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Headless Horseman

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The headless horseman has been a motif of European folklore since at least the Middle Ages. The Irish dullahan or dulachán ("dark man") is a headless fairy, usually riding a black horse and carrying his head under his lower thigh (or holding it high to see at great distance). He wields a whip made from a human corpse's spine. When the dullahan stops riding, a death occurs. The dullahan calls out a name, at which point the named person immediately dies. In another version, he is the headless driver of a black carriage. A similar figure, the gan ceann ("without a head"), can be frightened away by wearing a gold object or putting one in his path. The most prominent Scottish tale of the headless horseman concerns a man named Ewen decapitated in a clan battle at Glen Cainnir on the Isle of Mull. The battle denied him any chance to be a chieftain, and both he and his horse are headless in accounts of his haunting of the area.In American folklore, the Headless Horseman is a fictional character from the short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by American author Washington Irving. The story, from Irving's collection of short stories entitled The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent., has worked itself into known American folklore/legend.The legend of the Headless Horseman begins in Sleepy Hollow, New York, during the American Revolutionary War. Traditional folklore holds that the Horseman was a Hessian artilleryman who was killed during the Battle of White Plains in 1776. He was decapitated by an American cannonball, and the shattered remains of his head were left on the battlefield while his comrades hastily carried his body away. Eventually they buried him in the graveyard of the Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow, from which each Halloween night he rises as a malevolent ghost, furiously seeking his lost head.

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ChaosEmpress's avatar

And another super awesome one!

Cres-Strawhat-Saiyan's avatar
Holy Hell this is to cool. Headbang! 
Bladeninja76's avatar
Intimidating foes and nice circular clouds.
I love all three versions of the Headless Horseman you made!
He looks like he would fit in with The Darkstalkers.
Vampyre-Lover's avatar
Stunning Job... WOW!
Wow I see you are extremely skilled.I and one friend have come up with a manga plot , but we cant make our own manga because our drawing skills are very poor.If you are interested in getting paid to make our manga , contact these email adresses.                  
grisador's avatar
This version is plain epic
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spookypaws's avatar
You know Missouri has it's own headless horseman?
GENZOMAN's avatar
I didnt know! link plz? I need to read that :)
It's not a link. I read it in a book. It was Weird U.S.: Missouri edition.
alexwarlorn's avatar
There was a Casper comic, where it's shown his head was also seeking out his body, calling himself the Horseless Headman. 
NicoSpencer's avatar
Muy buen dibujo Genzo, como siempre, especial para el Hallowen!
venjix515's avatar
this guy is headless, but everyone knows hes not harmless.
mickeyelric11's avatar
Butthead: Cool! ...huh...ha...ha...
the120cxx's avatar
Freaking glorious, perfect for a set.
AzakiShimo's avatar
How did yo able to come up with that kind of design like the outfit design for the sleepy hollow? :D I grew so much interested in your myth and other creatures, fictional ideas of monsters and other stuff! Their amazing!!! :D
So how did you do it? :D 
Like coming up ideas for their looks, design as oufits, and their colors?! :D
I must know, please? :D
ElvinGearMaster's avatar
Love it!
The Headless horseman was the first ever horror story I had heard. I did not get any sleep on that night.
henrycarreno's avatar
Wow, this is awesome. Very inspiring. 
TheTruePsychopath's avatar
You drew both the Reaper AND the Headless Horseman?! This is such a treat for my eyes.
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