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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Character Study:Black Shuck

The next in my series of character analysis for the upcoming movie “The conjuration of Victor Dee Strider”

  "And a dreadful thing from the cliff did spring,
and its wild bark thrill'd around,
His eyes had the glow of the fires below,
'twas the form of the spectre hound"

For centuries, inhabitants of England have told tales of a large black dog with malevolent flaming eyes (or in some variants of the legend a single eye) that are red or alternatively green. According to reports, the beast varies in size and stature from that of simply a large dog to being the size of a horse.He is the Dog of death,and he has come all the way from England just to pay Victor a visit.Black Shuck is said to be one of the oldest phantoms of Great Britain,and he knows this about himself,so he is proud and full of himself,sarcastic from 500 years of fools in graveyards and with his name deriving from the Anglo-Saxon word 'scucca' meaning demon or devil",he is a force is be shuned,not dealt with,and always takes his due.It is said the hound will cause the death of any person that is brave enough to look into his eyes,and that he will come to those about to die and lap up the misery within the persons soul.
Clergyman, the Rev Abraham Fleming, is believed to have described the appearance of the legendary hell hound in a pamphlet written in 1577, entitled ‘A Straunge and Terrible Wunder’.
He wrote: 'This black dog, or the divel in such a linenesse (God hee knoweth al who worketh all,) running all along down the body of the church with great swiftnesse, and incredible haste, among the people, in a visible fourm and shape, passed between two persons, as they were kneeling uppon their knees, and occupied in prayer as it seemed, wrung the necks of them bothe at one instant clene backward, in somuch that even at a moment where they kneeled, they strangely dyed.'
, Black Shuck appeared during a storm on August 4, 1577, at Holy Trinity Church in Blythburgh, about seven miles from Leiston in Suffolk.
Villagers were reportedly sheltering inside the church when a huge clap of thunder caused the doors to burst open and the snarling dog crashed in.
It ran through the congregation, killing a man and a boy, before the steeple crashed through the roof.
The dog then fled, leaving scorch marks from its claws on the church door which are still visible today.
Later the same day, Black Shuck is said to have struck again 12 miles away, killing two worshipers during a service at St Mary’s Church, Bungay, while the storm was still raging.
In other tales he's regarded to be relatively benign and said to accompany women on their way home in the role of protector rather than a portent of ill omen,but this is just a rumor,and only told that he does so for women,not foolish magicians like Victor.Mysterious,Malevolent,Terrifying,This is our Black Shuck!
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