Local man put own spin on ‘Tale of the Headless Horseman’

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O'FALLON, MO (KTVI)-- Bobby Akers, Jr. is itching to update the tale of Icabod Crane.

"That's a sufficiently creepy witch," says Patrick Clark.

"Mmm-hmm," nods Bobby Akers, Jr.  "And that`s the horseman taking his vengeance on people."

Akers is an artist and writer from O'Fallon, Missouri who's created a graphic novel called vengeance of sleepy hollow: origins.

"It's a story I think almost every child has heard growing up and I've always liked Halloween and Horror and was looking to do something new with this story," says Akers.

Washington Irving's classic tale of ghosts and a headless horseman was first published in 1820.

But Akers take on the spooky town has some added twists.

"Pumpkin creatures, witches, you know really just taking a town that's actually evil in this version," says Akers.

He's not alone in his hope to send chills down spines.

Fox debuts "Sleepy Hollow" tonight, and whether a graphic novel or a television series, sometimes a re-imaging of a ghost story is a good thing.

"You get the core story, but you can tell it so many different ways where it stays interesting," says Jonathan Norfleet, an assistant manager at Star Clipper comics in University City.

Akers is already at work on another ice cold classic, Frosty "Twas the night before the apocalypse."

"You know wild characters like a snow beast, aliens, and it's a throwback to the 50's science fiction pop culture," says Akers.

For now, Akers hopes his account of the headless horseman will spread some light on this legendary rider.

"Well and that's the thing, there was never enough history behind him in the previous incarnations.  He was just there," says Akers.
"Frightening kids," adds Clark.

"Mmm-hmm," says a smiling Akers .

"And adults," says Clark.

You don't have to be a school teacher to know the story of sleepy hollow can keep you up at night.


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