Black Shuck, Hellhounds, and Other Black Dog Reports

Talking Shuck

Location: Woolpit (Suffolk) - Road approaching the village
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Nineteenth century
Further Comments: The shuck in this yarn caught a man and spoke, informing the unfortunate gentleman that he would be dead within a week. Not surprisingly, he died the following night.

Black Dog

Location: Wootton Bassett (Wiltshire) - Black Dog Road
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Unsurprisingly, it is a black dog that haunts the road which has taken its name. It is believed to only reveal itself to those soon to die.

Huge Dog

Location: Worksop (Nottinghamshire) - Blyth Road, near Hodsock Priory
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: 11 May 1991
Further Comments: A black dog with glowing red eyes standing taller than a Great Dane was encountered by a woman driving home. The creature appeared to be dragging something large across the road, although the witness was not sure what it was. Distracted by something else for a few moments, the woman turned back to look at the hound, only to find it had gone.


Location: Wreghorn (Yorkshire) - Area between village and Headingly Hill
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This creature, a midnight black dog the size of a donkey, would bring bad luck and misfortune to all who saw it. It was also always heard when a local person of some importance died - his howls and barks would cause all the mortal dogs in the neighbourhood to also howl.


Location: York (Yorkshire) - Side roads and snickleways in city
Type: Shuck
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: This large black hound with red glowing eyes is said to prey on humans alone along the snickleways in the city, though it has also been spotted in the old castle area.

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