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Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Black Shuck

Today's creature is the Black Shuck. I hadn't heard of this creature before. Thanks to @ParaYourNormal on Twitter for bringing this beast to my attention.

The black shuck is a ghostly black dog that roams the English countryside.

http://www.evilrestuneasy.com/Creatures/BlackDog.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Shuck

http://arcana.wikidot.com/black-shuck

http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/folklore/phantom-black-dogs.html

The only thing I don't understand is why it has such a silly name. If I ever use a Black Shuck as a creature in a story, I'm going to have to come up with a spookier moniker for it.

4 comments:

  1. The TV show Fact or Faked Paranormal investigated one of these sightings last year. They didn't figure out what was on the video, but it was huge! Definitely would be great in a horror story.

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  2. I've been meaning to catch that show, but haven't managed to yet. I've only managed to catch a couple of episodes of Monster Quest.

    I think I need a TV Guide!

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  3. There are old stories of large black dogs that roam Provence too, leaving footprints in rock and foretelling death...

    Re: the English ones, aren't they supposed to be huge wild cats, descended from escaped zoo leopards and panthers?

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  4. I caught an episode of one of the Monster Hunter shows where they were pursuing the giant cats in England. It was fascinating, but all the video was too grainy to actually judge the size of the cats.

    Apparently, they are plagued with giant, phantom dogs, too.

    As if average-sized cats and dogs can't be scary enough, when they want to be. I have both as pets and when they're sweet, they're wonderful. But when they are angry . . . I wouldn't want to see a giant-size version!

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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