Book Review: Sleepy Hollow: Creating Heroes, Demons and Monsters

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I managed to finish reading this in one sitting and it's quite an enjoyable read.

This is more of a visual companion rather than an artbook, and it's a nice companion to the TV series Sleepy Hollow authored by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry.

The 176-page paperback focuses on the characters, monsters and locations, making a total of 48 chapters. It's not an episodic guide although of course it makes references to the episodes where the characters and monsters appear.

Highlight of the book is the insightful and interesting commentary that talks about the filming process, actors, the making of the costumes, special effects, storytelling and the mythology of Sleepy Hollow. Each character and location is accompanied by commentary. I enjoy reading about how they create the makeup for all the different monsters featured.

Monster designs look terrific. TV shows nowadays are pretty good when it comes to dressing up their sets and coming up with good designs comparable to Hollywood film standards.

There are lots of pictures included in the form of concept art (not many), TV stills, 3D renders of locations and scenes, photos behind the scenes of actors and close ups of props and makeup. More than half the book are visuals but it's a good blend with information provided.

It's a wonderful companion to Sleepy Hollow. Recommended to fans of the show.

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