In the English counties of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and East Anglia they call the legendary ghostly black dog that is said to roam the countryside ‘black shuck’. Succa’ being the old English word for devil or fiend. But in Dorset where I live its better known as the ‘dark nonce’, nonce also being an old English world for a large, pre-neutered hound. But whatever term is used I wanted to tell you about the time i was camping near Raoul Castle in East Dorset and my encounter with a ghostly black dog.
I liked camping on my own when i was younger but wouldn’t venture too far from where I lived. I had not long pitched my tent next to what in Medieval times would have been Raoul Moat when I saw the outline of a large dog sitting on the far embankment. It took me a while to adjust my eyes to what i was seeing but I could definitely see the dark outline of a large dog sitting there, staring at me. I stopped moving and at that point the dog got up and slowly faded away. All the wildlife that I could hear up until that point went silent. I quickly got back into my tent, zipped up the front and didn’t get out of it until the morning. The stories around Black Shuck normally explain that it is an omen of a forthcoming disaster, I can’t say that anything bad happened to me after seeing it but I will not be going back there camping anytime soon.
Submitted by Daniel Mulberry to Weird Darkness and My Haunted Life Too
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