a lot going on here, with the famous historical figure, presenting what we do know about him, deepening the character so he’s believable and then throwing in a completely unbelievable aspect---it’s a lot for a writer to juggle. And yet. Mr. Grahame-Smith not only manages it, he masters it. Maybe it’s the consistent tone, mood and voice. Maybe it’s the steady movement of the plot, punctuated, but not dominated by, excellent fight scenes. Maybe it’s the photos that look real, the block quotes from supposed first sources (letters, journal entries, etc), but whatever it is, I as the reader bought it hook, line and sinker.
He had me questioning whether vampires could have been real but hidden this whole time.
::Warning: Cheesy cliché ahead::
Whether you like action, biographies, historical fiction or the paranormal, this book has something for everyone! I highly recommend it!
5 out of 5 stars