Sherlock Holmes from 1902 to 2012: The Hound of the Baskervilles


The modern BBC television version on Sherlock Holmes is notably different than the classic novels. The 1902 publication of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” used classic Gothic tropes and elements to tell the story of Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson, the Gothic destroyer and the Gothic enforcer, as they solve the case of the demon hound haunting the Baskerville line. The stories of Sherlock Holmes were so loved because they were able to take classic Gothic elements and provide subtle twists of reality, both remove the reader from time and reality, while incorporating Gothic horror that his fun.


In the 2012 episode, “The Hounds of Bakserville” the audience is still presented with a demon hound, a traditionally gothic moor, and Holmes as the arrogant anti-gothic protagonist. However, the story was updated to be more focused on the modern ideas of science and the fears associated with it. Baskerville is…

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