Sherlockian.Net: The Speckled Band


Basic information

Abbreviation (J. F. Christ, 1947): SPEC
Word length (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960): 9,880
First published: Strand Magazine, February 1892

Text available on-line

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    Links of interest

  • Annotated version by Rod Mollise
  • Story summary from McMurdo's Camp
  • Play by Arthur Conan Doyle, 1910
  • A Macavity version of the tale
  • "Souped-up" version from byook.com
  • The Sherlock Holmes Experience (vook.com)
  • Crime scene by Thomas R. Hanratty
  • The Recoil of The Speckled Band: Detective Story and Detective Discourse
  • Herpetology Network
  • Snakebite
  • "The Aesthetics of I"
  • Fauna in the Canon
  • Father-Daughter Incest: Unconscious Fantasy and Social Fact

    Redmond's Delicate Question

    Much has been written about the sexual elements in this tale, ranging from the supposedly phallic snake to the suggestive juxtaposition of the stepfather and his nubile daughters. It is the business of Sherlock Holmes to reveal the secrets of rapacity and murder; is it his business also to make improper sexual behaviour known?
    "The View Halloa", by Rosemary Michaud
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