Published: Sometime in 1820
Format Read: Audible
Duration: 1h 17m
In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel’s farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball during the Revolutionary War.
So, I have never read the original as I grew up with a distinct fear of the Headless Horesman thanks to the terrifying Disney comic that came out years and years ago. Sleepy Hollow always put me in a state of unease as it was a creepy ass tale and the atmosphere just oozed all the things my mind at the time considered ominous and sinister. When I saw the Burton film for the first time I actually liked it a lot. It was a great take with added extras and to now see how much was added is mind blowing as the source material was nothing but a practical joke played upon a sniveling English teacher that wanted to have his way with the village sweetheart just because her daddy was quite rich (rich by the 1820’s standards). Only to be driven out by the village Jock who saw straight through his plans and decides to throw a pumpkin at his face one late evening.
More on this story I can not say as it was so short. I liked it, yet hated most parts of it. Irving did a great job in setting up the town of Tarry and the apparent Horesman as well as give me some great inside knowledge of the Dutch people living in those times, but the rest of the story was so packed with descriptions of food and shit that I could not help but get pissed of with the narrator to just get to the part where the Horesman actually makes it’s appearance, said appearance only happens in like the last five minutes of this novel and turns out that all my childhood fears has been because other people made the Horseman out to be a lot more evil than it initially was, man was I pissed off by the end of this book. How do people find it within themselves to draw inspiration off of such a boring book? Imagination I guess.
Seeing as it is Halloween I see how this novel is a great setting for all the pumpkin carving going on, but as a horror novel this is a complete joke. at least that is what I took away from it in the end. I read this along with Milou as we were doing a 2000 piece puzzle, it is safe to say that we did not get very far with the puzzle as the story is so short. I gave this 3 out of 5 stars on GR and I do not know if I should recommend it to others, apart from if you have no better idea than to waste an hour and seventeen minutes of your life, be my guest.
Happy Halloween everyone!