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The Legendary Guatemalan Tale Of El Sombrerón Will Literally Spook You

Remember that guy who wouldn’t leave you alone? Maybe he sent you cute texts that you didn’t find so cute or kept trying to convince you to give him a chance when you knew that wasn’t going to happen. Well. We have a story for you about a guy named El Sombrerón, the original Dude Who Refused To Get a Clue

The Legend of El Sombrerón

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El Sombrerón is a character from Guatemalan legend who simply won’t let his lady loves turn him away, thanks to his magical silver guitar. He’s also called Tzipitio, Tzizimite, or just “the goblin,” and Mexico and Colombia also have versions of this legend. There’s even a 1950 movie that tells the story.

He has a distinctive outfit.

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So, who exactly is this creeper? El Sombrerón is a short, old-looking man dressed all in black, with a thick, shiny belt, boots that make noise when he walks, and of course, a big ol’ hat.

He loves his guitar….

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His guitar is central to his awful plots. When he plays, his victims – always women with long hair and big eyes – fall under his spell.

…and his pets.

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He always brings a few things with him: two enormous black dogs, a pack of mules, a cold breeze, and of course, the silver guitar. You know he’s out causing trouble when you see the mules tied up at some poor, unsuspecting chula’s home.

He’ll take that hair, thank you very much.

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Here’s the other thing about El Sombrerón: He’s got this weird thing for braids. Horses, dogs, people – it doesn’t matter. If it’s got long, luscious hair, he wants his hands on it. Which brings us to our dear Susana.

The Story of Susana

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Many years ago, there lived a Guatemalan woman named Susana. She had big, beautiful eyes and long hair. She lived a perfectly normal and happy life, but she was exactly El Sombrerón’s type.

Susana never saw him coming.

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Susana was sitting on her balcony one night, enjoying the sight of the full moon, when she heard a strange sound and felt a cold breeze overtake her. Little did she know, El Sombrerón tends to show up under just such a moon.

El Sombrerón was up to his usual tricks.

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So he appeared under the balcony, and he serenaded her with his guitar and gave her dirt to eat. Now, she was totally under his power, though no one knew it yet.

Susana’s parents were too late.

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Susana’s parents couldn’t hear the music, because only El Sombrerón’s victims hear his song, but it was late at night, and their daughter should have been inside anyways. So they brought her inside and locked up the house. Despite their parental concern, the damage had already been done.

El Sombrerón had Susana right where he wanted her.

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El Sombrerón kept appearing to play music for Susana, ensuring that she would never sleep again. Whenever she tried to eat anything, it became covered in dirt, and so she couldn’t eat either. All that delicious food…gone to waste, just like her. 

The song’s effects began to take hold.

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Susana was wasting away, which was exactly what El Sombrerón had planned. When she finally died from the lack of sleep and food, he would steal her soul on its way to Heaven and keep her all to himself forever. He just had to wait. 

The situation got worse and worse.

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For days, no one knew what to do. El Sombrerón kept showing up to sing, and her food would never be edible, no matter what anyone did. Time was running out, and Susana was fighting for her life.

But Susana’s parents had one last idea.

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Lucky for Susana, her parents weren’t bobos, and they decided to try and save their daughter from the mysterious thing that had taken hold of her. Somehow, they knew that her hair was the key.

Goodbye, luscious locks!

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Susana’s parents cut off her long hair and took it to the local church, where a priest blessed it with holy water and said some prayers over it. Maybe, they thought, this would finally break El Sombrerón’s curse. 

New ‘do, new you, Susana.

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Just like that, Susana and her new hairdo were left completely alone. El Sombrerón vanished and never came back, and Susana regained her strength to live a happy life. But El Sombrerón is still out there, looking for his next long-haired lady to serenade. 

What have we learned today, class?

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Listen to your parents, stay inside, and don’t talk to strange men. The story meant to promote modesty in young women, though if you ask me, it’s not poor Susana’s fault she’s so pretty.

Outdated? Not so fast…

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Are there any lessons for the modern woman in here? Maybe. You don’t have to chop off your hair to thwart would-be suitors like Susana did – thankfully, there are other ways to handle unwanted attention that will probably be more effective. 

…maybe there’s a better moral to this story.

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So, the real moral of the story: Creeps are out there, but there’s always help. Rock your long locks, live your life, and if you feel able to reach out for help, never be afraid to loop in a trusted comadre to help you handle things. And always check in on how your friends are doing — you never know who might need a metaphorical haircut.


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Cardi B Ran Into A Fan Wearing Her ‘Invasion of Privacy’ Outfit And Their Encounter Was The Sweetest

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Cardi B Ran Into A Fan Wearing Her ‘Invasion of Privacy’ Outfit And Their Encounter Was The Sweetest

When you’re a celebrity with the record deals, big movie awards and legions of fans, it’s hard to imagine you’d want to be anyone else but who you are. Still, each year as ghosts creep out and zombies crawl up from their graves, celebrities prove that there’s still a novelty to dressing up like someone, something else, for the Halloween season. This year, with so many celebrities already out and attending some of the most spooktacular events of the year, we’ve already seen tons of inspiring costumes from our favorites and also those inspired by our favorite.

Here’s a look at what la reinas of entertainment are up to this Halloween.

Cardi B is out and about finding her dopplegangers.

During a trip home from the recording studio, Queen Belcalis caught up with a fan on the street who was wearing the rapper’s outfit from the cover of her Invasion of Privacy album. “I have to tell you I love your costume,” Cardi said speaking to the fan as she stopped next to her in her car on the street. We can only imagine just how shocked her gushing fan was as she drove away.

Heartbreaker Mariah Carey looked like she was checking up on one of the hearts she broke.

Mariah Carey and her man Bryan Tanaka dressed up as the ultimate couple that belongs together this year. Dressed as a sexy nurse to his hunky doctor, Carey looked stunning enough to stop a heart.

Christina Milian did a throw back as a Hello Kitty.

La princessa de Halloween went Hello Kitty crazy with an outfit that certainly takes the pumpkin cake. She even went for icy blue eyes this year to top it all off.

Victoria Justice went as the oujia board your ma told you not to play with.

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The bold costume was also a pretty bold move for the former Disney Channel star of Puerto Rican descent. To really round out her stunning makeup art, Justice also went for a spooky set of eyes.

Joey Fatone and Izabel Araujo

The former NSYNC member and his Brazilian BFF Izabel Araujo went as the twins from “The Shining” to the Casamigos Halloween party in Las Vegas over the weekend.

Lauren Jauregui went OTT with Halloween news.

The former Fifth Harmony singer not only dressed up as Harley Quinn for fright night, she also announced the release of her new song “Expectations.” According to her it’s worth a listen for anyone eager to jump on those Halloween vibes.

Sofia Vergara got us thirsty for some TV and diamonds.

In a promo post about the upcoming episode of her hit ABC show “Modern Family” the Colombian actress dropped an image of her beloved character Sofia dressed as Marilyn Monroe. No doubt, anyone looking for a last minute Halloween costume already in possession of a Blonde wig can go as cross version of Sofia x Marilyn.


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The Good, the Bad and the Evil: Supernatural and Spooky Works by Latinx Writers

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The Good, the Bad and the Evil: Supernatural and Spooky Works by Latinx Writers

Latinx are hardly strangers to supernatural folklore and magical realism has long been an essential element in some of the most renowned literature hailing from Latin America. That said, it should come as no surprise that the Latinas featured on this list tap into the creepier, darker sides of our cultura to develop their own supernatural page-turners. Imbued with Latinx folklore, inspired by supernatural staples like vampires, or a creepy tale that’s truly one-of-a-kind, the following works are an ode to the macabre and the spooky so read with caution and maybe some sage.

Valeria Luiselli

Valeria Luiselli is one of Mexico’s most celebrated writers and her book “The Story of my Teeth” is a creepy and strange adventure that tells the life of a man through his dientes. Gustavo Sánchez Sánchez, known as “Highway” is the unreliable narrator auctioning his teeth claiming they belonged to the likes of Plato, Petrarch, and Virginia Woolf. Highway’s journey to sell his teeth becomes an opportunity to share his story, and that includes a magical encounter with malevolent clowns that only adds to the delusions of the narrator. Born in 1983, Luiselli lives in the Bronx and received the National Book Foundation ‘5 under 35’ award.

Learn more about her on our list of acclaimed Mexican writers.

Zoraida Córdova

Ecuadorian writer Zoraida Córdova is known for her “Brooklyn Brujas” series that features reluctant brujas, magic, and even Death herself. The first book in the series, “Labyrinth Lost,” won an International Latino Book Award and has been optioned by Paramount. She’s also published the “The Vicious Deep” trilogy about mermaids not of the Disney persuasion but rather razor-toothed, and has also included mermen, and a Kraken. Córdova is acclaimed for her unique voice in the paranormal genre in YA literature and is currently working on the third book in the Brujas series set for release next year.

Samanta Schweblin

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Cultura. Samanta Schweblin. Es una de las autoras argentinas más exitosas. Sus historias de fantasía y terror cautivan cada día a más lectores. Secretos de su estilo. Para la promoción de la última novela de Samanta Schweblin, “Kentukis”, la editorial que publica sus libros instaló grandes afiches en puntos estratégicos de la ciudad. Por estos días, cualquier transeúnte atento podrá descubrir el bello retrato de la escritora que ilustra la campaña, en estaciones de subte, colectivos y paredes vacías de Buenos Aires. Un despliegue inusual para el alicaído mercado editorial argentino que, más conservador que nunca, sólo apuesta sobre seguro. Y es que, aunque a primera vista la literatura de Schweblin está muy alejada de las fórmulas de los bestsellers habituales, algo en la química de sus textos -fantasía, terror y angustia psicológica combinados con un estilo impecable- funciona cada vez mejor en la Argentina y el mundo. Desde su primer libro de cuentos – “El núcleo del disturbio” (Booket)- hasta hoy, su narrativa ha ganado calidad, consolidándose como una voz muy personal dentro del panorama literario local. La lista de sus reconocimientos ya es muy larga. Por ejemplo, ganó el premio de Narrativa Breve Rivera del Duero en 2015 por su colección de cuentos “Siete casas vacías” (Páginas de espuma). También en 2017 fue seleccionada finalista del Man Booker International Prize por “Distancia de rescate” (Random House), su libro más celebrado, que además le permitió quedarse con el premio Tournament of Books y el Shirley Jackson, un galardón en homenaje a la gran autora de terror norteamericana. Justamente, ahora, Schweblin trabaja en una adaptación al cine de esta novela corta que le ha dado tantas satisfacciones, junto a la directora peruana Claudia Llosa. Nota en completa en Revista Noticias. Foto: Juan Ferrari @juanferrari1618 #revistanoticias #cultura #escritores #samantaschweblin #juanferrari

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Argentine author Samanta Schweblin has received acclaim for her terrifying psychological thriller “Fever Dream”. The ghost story serves as a grotesque page-turner where a dying woman in a clinic in Argentina is interrogated by a child named David about the events that led to her illness. It’s a vivid and surrealist cautionary tale about the dangers of toxins. Schweblin lives in Berlin and has had her work translated into more than 20 languages, the English translation of “Fever Dream” was released in 2017.

Learn more about her on our list of acclaimed Argentine writers.

Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Award-winning poet and writer Guadalupe Garcia McCall was inspired by her Mexican roots when she developed the young adult novel “The Summer of Mariposas”. The book tells the story of Odilla and her four sisters who find a dead body and set out on a journey to return him to his family in Mexico. Their return to Texas is filled with supernatural elements including La Llorona herself, a bruja, a coven of half-human barn owls and even chupacabras. The novel is a celebration of sisterhood and has been described as the Mexican-American interpretation of the “The Odyssey”. McCall was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila and resides in San Antonio where she works as a high school English teacher.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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Mexican-Canadian novelist Silvia Moreno-Garcia is known for science fictions works for which she has won numerous accolades including the World Fantasy Award. From sorcery in Mexico City (“Signal to Noise”) to narco-vampires in Mexico City in “Certain Dark Things”, Moreno-Garcia books showcase a dark and other-worldly side of Mexico filled with magical elements and imaginative prose. She is the publisher of Innsmouth Free Press and also co-edits The Jewish Mexican Literary Review and the horror magazine The Dark.

Kathleen Alcalá

Kathleen Alcalá’s debut book “Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist” was critically acclaimed and awarded the King County Publication Award in 1992. The Mexican-American writer published the collection of 14 stories set in the Southwest and Mexico and infused with magical realism. Her debut novel “Spirits of the Ordinary” weaves together folklore and fantasy through the story a Jewish family in Mexico made up of an alchemist, a clairvoyant and a gold-obsessed and rebellious son. Magical realism once again plays a part in her writing, reminiscent of Isabel Allende’s iconic book “The House of Spirits.” Alcalá lives in Washington and teaches creative writing.

Yvonne Navarro

True horror fiction fans will delight in Yvonne Navarro’s 1993 debut novel “Afterage”, a finalist for the Bram Stoker award for Superior Achievement in a First Novel. The story takes place in downtown Chicago after a vampire uprising that destroyed the human race and what remains of them is now reserved as food for the undead. A team of mortal guerrillas unites to set the captives free using what knowledge they have to defeat the vampires. Navarro is lzo known for contributing to the “Buffyverse” having written seven novels inspired by “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”.

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