Tracking the Chupacabra

Tracking the Chupacabra

The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore

Book - 2011
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Among the monsters said to roam the world's jungles and desolate deserts, none is more feared than the chupacabra---the blood-sucking beast blamed for the mysterious deaths of thousands of animals since the 1990s. To some it is a joke; to many it is a very real threat and even a harbinger of the apocalypse. Originating in Latin America yet known worldwide, the chupacabra is a contradictory and bizarre blend of vampire and shapeshifter, changing its appearance and characteristics depending on when and where it is seen. Rooted in conspiracy theory and anti-American sentiment, the beast is said to be the result of Frankenstein-like secret U.S. government experiments in the Puerto Rican jungles.

Combining five years of careful investigation (including information from eyewitness accounts, field research, and forensic analysis) with a close study of the creature's cultural and folkloric significance, Radford's book is the first to fully explore and try to solve the decades-old mystery of the chupacabra.

Publisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9780826350152
Branch Call Number: 001.944/RADFORD
Characteristics: xiii, 202 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.


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Jul 29, 2013

This book is just so good, i almost died when the chupacabra description started i thought he was hiding underb my bed and was going to bite my sheamus off yum

Josh2085 Dec 24, 2012

Radford has placed a stake squarely over the chest of the Chupacabra and hammered it into its heart. How many people can say they have definitively solved a mystery? Not many. One of them is Ben Radford, though. My favorite chapter, and they were all great, was chapter 4. This chapter details Radford’s search for the Chupacabra in Nicaragua. Radford actually sets foot in the jungle to find the vampire beast. How cool is that? This book not only details an investigation, but also details an adventure! Throughout this chapter you feel like you’re riding shotgun with Radford as he sets out to find this elusive creature. I thoroughly enjoyed this book! We can definitely say that Ben Radford has definitively solved the mystery of el Chupacabra!

rwh77 Apr 18, 2011

Radford uses scientific procedures and great human insight and wit to track down this most romanticised monster. His results are both scholarly and surprising. A great read, and a very refreshing approach in an otherwise science-free investigation of the dreaded goat-sucker.


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