Tuesday, October 4, 2011
The Death Coach
The driver of the Death Coach is known as the Dullahan. The Dullahan, a normal man in every other way, lacks one very defining characteristic--his head. Most often, this headless apparition carries his decapitated head, or leaves it lying beside him on the seat. Witnesses to the ghastly visage agree that the head has the texture of moldy cheese, and features a sinister, grinning mouth.
Like the Banshee of Irish folklore, the Death Coach is seen as a death omen. If the phantom coach is seen or heard on one's property, it will continue to harass the family until the inevitable death of one of the members shortly after. One variant of the story says that if you open the front door of the home to the Death Coach, a basin of blood will be thrown in your face.
The legend of the Death Coach has migrated into all areas of the British Isles, and in various parts of the United States. Numerous stories can be found from New York, WV, and of course, on the Royal Mile of Edinburgh, where it makes regular stops to collect the souls of the dead.
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