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.”
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”
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.
The cover of my edition of The Hound of the Baskervilles has a pretty disturbing hound on it, too! 😅
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.
Oh, you should read it, Diane!