Saturday, July 15, 2017

Departure from chupacabra legend: drinking blood vs. eating

Before The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra came out, we received a comment worth addressing: why doesn't our chupacabra's signature act go according to legend?

In other words, chupacabras reportedly don't eat flesh but rather drink blood. (In Spanish, "chupacabra" means "goat sucker.")

My three goats, however, are not afraid of being drained of blood; they live in fear of being eaten. And my chupacabra is indeed more hungry than thirsty.

So why did I mythologize the myth?

It is simply a tweak to make the concept more appropriate for the picture book set (similar to the way picture books that tell the origin of Batman don't explicitly mention that his parents were shot to death). Odd as it may sound, it is less grotesque to talk of being eaten than to talk of having your blood sucked out.

Besides, either way, the goats would die.

Which (spoiler) they don't.

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