And the winners are…
Elizabeth and Pandabree13!
Thanks for playing, all! AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
So…I was going to blog about the Carmilla movie which dropped today in Canada (and will be available online in the next day or two), but instead I decided to do a Halloween reading and GIVEAWAY because WHY THE HELL NOT?
To that end, I’m offering a couple of ebook copies of my Halloween novel, The Secret of Sleepy Hollow.
It’s a re-telling of the classic American ghost story, Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, one of my fave eerie tales and one that has embedded itself in American pop culture through various media, including movies and a TV show.
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Basically, Irving’s tale is about a lanky, superstitious teacher named Ichabod Crane. The story takes place in 1790 and Crane is in the village of Sleepy Hollow where he becomes attracted to Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter of a local prominent farmer. However, local hero guy “Brom” Bones is also vying for her affections and in the story, it appears Brom has a leg up, if you will, and this becomes apparent at a harvest party at the Van Tassel farm outside town. All bummed out, Ichabod leaves and starts walking back to town.
Well, it’s dark and creepy out and tales of the headless horseman have filled his head and being a superstitious guy, he freaks himself out but he also runs into the Hollow’s legendary ghost and he disappears. He’s never seen again. Irving leaves it open for conjecture, which was great, because that means I got to play around with various theories and inject my own into the tale.
Here’s the SYNOPSIS to my re-telling:
Tabitha “Abby” Crane, a doctoral student working on her thesis, doesn’t allow herself much time outside academia. Fortunately, she’s managed to squeeze in a research trip over Halloween weekend to the historical society of Sleepy Hollow, New York, where she hopes to uncover new research on the notorious town’s most infamous legend—that of the headless horseman. But she has a personal stake in this trip: Abby’s own ancestor, Ichabod Crane, disappeared mysteriously over two hundred years ago, perhaps at the hands of the ghostly horseman.
Abby has no reason to expect anything of Sleepy Hollow beyond immersing herself in archival collections and enjoying its Halloween festivities, but then she crosses paths with Katie, who makes her head spin and her heart pound. When Katie invites her on a nighttime visit to the glen where the horseman allegedly rides, Abby can’t say no, upending her plans for a quiet research retreat. And when Abby and Katie, who has her own ties to the famous story, find what may be the key to the disappearance of Ichabod Crane all those years ago, love, legend, and magic intermingle, making clear that Sleepy Hollow has plans of its own for yet another Crane.
So in the scene I’m going to read to you, Abby and her crush girl and fellow history geek Katie are in a pub and Katie invites her to go to the glen outside town, where the horseman allegedly rides. Lots of ghost hunters hang out there, and it’s a major Halloween attraction, so there are more hunters than usual, as everybody is gearing up for the big Halloween celebration in a couple of days, which involves someone local (a strictly guarded secret) dressed up as the horseman who rides Halloween night through the glen. So Abby agrees to go to the glen with Katie…
Have a listen. 🙂
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Happy Halloween (early)!