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About Richard Gleaves
Richard Gleaves never planned to be a novelist, but one Halloween he visited the real town of Sleepy Hollow and something bit him. He was standing in the Old Dutch Burying Ground, which according to legend is the site of the Horseman's burial, when he was struck by a story, fully formed, about the last descendant of Ichabod Crane returning to Sleepy Hollow.
Returning home, he started typing. The full tale (3 enormous novels) took over half a million words and three years to achieve. The Jason Crane Sleepy Hollow Trilogy was written largely on site as Richard returned over and over to the Hollow, walking around the modern town with a tape recorder-- rediscovering the haunts of Washington Irving, writing scenes at 2 a.m. while wandering the graves of the cemetery or dangling his legs off a broken colonial-era bridge deep in the woods.
Jason Crane's Sleepy Hollow adventure was an adventure for its author as well, taking him down into old aqueducts, to historic societies and Hudson Valley landmarks. The "young adult" tone of Rise Headless and Ride gave way to darker mysteries and more adult themes in Bridge of Bones and General of the Dead and an entire universe opened up. A universe of hidden witches, a Great Curse, Headless Horseman, family secrets, murder, ancestral fortunes, puzzle locks, young love, and persistent everyday evils, all braided together into a Halloween epic that's impossible to put down.
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From the back cover:
JASON CRANE floats between life and death.
The HEADLESS HORSEMAN has taken the field
and AGATHE THE WITCH has taken KATE USHER.
The war for Sleepy Hollow has begun.
Now Jason and Kate must fight their way back.
Joey and Zef must defy The Appointed.
Or pumpkins will blaze on a midnight ride with the GENERAL OF THE DEAD
JASON CRANE just turned seventeen years old.
He's a STAR WARS fan and a history geek. He doesn't believe in ghosts or the afterlife. He doesn't believe in psychic powers or tarot cards. He doesn't believe in the Headless Horseman.
But Sleepy Hollow will change all that. Because Jason Crane has a heritage to claim. Jason Crane has a Gift to discover. And Jason Crane has an old enemy who will RISE HEADLESS AND RIDE.
"Rise Headless and Ride" is only the beginning of the epic Jason Crane Sleepy Hollow Trilogy, which encompasses three novels. It starts a generations-spanning tale of the Crane and Van Brunt families, modernizing the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and bringing it into today. But The Jason Crane Series is more than just a good spooky tale. Every location, down to the last tree and building, is a real place in modern Sleepy Hollow, NY. The story incorporates real town events, real history, and in some cases real people. Each book peels another layer back, going deeper into Tarrytown history, looking beneath the modern town, to its 19th century foundations, all the way back to the colonial village that Washington Irving would have known, where we'll meet Ichabod and Brom and Katrina all over again.
If you are looking for a great ghost story, you'll find it here. There's Headless Horsemen, supernatural gifts, exhumations, treasures, witches, a few decapitations, and a lot of spooky fun. But you'll also be swept away to one of the greatest Halloween destinations in America, and discover the now almost-forgotten real-life Tarrytown of long ago.
Nominated for 'BEST NOVEL of 2016' Spectrum award, in recognition of its inclusive cast.
Jason Crane thought his life was back to normal. The Headless Horseman had been defeated, his guardian Hadewych Van Brunt was presumed dead, and he had finally inherited the Pyncheon Legacy, worth over a hundred million dollars. But there's more than just one murderous and vengeful ghost in the world, and the Pyncheon Family has its own dark past.
Now Jason must learn the origins of his fortune, the reasons for its strange conditions, and the deadly consequences of breaking them.
A Halloween epic of witches and curses, Wiccans and Satanists, friendship, love, and fear, set in the modern Salem with fidelity to every street, rock, and haunted place.
Twelve short stories, twelve conspiracy theories, twelve twisted rabbit holes.
Hold on to your hats.
"As close as you can get to a perfect short story." --Robert Marsh
A novella by Richard Gleaves, author of the Jason Crane Series: "Rise Headless and Ride", "Bridge of Bones", and "General of the Dead".