The Headless Horseman - A Strange Tale of Texas cover

The Headless Horseman - A Strange Tale of Texas

Thomas Mayne Reid (1813-1883)

1. 000 - Prologue.
2. 001 - The Burnt Prairie.
3. 002 - The Trail of the Lazo.
4. 003 - The Prairie Finger-Post.
5. 004 - The Black Norther.
6. 005 - The Home of the Horse-Hunter.
7. 006 - The Spotted Mustang.
8. 007 - Nocturnal Annoyances.
9. 008 - The Crawl of the Alacran.
10. 009 - The Frontier Fort.
11. 010 - Casa Del Corvo.
12. 011 - An Unexpected Arrival.
13. 012 - Taming a Wild Mare.
14. 013 - A Prairie Pic-Nic.
15. 014 - The Manada.
16. 015 - The Runaway Overtaken.
17. 016 - Chased by Wild Stallions.
18. 017 - The Mustang Trap.
19. 018 - Jealousy upon the Trail.
20. 019 - Whisky and Water.
21. 020 - An Unsafe Position.
22. 021 - A Duel within Doors.
23. 022 - An Unknown Donor.
24. 023 - Vows of Vengeance.
25. 024 - On the Azotea.
26. 025 - A Gift Ungiven.
27. 026 - Still on the Azotea.
28. 027 - I Love You! I Love You!
29. 028 - A Pleasure Forbidden.
30. 029 - El Coyote at Home.
31. 030 - A Sagittary Correspondence.
32. 031 - A Stream Cleverly Crossed.
33. 032 - Light and Shade.
34. 033 - A Torturing Discovery.
35. 034 - A Chivalrous Dictation.
36. 035 - An Uncourteous Host.
37. 036 - Three Travellers on the same Track.
38. 037 - A Man Missing.
39. 038 - The Avengers.
40. 039 - The Pool of Blood.
41. 040 - The Marked Bullet.
42. 041 - Cuatro Cavalleros.
43. 042 - Vultures on the Wing.
44. 043 - The Cup and the Jar.
45. 044 - A Quartette of Comanches.
46. 045 - A Trail gone Blind.
47. 046 - A Secret Confided.
48. 047 - An Intercepted Epistle.
49. 048 - Isidora.
50. 049 - The Lazo Unloosed.
51. 050 - A Conflict with Coyotes.
52. 051 - Twice Intoxicated.
53. 052 - An Awakener.
54. 053 - Just in Time.
55. 054 - A Prairie Palanquin.
56. 055 - Un Dia de Novedades.
57. 056 - A Shot at the Devil.
58. 057 - Sounding the Signal.
59. 058 - Recoiling from a Kiss.
60. 059 - Another who cannot rest.
61. 060 - A Fair Informer.
62. 061 - Angels on Earth.
63. 062 - Waiting for the Cue.
64. 063 - A Jury of Regulators.
65. 064 - A Series of Interludes.
66. 065 - Still another Interlude.
67. 066 - Chased by Comanches.
68. 067 - Los Indios!
69. 068 - The Disappointed Campaigners.
70. 069 - Mystery and Mourning.
71. 070 - Go, Zeb, and God Speed You!
72. 071 - The Sorell Horse.
73. 072 - Zeb Stump on the Trail.
74. 073 - The Prairie Island.
75. 074 - A Solitary Stalker.
76. 075 - On the Trail.
77. 076 - Lost in the Chalk.
78. 077 - Another Link.
79. 078 - A Horse-Swop.
80. 079 - An Untiring Tracker.
81. 080 - A Doorway Well Watched.
82. 081 - Heads Down - Heels Up!
83. 082 - A Queer Parcel.
84. 083 - Limbs of the Law.
85. 084 - An Affectionate Nephew.
86. 085 - A Kind Cousin.
87. 086 - A Texan Court.
88. 087 - A False Witness.
89. 088 - An Unwilling Witness.
90. 089 - The Confession of the Accused.
91. 090 - A Court Quickly Cleared.
92. 091 - A Chase through a Thicket.
93. 092 - A Reluctant Return.
94. 093 - A Body Beheaded.
95. 094 - The Mystery Made Clear.
96. 095 - The Last Witness.
97. 096 - Stole Away!
98. 097 - The Chase of the Assassin.
99. 098 - Not Dead yet.
100. 099 - Attempted Murder and Suicide.
101. 100 - Joy.

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Summary

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.