I’ve always been a night owl, and I am also a strong believer in the benefits of walking around the block a little after dinner. I liked going on walks anyway, and since I live in a safe neighborhood, it’s easy for me to romp around at any hour of the night.
On one walk around midnight, I reached an intersection, which I was already familiar with. As I approached the crossroads, which was usually well-lit, I saw it grow slightly darker as a large animal walked into view. I saw it was a large black dog, and I distinctly remember it staring straight at me. I’m not usually scared of dogs, but I have never felt the blood rush from my face as quickly in my life. I shined my flashlight on it, but when I did so, it was gone.
For a long time I dismissed this as an ordinary hallucination. Then, years later, I learned about black dogs at crossroads in other locations too. Although in the past I would have ignored this incident, in retrospect I may have had a brush with the supernatural.
Submitted by A.E.