Being that's it's Halloween, that I'm writing a novel, and that I've done a crap ton of historical research to make sure that my world falls in line with reality in a believable manner, it only makes sense that I celebrate with an appropriate film. I am, of course, speaking of the revered biopic Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
For those unfamiliar, this masterpiece follows the exploits of a young Abraham Lincoln, before his presidency. As only the astute know, his mother was killed by a vampire and, thus, young Abe was set upon the path of the vampire hunter, fighting to save those he loves and of course free our country from the horrors of both slavery and vampire overlords.
Now why do I bring this up? I have a part of my story in which an artist friend of mine has pointed out that I am treading a similar path. I, however, have chosen easily the most badass of presidents: Teddy Roosevelt. I won't get into specifics because, well, I plan on have that particular short story up soon. But this classic of cinema does help me remember that whatever I choose to write, I need to make sure I understand the historical context and find the most opportune moments in history to make my poetic edits. This film doesn't throw the vampire hunting into your face with reckless abandon. It finds the moments in actual history where events are a bit foggy and utilizes these to tell a new tale alongside the historical one.
It's great! I get to learn about history in depth and write about Teddy Roosevelt killing werewolves!
Keep your eyes open for my debut novel, The Paladin.