Mexican Bestiary: Sneek Peak #3

Here is another glimpse at our upcoming bilingual encyclopedia of fantastic creatures, titled Mexican Bestiary | Bestiario mexicano.

Tlahuelpuchi

A TLAHUELPUCHI (tlah well POO chee) is a sort of shape-shifting vampire who lives with her human family and prefers the blood of infants. The vast majority of tlahuelpocmimi (the plural of tlahuelpuchi) are female, and the females are more powerful than the males. Differently from European vampires, a tlahuelpuchi is not made: she is born with her curse, which cannot be removed. Tlahuelpocmimi first learn of what they are when they reach puberty, often from a family member who shares the condition. Once the curse manifests itself, these Mexican vampires must drink blood at least once a month. If they don’t, they will suffer an agonizing death. As the condition can’t be passed on, victims never become vampires; instead, they simply die. Though a tlahuelpuchi will always prefer to attack babies, often as they sleep snuggled beside their mothers, she can also survive on the blood of older children and teens. The typical sign that the victim was killed by the tlahuelpuchi are bruises on the upper body and small puncture marks.
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Mexican Bestiary: Sneak Peek #2

Here is another glimpse at our upcoming bilingual encyclopedia of fantastic creatures, titled Mexican Bestiary | Bestiario mexicano.

Chupacabras

Chupacabras are reptilian monsters with scaly grayish-green skin, large eyes that glow red in the darkness, stiletto-like fangs and sharp spines along their backs. The goatsuckers stand some 3 to 4 feet tall, and they get around by hopping like a kangaroo. When startled or angry, the creatures hiss and make a chittering, whining sound.  Most predators kill their prey; the chupacabras, however, drain all of an animal’s blood through three holes in the shape of an upside-down triangle that they make with their teeth.

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Mexican Bestiary: Sneak Peek #1

Here is a sample from our upcoming bilingual title Mexican Bestiary | Bestiario mexicano.

La criatura de la laguna el Jabalí

The Creature from Jabali Lagoon

In the state of Colima, near the town of Comala, the rivers that flow from the nearby volcanoes and mountains have formed beautiful, mysterious lagoons like El Calabozo and El Jabalí.  From ancient times, weird tales have been passed down about the supernatural occurrences near these bodies of water, from balls of fire, to disembodied voices and flying witches.  One of the strangest and most moving of these stories is that of the creature of Jabalí Lagoon.

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