Monday, February 27, 2012

Monster Monday: Hellhound

Dog may be man’s best friend, but there’s one pooch you definitely don’t want to greet you at the front door – the Hellhound.

Known for its black fur and glowing red or yellow eyes, supernatural strength and extraordinary speed, the Hellhound is often assigned to guard the entrances to the world of the dead, such as graveyards and burial grounds.

In European legends, a Hellhound sighting is much more ominous. Its howl may be either an omen of or even a cause of death. Surely, staring into one of the beast’s eyes three times or more will kill you…dead.

Perhaps the most famous of these creepy mutts is Cerebus from Greek mythology, a multi-headed hound charged with guarding the Underworld; but these supernatural creatures are a pop culture staple.  From the fictional minds of Rick Riordan and J.K. Rowling, through to regular appearances in movies like the Omen and TV shows like Supernatural, the Hellhound is definitely more bite than bark.

Survival Tip: No one knows for sure if these beasties can be killed, but voodoo-powder goofer dust, an extract from the Devil’s Shoestring plant, and plain old table salt are known to keep them at bay.

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