Dark Art

The Black Shuck

British Isles

This black dog, or the divel in such a linenesse (God hee knoweth al who worketh all,) running all along down the body of the church with great swiftnesse, and incredible haste, among the people, in a visible fourm and shape, passed between two persons, as they were kneeling uppon their knees, and occupied in prayer as it seemed, wrung the necks of them bothe at one instant clene backward, in somuch that even at a mome[n]t where they kneeled, they stra[n]gely dyed.

Abraham Fleming in 1577

The dog known by many names in the British Isles: Black Shuck, Old Shuck, Old Shock or just Shuck. It is a wild, sinister shaggy black dog that roams the country side and is regarded as an omen of death. It’s howling makes ones blood run cold and his paws make no sound as it approaches. Many believe those who see the Black Shuck will meet their death before the end of the year. He is considered a Devil Hound and accounts of his appearance has been noted as far back as 1127.

For more reading on The Black Shuck:

All That’s Interesting

The Black Shuck Wikipedia

This illustration can also be found:

The Ghost Story Guys Instagram – The Dark Art Series

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