Eyes as big as saucers…

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

 Hound of the BaskervillesII by Ms Golightly, deviantart.com
Hound of the BaskervillesII by Ms Golightly, deviantart.com

Walking through the damp woods, the paw prints in the mud looked huge. “Ah,” would say my Grandad, nodding sagely, “that will be the barguest.” He would tell me bloodcurdling tales of the great, black dog with flaming eyes… tales to make the toes of a small child curl with that delicious frisson of horror children seem to love. We never did see the paw prints coming back…

There are many such tales of a great, black beast in the folklore of England. Almost all the counties have known the phenomenon; some tell of a more benevolent creature than that of Yorkshire, my own neck of the woods, but most say the barguest is a monstrous black dog with a sharp-fanged maw and eyes as big as saucers. Some say they flame… and that his appearance is a harbinger of disaster.

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