The Snake's Passwas Bram Stoker's second novel. The novel is an adventure story about a search for treasure lost in a shifting bog in Ireland. 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.
First edition book cover
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London, 1890
This novel was published as a serial in at least three UK newspapers. In his book, Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving, Stoker states that The Snake's Pass was first published as a serial in The People, London, England [v2. p27-28]. It later 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.
"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.
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The Daily News, London, December 10, 1890