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British Phantom Hounds

Posted by: Nick Redfern on July 28th, 2012

My Lair of the Beasts column at Mania.com this weekend places under the spotlight the fiendish, fiery-eyed black dog of Britain that, for centuries, has roamed the land, while provoking terror in the process.

Here’s my opening words:

“For centuries, the ghostly Black Dog, or Devil Dog, has been an integral part of British folklore and mythology, as well as the world of monster-hunting. Generally described as being much larger than any normal hound, its coat is utterly black, its eyes blaze like fiery, red-hot coals, and its appearance and presence is often perceived as an ominous portent of disaster, tragedy, and death. In other words, the Black Dog of Britain is the grim reaper in animal form.”

And here’s where you can find the complete article.

Nick Redfern About Nick Redfern
Punk music fan, Tennents Super and Carlsberg Special Brew beer fan, horror film fan, chocolate fan, like to wear black clothes, like to stay up late. Work as a writer.


2 Responses to “British Phantom Hounds”

  1. PoeticsOfBigfoot responds:

    Have you ever seen a movie called “The Killer Shrews” starring the sheriff from the TV show “Dukes of Hazzard”? It’s about a mad scientist on an island who breeds giant, ravenous shrews that, of course, get loose and start chasing down people. The filmmaker used large, dark hounds covered in material to play the shrews, but they’re obviously dogs. It always reminded me of “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

  2. Nick Redfern responds:

    Yes, I have seen that! I have to say, I thought it was awful! LOL. If I remember right, they used “Lassie” type dogs.



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