The Blythburgh Whistle
“All down the church in midst of fire, the hellish monster flew, and, passing onward to the quire, he many people slew”.
On the 4th of August 1577, a great storm raged over the Holy Trinity Church of Blythburgh in Suffolk. The god-fearing townsfolk gathered within its walls in hope of finding shelter when suddenly, with a clap of thunder, the doors flew open and in charged a giant black dog with eyes of red flame. The demon dog rampaged down the nave killing several people as it went before clawing its way out of the great Northern door. Fearsome black claw marks can still be seen scorched into the woodwork to this very day.
Nobody knows who summoned the beast or why. However, we are confident that we know how.
The Blythburgh Whistle, like any other dog whistle, makes no sound audible to the human ear. This makes playing it incredibly difficult, and also, incredibly dangerous. The whistle may summon the black dog, but only playing the right tune will allow you to control it. >Woe betide the person who picks up the whistle without knowing its song, as Black Shuck is sure to drag them back to the world of nightmares whence it came.
The Blythburgh Whistle is now safely in the care of The Victor Ewing Museum of Ethereal Archaeology.