The hound of the Baskervilles was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is one of many stories about the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, and his right hand, Dr. Watson.
The novel begins when Dr. James Mortimer comes to visit Sherlock Holmes in Baker street. With him he’s got a story which he thinks might have a connection to a Sir Charles Baskerville’s recent death. The story is about one of Sir Charles’ ancestors, Sir Hugo Baskerville, who lived in the same mansion as Sir Charles a long time ago. The place is called Baskerville Hall.
The story tells that Hugo once fell in love with a poor girl that lived near the Baskerville Hall. The girl was afraid of Hugo, and she always avoided him. He was known to be an evil and wicked man and one day he caught her, and held her prisoner in one of the Hall’s towers. However, she escaped by climbing down the ivy on the walls of the buildings, and ran towards her home that lay on the big moor surrounding the building for many miles. When Hugo found out, he became furious. He swore that he would give up his body and soul to the Powers of Evil if he could catch the girl. He let out all his hounds, and rode after the girl on his black horse. All of his men rode after him, but a terrible sight met them when they found Hugo and the girl. The girl had died from fear and weakness, but also Hugo was found dead. His throat was slit and over him stood a gigantic black hound, with fire coming from its eyes and mouth.