Sometimes called “Doom Dog,” the Black Shuck has roamed through England since before the arrival of the Vikings. He’s reportedly the inspiration for the novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles.
Reports describe him as a large, black ghostly dog, quite hairy, and ranging in size from a dog to a horse. His eyes are malevolent to witness, flaming red or green.
The appearance of the Black Shuck is a portent of ill omen for any traveler who spots him, sometimes foretelling the death of a close relative if not the actual beholder.
“One of the most notable reports of Black Shuck is of his appearance at the churches of Bungay and Blythburgh in Suffolk. On 4 August 1577, at Blythburgh, Black Shuck is said to have burst in through the church doors. He ran up the nave, past a large congregation, killing a man and boy and causing the church tower to collapse through the roof. As the dog left, he left scorch marks on the north door which can be seen at the church to this day.” The Free Dictionary
Another report of a sighting near Chelmsford, Essex tells of all who witnessed the dog on that day met an untimely death within a year of looking into his eyes.
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