The Hound Of The Baskervilles (2nd Edition)
The Hound of the Baskervilles LP with Sir Derek Jacobi & Bleak December. The 1st edition was pressed a few years back and has been sold out since, so don’t miss out on this very limited second edition.
* Opaque Camo Green Mix Vinyl Variant
* Limited pressing of 300
* Featuring Sir Derek Jacobi as Sherlock Holmes
* Full cast audio play
* Deluxe triple gatefold sleeve
* Liner notes by producer Anthony D. P. Mann of Bleak December
* Art by Adam Burke
Featuring a full cast audio play by the same team that delivered Cadabra’s recently-released rendition of Bram Stoker’s, Dracula, SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE’s The Hound Of The Baskervilles showcases top-tier audio delivery with professional stage and screen actors including Sir Derek Jacobi (Gladiator, The King’s Speech, Underworld: Evolution, Frazier, Dr. Who) as Sherlock Holmes.
“They were the footprints of a gigantic hound!” …and the audience shudders at the suggestion – a giant, demonic devil-dog that stalks the mysterious and desolate terrain of the vast moor where the tale is set, enacting a centuries-old blood curse on the Baskerville family. In many ways, it’s the perfect Sherlock Holmes story, and certainly the most well-known, having been adapted for stage and screen countless times (and in as many languages) since its first appearance as a Strand Magazine serialization in 1901.
In 1893, SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE had tired of his infamous creation, and killed Sherlock Holmes off at the hands of his arch nemesis, Professor Moriarty, in a dramatic plunge off the Reichenbach Falls in the appropriately-titled The Final Problem. Eight years later, in a response to public furor for more Holmes, the author wrote the story as a hitherto unpublished work from a period in the detective’s career prior to his fateful encounter with Moriarty. The Hound Of The Baskervilles was indeed a massive success, and CONAN DOYLE soon resurrected Holmes from the dead, continuing to write new adventures until 1927.
Just what is it about The Hound that has endeared itself to audiences more than any of the fifty-six short stories and four novels that CONAN DOYLE published in his lifetime? After all, this is a story that is fairly light on Sherlock Holmes himself, as he is absent for a fair amount of the action, faithful sidekick Dr. Watson standing-in as witness to a fair chunk of the action. The appeal may lie in that, of all the original Holmes adventures, this one closest resembles a horror story… and audiences do love a good fright.
The ingredients are perfect for an evening of thrills and terror… There is an unexplained death, a spooky old house that is drenched in the legacy of its own bloody history, strange sounds and lights in the night, an escaped inmate from a mental asylum loose upon the moor, and the piece-de-resistance: the Hound itself – a fierce, glowing supernatural presence that is horrific and bloodthirsty. Is it any wonder why the story holds a place among the great literary chillers of all time?
With well over three dozen adaptations over the last century, spanning stage, radio, and screens both theatrical and television Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, would seem to have nothing new to give up in the 21st century. However, the Bleak December Players have found a way to strip the novel-length tale down to its essence, while losing none of the joie de vivre which makes the story so utterly timeless.
The tale which makes up The Hound of the Baskervilles is notable for many reasons, all of which are utilized to great effect in the Bleak December Players’ adaptation. First and foremost, this is a story which primarily features Dr. John Watson, rather than Sherlock Holmes, for the better part of two-thirds of the novel. Thus, having Anthony D.P. Mann perform the role of Watson makes for a jolly good performance, given his crisp, clipped manner of speaking.
When contrasted with the stentorian delivery of noted Shakespearen actor Derek Jacobi in the role of Holmes, one finds the pair to be perfectly-suited in whom they play. While their interactions are not near what they might have been in an adaptation of something like A Study in Scarlet, they’re all the more thrilling for the fact that this is Watson truly coming into his own, rather than merely functioning as the great detective’s sounding board and scribe.
With that, onto the second notable aspect of The Hound of the Baskervilles: not only is Holmes absent for much of the story itself, so was Holmes absent in print for nearly a decade before Doyle brought him back in this tale, originally serialized in The Strand magazine. Thus, not only does the listener get the thrill of Holmes revealing himself late in the story, but they get to feel something akin to the frisson readers received nearly 120 years ago when Holmes reveals himself in a manner similar to the original novel, yet wholly unique to this telling.
- AThe Hound Of The Baskervilles (Part One)
- BThe Hound Of The Baskervilles (Part Two)