Black Dogs: Further Sources to Check (sources)

FATE June 1990

Black Dogs are in Goethe's Faust.

Other names: Shuck, Black Shuck, Old Shuck, Skeff, Moddey Dhoo, Trash, Skriker, Padfoot, Hooter, and Gwyllgi.

Theo Brown, british, published paper including 39 accounts between 1829 to 1958.



To have the "black dog on the back" has become a general phrase, though perhaps few who use it have an idea of its origin. The following anecdotes about spectre-dogs will illustrate this phrase, and show how generally this branch of superstition is received.

1 Chambers's Book of Days, vol. ii. p. 433.

2 Notes and Queries.

3 Notes and Queries, vol. ii. p. 515.

4 ibid., vol. i. p. 295.

5 Notes, and Queries.