The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The chief part of the stories, however, turned upon the favorite spectre of Sleepy Hollow, the Headless Horseman, who had been heard several times of late, patrolling the country; and, it was said, tethered his horse nightly among the graves in the churchyard.

-Washington Irving

About the Piece
The Text Used

My awareness of the Headless Horseman didn't come directly from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I grew up with a Disney Halloween special that included a sequence of Ichabod Crane fleeing the spirit across a covered bridge. Later, of course, there was the film starring Johnny Depp.

The story itself is so much more interesting. It is not only a ghost story but a cunning whodunnit (and, really, a what-exactly-was-done-at-all). The Horseman features only briefly (or not at all?) and yet the entire story is just steeped in a sort of atmospheric dread.

The text in this piece is an abridged version of the story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

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