Posts Tagged ‘Crowdfunding’

Aye, our sweet prints hath finally come. If you haven’t yet had the patience to scroll through THE SCARLET COUNTESS Chapter III PDF online, well then this slide show illustrates what a splendid folio we are sending off to graphic novel publishers of repute. Though we are not currently crowdfunding per se, for the right patron “of wealth and taste”, we could of course hurry the whole publication business along. Hint, hint.



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!


In her personal chambers in the tower of her castle, Countess Báthory sits on a throne-like chair raised up on a pedestal. She is dressed resplendently in her bejewelled gown for the wedding feast of her daughter. She holds out a hand mirror into which she gazes intently; in her other hand, draped over the armrest of the chair, she holds a long vicious needle…


Look closely now. This picture just gets more interesting – and disturbing – the longer you look at it: from the portraits of Erzsébet Báthory’s ancestors; to the crooked old lady whispering conspiratorially in the Countess’ ear – the witch Darvulia; to the young girl apparently shivering in the bathtub. It is a testament to the creative powers of illustrator Tomi Vari, and colourist Máté Vadas, and to the writer/researcher team of Sam Robinson-Horley and Scott Alexander Young.

A completed text, and several cover images for the Graphic Novel: we’ve come this far with passion and precision. Now we need your help. Please take a look at our IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign, how you can contribute, and the incentives for sponsors – from 5 pounds sterling to 1000. And then you’ll really be able to look at yourself in the mirror.

Siege of Nagykanisza, 1601

Yes, the jury is probably still out on whether the crowdfunding campaign will be an unqualified success. We started well, and have so far raised 685 pounds sterling. A very big thank you to everyone who has chipped in so far.  For anyone contemplating joining them, whether with 5 pounds or a 1000, all of it will help Team Báthory to realise this horrid history in vivid colour.


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…

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

Read all about it…


Last night across the United States, viewers were treated to Episode II of the new Dracula TV series, starring Johnathan Rhys Myers as the vampiric nobleman. If you happen to live in the US, you can watch the full episode here, on the NBC mini-site. (Otherwise, you’ll see a message which reads, “the clip you selected is not available from your location”).

The series is a reboot for the caped consumer, one in which he is rescued by Van Helsing, not hunted by him, and where he poses as an American businessman in Victorian London. The pale, Byronic and almost otherworldly Rhys Meyers looks born to play the part. Playing a rather smaller role in the production was Scott Alexander Young, one of the co-creators of Countess Báthory, the graphic novel. That’s him below, in the top hat, beside Nonzo Anozie as a reinvented RM Renfield.

Dracula - Season 1

Scott plays a Real Estate Agent, and hopefully it’s not giving too much away to say that his character is probably the most fortunate of real estate agents to ever come into contact with the ancient Transylvanian Prince.

And speaking of Transylvania, we had to admire what we were able to watch of the Dracula Origins animation series which you can find on the NBC site, and which again, is firewalled outside the US. Well, except for the first episode which has somehow made it into the public domain and is linked to above.