We are taking a look at Jonathan Kruk’s take on Sleepy Hollow. His book is "Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley."
In short, this book lets you go deep into the legends of the Hudson Valley, including the Headless Horseman and much more. Part scholarly research, part storytelling twisting, this is a good book for fans of this slightly unnerving genre of "historical spookiness."
Jonathan not only covers the details you expect, but his research uncovers little bits of history such as the meanings in the intricacies of a peach and its stone. Little pieces of information and lore like this are what turn deep research into stories you will remember.
While Jonathan takes great care to explore Washington Irving’s work on the Headless-Horseman story you probably think you know, he also sprinkles in pieces and bits of other eerie legends from the area. He also shares with you several variants on the horsemen with missing heads.
This is probably not a casual read for most people. If you like the blending of information and legends, you will find yourself with many "aha" moments as Jonathan connects the dots that created the stories of the headless horseman. There is so much here that you will cheat yourself of reading pleasure if you just skim this book. If you are a lover of history and storytelling, this is a good addition to your want-to-read stack.
We received a review copy of the book from Mr. Kruk for the purposes of this review. Available at Amazon in both print and Kindle editions. (-Storyteller.net Reviews)