Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: The Headless Horseman Returns #amwriting #flashfiction

Thanks to Roger Shipp for hosting FFftPP.



The sky was black and the woods silent. Even the stars seemed not to glimmer. 

Rev. Jones was sweating hidden in the bushes. He could feel the shudders of fear coursing through his body. He held onto the cross at his throat. 

Swish. Right near Rev. Jones head, an axe swung. Rev. Jones didn’t bother to look and see who was trying to behead him, he knew and he ran for the covered bridge, stark terror overcoming him as he tried to surpass the headless horseman.

It was to no avail, the horseman in his armour popped down from the top of the covered bridge as it ended. He twisted his axe, showing off, letting Rev. Jones know, there was no way to escape him.

Rev. Jones screamed as the axe hit his throat and his head was lopped off his body, eyes blinking a few moments afterward.

The headless horseman picked up Rev. Jones’ head and placed it in his bag. His mistress had three more heads for him to collect that night, and so he would.


Ichabod Crane stared at the headless body at the front of the covered bridge.It was really dark last night, (the stone mason who had found the body said). But he was sure this bridge was the place of the murder. Ichabod had done all the appropriate medical tests, and figured out Rev. Jones the Vicor, had been beheaded around 1:00 am last night.

It was no surprise, prominent members of the community were dropping like flies. But Ichabod wondered as he had before when this nightmare last occurred, who was controlling the headless horseman now? 


Based off of one my all time favourite movies Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci.


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved. 

14 thoughts on “Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner: The Headless Horseman Returns #amwriting #flashfiction”

      1. You know Tosha. I haven’t, but I just looked it up and it seems very interesting. I’m going to gave to find it and watch it. Thanks for the tip 🙂 I love him in Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Sweeney Todd (so gruesome), From Hell, and probably my second and third favourites of his movies Finding Neverland and Chocolate.

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  1. I enjoy the movie, too. Atmospheric, clever, and romantic. An apple and an orange with the original story. Both fruits are savory. This telling is appropriately frightening yet hopeful in solving the spectral crime. Detect on, Mandi!

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    1. Thank you Christopher. Glad you liked the movie too. I read the short story after seeing the movie and it’s much different. I was a bit disappointed actually. I think the Johnny Depp movie was based on a book based on the short story. Tim Burton is such a clever director for these eerie films and roles Depp plays in.

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      1. Thank you Christopher. He most certainly does make those kind of films. I think from Hell (based on Jack the Ripper) and Sweeney Todd or his most gory films. Brilliant none the less.


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