Hell Hound Dogs – The Portent of Death

Hell Hound Dogs

The legend of the hell hound dogs stems from the British Isles folklore. Centuries ago the British used to refer to these demonic creatures as the Black Dogs of Hell.

These phantom dogs are thought to be a portent of death which appear at crossroads, in strong storms, places of execution and deserted country paths.

The animal is said to be a lot larger than normal domestic dogs and has bright red glowing eyes…

The Black Dogs of Hell

Most of the hell hound dogs that have been encountered over the years are reported to have been malevolent. There are however two black dogs located in Somerset and Connecticut that are said to be completely benevolent.

Nearly every county in England has a report of Black Dogs linked to it along with Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the Channel Isles. There are also scattered reports of them in Western Europe countries and South America.

Folklore And The Hell Hound Dogs

Folklore And The Hell Hound DogsThe Black Dogs of Scotland are often thought to be guardians of something priceless. One such dog is the guardian of the standing stone near Murthley in Perthshire.

Legend has it that deep below this standing stone lies ancient Celtic treasures hidden from man many centuries ago.

The Scots also believe that Black Dogs guard the farmer’s fields at night. They can be found near gates or stiles quietly protecting the field behind them. If anyone dares to take on one of these dogs and raise their voice it means certain death will follow…

The Names of The Hell Hounds

The image below lists the names of the various hell hound dogs the world over:

Names of Black Dogs

Famous Sightings

On 14th February, 1945, George Walton’s death was blamed on a Black Dog that had been following him for weeks before. George had complained to many friends of a strange black hound haunting him around every corner.

Black Dog Ghost
Black Dog Ghost

On one of these occasions Walton tried convincing people that the dog had actually managed to morph into a headless black woman. Strangely enough Walton’s sister passed away just weeks after his passing.

The castle that stands in Warwick is said to be haunted by a large black dog. Legend has it that an old woman that worked at the castle named Moll Bloxham liked to make a bit of money on the side.

She used to steal from the castle’s stores and sell on butter and milk to the locals of Warwick. It wasn’t long until the Earl of Warwick discovered what she was doing and banned her from the kitchen areas.

Moll was absolutely furious and vowed to put some sort of curse on the castle and all those within it. She died not long after and apparently returned as the Black Dog to terrorize the castle’s residents.

Priests were called into the castle to perform various exorcisms on the demon but it turned out to be a lot harder than they judged. Finally, after months and months they succeeded as a huge black dog was spotted leaping from Caesar’s Tower into the river below.

Newgate Prison has it’s very own Black Dog that is thought to be the spirit of a scholar imprisoned there in 1596. This scholar was sent down for demonic witchcraft but he met a very grisly end.

As he was waiting in the prison to stand trial the other starving inmates ripped him to shreds and ate him alive. For centuries after the Black Dog of this scholar was said to appear before every execution carried out at the prison.

Hell Hound Dogs

History tells us that there is very little you can do if you cross the path of a Black Dog – you’re pretty much dead! 

There are some vague Christian theories on ways of warding off the creature like wearing a cross or keeping a picture of a saint on you. Other superstitions include having a coffin nail in one of your pockets, carrying something made out of iron and sprinkling fresh water over your footprints as you walk.

Of course it’s always a good idea to stay away from crossroads and dark fields at night…

If you are interested in finding out more about the demonic forces that are linked to these Black Dogs CLICK HERE

4 comments on “Hell Hound Dogs – The Portent of Death

  1. I live in the United States and in the past 10 years there are increasing reports of devil dogs or hellhounds in different parts of the Southwest. The descriptions say they have piercing red eyed, are very large and extremely fast.

  2. I live in Ct and 23 years ago encountered one. The apartment was haunted- besides the hound, I also encountered dark shadow of man and 2 ghosts I thought were at first human. I woke with it over my then boyfriend. It is very immense. Stands like a human. Has red eyes. Long pointy nails. The hands are not like ours but not paws. It has a very unique snout- more pronounced than a canine. It is no dog but a beast. I warded it off. I had so much fear ( I guess I had nothing to lose) and hovered over my boyfriend almost like a dog. Told myself show no fear and I can’t even explain the immense anger I felt. It does not speak like us but more in mind. Almost perception. I growled like in my mind and and remember thinking stay away. That’s when the anger swept over me. It backed up and vanished in wall. I wish I could say it was a happy ending but wasn’t. I started having night terrors always ending in my death every night. Then started encountering the mentioned spirits. I woke every morning – can’t tell you exact time if 1 or 2 or 3 but my dreams or encounters were so dark I spent the nights terrified. I was convinced I would have a heart attack in my dreams-they wete horrific. I was so sleep deprived and thoughts of suicide finally prevailed. I did a very serious attempt. My heart did stop due to seizures multiple times. I did have a near death experience- It was my choice to come back. After I had been released from hospital I moved out and left my boyfriend. The last week prior to my attempt- he basically just turned against me. Supposedly he hated me over a miscooked steak. Before that fight it was a loving relationship- not abusive AT ALL. Also while in ICU he attempted to attack me and became verbally abusive while I was in treatment. 9 months after I had moved–my boyfriend did contact me pleading for me to come back and said some things to me -and I knew he was encountering things. (I never told him my encounters but pleaded to move. I just felt unhappy there.- how do you explain seeing things?) A month later he died in an unexplained accident in wooded trail behind the apartment. I went to therapy and at my request went through several psychiatric evaluations. All came back negative except I’m more susceptible of environmental influences than average person. I was looking for something wrong with me. I wanted to believe a pill would cure or explain what happened to me. I have never seen anything since. I did experience a very negative energy night prior to ex boyfriends death. I’m thankful it is in past but does haunt me at times in my memories. I just pray during those times and thank God for my 2nd chance at life.

    1. So sorry for the delay Lisa – somehow this comment ended up in the spam folder of the website…no idea how?
      Thanks so much for this account – brilliant reading and I’m positive our visitors will appreciate it too!

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