Justin Hawkins knows rock and roll, but he wouldn't make a very good history teacher. "Not any of that stuff is accurate or even researched," he told Songfacts
regarding the veracity of this song's lyric. "How can it be accurate - I was just making it up. But 'Black Shuck' does run parallel with the legend. I wasn't too far off with 'Black Shuck,' because I was working from childhood memories of when we used to visit that place. They used to tell us about the scratch marks on the door, and that lightning struck a tree. As the legend goes, the church was attacked by a giant hellhound, and then it burnt to the ground and everybody died.
And then when you actually look at the records, there are some bits of the accounts of that fateful night - somebody saw a dog, some lightning struck the church, which caught fire, and then later they found a boy and a man dead in the graveyard, which might not be connected. They were probably struck by lightning or something like that, but not by a mythical hellhound with bloody red eyes. Probably. But we can't be sure."