Wish Hound

Wish Hound: Black Dog of southern England.

Variant names:

Wisht hound, Witch hound, Yell hound, Yeth hound.

Physical description:

Often headless.


Active on dark, stormy nights.


Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, and Sussex.


  • 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 Leger-Gordon, Witchcraft and Folklore of Dartmoor (New York: Bell, 1972), pp. 26–41, 188;
  • Katharine M. Briggs, A Dictionary of Fairies (London: Allen Lane, 1976), p. 440



Mysterious Creatures – A Guide to Cryptozoology written by George M. Eberhart – Copyright © 2002 by George M. Eberhart

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