EW Staff
July 26, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Blood Countess

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Andrei Codrescu
genre
Historical Fiction, Horror, Fiction

We gave it an A-

A Dracula-esque tale based on Hungarian countess Elizabeth Bathory (1560- 1613), possibly the most sadistic murderess in history (she liked to bathe in blood). NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu has dramatized her life and brought her back to haunt her fictional descendant, a New York journalist, in this beautifully written novel, The Blood Countess, a high gothic drama. A-

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