Monsterfest: Hell Hound

        Halloween is just a few days away. And since October is the month of monsters I have decided to join in the Monsterfest hosted by Sommer Leigh. So, what monster am I going to talk about?


Probably the most known hell hound throughout history is Cerberus, the three-headed creature guarding the gates of Hades. His purpose is not to keep people from getting in though; it is to keep the souls of the dead from escaping. Along with having three heads, Cerberus is said to have either a mane or tail made of snakes, depending on which work of literature or myth you look at.

If you’re a fan of the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, then you know well the use of hell hounds in fiction today. In Riordan’s series, the hell hound was a creature able to travel the world through the use of shadow, sent out to do Hades’ bidding.

But Cerberus isn’t the only hell hound in mythology. Fenrir, a wolf-like creature from Norse mythology, could also be considered a hell hound though he is most notably considered a warg (a form of hell hound found in many works of literature known for their shape-shifting).

The most notable features of a hellhound are it’s black fur, unnaturally large size, and glowing red or yellow eyes.

Interested in hearing more about monsters? Check out the other entrants in Sommer Leigh’s Monsterfest!

About Katie Doyle

Katie Doyle is an avid reader, writer of NA and Adult fiction, a mom to two tornadoes that resemble an eight and six year old, and pet to a tuxedo cat named Oz and a German Shepherd/Boxer rescue named Charlie. If she's not reading, writing, or getting Oz out of a tree, she's screaming at characters on TV and trying not to curse around her kids.
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4 Responses to Monsterfest: Hell Hound

  1. Thanks for sharing this one. Especially interested in learning more about he warg! Happy Halloween.

  2. Cortney says:

    There are also hellhounds in The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. Awesome books!

  3. I'm a bit afraid of big dogs, so this is making my fear worse.This reminds me of the TV movie from the 70's, Devil Dog: Hound of Hell. I watched it several times as a youngster and I was frightened every time.

  4. Hell hounds are fun because they're one of the critters I still hear "modern" ghost stories about. Thanks for this entry!

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