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Black Dog. Source: Maya Kruchancova / Adobe Stock.

Curse of the Night: Legend of the Black Dog (Video)


In the depths of eastern England lies a tranquil village, yet beneath its serene facade, an ancient legend lurks. Passed down through generations, the tale tells of a chilling encounter with a hellish creature: the ghostly black dog. Its origins trace back to 1577, when, amidst a raging storm, the beast crashed through the doors of Blythe church, striking fear into the hearts of the congregation. But why black dogs? Why not canines of any other hue? It seems that black holds an association with ill omens and death, intertwining with our complex relationship with these fascinating creatures.

Dogs, both loyal companions and fearsome adversaries, possess a captivating role in human symbology. From protecting and keeping us company to turning on us in an instant, they embody both trust and treachery. As the legend persists, the village's inhabitants continue to share their eerie encounters with the black dog, leaving an indelible mark on English folklore and captivating the imaginations of all who hear its chilling tale.

Top image: Black Dog. Source: Maya Kruchancova / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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