Review: Night of the Chupacabra by Michael Hebler

Review: Night of the Chupacabra by Michael Hebler

Review: Night of the Chupacabra by Michael Hebler
Night of the Chupacabra by Michael Hebler

Series: Chupacabra #1
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Horror
Publication Date: 17th 2012
Pages: 300
Format: eBook
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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 since 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 will ultimately lead to a fate worse than death.

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I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


You wouldn’t know it by simply glancing at my blog, but I am actually a fan of Westerns and Horror. Mostly, I watch Bonanza and scary movies so I am not a super fan, but I do like those genres, and I really liked Night of the Chupacabra.

When the story begins, we are introduced to the main character, Drake, and his family. He is traveling with his wife, five year old daughter, and younger brother. Although his life isn’t ideal, he is happy enough and his family is very important to him.

As you can tell from the synopsis, Drake’s happiness doesn’t last very long. His life is destroyed on the night a deadly creature attacks and separates him from his family.

Drake is horribly scarred from his encounter with the Chupacabra, and the only thing that keeps him going is the search for the family he lost.


This book was very entertaining and fast paced. Drake tracks his wife to this little town in the middle of nowhere, and has a lot of trouble with the locals. Not only do they naturally distrust any strangers, but Drake’s disturbing appearance causes people to be extra fearful of him.


At first, I was settling into my normal routine while reading this. I decided that the town was filled with a bunch of narrow-minded jerks, and Drake was the misunderstood hero. However, nothing is this story was quite that simple. In comparison to most of the other men in town, Drake was the “good guy”, but he was far from a hero. In fact, if the story had been told from another point of view, he could have just as easily been a villain. But since I knew him so well and understood what drove him, I found myself rooting for Drake even when I shouldn’t. I don’t know about you, but I enjoy it when a book can make me root for unlikely characters.


There were plenty of details in this book, and that was both a good and bad thing. It was a good thing because the details were well written without being overly descriptive, and it made it easy to get lost in the story. I felt as though I got to peek into each person’s psyche, and found out what made them tick. I knew what was important to them, who they loved, who they hated, and what they feared in just a few short pages. It was a bad thing because I was forced to keep track of about 15 different characters at the same time. I didn’t only have to deal with Drake’s point of view either. I saw things through the eyes of almost every character, including the monster, and I found it difficult to remember who each person was.

However, this is a Horror novel so I didn’t have to keep track of certain people for very long.


I can honestly say that I have never read a book like this. It was scary, but not overly dramatic and traumatic. There were definitely gory moments, but I didn’t feel like the author was depending on shock value, instead, he used those moments of violence to exemplify the deeper messages and plot points. Drake’s intense and obsessive love for his family is highlighted by the things he is willing to do to get them back. The misery and fear of the town’s residents causes them to behave in an animalistic and cruel manner. And even the Chupacabra was more than a mindless killing machine.

This was a very gritty and exciting read, and I can’t help but look forward to reading future installments in the series.

Because of violence, language, and mild sexual content, I would recommend this book for ages 17 and up.

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Author Biography

About Michael Hebler

Before becoming an award-winning author of my dark fiction Chupacabra Series, I enjoyed a full-time career as a feature film publicist and had the pleasure of working on multiple titles for Walt Disney, Pixar, Lionsgate, Lakeshore Entertainment, Warner Bros., Summit Entertainment, as well as the 2013 Academy Award-winning Best Foreign Language Film, "La grande bellezza" (The Great Beauty).

Life for me began in 1970 in Los Angeles County thanks to a salesman and a homemaker. Growing up, I dreamt of following my passions for entertainment and storytelling by becoming an actor. Then, while studying theatre arts at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California, I realized my penchant for stories were better suited on the page rather than the stage. However, creating tales with suspense, laughter, and heart is not my only love. I also enjoy volunteering in my local community for Meals on Wheels, as well as aid in the capture/spay/neuter/release feral program.​

Currently, my publications include the first three Chupacabra Series novels, “Night of the Chupacabra” (2014 National Indie Excellence Award Winner - Horror), "Curse of the Chupacabra," and "Legend of the Chupacabra." My first publication, “The Night After Christmas,” is a holiday picture book for believers of any age.

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