The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Graphic Novel)
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Graphic Novel)

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Please note that this is the graphic novel adaptation of Sleepy Hollow. If you're looking for the short story, go here.

This is Bo Hampton's 1993 Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a faithful adaptation of Washington Irving's tale surrounding the ghostly inhabitants of Tarrytown, New York around the time of the American Revolution. The cast of characters is headed up by the Headless...more
Paperback, Graphic Novel, 64 pages
Published November 9th 2004 by Image Comics (first published 1820)
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Bhuvanesh
Every aspect of the book is complex: intricate plot, sophisticated language, detailed narration. The author has done a good job by making the story short. The detailed narration brings forth a good imagination.

I'm citing a block below which impressed me a lot.

I profess not to know how women's hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration. Some seem to have but one vulnerable point, or door of access; while others have a thousand avenues, and may be captu...more
Alexa SOF2014
This creative and magical novel tells the story about Ichabod Crane who is a poor school teacher and only works for 10 dollars a day. This tale takes place around the time of the American Revolution near Tarrytown, New York. Ichabod sleeps in a student's house and does very little work around the house. He falls in love with the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel. She is a wealthy daughter of a Dutch farmer. He goes to dinner one night at her mansion. At the dinner party everyone is talking about a he...more
Ronald
Washington Irving certainly had a firm grasp on language, and he flaunts it here. Still, the flowery description and excruciating attention given to the scenery, vegetation, the food on tables, etc. gets old fast. This is already a short book as it is and said flowery descriptions make up the majority of its length; not much actually happens in terms of story. In fact, the entire plot (which is almost nonexistent) could probably be told in 5 or so pages if we didn't stop to smell the roses so of...more
Clint Keller
Oh the story of the headless horseman, what better story to read while trying to scare kids or enjoy a nice halloween weekend. The classic horror story created by Washington Irving has been twisted and tweak countless amounts of times to creat movies, shows, and even other books. But there is nothing like the original, and it is evident when reading "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". A story which until the end is just about a man, Icabod Crane, who tries to win a young woman's hand in marriage. But...more
Erika B. (Snogging on Sunday Books)
Perfect scary story! I love the part where it says ..."and he would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the Devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was-a woman." Poor Ichabod Crane!
John Yelverton
A scary tale from America's past, but sadly, much of it is lost to another time.
Dusty
What a great Halloween story! Makes me crave deep autumn.
Sunday
I wish I would just grow a pair and read early American lit exclusively. This is so much magic. A witch-burning superstition undertone done hilariously, with a rich-as-hell descriptive style that murders my heart. A gorgeous Grimm-style lesson in a gilded, feasting frame. Thinking about a Dutch colony harvest tingles me up and down.

Ichabod and me are brothers from another mother. A ghost-story hound with an unrequited love disease, our heartbeats matched thump for thump when he passed the scari...more
Claudette
I saw the film Sleepy Hollow a couple of weeks ago and I found it very funny and enjoyable (I mean, I like anything by Tim Burton and anything with Johnny Depp in it, so it wasn't such a big surprise) and I decided to read the short story that inspired the movie.

It was a nice and very short read, and even though the director developed and altered the story a bit, I can understand the appeal it posed.


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Did I say that I'm totally in love with Johnny Depp? :D
Chris
My book club read this for October. I'm not sure I've ever read it all the way through before, and now that I have I'm still not sure why it's such a classic. I guess tales of ghosts and pathetically maladroit schoomasters made a far greater impression on people in the 19th century. Also, it seems to me that people take a lot more out of the story than is actually in there. In which case, Irving has done a tremendous thing by creating tale that we all personalize to some extend.
Miss Wednesday
Well I must say I expected something different. Still it was quite an interesting read and I liked the rather unusual portrayal of the main character who was nothing less tan a hero. A nice read for Halloween.
Carolyn F.
Read as a kid - pretty scary. I remember wondering why the teacher was so skinny and then later learned at that time teacher's were more on a starvation salary than now.
Linds
Interesting. I like the gothic old fashioned atmosphere and language.
Sorcha
Listened to the free Librivox recording, and the narrator was well suited to the story.

I've always meant to read this and I'm not sure what I was expecting to happen. I thought that perhaps the headless horseman appeared more often, but this was pitched just right. In Sleepy Hollow, not long after the War of Independance, when many lives were lost, ghost stories have been built up around what happened.

Ichibod Crane, the school teacher, has been courting one of the local women, much to the disma...more
Faith
I really enjoyed The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It’s one of my favorite short stories. Irving combines the elements of nature with the imagination of people and creates a town called Sleepy Hollow. Even the air of the town seems enchanted. The natural and the supernatural blends together in the story. The story is mostly told from Ichabod Crane’s point of view.

Now , Crane isn’t a very likable protagonist but he is very amusing to read. He loves and reads horror stories to the point of scaring him...more
LitAddictedBrit
When I first bought my eReader, I was offered 100 free eBooks and a couple of links to sites like Project Gutenberg, where you can download the 'classics' for free. This one caught my eye because I remember going to see the film adaptation when I was younger and being petrified. I thought it would be a suitable bite-size read (at only 30-something pages) for the month of Hallowe'en.

As is often the case, this original story published in 1820 bears very little resemblance to the film it became.

It...more
Sara
Sleepy Hollow is a tiny Dutch community tucked away in the New York countryside not long after the Revolution. It is in this classic short story we are first introduced to two character who have thoroughly captured our darkest imagination, Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. This story has been told and retold innumerable times, but in it's original form it is nothing more than a ghost story told to frighten young children. Ichabod Crane is the local school teacher, fascinated in equal part...more
Stephanie
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Bob
Oct 28, 2008 Bob rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
There is a reason some stories stand the test of time. No matter when they were written and no matter when they are read, they are good. Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of the earliest and greatest American classics. It appeals to the reader's tendendency, even desire, to want to believe in the supernatural as well as basic human fears. Could the headless horseman really exist? No, you say? Perhaps your emotions would betray you if you were alone, on foot, in an isolated w...more
Emma
Sleepy Hollow is a small town in New York, inhabited by Dutch settlers. Ichabod Crane is the superstitious village schoolteacher. Ichabod is trying to win the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, a beautiful eighteen-year-old girl in the village. When Ichabod leaves a party he attended at the Van Tassel estate, he is chased by a mysterious headless horseman on the lonely road leading to his house.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a short story that pretty much everyone is familiar with but not very many peo...more
David Brown
I remember seeing Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow (1999) at the cinema and I’d promised myself I would eventually get round to reading the short story. The image of the headless horseman pursuing his prey through woodland at night is not one you can forget in a hurry and I was intrigued to see where it all started and how many heads would roll.

There’s no doubt Burton’s adaptation of this classic story changed many elements. In Irving’s story the main character of Ichabod Crane is a local schoolmaste...more
Jessica
Many have seen some tv or movie variation of this story and are familiar with the storyline. I had read it in school and even watched the movie Legend of Sleepy Hollow that came out. I liked the movie, but there is always something about a good story that always beats out the movie especially when it comes to a mystery or scary story.

The story is set in 1790 in a place called Tarry Town that is in a glen called Sleepy Hollow. We meet Ichabod Crane who is a schoolmaster and who wants to marry an...more
Laura
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Jace
Feb 29, 2008 Jace rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I have to start out by saying that "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is probably my favorite short-story (narrowly beating out Vonnegut's "More Stately Mansions") and also my favorite tale of horror (aside from that one where "the call is coming from inside the house!"), so I was extremely excited when I learned that someone had translated this story into graphic novelette format.

To me, this was one of the rare occassions where the writing and the illustration are both equally superb. I find that f...more
Nicole
This is a story about the legend of sleepy hollow and its infamous headless horseman. Ichabod Crane, the lanky and goofy schoolmaster of a magical little town set back in the scary woods of Connecticut. As Ichabod plans to woo Katherine van Tassel, the prettiest girl in town, he is met with the scare of a lifetime and mysteriously vanishes from town. The superstitious towns folk swear it was the dreaded headless horseman who seized him. Was it really the demon from hell who carried him away, or...more
Bruce
Irving sets a dreamy and mysterious stage for this tale of the early Dutch in the Hudson River valley. His ability to create a mood of somnolence and suspension of time is uncanny and beguiling. Irving, in creating this mood, sets up a skillful contrast between the indolent and seductive past and the hurrying future, a contrast that he intends to explore and exploit in this, as in so many of, his stories. Ichabod Crane is the figure of the intellectual, the impractical man of the past, while Bro...more
Amber
I read "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" to test out my new Kindle. It is extremely short and has a plot that has been adapted so many times that I really wasn't expecting what I got out of the real thing. Irving's writing was witty and beautifully descriptive. Its vocabulary was also often surprisingly advanced for such a short book. However, if a person goes into this book looking for a spooky tale of terror, this is not the place to look. Most of the actual book is build-up and description. Rathe...more
Jeremiah Dupree
I learned that Ichabod Crane had survived many near death situations from reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I also learned that Ichabod Crane didn't survive at the end of the story because his body was found floating in the river.The Headless Horseman in the story had no head because some people believed, in the story, that his head got carried away by a cannon ball being shot at him.
In this story Ichabod Crane had a few nemesis' or enemies that were trying to kill him, and in one incident...more
Mimi
This is such a classic tale...one that I know well even though this is the first time I've actually read it. Growing up on Long Island, NY, I remember visiting Washington Irving's home in Tarry Town as a child and hearing the story of Ichabod Crane at that point. I also vaguely remember watching the 1948 Disney version when I was younger (and I just re-watched on youtube...amazing how much the coquettish Katrina resembles Disney's Cinderella! ;)). However, I am so glad that I finally read Washin...more
Alyson Farmer
I found a fun edition of this book to read. It was in the children's section and had great illustrations. The story itself is not very long. The Disney movie version follows very close to the story. There is little character development but the descriptions of the hollow were great.

In addition to reading the story we also went as a bookclub to see a locally written musical production of this book. I enjoyed that there was much more character development and the actors had beautiful singing voice...more
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