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   Sleepy Hollow, by Peter Lerangis  
  Novel, first publication in November 1999
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      It's 1799, and a charming bumbler of a constable has been sent from New York City to the quiet little village of Sleepy Hollow where three beheaded bodies await him. Hoping to match deductive reasoning against the superstitions of the villagers, Ichabod Crane sets out to determine the motive of the killer at large. Unfortunately, the killer does not seem to be of the living, breathing variety; the specter of the Headless Horseman has been haunting the hamlet for over 20 years. With the help of the exquisite daughter of his host, Ichabod delves dangerously deep into the mystery.

    Based on Washington Irving's classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, this bone-chilling story takes the premise, setting, and characters from the original to create a fresh, spooky tale. Ichabod Crane (played by Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's movie adaptation) is a more appealing character than Irving's constable; here his clumsiness endears, while the original Ichabod is a figure for mockery. Readers may be surprised at the understated hilarity of Irving's original story, included in its entirety following the adaptation. Don't be content with the film version alone--this story is well worth a read in the gloaming of the day. Includes eight pages of full-color photos from the film.

    Source: Emilie Coulter,

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