The Headless Horseman - A Strange Tale of Texas

Thomas Mayne REID (1818 - 1883)

The horse is perfect in all its parts—a splendid steed, saddled, bridled, and otherwise completely caparisoned. In it there appears nothing amiss—nothing to produce either wonder or alarm. But the man—the rider? Ah! About him there is something to cause both—something weird—something wanting!

By heavens! it is the head! (Excerpt from the Prologue)

The Headless Horseman is a novel by Mayne Reid written in 1865 or 1866 and is based on the author's adventures in the United States. The Headless Horseman or a Strange Tale of Texas was set in Texas and based on a South Texas folk tale.

Vladimir Nabokov recalled The Headless Horseman as a favourite adventure novel of his childhood years - "which had given him a vision of the prairies and the great open spaces and the overarching sky." At 11, Nabokov even translated The Headless Horseman into French alexandrines.(Summary from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Action & Adventure Fiction, General Fiction

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 000 - Prologue. Barry Eads
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Play 01 001 - The Burnt Prairie. Barry Eads
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Play 02 002 - The Trail of the Lazo. Barry Eads
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Play 03 003 - The Prairie Finger-Post. Barry Eads
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Play 04 004 - The Black Norther. Barry Eads
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Play 05 005 - The Home of the Horse-Hunter. Chris Caron
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Play 06 006 - The Spotted Mustang. Chris Caron
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Play 07 007 - Nocturnal Annoyances. Chris Caron
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Play 08 008 - The Crawl of the Alacran. Richard Kilmer
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Play 09 009 - The Frontier Fort. Richard Kilmer
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Play 10 010 - Casa Del Corvo. Richard Kilmer
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Play 11 011 - An Unexpected Arrival. Richard Kilmer
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Play 12 012 - Taming a Wild Mare. Richard Kilmer
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Play 13 013 - A Prairie Pic-Nic. Richard Kilmer
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Play 14 014 - The Manada. Chris Caron
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Play 15 015 - The Runaway Overtaken. Ric Cornwall
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Play 16 016 - Chased by Wild Stallions. Ric Cornwall
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Play 17 017 - The Mustang Trap. Ric Cornwall
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Play 18 018 - Jealousy upon the Trail. Ric Cornwall
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Play 19 019 - Whisky and Water. Ric Cornwall
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Play 20 020 - An Unsafe Position. Ric Cornwall
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Play 21 021 - A Duel within Doors. Chelsea S.
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Play 22 022 - An Unknown Donor. Chris Caron
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Play 23 023 - Vows of Vengeance. Jules Hawryluk
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Play 24 024 - On the Azotea. Jules Hawryluk
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Play 25 025 - A Gift Ungiven. Jules Hawryluk
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Play 26 026 - Still on the Azotea. Jules Hawryluk
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Play 27 027 - I Love You!—I Love You! Ric Cornwall
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Play 28 028 - A Pleasure Forbidden. Ric Cornwall
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Play 29 029 - El Coyote at Home. Ric Cornwall
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Play 30 030 - A Sagittary Correspondence. Ric Cornwall
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Play 31 031 - A Stream Cleverly Crossed. Hilara
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Play 32 032 - Light and Shade. Ric Cornwall
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Play 33 033 - A Torturing Discovery. Ric Cornwall
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Play 34 034 - A Chivalrous Dictation. Chris Caron
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Play 35 035 - An Uncourteous Host. Chelsea S.
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Play 36 036 - Three Travellers on the same Track. Chris Caron
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Play 37 037 - A Man Missing. Gen Jones
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Play 38 038 - The Avengers. Gen Jones
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Play 39 039 - The Pool of Blood. Gen Jones
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Play 40 040 - The Marked Bullet. Bill Mosley
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Play 41 041 - Cuatro Cavalleros. Ric Cornwall
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Play 42 042 - Vultures on the Wing. Ric Cornwall
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Play 43 043 - The Cup and the Jar. Kamna
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Play 44 044 - A Quartette of Comanches. Chris Caron
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Play 45 045 - A Trail gone Blind. Jules Hawryluk
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Play 46 046 - A Secret Confided. Chris Caron
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Play 47 047 - An Intercepted Epistle. Chris Caron
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Play 48 048 - Isidora. Chris Caron
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Play 49 049 - The Lazo Unloosed. Chris Caron
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Play 50 050 - A Conflict with Coyotes. Chris Caron
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Play 51 051 - Twice Intoxicated. Chris Caron
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Play 52 052 - An Awakener. Chris Caron
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Play 53 053 - Just in Time. Chris Caron
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Play 54 054 - A Prairie Palanquin. Chris Caron
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Play 55 055 - Un Dia de Novedades. Chris Caron
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Play 56 056 - A Shot at the Devil. Chris Caron
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Play 57 057 - Sounding the Signal. Chris Caron
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Play 58 058 - Recoiling from a Kiss. Chris Caron
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Play 59 059 - Another who cannot rest. Chris Caron
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Play 60 060 - A Fair Informer. Chris Caron
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Play 61 061 - Angels on Earth. Chris Caron
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Play 62 062 - Waiting for the Cue. Chris Caron
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Play 63 063 - A Jury of Regulators. Chris Caron
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Play 64 064 - A Series of Interludes. Chris Caron
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Play 65 065 - Still another Interlude. Chris Caron
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Play 66 066 - Chased by Comanches. Chris Caron
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Play 67 067 - Los Indios! K.G.Cross
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Play 68 068 - The Disappointed Campaigners. K.G.Cross
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Play 69 069 - Mystery and Mourning. K.G.Cross
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Play 70 070 - Go, Zeb, and God Speed You! Chris Caron
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Play 71 071 - The Sorell Horse. Chris Caron
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Play 72 072 - Zeb Stump on the Trail. Chris Caron
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Play 73 073 - The Prairie Island. Michelle Day
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Play 74 074 - A Solitary Stalker. Michelle Day
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Play 75 075 - On the Trail. Michelle Day
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Play 76 076 - Lost in the Chalk. Michelle Day
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Play 77 077 - Another Link. Michelle Day
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Play 78 078 - A Horse-Swop. Chris Caron
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Play 79 079 - An Untiring Tracker. Chris Caron
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Play 80 080 - A Doorway Well Watched. Chris Caron
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Play 81 081 - Heads Down—Heels Up! Chris Caron
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Play 82 082 - A Queer Parcel. Chris Caron
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Play 83 083 - Limbs of the Law. Diana Majlinger
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Play 84 084 - An Affectionate Nephew. Chris Caron
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Play 85 085 - A Kind Cousin. Chris Caron
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Play 86 086 - A Texan Court. Chris Caron
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Play 87 087 - A False Witness. Chris Caron
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Play 88 088 - An Unwilling Witness. Chris Caron
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Play 89 089 - The Confession of the Accused. Chris Caron
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Play 90 090 - A Court Quickly Cleared. Chris Caron
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Play 91 091 - A Chase through a Thicket. Chris Caron
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Play 92 092 - A Reluctant Return. Chris Caron
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Play 93 093 - A Body Beheaded. Chris Caron
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Play 94 094 - The Mystery Made Clear. Chris Caron
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Play 95 095 - The Last Witness. Chris Caron
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Play 96 096 - Stole Away! Chris Caron
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Play 97 097 - The Chase of the Assassin. Chris Caron
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Play 98 098 - Not Dead yet. ddemers78
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Play 99 099 - Attempted Murder and Suicide. John
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Play 100 100 - Joy. John
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