Wish Hound

Black Dog of southern England.

Variant names: Wisht hound, Witch hound, Yell hound, Yeth hound.

Physical description: Often headless. Behavior: Active on dark, stormy nights. Distribution: Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, and Sussex.

Sources: Robert Hunt, ed., Popular Romances of the West of England (London: John Camden Hotten, 1865); John Lloyd Warden Page, An Exploration of Dartmoor and Its Antiquities (London: Seeley, 1889); Ruth E. Saint LegerGordon, Witchcraft and Folklore ofDartmoor (New York: Bell, 1972), pp. 26-41, 188; Katharine M. Briggs, A Dictionary of Fairies (London: Allen Lane, 1976), p. 440.

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