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The Snake's Pass

was Bram Stoker's second novel. The novel is an adventure story involving a search for treasure lost in a shifting bog. It was first published in the UK in November 1890 by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, Ltd., London. The book itself is a 365 page hardcover with a red cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in gold. It was first published in the US in November 1890 by Harper & Brothers, New York, as a part of their Harper's Franklin Square Library New Series (No. 685). This edition is a 234 page (plus 2 pages of advertisements) paperback with a light blue-gray cover printed on the spine and front panel in dark blue. Photographs of the book's UK and US covers are available here.

Serial publication


This novel was also published as a serial in at least two UK newspapers. It appeared as an illustrated weekly serial in twenty issues of the Weekly Mail, Cardiff, Wales, with the first installment appearing on July 19, 1890 and the last on November 29, 1890. It also appeared as a weekly serial in fourteen issues of The Newcastle Courant, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, with the first installment appearing on September 27, 1890 and the last on December 27, 1890. It has been reported that it also appeared in The People, London, England, from late 1889 to early 1890.

"The Night at the Shifting Bog"


An excerpt from of The Snake's Pass was published in the US under the name "The Night at the Shifting Bog." In January 1891 a part of "Chapter XVII - The Catastrophe" appeared under that title in Current Literature: A Magazine of Record and Review, The Current Literature Publishing Co., New York.

"The Gombeen Man"


Three excerpts from of The Snake's Pass were also published in the US and UK under the name "The Gombeen Man." In 1904 parts of "Chapter II - The Lost Crown of Gold" and "Chapter III - The Gombeen Man" appeared under that title in the book Irish Literature Vol. VIII., John D. Morris & Company, Philadelphia. In March 1973 "Chapter III - The Gombeen Man" appeared in the short story collection The Bram Stoker Bedside Companion, Victor Gollancz Ltd, London, and in 1990 it appeared in the collection Midnight Tales, Peter Owen Publishers, London.

Availability


The novel is available as a:
  • Free PDF download (UK hardcover edition)
  • Free PDF download (The Newcastle Courant)
  • "The Night at the Shifting Bog" is available as a:
  • Free PDF download (Current Literature)
  • "The Gombeen Man" is available as a:
  • Free PDF download (Irish Literature)
  • The novel can be purchased online as a:
  • Hardcover The Collected Fiction of Bram Stoker: 5
  • Paperback The Snake's Pass (Irish Classics)
  • Early publication notice

    The Snake's Pass Publication Notice

    The Daily News, London, December 10, 1890
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