Friday Face-Off: Mist on the Moors


It’s time again for the Friday Face-Off meme, created by Books by Proxy, with weekly topics hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog.  The idea is to put up different covers for one book, and select a favorite.

This week’s theme is: Mist/fog – “A thin grey fog hung over the city, and the streets were very cold; for summer was in England.”

I immediately thought of Sherlock Holmes for this one, and then narrowed down to look at covers of The Hound of the Baskervilles.  It’s my favorite Holmes novel, and seemed the most likely to be misty too!  Fun trivia: Hound actually saved Holmes’ life.  Doyle killed him off at the Reichenbach Falls, and for years wrote no new Holmes stories, swearing he was done.  Finally (and no one really knows why), Doyle wrote Hound, but it was set earlier than Holmes’ death.  It was so successful that Doyle ended up writing Holmes back into life and continued additional stories and novels about him.

Okay, onto the mist and the covers!

This is one of the few covers that incorporates every element I’d like to see – Holmes, Watson, a possibly supernatural hound and, of course, the mist.  Too bad Watson looks too old and the art style is a little cartoony.  I like the “hand-written” author name though.

Certainly Holmes and certainly mist, and I like the simplicity of this image.  No hound in sight, although since most Holmes stories are set in London and this has a very moor/countryside feel to it, it’s still a bit more individual than it might seem.

This is a cool art style…unfortunately, the hound doesn’t look the least bit fierce to me!

This, on the other hand, is quite the disturbing hound!

This cover is my favorite – I like the simplicity of the image, the use of both Holmes and the hound, and especially the nonchalant pose Holmes is in.  It hits the point a little hard by making “Sherlock Holmes” the biggest text on the cover, but he is, after all, what we’re reading the story for…the hound wouldn’t get far by itself!

4 thoughts on “Friday Face-Off: Mist on the Moors

  1. I like several of these covers, but I was most interested in what you said about Conan Doyla writing it later. I always thought it was one of the first, but that’s because it’s set early, I guess, and my anthology of Holmes has it early, too.

  2. I like the second one – that image of Holmes reminds me of Basil Rathbone, who played him in the movies. In the third one, it looks like the hound is swimming. I haven’t read the story, but I assume that illustration is not true to it. Interesting how different all of the covers are.

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