Halloween Giveaway: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

In the spirit of Halloween, I have a spooky classic givaeway, thanks to the lovely folks at Penguin. The new Penguin Classics edition is out now and you can win a copy here today. I meant to post it earlier, but then an impromptu blogging break due to the tension in the blogosphere messed with my plans. As such, I’m making this a flash giveaway. The giveaway will be open for 24 hours, ending tomorrow at 11:59 PM on October 28. US/CAN entries only, unfortuately.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories by Washington Irving


The timeless collection that introduced Rip Van Winkle, Ichabod Crane, and the Headless Horseman

Perhaps the marker of a true mythos is when the stories themselves overshadow their creator. Originally published under a pseudonym as The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories gave America its own haunted mythology. This collection of larger-than-life tales contains Washington Irving’s best-known literary inventions—Ichabod Crane, the Headless Horseman, and Rip Van Winkle—that continue to capture our imaginations today.

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How creepy is that horse? I mean, the horseman is pretty creepy too, but he doesn’t have red eyes. Which is because he doesn’t have a head, but the horse is still clearly ahead in the terror contest.

Truthfully, I haven’t read this classic yet myself, but I really want to for a few reasons. Do you want to hear them so you know whether to enter the giveaway?

gif sleepy hollow enlighten me

Oh, I will. How about the period costumes and weapons? They’re pretty appealing, no?

gif sleepy hollow costumes

Plus, there’s this guy Ichabod Crane and I’m sort of curious about him because reasons.

gif sleepy hollow ichabod crane

There’s also the horror of the headless horseman. And the mystery. What happened to his head? Will taking other people’s head really help him out? How does he see? Does he treat his horse well?

gif headless horseman

Oh let’s be honest, it’s all about this.

gif sleep hollow smile

To sum it up, I need this.

gif sleepy hollow licks lips

To enter, leave a comment telling me what you would do if faced with the headless horseman out for your head! (Make sure to submit the comment using the email you want me to contact if you win!)

22 responses to “Halloween Giveaway: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories”

  1. Who doesn’t need Ichabod Crane in their lifes? Like srly this guy is not fair with the rest of the world.
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  2. Meg says:


    If approached by a headless horseman, I would whip out my trusty machete (doesn’t everyone have a trusty machete? no? just me?) and make him an legless, headless horseman (I’d go for the arms but if he’s on a horse, kneecaps would probably be more in my reach).
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  3. If faced with the headless horseman out for my head? Hmmmm..I would definitely hide behind my hands because if I can’t see him, he can’t see me, that’s how it works right? LAWLZ. No I’d flip all the shit.
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  4. Heather says:

    If the headless horseman was chasing me, I’d yell “COME AT ME, BRO!”, lift him over my head, and body-slam him, WWE style. Oh wait, you mean for real? Since I don’t have super strength in real life, I’d probably run, hide, call 911 from my super secure hiding spot, or just tell my dog to attack (but she would probably just lick him because that is how Bronte rolls.) This is obviously an awesome, solid plan, and nothing could possibly go wrong!

  5. Kayla Beck says:

    I’ll be honest – if I was faced with the headless horseman, I’d probably piss myself and then die as I was still in shock. I won’t put on any airs about me being a badass. I’m the type to die first in a horror book or movie.
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  6. ronny says:

    faced with the headless horseman, i’d quickly put on one of those goofy horse head masks, sit there calmly, and greet him amiably: “hey what’s up bro?” he would be so struck by my courteousness and yet, simultaneously, completely repelled by the idea of having a head to match his steed’s, he would simply reply in that ghastly tone, “um.. i’ll just be on my way.”

  7. Elaine says:

    If faced with a headless horseman, I’d run of course. More importantly, I’d run to a tall building with a small elevator because surely a horse would not fit in there!

  8. Linda McCann Jeffers says:

    I’d appeal to the horse–throw an apple as far as I could so the horse would go after it.

  9. Annette says:

    If faced with the headless horsemen, I’d try to reason with it..like hey, do you really want to kill me…I know you’re upset that you lost your head but c’mon…it’s little ole me. I’ll even help you look for it or find a suitable alternate.

    Am I the only weird one who would be kind of excited to see him…if he doesn’t murder me first.

  10. Casey Davis says:

    I would let the Horseman make the first move to see how I might get out of the situation.

  11. Jose Moran says:

    I would probably run and get in my car and run it down. But if it was in a historical context, I’d probably run and hide in a library. Bookshelves are hard to maneuver and really heavy so I can block the doors the them 😀

  12. If faced with the Headless Horseman, I’d start hugging him. I’d hug him real hard until his head popped back out of his body.

    Then he’d be so grateful that we’d hug some more, share our stories, and then make a pact that if either of us got in a similar rut ever again we’d give each other a call. You know, in order to avoid anymore head-hunting sprees. We probably wouldn’t be best friends, but we’d keep up via Facebook or the like.

  13. Emma says:

    Although your gifs are wonderful, and Ichabod Crane is truly glorious, I’m afraid that if the Headless Horseman was after me I would undoubtedly lose my head.

  14. Gaia says:

    If I were to meet the headless horseman I would immediately assume fetal position. I probably wouldn’t try to fight, as I have absolutely no muscle mass. No use in trying to talk myself out of the situation. So yeah, no hope. Wow, I’m optimistic.

  15. If I were to face the Headless Horseman I would probably just RUN FOR MY LIFE. I’ve seen enough of SLEEP HOLLOW to know how hard it is to defeat that guy, and I don’t have any cool weapons to fight him off, so running it is! Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Mmmmm Ichabod gifs 😀

    I haven’t read this either and would love to! Thanks for the giveaway! Snazzy SCARY cover too.

    Let’s see if real-life Morgan was being chased by the Headless Horseman, I’d probably run and hide as fast as humanly possible, somewhere small and dark. Like in LOTR when the Hobbits hide from the Nazgul.

    Dream Morgan is much more of a badass though. She’s always cussing at people and shooting bad guys and once chopped the arms off an undead Egyptian army. So she’d probably chop the arms off of the Horseman and hack away. Morbid. Hahaha.
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  17. Michelle says:

    I would immediately turn to run and hope that my legs could get me far enough away to hide. Maybe I would literally get scared to death. I’m not sure. I am scared of everything, even people dressed in mascot costumes.

  18. haha Besides scream and stand in shock, once I had my senses again I would run away as fast as possible!
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  19. Michelle r says:

    Pass out

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