Sleepy Hollow and Other Short Stories | Washington Irving 

“…and he would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the Devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins, and the whole race of witches put together, and that was—a woman.”

Sleepy Hollow is a book I received from Owlcrate! Since this month is known for it’s horror, it felt appropriate to post my review now.


  • Book: Sleepy Hollow and Other Short Stories
  • Series: –
  • Author: Washington Irving
  • Book Box: Owlcrate August 2017


Contains multiple works by Washington Irving:

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • Rip Van Winkle
  • The Spectre Bridgeroom
  • The Devil and Tom Walker
  • The Pride of the Village
  • Old Christmas



Since I received this book from the August 2017 ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes‘ Owlcrate book box, it came with a special Book Cover edition which is exciting. Owning something by Washington Irving adds a certain level of elegance to my ever growing garden of books. I am personally not familiar with his work, so I was lookig forward to reading this book.

So I don’t know what exactly I was expecting but boredom wasn’t it. The writing was strongly fixated on the description of the houses, farmland, clothing or hobbies of the protagonist. That any form of action only happened towards the end. I honestly don’t know what exactly I’m reviewing since these are short stories and known classics. Therefore, I honestly doubt anything I say will mean much.

A few of these stories I already knew from cartoons such as Sleepy Hollow and The Spectre Bridegroom. So it was really exciting for me to revisit. My favorite of the bunch was Rip Van Winkle.

All in all, Irving delivered well in terms of the horror and chattiness. I recommend this to readers who are fans of classics and the like.

Related Book: The Hearts We Sold

Final Rating:


“I profess not to know how women’s hearts are wooed and won. To me they have always been matters of riddle and admiration.”


What did you think of this book, have you read anything similar to it? Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^

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