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Book Blood Countess (Lady Slayers) Description/Summary:
A historical YA horror novel based on the infamous real-life inspiration for Countess Dracula In 17th century Hungary, Anna Darvulia has just begun working as a scullery maid for the young and glamorous Countess Elizabeth BaÌ?thory. When Elizabeth takes a liking to Anna, she’s vaulted to the dream role of chambermaid, a far cry from the filthy servants’ quarters below. She receives wages generous enough to provide for her family, and the Countess begins to groom Anna as her friend and confidante. It’s not long before Anna falls completely under the Countess’s spell—and the Countess takes full advantage. Isolated from her former friends, family, and fiancé, Anna realizes she’s not a friend but a prisoner of the increasingly cruel Elizabeth. Then come the murders, and Anna knows it’s only a matter of time before the Blood Countess turns on her, too.
A “brilliant” novel of Elizabeth Bathory, the notorious sixteenth-century Hungarian aristocrat who bathed in the blood of virgins (St. Petersburg Times). Turmoil reigns in post-Soviet Hungary when journalist Drake Bathory-Kereshtur returns from America to grapple with his family history. He’s haunted by the legacy of his ancestor, the notorious sixteenth-century Countess Elizabeth Bathory, who is said to have murdered more than 650 young virgins and bathed in their blood to preserve her youth. Interweaving past and present, The Blood Countess tells the stories of Elizabeth’s debauched and murderous reign and Drake’s fascination with the eternal clashes of faith and power, violence and beauty. Codrescu traces the captivating origins of the countess’s obsessions in tandem with the emerging political fervor of the reporter, building the narratives into an unforgettable, bloody crescendo. Taut and intense, The Blood Countess is a riveting novel that deftly straddles the genres of historical fiction, thriller, horror, and family drama.
Pandora English is no ordinary small town orphan. When she's invited to live with her mysterious Great-Aunt Celia in New York City, she seizes the opportunity to escape her stifling hometown, break from her tragic past and make it as a writer. Things, however, are not what she is expecting. For starters, her great aunt's gothic mansion is in a mist-wreathed Manhattan suburb that doesn't appear on maps. And then there's Celia herself- a former designer to the stars of Hollywood's Golden Age - who is elegant, unnaturally young and always wearing a veil. Pandora lands a job at a fashion magazine and her first assignment is covering the A-list launch of the latest miracle cream, BloodofYouth. But something is not right about the product, nor Athanasia, the drop-dead beautiful face of the brand. It seems there may be a secret ingredient in BloodofYouth, a secret worth killing for...
Sixteenth-century Hungarian noblewoman Elizabeth Báthory became known as the Blood Countess after being accused of torturing and killing numerous young women. She was never convicted of these crimes, but accounts of her life became intertwined with bloody folklore. Some say she bathed in her victims blood to stay young! This gripping biography relates the fascinating facts and the gruesome and grisly tales that hound this womans legacy. Sidebars, fact boxes, and photographs and illustrations provide more information about Báthory as well as the time in which she lived.
After the mysterious disappearance of her paranormal investigator cousin, Anastasia Chapman and her girlfriend Ruby head down to East Saint Louis, Illinois to find out what happened to him. What they discover is bigger than anything they could have ever imagined.
This biography explores the life of the 16th-century "Blood Countess" of Hungary, Erzsébet Báthory. Reputed to be both a vampire and the world's worst female serial killer, she allegedly bathed in the blood of her 650 victims. Based on newly-found source material, translated into English for the first time, this book explores the actual life and trial of Countess Báthory, through letters, documents, and trial transcripts.
This is the story of Elisabeth Bathory, a 17th-century Transylvanian countess. She was tried as a vampire and became an inspiration for depraved murderers up to the present day.;Based on research conducted at archives in Eastern Europe, this account includes both the recorded truth and the legend that has grown up around her. Tony Thorne is the author of the "Bloomsbury Dictionary of Slang".
The true story as backed by court documents and witness statements. Elizabeth Bathory was known for bathing in the blood of virgins. But, just how true is this myth? Read this book and get to know the story of a powerful woman who lived in a ,ale dominated world.
Book The Son of Dracula and the Blood Countess Description/Summary:
Nestled upon a mountain top in 1590, what the villagers called the Castle of Death was the castle of Drac Von Stoller. Drac, being a blood lover, met a countess by the name of Erzsebet Bathroy, who would be later known as The Blood Countess who killed 640, that he took a liking to. At one of his costume parties, instead of just entering her room at the dead of night and biting her on the neck then transforming into a bat to fly out her window into the night, looking for another victim, the two made passionate love together, and the result of that encounter led to an offspring that would carry on the tradition of his father. But it could have ended there on the spot, but Erzsebet was spared her life because while they were making love the bedroom door burst open and there standing at the doorway was none other than Van Helsing with a wooden stake and hammer. He held up a cross as he got closer to the bed and pressed the cross on Drac’s forehead, burning his flesh, causing Drac to fall back on the bed and enough time for Van Helsing to drive a stake into Drac Von Stoller’s heart, ending the bloody rampage for years in his castle of death, or so Van Helsing thought. Little did Van Helsing know that Erzsebet Bathory was carrying Drac Von Stoller’s baby and she was bitten on the neck when they were making passionate love together which would ultimately change her life from that day forward.
A tale inspired by one of history's most prolific female serial killers recreates her rebellion against her arranged marriage, her suffering at the hands of the man she loved and the descent into mental illness that prompted the murders of dozens of servants. By the PEN/Hemingway finalist author of Icebergs. Reprint. Includes reading-group guide.
Book Poison Priestess (Lady Slayers) Description/Summary:
Book 2 in the Lady Slayers series, about French murderess and fortune teller Catherine Monvoisin In 17th-century Paris, 19-year-old Catherine Monvoisin is a well-heeled jeweler’s wife with a peculiar taste for the arcane. She lives a comfortable life, far removed from a childhood of abject destitution—until her kind spendthrift of a husband lands them both in debt. Hell-bent on avoiding a return to poverty, Catherine must rely on her prophetic visions and the grimoire gifted to her by a talented diviner to reinvent herself as a sorceress. With the help of the grifter Marie Bosse, Catherine divines fortunes in the IIle de la Citee—home to sorcerers and scoundrels. There she encounters the Marquise de Montespan, a stunning noblewoman. When the Marquise becomes Louis XIV’s royal mistress with Catherine’s help, her ascension catapults Catherine to notoriety. Catherine takes easily to her glittering new life as the Sorceress La Voisin, pitting the depraved noblesse against one other to her advantage. The stakes soar ever higher when her path crosses with that of a young magician. A charged rivalry between sorceress and magician leads to Black Masses, tangled deceptions, and grisly murder—and sets Catherine on a collision course that threatens her own life.
In 2014, the Blood Countess met her end on her farm outside of East St. Louis, Illinois. Her accomplices, however, had successfully evaded the law. Two years later, something sinister has come to a rural Wisconsin community. Nova is a logged-in, nonbinary teenager with an interest in serial killers. Sam is a drug dealing gearhead preparing to graduate. Meredith is a sheltered, redhead nerd with a tragic backstory. Taka is an edgy white boy with an interest in wolves and a need to seem cool. Can they save those they love? More importantly, can they save themselves? And is that howling in the woods the local wildlife, or is it something far more dangerous? - Darker Sides is the second book in the Blood Countess series, taking place two years after the Bathory murders. It presents a refreshingly disturbing take on supernatural horror in the coming of age genre, telling the stories of four high schoolers just trying to live their lives around the death and destruction that they cannot seem to escape.
Book Elizabeth Báthory: Vampire, Witch or Serial Killer? Description/Summary:
Countess Elizabeth Báthory was from one of the most important Hungarian families that provided a Transylvanian prince and a king of Hungary and Poland. The legend says Elizabeth used to have a bath in blood of the girls to keep her body and soul young and has been named a witch or vampire for this. Considered the most prolific female serial killer, she received the nicknames "The Tiger of Csejte", "Countess Dracula" or "The Blood Countess". The Blood Countess has fascinated the public since her arrest in 1610. Her story took an extra dimension, experienced through the 1960s and 1970s with the publication of several movies and books about her. We actually know little about her crimes.The overall tendency in contemporary history concludes that her guilt might have been exaggerated. Truth be told, she could have been the victim of rival nobles who wanted to take her properties. However, she remains one of the most infamous murderers.
Book Countess Elizabeth Bathory Description/Summary:
*Includes pictures*Includes historic accounts of the Countess' life and crimes*Includes footnotes, online resources, and a bibliography for further reading*Includes a table of contents"She didn't fear death because inside herself, she didn't conceive it as a common destiny, although she had seen it several times, although it had upset her so many times. Death is what happens to others, to the weak ones, she might have thought in her delirious blindness. As far as the physical pains and punishments were concerned, these had been exciting her ever since she was a child." - Javier Garcia Sanchez, Contesa Dracula Erzs�bet B�thoryThe legends of vampires like Dracula have generated massive interest throughout time. Indeed, the story of a man (in some versions a very handsome, dashing man), who feeds on the blood of virgins in order to survive, and who walks the earth only at night, has been revived throughout the centuries in different forms. However, one famous tale that has been lost among the legends is the story of a female Dracula, an educated woman from a well-known family of 16th century Hungary who was so afraid to lose her beauty and young looks that she engaged in dangerous practices, combining witchcraft with exsanguination.Countess Elizabeth B�thory is this female Dracula. She is said to have drained the blood of approximately 600 young women, in order to drink it, spread it all over her body as a nurturing blend, or simply to bathe in it. Her preferences for such practices can be explained by several factors, including the practices of the time as far as torture was concerned, her genetic heritage, personal madness, and the fear of fading beauty. Despite the general impression that B�thory was exsanguinating these girls and bathing in their blood, it appears that she did much more. Sources indicate that most of the girls had been beaten, tortured, and even forced into particular sexual activities. Regardless, her attempts to do anything to keep her beauty apparently went for naught, because upon her death, B�thory was no longer the beautiful and young woman she desired to be. In essence, it seems that all her criminal efforts had been in vain.Based on her behavior and the reactions to it throughout time, it is virtually impossible to set Erzs�bet B�thory in a character typology. On one hand, she could be considered a bored wife left alone by her husband for long periods of time, time that she used to develop passions for same-sex relations and an acute interest in inflicting pain on her victims. She might be seen as a mentally unstable person who found great joy in torturing others. Perhaps most disturbing of all, there's a possibility that the countess was a common character within the nobility of the 16th century who was acting normally based on the customs and norms of her era. Adding to the mystery of the story is that historical records are still mostly inaccessible because of the language barriers (most historical sources are in Hungarian). As a result, researchers interested in her life story and history usually rely on a limited number of available sources, such as biographies, articles, published letters said to have belonged to her, and scholarly articles on the topic.Countess Elizabeth Bathory: The Life and Legacy of History's Most Prolific Female Serial Killer details the mysterious and sordid history of one of the world's first and worst serial killers. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Countess Bathory like never before, in no time at all.