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I, Bathory, Queen of Blood by [Gill, Carole]
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"Carole Gill has put her own spin on the infamous serial killer Countess Erzsébet Báthory in I, Bathory, Queen of Blood by tapping into stories about the countess's vampire-like inclinations. I'm sure most readers know the popular tale where she bathed in the blood of virgins to retain her beauty. Known as the most prolific female killer from the Báthory family of nobility of Hungary, she was accused of torturing and killing hundreds of young women between the late 16th and early 17th century. 

Told from a first person point of view, Erzsebet is a vampire in present day New York. Her lover, Anton, is in a coma due to Erzsebet's monstrous rage that caused the death of their favorite human performer in their blood club. When Anton awakes with amnesia, the doctor advises her to give him the journal that she wrote, hoping that it would remind him of who she was and the life they had spent together. And so the story returns to Erzsebet's early life, when she was still human and the beginning of her vampiric existence. 

I, Bathory, Queen of Blood might not be for all readers. Personally, I found some parts of the story were hard to read. My general knowledge about the notorious Blood Countess beforehand did help me to at least prepare to read about her sadistic and heinous acts, although with a bit of a struggle. That said, Erzsebet in this story is still able to have regrets and guilt about her uncontrollable monstrous nature, and that made her somewhat bearable. On the whole, it's a solid gothic horror from Gill."

From the Author

I wrote this novel because I wanted to portray the infamous 'Blood Countess,' a sexual sadist and mass murderer as she was. I have read watered down versions of her in novels. It was a challenge to write about this monster, especially from her point of view but I did. I enjoy challenges. 
If characters give a writer the story, their motivation gives the reader the reasons they do what they do. That motivation, whatever it is based on, makes the character real and the story believable. 
In writing about Bathory, I felt she was insane, full of rage, superstitious as well as a deviant. Those were her reasons for what she did. She came, as I see it, from a backward country and brutal time. She saw atrocious punishments meted out to servants for infractions as a child. If she was leaning to madness anyway, all she needed were some horrific incidents to witness.
Despite her monstrousness, I have given her the capacity to love Anton. He did give her life in undeath. As in many killer couples, one is often the instigator and the other the accomplice. That is their relationship as I have envisioned it.
Sometimes I wonder what she'd have thought of this story of mine. The idea haunts me, perhaps as she does. 

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  • File Size: 848 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 153709100X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Creativia; 1 edition (August 6, 2016)
  • Publication Date: August 6, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01JWE03UG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,306 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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