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Michael Hebler, Author
Michael Hebler, author
A scarred man - on the inside and out - searches desperately for his missing family after being separated during a grisly and devastating attack. "Night of the Chupacabra" is Book One in the Chupacabra Series.
Best Horror - National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA)
Post Civil War. Families move West to begin rich, new lives... only some never make it.
There is a creature that lurks in the vast open deserts of the west. It can only survive on blood and, although it prefers to prey on the weak and young, it will slaughter anyone or anything, once provoked. It is unnatural, deceptive, and difficult to kill. Word about the existence of this elusive beast has not spread for anyone who has crossed paths with it did not live long enough to tell of their account.
Night of the Chupacabra is one man’s journey to reunite with his missing family, while the lethal creature that separated them, the mysterious and ravenous chupacabra, is never far behind. Night of the Chupacabra is not only a gruesome regale of carnage, but a unique combination of science fiction bloodshed with a more poignant tale of lost love set against a Western backdrop. Night of the Chupacabra is an unflinching look at the impossible choices made for family, while knowing the consequences would ultimately lead to a fate worse than death.
Thrilling from beginning to end. I loved it!
I'm thrilled to be able to tell you about this brand new release!
The men huddle around the campire. The glow from the flames refelcts on their faces. A friendly game of poker between the two brothers is interupted by little Jessica, Drake`s daughter. Gavin grins, knowing Drake still can't figure out how she is sneaking out of the wagon.
Fearing Lucy's wrath, Drake tucks Jessica back in bed and then stops to talk with his wife. That's when it starts. The animals are an early warning. They jerk loose and tear off into the desert. Then an unholy roar comes from one of the wagons, soon accompanied by screams of terror.
The brothers race to get their guns, but before they can reach the wagon, something too fast to follow leaps from one wagon to the next and the screaming starts again. The chupacabra easily leaps from wagon to wagon, killing in a blood lust. All goes quite.
Then they get their first look at the creature. It's the size of a man, but there the resemblance ends. It's covered in brown fur, it's spiked tail flicks back and forth, it's red eyes glow, and it's stench can be smelled from across the fire.
Then it leaps into Drake's wagan. He dives in after it. The wagon shakes, rocks and bursts into flames. The creature bursts forth, engulfed in flames, and runs right into Gavin, pinning him to the ground. Gavin is being burned alive.
Impossibly, the thing is alive and leaps up to run off into the darkness, leaving Gavin mortally wounded. Lucy runs away into the night, driven hysterical by the loss of her daughter.
All this Drake sees as he lies helpless on the ground, horribly burned.
I can't believe this all takes place at the beginning of the book. From the first sentence, you get to meet the Chupacabra and by the second chapter, he gets up close and personal.
If this story didn't take place in western days, say it took place now, I still don't know what could have been done. The thing is just too fast.
Drake did survive the attack. He's horribly disfigured, his face a fright to gaze upon. He has traveled from dusty town to dusty town looking for his Lucy. Each time he thinks he's found her, it's a false lead.Then he enters Dillmore Valley, A Fine Community. A strange welcome as the town is hidden in a valley, away from view.
He's not alone. Something has followed him. He doesn't want it dead. It has it's uses.
I just can't resist this kind of tale. I love scary stories of creatures in the night. I have for as long as I can remember.
Michael Hebler is a fine writer. I can feel the heat of the flames, smell the reek of the Chupacabra, and taste the dust of the trail in my mouth.
When Drake rides into Dillmore Valley it reminded me of Clint Eastwood appearing out of the desert and riding into town in the movie High Plains Drifter. Drake has that same aurora around him. No one in their right mind would mess with him, it's better to avoid his attention.
I can't tell you a whole lot about the characters as it would reveal too much of the plot. What I can tell you is they are a diverse lot, just like any small town. You have your nosy parkers, the town drunk, the belligerent bully and then you have the ladies. Each character brings a genuineness to the story, keeping you engrossed and curious. I love character driven stories.
Of course, let's not forget the Chupacabra. He is something else! You don't just get a little bit of him here and there. He is very busy, rending, ripping and terrorizing throughtout the book.
Okay. I'll stop here. I could ramble on and on, but then I'd be telling everything. I don't want to ruin it for you.
Michael Hebler gave me more than I ever expected. I'm thrilled to know he is making this a series. It will be interesting to see where it goes next.
An emotional horror story that took me by surprise! Definitely a read to rave about.
Night of the Chupacabra is a great Horror-Western that is perfect for October. Night of the Chupacabra follows a man, named Drake, and his family traveling to west for a better life. One night while resting from all their travels with not too far to go, they end up meeting something terrible in the desert. They don't know what it is. All they know is that it looks like a man, it is fast and it wants to eat something...or someone. After tragedy strikes, Drake is on a journey. While he stumbles on a town, he gets more more than he bargained for, both from the townspeople and from the chupacabra he thought he left behind.
Wow, what a wonderful read this was. The story was very thrilling and well paced. Night of the Chupacabra is much more than a monster story. It is the story of a man who needs closure. Drake has lost so much, but he is on a mission. He is trying to find his lost wife. He doesn't believe she died when the chupacabra came and took out their camp. He travels send him to a secluded town named Dillmore (well valley), and as expected, everyone is frightened of Drake due to the scars on his face. Everyone is suspicious of him because they believe he is trouble. There are a few snags while he is staying at a bar, but things take a turn for the worse when it seems the chupacabra has followed him into town and a mistake was made with the locals.
I loved our main character Drake. He knows his looks make people rude, scared, and sometimes homicidal. But he doesn't let that faze him. He does what he can for his lost love. He doesn't let the stupidity or expectations of others stop him or make him into the monster they think he is. But my absolute favorite character in this book was the little girl Jessie. She has been taken in to work for the bar by selling matches, but she is such a tough girl. She has seen and heard enough that she has quite the backbone and a lot of street smarts. She is the youngest person in the book but she is smarter than most of the adults. The story is full with quite a bit of villains as well. One in particular named Charles. He seems to have the sheriff wrapped around his finger and wants nothing more than to put those he thinks are doing him wrong in jail or worse, for instance Raul. Raul plays quite the role in this book, but I must say, as helpful as he was, he rings some alarm bells for me. Same thing goes for the sheriff, but he was more upfront about it. Just wait until you hear their stories and how they connect to Drake, the sheriff is definitely something. Goodness, it is hard not to spoil.
This was an amazing. The story had me at the edge of my seat from page 1. With every chapter, something new is revealed. And even though this book is done, there is still more to uncover. The story is so action packed and heartfelt, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this story. I know of the chupacabra and this is the very first story I have read featuring the mythical creature. I am glad this was my introduction because Hebler really gave us quite the take on the chupacabra. I love the story behind it and the mythology behind the creature. This is a horror story you shouldn't miss. I can't wait for book 2. I am officially a fangirl.
Night of the Chupacabra
Drake and his family were excited to move out west and start a new life together. Yet there is an unknown evil lurking in the desert preying on the travelers making their journey out west. It is the Chupacabra and it needs blood to survive and will stop at nothing to get it. When Drake's camp is attacked, he doesn't believe his now missing wife is dead and he'll go to the ends of the earth to get her back. He travels onto a town, but the townspeople are mighty suspicious of the stranger and what Drake doesn't know is the Chupacabra has followed him there. `Night of the Chupacabra' was terrifying and fast-paced. I really got into the story quickly. Not everyone was as they appeared to be and little by little the truth was revealed to the reader. It was nice to read a story where the main character isn't super-handsome as Drake was deeply physically scarred by his encounter with the Chupacabra. It gives a new perspective on interpersonal relationships and first impressions, which I loved. There is so much Mr. Hebler brings to the Chupacabra mythos and it will be exciting to see where it goes next.
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