Posts Tagged ‘Blood Countess’

Yes, we know it has been a while. Years possibly. Well, we did send out our colour booklet of The Scarlet Countess to a few potential publishers, but when answer came there none, we decided to retool the written pitch somewhat. And so, soon we’ll be sending out a second wave. You bled it here first.

Meanwhile, it being vacation season here in Central Europe, we thought we’d share some snaps from a brief stay (too brief) in Ritterburg Castle, in Lockenhaus, Burgenland, Austria. At one time, this impressive hilltop fortress was a Báthory stronghold – one of many.  Legend has it that when Erzsébet’s husband, the Black Knight of Hungary, passed away, the Scarlet Lady would lock up comely girls in the castle’s dungeons, with promises of fine clothes and the like. Then of course, she would murder them, using heinously cruel devices such as the Iron Maiden (pictured, below). All the better to drink of their blood, and thus preserve her fading youth and beauty.

Altogether, there’s a lot of mystique about Ritterburg Castle, including the so-called ‘cult room’ where the Knights Templar carried out their secret rituals. How thrilling. The castle itself is a real renaissance beauty, and you can actually stay there overnight for a quite reasonable consideration, sleeping in rooms of imperial splendour with incredible views. You can see more at http://www.ritterburg.at

How’s that to whet your appetite? (Not to mention your bloodlust?)

 

 

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Here she is, the Beast! (Another one of her epithets). THE SCARLET COUNTESS, our 28 page pitch for the world’s pre-eminent graphic novel publishers.  You can see too from the end pages we have a lot of people to thank, but authors Sam Robinson Horley and Scott Alexander Young are especially indebted to illustrator Tamás Vári and colorist  Máté Vadas.

Yes, we are now just waiting for prints of The Scarlet Countess booklet to come back from, who else, but the printers, so we can do our mail-out to the right graphic novel publishers. Meanwhile, another kind of Prince! He is Prince Gábor (Gabriel) Báthory. Nephew of the ‘Scarlet Countess’, and leader of Transylvania at the time of her arrest. Considered by the Báthory clan their last and best hope to place the crown of the Holy Roman Empire on the head of a true Hungarian warrior king. This is another one of Tamás Vári’s wonderful character sketches. Here he is dressed as if in his own quarters. In the panels for the graphic novel however, we get to see Gábor in full plate armor, sitting on a Transylvanian throne. All good things to those who wait…

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Here she is, illustrator Tamás Vári’s character sketch of Countess Erzsébet (Elizabeth) Báthory, in all her cool, imperious glory. Forget the ‘red woman’, this lady was the real thing. But how much truth is there, to the generally accepted history that Báthory was history’s most prolific serial killer, or the legends which say she bathed in the blood of virgins to prolong her youth?

Well, you will just have to read The Scarlet Countess when it comes out, to ascertain that.

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What is in no doubt – this was one Hell of a Lady!

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Meet one of the eerily fascinating characters of Countess Báthory, Darvulia the iron nosed witch. She was a herbalist by all accounts, but it was her influence, according to legend, that tipped Erzsébet Báthory over the edge into madness. This is another preliminary character sketch of Darvulia by illustrator Tamás Vari. Our colorist Máté Vadas hasn’t added his final touches but this sketch sums up the character very well indeed, (and we approve of the use of parchment). An iron-nosed witch by the way, is an archetypal character from Russian and Eastern European folklore. Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, Croats, Slovenians and east Austrians all paid homage to the Pagan witch goddess Luca or Lucia, who wore an iron nose. Lucia, and other iron nosed witches at times were said to fly around on their mortars (spirit bowls) steering with their pestles. They would also ride on the backs of wild boar and could take on animal form. We will see more of Darvulia, not having a very good time of it, in our chapter for the Graphic Novel war chest.

How time flies, especially when you are working practically every waking minute of the live long day (and you don’t want to know what we get up to at night). But for those of you eagerly anticipating more from Project Báthory, we just want you to know, that 2015 looks to be a bumper year for the Bloody Countess. For one thing, co-author Scott Alexander Young’s children’s book The Wild Cats of Piran was published around Halloween of this year, and is now available across North America (wherever good books are sold as the saying goes). Clearly, this adds credibility to our publishing chops.

Early in 2015 we’ll make a definitive announcement about our march towards publication of the Báthory graphic novel, but for now we just want to assure our readers (particularly donors to our crowdfunding campaign) that absence has only served to make our twisted hearts fonder.

You heard it here first: Báthory will be back, and thrice as bad in 2015!

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We have to admit. The juice has been running out of our Countess Báthory crowdfunding campaign like the blood from, well one of the scarlet lady’s victims, as illustrated. Writers Sam and Scott have been so busy with their respective projects – in Sam’s case an almost around the clock commitment to a prestigious film school, in Scott’s preparing the galleys for a children’s book he authored being published in the US later this year.

So, what does that mean? We just fold up our tents and just give up on the dream? Not on your life. We’ve worked too hard and been obsessing over Báthory for too long just to give up now. Have no fear or doubt: every pound, dollar or euro contributed thus far will be well spent, on realizing a presentation to send out to publishers. There’s just a week left on the IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign now, and every injection, every infusion helps. So you know the drill. Get a bloody move on!