"I just hope he’ll know how to cope with the hell-hound"
Cerberus, watercolour by William Blake
Public DomainCerberus, watercolour by William Blake - Credit: William Blake

The Hell-hound is a supernatural dog of hell. Folklore and fiction attribute it with special abilities, such as great speed or strength. Hell-hounds are said to guard the entrance to the Underworld, most famously Cerberus in Greek mythology.

A hell-hound features in The Omen, hypnotising Damien's first nanny and causing her to hang herself.