“the headless horseman meets a serial killer and both are outsmarted by two journalists”Gina Linville wrote this review Monday, July 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was decently written, though some of it was predictable. I very much appreciated the humor, and was very sad when Janus died. The image of 'Need More Beer' written in blood was hilarious. It wasn't the best writing I've ever read, lacking some visualization for me, but by far wasn't the worst. Absolutely loved the watch part in the end.”OneWhoLovesEwok wrote this review Thursday, February 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“From the Normal to the Paranormal
This is a convoluted story that started with the normal and ended with the paranormal, interspersed with many characters and facets of the same dreams. Quinn O’brion was a young newspaper man from a metropolitan area and moved to Loudoun, Virginia, hiring out at the Loudoun Chronicle, which carried the local news. When Quinn was five years old, he saw the Disney movie about the headless horseman of Sleepy Hollow and from then on he had nightmares about this headless horseman. But lately the nightmares had become real, menacing and seemed to be meaningful. He was lucky to get three or four interrupted hours of sleep a night. Another new newspaper person at the Chronicle was Kate, who had moved there from Ohio, not understanding why she had chosen to come back. She too had nightmares, which actually were more memories of a time when her mother, Sarah Blakely had been brutally murdered and butchered when Kate was twelve year old right there in Loudoun. At that time Kate’s real name was Katrina Tassel.
Twelve years prior, there had been three or four brutal murders (including Sarah) by someone who called himself Lord Halloween and before each murder, he sent a note to a newspaperman named Tim, foretelling of the coming murder and how he wanted Tim to write it up especially graphic so that everyone would fear him. It worked to the extent that the town ignored Halloween and never allowed it to be celebrated in their town.
But with the coming of Quinn and Kate the murders began to occur again, Quinn’s nightmares increased and expanded to where he could hardly tell if they were real or imagined, Kate began to pick up bad vibes and the story was filled with experiences and events with a large cast of characters and everything now being in the realm of the paranormal. Although the story was well written and filled with mysteries and unanswered questions, it almost contained so much that the reader becomes confused, i.e., Quinn’s same nightmare kept expanding and it wasn’t clear if they were now dreams or real. Suddenly inserted was the Celtic tradition of Lord Halloween, aka Sanheim and it was later in the story that it became obvious why it was important. The same was true for some of the other characters. Where in the beginning, one man in particular seemed rather obscure, by the end of the tale, he was extremely important. This reviewer understands that is the idea of a mystery, but in this instance seemed to confuse me. For those readers who like the paranormal, especially when it is full of horror, you will enjoy this book.