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Curse of the ChupaCabra

Rudolfo Anaya

Is the ChupaCabra mythical or real? Stories of the creature abound in Latino communities. The illusive creature is said to suck the blood of goats. Thus, its name, goatsucker. Whenever a backyard goat or chicken is mysteriously killed, the story spreads in the barrio that the ChupaCabra struck.

When Professor Rosa Medina began to research the folklore of the ChupaCabra, she never expected to tangle face-to-face with the monster. Rosa journeys to Mexico to examine a ChupaCabra incident. The creature has killed a campesino in the jungle. And the drug traffickers who have captured the ChupaCabra also control a large drug shipment destined for Los Angeles.

The monster is set loose on the streets; so is the meth that is destroying the brains of the young and vulnerable. This fast-paced story moves from Mexico to Los Angeles to New Mexico. Danger lurks at every corner as Rosa fights to protect her students from the forces of evil.

Written for young adults, the story has a universal message. Only Rudolfo Anaya can combine the excitement of a thriller and the wisdom of traditional healings to create a page-turner that has lessons to teach us all.


Rudolfo Anaya, widely acclaimed as one of the founders of modern Chicano literature, is professor emeritus of English at the University of New Mexico. He is best known for the classic Bless Me, Ultima.


“Rudolfo Anaya is a pioneer of Chicano letters, revitalizing the ground of literature with every new work. Now with Curse of the ChupaCabra, Anaya enters the realm of pop culture with sociopolitical urgency. The scourge of drugs striking at the heart of all our barrios and the ChupaCabra legend blend and converge in a story that awakens us to the real horrors in our midst. Gracias a dios que tenemos Rudy Anaya.”


Luis J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running and Music of the Mill

"What fun reading! A smart, brave and impassioned heroine, Rosa Medina will appeal to readers young and old. Her adventures in the jungle and on the ship are sure to raise even La Llorona's hair. I loved it!"


Lucha Corpi, author of the Gloria Damasco/Brown Angel Mysteries

"The Curse of the ChupaCabra is an inventive, action packed read worthy of the ChupaCabra legend."


Denise Chavez, author of Face of an Angel and Loving Pedro Infante

6 x 9 in. 176 pages