By Henry John Steiner
Historian of Sleepy Hollow, New York
Something Headless This Way Comes…
“There was something in the moody and dogged silence of this pertinacious companion that was mysterious and appalling. It was soon fearfully accounted for.” Years ago a friend suggested that the headlessness of the Headless Horseman would be intriguing to contemplate. It’s true that the horseman represents or symbolizes something more than your average bogeyman. Why is a headless ghost on horseback more terrifying than, say, just a ghost on horseback? What does a character without a head symbolize?