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Under the Sunset

was Bram Stoker's first collection of short stories. It is a collection of eight stories for children with 33 illustrations by W. Fitzgerald and W. V. Cockburn. It was first published in the UK in November 1881 by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London. The book itself is a 190 page hardcover with a cream colored imitation vellum cover stamped on the spine and front panel in red and gold. In October 1882 the publishers released a 191 page second edition with 48 illustrations by the same artists. The cover of the first printing of this edition was identical to the first edition while subsequent printings had a dark green cloth cover stamped on the spine and front panel in gold. Under the Sunset was first published in the US in October 1978 by Newcastle Publishing Company, North Hollywood, California as a part of their Newcastle Forgotten Fantasy Library (Vol. 17). This edition is a 180 page trade paperback with a picture of a skull shaped doorway on the front cover. It is a reproduction of the first edition and has the original 33 illustrations.

Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington (publisher)

First edition book cover

Under the Sunset UK Book Cover

Sampson Low, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London, 1881

Other first edition covers


The short stories from this book are available as free downloads:

  • "Under the Sunset"
  • "The Rose Prince"
  • "The Invisible Giant"
  • "The Shadow Builder"
  • "How 7 Went Mad"
  • "Lies and Lilies"
  • "The Castle of the King"
  • "The Wondrous Child"
  • Availability

    The entire short story collection is available as a:

  • Free PDF Download (UK hardcover edition)
  • It can also be purchased online as a:

  • Hardcover Under the Sunset
  • Paperback Under the Sunset
  • Kindle Edition Under the Sunset
  • Early publication notice

    Under the Sunset Publication Notice

    Pall Mall Gazette, London, December 10, 1881
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