... "How about that hour of darkness in which the power of evil is exalted?"

As if in answer to his words there rose suddenly out of the vast gloom of the moor that strange cry which I had already heard upon the borders of the great Grimpen Mire. It came with the wind through the silence of the night, a long, deep, mutter, then a rising howl, and then the sad moan in which it died away. Again and again it sounded, the whole air throbbing with it, strident, wild, and menacing.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles, from The Complete Sherlock Holmes, v.II, Doubleday & Co., Inc., N.Y., 1953, p.848.

TIME: late 19th century

PLACE: on the Moors

CIRCUMSTANCE: the sound of the Hound of the Baskervilles, a mythical animal, or evil spirit of the family (Baskervilles)



A terrible scream - a prolonged yell of horror and anguish burst out of the silence of the moor.

... The cry had been loud on account of its vehemence, but it had pealed out from somewhere far off in the shadowy plain. Now it burst upon our ears, nearer, louder, more urgent than before. Again the agonized cry swept through the silent night, louder and much nearer than ever. And a new sound mingled with it, a deep muttered rumble, musical and yet menacing, rising and falling like the low constant murmur of the sea.

... He had started running swiftly over the moor and I had followed at his heels. But now from somewhere among the broken ground immediately in front of us there came one last despairing yell, and then a dull, heavy thud. We halted and listened. Not another sound broke the heavy silence of the windless night.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles, from The Complete Sherlock Holmes.

TIME: late 19th century

PLACE: the moors

CIRCUMSTANCE: a death in the moor. The hound attacks a man.