Art Of The Barghest

Since I was small, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of a demonic black hound, the size of a yearling calf with eyes the colour of hell fire, haunting the dark, lonely moors and lanes of England. Also, the fact it’s a legend most commonly associated with my home county of Yorkshire is something that makes me extremely proud!

It was by reading the Hound Of The Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle that I was first introduced to the black hound of death. Doyle was apparently inspired by the story of a huntsman from Devon who sold his soul to the devil, and, after he died, would hunt with a pack of black dogs.

When I was around eight years old, my Granddad went to a carboot sale and bought me home The Hound Of The Baskervilles in the form of a small hardback pocketbook. I kept it close to me for years.

Any literature that I could find with even just a mention of the Barghestย  – that can also be spelt Barguest or Bargest – held me captivated, including A Warlock in Whitby by Robin Jarvis and Dracula.

The legend of the black dog is one that’s told far and wide across England, and it has different names depending on which part of the country you’re from. In the North, we call it the Barghest. In the South, it’s known as Black Shuck. Other names it goes by include: Padfoot, Churchyard Beast, Grim, Hairy Jack, and Skriker.

The art I’ve collected here was found by typing #barghest and #blackshuck into Instagram. Using hashtags on Instagram has, in recent years, become one of my favourite ways to gather art.

*The art in the featured image is by Dillion Samuelson.

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The Black Shuck (Part 1) from the Old and New World is a supposed apparitional dog that is said to sometimes aid travelers or those who are lost, but mostly is believed to be an omen of death. They are as large as a calf are black, often described as jet black or coal black. They have a shaggy coat with large red, or green, glowing eyes. They are occasionally said to be headless, but usually accounts say it has a head, paired with long teeth, often foaming or slavering at the mouth. Some accounts say the apparition only has one large eye. The beast is nocturnal, often malevolent or menacing; screaming, growing or howling at some. It has also been seen to follow a run alongside people it often at peers seemingly real but when a witness tries to touch or strike it, nothing solid is filled. It is also reported to appear for disappear suddenly. Itโ€™s most often reported along roads are country lanes; also graveyards, fields, barrows, and downs. And association with waterways has also been noted. It usually appears before bad weather and has been heard to be accompanied by the sound of chains. Most reports say it walks behind people, growling, or just staring at them. It has been known to follow cyclists and has even been said to throw people down and break their legs. Itโ€™s distribution in Europe, is especially common and Great Britain but has also been reported from Ireland, France, Belgium, Italy, Croatia, Germany, Austria, and Poland. In the United States, there have been reports from Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Other reports come from Canada, especially Nova Scotia. Part 2 will be out soon with all of the sightings I could find of the Black Shuck, and thereโ€™s a lot ๐Ÿ˜… #cryptid #cryptids #cryptozoology #dinosaur #unexplainedmysteries #mysteries #myth #legend #folklore #urbanlegend #cryptoworld #legendofthecryptids #dinosaur #notextinct #openmind #mystery #blackdog #blackshuck #oldshuck #europe #northamerica #omen #brayroadbeast #shuck

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