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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Macabre Tales

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  214 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Horror rides astride a shadowy steed and fantastic beings haunt daylit settings in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow & Other Macabre Tales, a collection of the best weird fiction of Washington Irving. Blending sly humor with supernatural thrills, these tales are among the best loved of all American literature.

In the thirteen stories gathered for this volume, Irving evokes t

Hardcover, 327 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Sterling Publishing
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Ailani Bonilla
I thought the book wasn't as scary as I thought a horror book would be because the stories weren't as gruesome and terrifying. The stories were good, but the writing wasn't very affective because the original stories were published sometime in the 1800's, and back then everything was scary. My favorite story was the only one that sent a chill up my spine because it was about a woman who visited a man and he turned crazy because he found out she was guillotined the day before. This story reminde ...more
I have always enjoyed the story of Sleepy Hollow, and I've often read it during this particular time of year. I recently acquired this volume of other stories put down by Mr. Irving, and they are just as good as the original tall tale that I've read my entire life. I like the old fashioned turns of phrase from that time period, and I also enjoy how he puts an American bent on European classics. You can tell from his descriptive writing that he truly loved the area he lived in, and he was proud o ...more
There's no question that American literature owes a major debt to Irving, but many of these tales come off as rather bland. The stories are written as matter-of-fact reports; there's very little sense of the terror experienced by the characters amid supernatural circumstances.

Oddly enough, perhaps the least interesting stories in this collection are the ones Irving is best known for: Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The latter, in particular didn't come close to living up to what
I haven't read any of these since 5th grade or so (decades ago, that is), and even then they may have been kid-versions. Reading the originals as an adult is a pure joy. And certainly, most of the stories here I probably have NEVER read. More than his writing skills (brilliant and elegant in spurts, clumsy and stumbly in others), it is Irving's ideas that still can amaze. Reading these short works, written in the early 19th century, one realizes why his stories are still known or referenced toda ...more
Jun 10, 2012 Zezee rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Zezee by: boredom
The tales are unsettling but not scary. I've always heard of them and assumed that they were very scary. I love Washington Irving's witty writing style and his descriptions: detailed but not burdensome. Great short story writer. I also enjoy the little lessons he incorporated into the stories and the unexpected endings. These are tales and legends and I love the way they are told: like when one sits by a camp fire at midnight and listen to a wizened elder retell tales that have been passed down ...more
As always, Irving is never a reading disappointment. What makes this collection especially strong is the inclusion of his stories based in Europe that are unfamiliar due to his frequently anthologized American classics like "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Don't miss "Strange Stories by a Nervous Gentleman," "Legend of the Two Discreet Statues," and "The Devil and Tom Walker." While the grammar and spelling isn't contemporary (there weren't hard-and-fast-rules at the times of ...more
It's hard to review a classic. Having never read anything by Washington Irving, I didn't know what to expect. Of course I knew the story of Sleepy Hollow, but the actual short is a bit of a let down. In fact, all of the ones I read were LIGHT on the macabre. In one story, "Tales of a Nervous Gentleman", I lost track of how many "story-within-a-story" I'd actually read. I assume these tales incited fainting spells back when they were published, but for me, not so much.
Irving is a top-notch storyteller, and it is a shame that "Rip Van Winkle" and "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (excellent though they are) have overshadowed his other work. The tales in this collection show a wry humor, an intelligent pen, and a complete understanding of what gives mankind the spooks. A great Halloween read.
May 06, 2014 Andrew rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Some of the shorter stories were good, Rip Van Winkle, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Devil & Tom Walker to name some. But the longer ones were barely readable. Even slogging through as much as I possibly could left me giving up. Oh well, I tried. I will treasure the ones I read!
This was a great collection, with an excellent sampling to Washington Irving's work. The book starts with a number of his "New England" stories, and then moves on to stories in the vein of Arabian nights.
Amy Gary
I don't think I can finish this this year. I can't believe Sleepy Hollow is even a thing based off of this story. How.
Editions: Shorthand edition from 1800's, illustrated edition by gris grimly
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