Britain's ghostly black dogs of times-past: were they really the denizens of some terrible underworld, or might they just have been regular dogs that legend, mythology and even deliberate deception - undertaken centuries ago for ingenious purposes - mutated into something very different? Or can the truth be found in all of the above? Here's a few possible answers to those questions, in my latest Lair of the Beasts column for Mania.com.
It certainly appears that the phantom hound known as Black Shuck was nothing more than some holy (!) creation. Little did the perpetaror at the time realise just how his creation would go on to become not only a sign of malevolence, but a folkloric legend.
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