You may have heard him referred to as the bogeyman. Or the creature hiding under the bed. The lord of nightmares. The ultimate evil.
El Cucuy goes by many names. But it doesn’t matter what you call him. Because if you ever meet him, the only word you’ll be able to get out will be “AHHHHHH!!!!!”
Oh, and did we mention that Paola Santiago is going to have to confront El Cucuy in person if she ever hopes to free Dante from the void? Hopefully all that screaming doesn’t give her a sore throat.
Real estate may be cheap in the void, but good luck finding a place as impressive as El Cucuy’s obsidian tower. To reach El Cucuy, you have to climb twenty-five floors. And once you finally make it to his door, you’ll need to fight every single urge telling you to run back down.
But none of that will matter when El Cucuy calls your name. Because once summons you to his throne, you can say bye-bye to your free will. Might as well take your shoes off, get comfortable, and introduce yourself to the local skeletons. You’re going to be there for a while.
The first thing you’ll notice about El Cucuy (aside from his voice, which sounds like a mixture of a thousand chittering insects and the distant screams of people in pain), is his horrifying, indescribable face. Or lack thereof.
In lieu of eyes, a nose, and a mouth, El Cucuy’s countenance is like a projector screen. An ever-shifting screen that continuously projects all your deepest, darkest fears. He completes the look with a waist-length black ponytail, a long, black cloak lined with red satin, and a mysterious cube made of dark metal and swirling with purple void essence.
Admittedly, it looks a little too much like a Rubik’s Cube to be that intimidating. Even if it is presumably very powerful and deadly. But hey, at least it’s not a fidget spinner.
Lock the Door Behind You
In case you couldn’t tell by now, El Cucuy is kind of a big deal. Particularly for those who exist within the void. He’s such a big deal that even La Llorona is considered small potatoes in comparison.
When you have as much power and influence as El Cucuy does, it’s easy to command others to do your bidding. Obviously, the bogeyman isn’t going to close the void entrances himself. That’s why he employs loyal soldiers like Shadow Pao to do the hard work for him. Not that she or any of the other countless monsters and fantasmas have much choice in the matter. Let’s hope he at least provides a solid dental plan.
Army of Darkness
El Cucuy’s ultimate plan for the mortal world remains a mystery. What we do know is that it involves the closing of entrances to the void, the capture of Dante, and the creation of a massive army of shadow doppelgängers.
Clearly, El Cucuy is the most absolutely powerful and terrifying foe Paola has ever faced. But the greatest weapon at his disposal may be the ability to inspire a paralyzing sense of dread. If Paola can overcome the mind-numbing, soul-crushing fear that El Cucuy commands, she may actually be able to stand against him.
We’ll be hiding in the closet until the moment she does, though.
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