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The Hound of the Baskervilles (Laurel Leaf Library Edition) Paperback - Used



 
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Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Because the author was deeply involved in spiritism, curses, and witchcraft practices himself, through symbols, scenery and fear, Arthur Conan Doyle overtly hinted about the ‘dark’ issues of satanic worship without explicitly discussing them.  Generational curses had hounded the Baskerville family for years, including several questionable deaths revealed as murders.  And local folklore had included tales of larger-than-horse-sized giant hounds that roamed the countryside at night.  While Doyle eventually solves the case with his famed logic, the aura of dark mystery in the tale cannot be erased.  In ‘The Odd Spiritualism of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,” Andrew Lycett discusses Doyle’s claims of communicate with the dead, thought transference, mesmerism, and hypnotism.  Lycett questioned how Doyle, “a medical man stepped in empirical reasoning at Edinburgh University . . . [could] have fallen for this mumbo jumbo?”  Moreover, Lycett’s biography of Doyle, ‘The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,’ tells the truth about Doyle’s satanic practices, while John Dickson Carr’s biography of Doyle generally avoids the issue.  In his article Lycett further points out that at towards the end of his life, Doyle abandoned cloaking his beliefs in mysticism behind the fictional Sherlock Holmes, and openly published non-fiction studies of spiritist practices under the name ‘St. Paul of the New Dispensation.‘  But it is much easier to deceive people that they are being entertained with simple, entertaining ‘fiction.’

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