Posted by: Nick Redfern on May 9th, 2012
No, the wording of this post-heading is not a typo on my part! Rather, it’s the slightly-altered title of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous and acclaimed novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles – which took a significant degree of inspiration from the legends of one of Britain’s most infamous of all cryptids: the phantom black dog.
So, what’s my reason for bringing this up today? If you’re a fan of Sherlock Holmes, doubtless you’ll know that not long ago the BBC did something that some fans of the Holmes genre viewed as absolute heresy, but which I thought was an excellent idea: they updated the old tales of the late 19th Century to modern-day England – with Benedict Cumberpatch taking the starring role as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr. Watson.
And, this coming weekend (CHECK YOUR LISTINGS!) there will be a U.S. airing of The Hounds of Baskerville, which, as well as a slight name change, also alters certain aspects of the story to keep it in line with its 21st Century setting.
Whether a fan of Holmes or of ghostly black dogs, you really should tune in! And – yes, it’s a bit of a spoiler alert – if you can’t wait until the weekend, you can find a review of the episode right here.