Originating in the British Isles, the legend of the black dog speaks of a ghost or demon that takes the form of a terrifying black dog. It’s generally regarded as an omen of evil or bad luck. Throughout a good bit of European mythology, dogs have been and continue to be associated with death, much like the Black Cat of America.
In our very first anthology, Corrugated Sky took our own stab at the various legends and myths surrounding the black dog. From omens of death, to sinister curses, and wretched demons:
Luison – Wiliam is proud of being half Mexican and half Guarani, but his small-town classmates harp on his gringo name. So when the chance to prove his worth comes on All Hallows Eve, Wiliam has no choice but to take it.
Carolina – Days before her 100th birthday, witch-woman Carolina is visited by an old friend. The dog is a reminder of what she had to do to get this far. Now, it asks a price too terrible to pay.
Inn of the Black Dog – When Raymond and Meghan check in to the Inn of the Black Dog, they get more than they bargained for. The townsfolk have a secret, and they’ve got their eyes locked on Meghan, who is swept up into the ancient curse that can have only one ending.
Black Dog Asylum – There is darkness and evil in the world–more than anyone could possibly imagine. Ava fights the terrors that plague her under the guise of mental illness because she knows the real truth: knows that real evil exists and it is haunting the halls of Holy Trinity Psychiatric Hospital, reaping the souls of the innocent to feed the souls of the damned.
Clearly, each story takes a slightly different look at the dark legend, putting new spins or cultural twists on an otherwise terrifying legend.