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Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore Paperback – March 15, 2011
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The most comprehensive dissection of the chupacabra phenomenon that I have ever read. Ben Radford leaves no stone unturned in his tenacious, unrelenting pursuit of precisely what is--and, more to the point, what is not--behind this veritable celebrity of modern-day cryptozoology. Is the chupacabra a bona fide mystery beast, or is it just a media-hyped monster of the imagination? Read this compelling book, which combines healthy skepticism with objective investigation throughout, and judge for yourself! --Dr. Karl Shuker, zoologist and author of The Beasts that Hide from Man and Extraordinary Animals Worldwide
A wonderful adventure into the quirky legend of our newest popular monster. Radford manages a very rare feat of balancing the excitement and magic of the monster hunt, with the rational skeptical approach of the scientist. I really enjoyed it. --Dr. Stephen Asma, author of On Monsters and Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished Scholar at Columbia College
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Of course, the story of a previously unknown beast that was decidedly not a raccoon and, in fact, was said to be a blood sucking monster that fed on goats and chickens, was just starting to take its hold of popular culture at the time. We had all heard the eyewitness accounts of the Chupacabra, seen an artist's sketch, and otherwise just wondered what in the heck this creature was that had seemingly come from out of nowhere. In Benjamin Radford's latest book, "Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore," he aims to answer that very question. And, in my humble opinion, he has done just that.
Granted, I am biased. I count myself as a Ben Radford fan. He is one of a handful of people I regularly credit with having helped turn me from a paranormal true believer to one who exercises much more critical thinking skills when approaching paranormal mysteries I find in my own studies.Read more ›
The Chupacabras (or Chupacabra as Ben Radford puts it) is one of the flashier, better-known cryptids ranking right up there in popularity with Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. And it is a fun and exciting mystery-- a reptilian, blood-sucking night creature haunting ranches and farms, killing livestock and family pets with wreckless abandon, leaving blood-drained carcasses in its wake. For me, this is great stuff for my next book.
However, if we are to take this field of study seriously, in order for there to be any true progress and real discovery, then we need to be willing to look into these mysteries in the light of intelligent, scientific study. We have to allow for level-headed researchers to be able to hold any suspected evidence to a high standard that may very well bring about the end of the mystery in question. There are many people who are threatened by that very idea and will oppose the arguments made in books such as this.
Ben Radford has done the kind of research that should be done for all cryptid animals. In the case of the Chupacabras he has left no stone unturned and shown that there is little to the legend beyond folklore and mass hysteria. And that's okay.Read more ›
1. Where did the Chupacabra come from?
2. What are all of those four-legged creatures that keep showing up dead in Texas and elsewhere?
3. Are the victims of the Chupacabra really being drained of blood?
4. Could the Chupacabra really be a vampire creature?
All of these questions are considered, thoroughly investigated, and answered in this book.
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! As a budding scientific paranormal investigator myself I hope that I can one day say that I have definitively solved a mystery. Until that time comes, we can definitely say that Ben Radford has definitively solved the mystery of el Chupacabra!
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The Chupacabra is a creature that I have always heard about, but never really paid much attention to; so when I saw a book about a topic of which I knew nothing about I thought it... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was very disappointed with this book. After the introduction, the author spends the first 50 or so pages on the history of vampires. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Carole
Benjamin Radford's analysis of the existence of the Chupacabra was rather interesting. He made it clear that much of the hype surrounding the chupacabra was due to propaganda... Read morePublished on May 7, 2014 by Andrew George
Everybody has heard about Sasquatch and Nessie. I'd been hearing about the chupacabra for years from my neighbor who is a retired high school teacher. Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by Wendy91602
The book is well researched, but I consider it too focused on the events of the United States of America. Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Chente
Tracking the Chupacabra is an investigation into the Chupacabra mystery by skeptical author Benjamin Radford. Read morePublished on June 30, 2013 by M. LaPlante
I have always disbelieve the existence of the chupacabra but the level of investigation is thorough and illuminating. Read morePublished on June 6, 2013 by Elmer
I bought this book with a good deal of expectation and maybe that is why I'm only giving it 3 stars. Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by sbissell3