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Book Review: The Blood Countess

Book: The Blood Countess
Author: Andrei Codrescu
Simon & Schuster 1995

Please note that the following is not a professional, commissioned review. It is the opinion of the author of this blog.

It’s a true story–partially. Blood Countess weaves the exploits of real-life historical figure Countess Elizabeth Bathory of Hungary with those of her imaginary descendant, Drake Bathory-Kereshtur. The finished work is amazingly lyrical, considering the horrific content.

Elizabeth is a very kinky girl, the kind you won’t bring home to mother, but especially won’t bring home to your younger sister. That’s because the Countess is rumored to have killed more than 600 virgins during the late 16th century. She then bathed in their blood as a charm against her flagging youth. It didn’t work; the Countess is also rumored (and, four hundred years later, pretty much guaranteed) to have died. Before she did, she left a trail of sexual conquests, some fabulous and others fatal.

Be warned: if you’re not into iron maidens and sex that goes “ow,” this book is not for you. If you are–or if you’re into some really, and I mean really, superb, lyrical writing–it is. Give this book a shot. Whether you’re a history buff, fascinated with the sociopathic mind or just plain curious, Blood Countess is guaranteed to stir your emotions and run chills along every available body part. A must-read for the horror buff and modern-day vampire.


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