The Wind-Up Rider: A Night With a Headless Horseman, 1853

On the left, John Quidor, 1858 painting. Right, A.R., 1876 wood engraving

On the left, John Quidor, 1858 painting. Right, A.R., 1876 wood engraving


One evening in 1853 of Galway, Ireland, the pleasant aroma of light rain on soil is tainted by something foul. A scent which burns the senses and forebodes of a presence far more sinister than death itself. An ancient entity, sworn to a simple but fatal task. Uncover the gruesome origins behind a popular tale: Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".

With a somewhat lengthy introduction commenting on the Christchurch massacres, I go over my views of evil and clear the air of any pernicious misconceptions which could potentially arise regarding Mania’s mission statement. An uncomfortable but necessary conversation.

For the tale itself, a fresh style is adopted. The recounts of a headless horseman’s dark tasks are narrated from his very own perspective.

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