Archive for February, 2014

Torture 2

The agony and the ecstasy. Crowdfunding for Báthory the graphic novel got off to a great start last week. 7 funders in 7 days, putting in 465 pounds sterling, which is a bit more than 10 percent of our goal. So we hardly want to use the thumbscrews on the horror, history or vampire loving public. Or indeed employ a device like the Rack, Iron Maiden, Catherine wheel, Stone of Shame or some other exotic form of extraction. Countess Báthory’s (alleged) methods are not for us, however much we might secretly admire the Scarlet Lady.

But… we do believe we have a unique approach to a cracking good story – the Female Dracula for pity’s sake – and we are dependent on the generosity of fans to make it happen. We have lots of lovely incentives for those who back us. Even a five pound infusion is rewarded with a badge or sticker decorated with the Báthory dragon family crest. And you should see what a 1,000 pounds gets you. So come on. Give until it hurts…



As a window into the world of Hungary in the early years of the 17th century, its politics and skullduggery, its untenable position on the front line of the conflict between the cross and the crescent, we believe Countess Báthory – The Scarlet Lady is far more compelling than the usual dry history text, gathering dust in an academic library. Mind you, we certainly sifted through a number of historical tomes, in both English and Hungarian, to piece together our story. We also went on the road. These photos were taken at Cachtice castle, in modern day Slovakia, (or Csejte as it would have been known in the Scarlet Lady’s time.) (more…)

Balassi Crest The family crest of Balint Balassi, the famed Hungarian poet, warrior and rake. He is moreover the Narrator of Countess Báthory – The Scarlet Woman, and somewhere between a participant and an occasional bystander in her story. Her very reputation for wickedness is in part what fascinates him. Like Countess Erzsébet Báthory, Balassi was a real life historical figure.

Though his verse is still taught in Hungarian high schools and universities today, in his time he himself was about as far from a figure of moral rectitude as you can get. The perfect guide through our story then.

Just read what one of his contemporaries, a certain György Salanki, had to say about this upper-class troubadour who extolled the virtues of chivalry and gallantry in his poetry… “The valiant Balassi with cavalry and infantry, destroyed houses and wealthy shops, captured children and women, bound many Turks by the neck. The valiant warriors went with great joy to the town of Eger, where they sold them off straightaway and gave great thanks to God.”

Just a few days until the launch on indiegogo of the crowdfunding project for Countess Báthory, the graphic novel…

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