Posted by: Nick Redfern on March 6th, 2013
My latest post at Mysterious Universe delves into a very weird story – namely, how legends of Britain’s phantom black dogs may have been manipulated by centuries-old smugglers for ingenious reasons.
It starts like this…
“In his classic book Explore Phantom Black Dogs, author and researcher Bob Trubshaw wrote the following words: ‘The folklore of phantom black dogs is known throughout the British Isles. From the Black Shuck of East Anglia to the Mauthe Dhoog of the Isle of Man there are tales of huge spectral hounds ‘darker than the night sky’ with eyes ‘glowing red as burning coals.’ The phantom black dog of British and Irish folklore, which often forewarns of death, is part of a world-wide belief that dogs are sensitive to spirits and the approach of death, and keep watch over the dead and dying.’
“Having investigated many such cases across the UK, I can say for sure there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that there is a very real – and undeniably paranormal-based – phantom black hound in the UK. Indeed, it’s one that has been able to call the old land its very own for centuries. And although reports of the beast are nowhere near as prevalent as they were in the Middle Ages, they still surface from time to time.”