One of my favorite stories to read during the autumn/Halloween season is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving. I fell in love with the plot the first time I read it, and it’s one that I often find myself returning to around this time of year (either by re-reading my copy of Irving’s work, or by watching one of its movie or television adaptations).
Since I enjoyed Irving’s original story so much, I was thrilled to learn that Christina Henry’s Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow was being released just in time for the spooky season.
“But the woods near Sleepy Hollow were not the same as other woods. There were places deep and dark that no one dared go. No one dared go there because it was known that those places were the haunts of creatures not of this earth. To go there was to invite their notice, and these were not things that you wanted to notice you.”Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow, by Christina Henry (page 132)
Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow is a sequel to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and takes place more than thirty years after the events Irving wrote about in his original story. This novel introduces readers to fourteen-year-old Ben Van Brunt, the grandchild of Brom Bones and Katrina Van Tassel.
When the body of one of the village children is found in the woods, missing its head and hands, it immediately makes Ben think of the local legends about the Headless Horseman. However, Ben’s grandfather is adamant that the Horseman is nothing more than a legend…and he ought to know.
But something is killing children in Sleepy Hollow, so if the Horseman isn’t responsible, then it may be up to Ben to find out who (or what) is.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow, and had a really hard time putting it down. In fact, I enjoyed the story so much that I ended up reading it in a single afternoon. Christina Henry has created a solid continuation to Irving’s original story, one which I found pleasantly spooky and atmospheric.
If you are a fan of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, or you’re looking for a spooky read for the Halloween season, I highly recommend taking the time to read Horseman: A Tale of Sleepy Hollow for yourself. It’s a wonderfully written book!
Happy spooky reading!