These deliciously gory tales are recounted by the renowned storyteller Alfred Avila, who has salvaged these stories from disappearing forever. He is one of the last in a long line of tall-tale specialists in the Mexican tradition of the Southwest. Not only has he remembered these stories from his childhood, but he has translated their essence into shocking images in his illustrations. His daughter, Kat Avila, has rendered vivid and precise translations of her father's originals. Here at last is a rich heritage that will take its place beside the headless horseman and the other tales from Anglo-American tradition that have honored bookshelves, nights around the campfire and Halloween recountings.