The Sign of the Spider is a classic British adventure novel, first
published in 1896. Bertram Mitford takes the genre of imperialistic
adventure stories and turns it on its head, creating an anti-hero
as protagonist and weaving throughout the story a deliberate look
at racial attitudes and cultural differences within colonial-period
Africa. Mitford doesn't shrink from showing humanity at its worst,
but manages to spin a tale that is compelling in plot and
characters. This novel is also a classic in cryptozoological
fiction. The arachnid-beast that provides the climax struggle is
arguably one of the most fascinating creatures to appear in an
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