It certainly looked the part: unkempt, feral and undeniably a very big black dog.Over the next few days, the children rehashed all the traditional Black Dog stories, posting and re-posting everything they had ever heard, enjoying a frenzy of terror.Many were too shocked to recall anything with clarity.
Most described a terrible chase by a hell hound through the back lanes of Morton or outlying areas.
Very occasionally bodies had been discovered instead, bearing the signs of having been attacked by something vicious.
In the 1970s a Ph D student researching the tradition of Black Dogs within Britain observed that, although Morton’s Black Dog had not been specifically identified before the 1760s, the area had a long history of brutal attacks.
Charm jewellery was also popular, especially as tokens for the children.
Certain areas around Morton’s valley were regarded as sensitive occult spots and, while not all of them were considered unlucky, they were avoided by those who did not want an encounter with the Dog.