Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Manufacturing a Monster

When is a monster not a monster? When it's a manufactured one.

That's the theme of my latest Mysterious Universe article, which kicks off 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."


  1. So you mean to tell me that this incident didn't actually take place?

  2. Who knows? As the article points out, SOME but not ALL Black Dog legends may have been outgrowths of tales spread by smugglers to keep people away from the areas of smuggling. But, as the article also points out, the faked cases were inspired by pre-existing black dog stories. So, there's real cases AND fabricated ones.