The legendary characters of Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe come to life in this exciting, historically-based novel by Seth Adam Smith!
In 1730, young Rip Van Winkle sneaks into a cemetery and comes face-to-face with the ghost of William Blaxton, the first settler of Boston. Warning Rip that the city is in grave danger, Blaxton gives Rip a mysterious gift-a pumpkin lantern with power over life and death.
With the help of the stern and secretive, Jonathan Edwards and the talkative, know-it-all raven, Nathaniel, Rip travels across Massachusetts colony in search of Feathertop, a mythical, pumpkin-headed scarecrow with the power to save Boston.
Along the way, Rip encounters characters like Tom Walker, Katy Cruel, Hop-Frog, Alfred Bulltop Stormalong, Captain Ahab, Amelia Simmons, Mistress Hibbins, Pearl Prynne, Roger Chillingworth, the Midnight Minister, and the traitorous Goodman Brown-heroes and villains from early American history, literature, and folklore.
Pursued by witches, werewolves, and the living dead, Rip Van Winkle must race against time to save the "city upon a hill" and become a light to the world.
"Be warned, Smith has crafted something you won't want to put down. So clever and fresh, this easily stands out as the most unique piece of fiction I've read in years." - New York Times Bestselling Author, Jason. F. Wright