This blog hop is hosted by I am a Reader, Not a Writer and The Diary of a Bookworm.
In honor of the spooktacular nature of this blog hop, I am giving away this creepy book:
The Countess by Rebecca Johns
Published: October 10, 2010
Was the “Blood Countess” history’s first and perhaps worst female serial killer? Or did her accusers create a violent fiction in order to remove this beautiful, intelligent, ambitious foe from the male-dominated world of Hungarian politics?
In 1611, Countess Erzsébet Báthory, a powerful Hungarian noblewoman, stood helpless as masons walled her inside her castle tower, dooming her to spend her final years in solitary confinement. Her crime—the gruesome murders of dozens of female servants, mostly young girls tortured to death for displeasing their ruthless mistress. Her opponents painted her as a bloodthirsty škrata—a witch—a portrayal that would expand to grotesque proportions through the centuries.
In this riveting dramatization of Erzsébet Báthory’s life, the countess tells her story in her own words, writing to her only son—a final reckoning from his mother in an attempt to reveal the truth behind her downfall. Countess Báthory describes her upbringing in one of the most powerful noble houses in Hungary, recounting in loving detail her devotion to her parents and siblings as well as the heartbreak of losing her father at a young age. She soon discovers the price of being a woman in sixteenth-century Hungary as her mother arranges her marriage to Ferenc Nádasdy, a union made with the cold calculation of a financial transaction. Young Erzsébet knows she has no choice but to accept this marriage even as she laments its loveless nature and ultimately turns to the illicit affections of another man.
Seemingly resigned to a marriage of convenience and a life of surreptitious pleasure, the countess surprises even herself as she ignites a marital spark with Ferenc through the most unromantic of acts: the violent punishment of an insolent female servant. The event shows Ferenc that his wife is no trophy but a strong, determined woman more than capable of managing their vast estates during Ferenc’s extensive military campaigns against the Turks. Her naked assertion of power accomplishes what her famed beauty could not: capturing the love of her husband.
The countess embraces this new role of loving wife and mother, doing everything she can to expand her husband’s power and secure her family’s future. But a darker side surfaces as Countess Báthory’s demand for virtue, obedience, and, above all, respect from her servants takes a sinister turn. What emerges is not only a disturbing, unflinching portrait of the deeds that gave Báthory the moniker “Blood Countess,” but an intimate look at the woman who became a monster.
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Mary DeBorde [M.A.D.]ReplyDelete
Coolio! My best Halloween costume was dressing up as a zombie - with lots of moaning and shuffling going on, it was so much fun!! :D
I am being a dark angel.ReplyDelete
Best Halloween costume was Sue from Glee. Super fun impersonating her all night.ReplyDelete
I dressed up like catwoman (back when I had the figure for it!) was the most fun costume ever!ReplyDelete
My best Halloween costume was a demonReplyDelete
I don't dress up often but last year me and my boyfriend went as Ketchup and Mustard. :)ReplyDelete
My Favorite Halloween costume was a fairy.ReplyDelete
My favorite was when I was a Hollywood ghost.ReplyDelete
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When I was a kid I loved when I dressed up as a hobo because I got to carry a pillowcase to put my candy in...and I was loaded by the end of the night! lolReplyDelete
mamabunny13 at gmail dot com
My favorite costume was 80's punk girlReplyDelete
My best ever costume was 'Snoopy'.ReplyDelete
Thanks for participating in the hop and for the giveaway opportunity.
Probably my favorite was the year I dressed as a scarecrow. It was fun putting the costume together.ReplyDelete
A bunch of us girls dressed up as Candy Stripers!! We were really cute:)ReplyDelete
My best would have to be a hand made giesha kimono/costume. So much love went into it I wish I hadn't lost it in a moveReplyDelete
My favorite was when I was a princessReplyDelete
mce1011 AT aol DOT com
I LOVE vampire costumes and Pirates. lol...ReplyDelete
A giant pumpkin then my daughter wore the outfit it was so cute!ReplyDelete
A 20's flapper!ReplyDelete
Best wishes and thanks for a chance to win this Spooktacular Giveaway!
my favorite costume was Erato the muse of love and erotic poetry.ReplyDelete
I dressed up as Elvira one year. I do not recommend high heals and trick or treating. LOLReplyDelete
my best costume was a murdered prom date.ReplyDelete
good luck to all!!
The last time I went trick-or-treating, I went as a gypsy.ReplyDelete
gypsy when i was 7ReplyDelete
My best Halloween costume was my flapper year. Boy that was a fun year- snicker snicker.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the giveaway.
GFC- Christine A.
your1chef at aol dot com
Gonna be Sailor Moon for halloween this year! : DReplyDelete
My favorite Halloween costume was the one I wore in grade school and won first place with -- a hobo -- which I threw together with some old clothes of my parents.ReplyDelete
My favorite costume was a genie. I loved that costume.ReplyDelete
I dressed up as the Goodyear Blimp the year I was8 3/4 months pregnant with my son.ReplyDelete
My favorite costume is what I have my 3 girls wearing this year: Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore and Piglet!ReplyDelete
I was a pretty awesome vampire when I was in high school :)ReplyDelete
My best costume was probably when I was Belle. I found a Belle-esque wedding dress on sale for 100$. It was perfect!ReplyDelete
I'm going to be a flapper this year!ReplyDelete
I was a pirate complete w/parrot for a school carnival. contestd(at)hotmail(dot)comReplyDelete
My best ever Halloween costume: undead prom queen! I even had a tiara and homemade sash. :) Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyDelete
When I was about 11 (many years ago) my aunt made me a devil costume - complete with horns, tail and tinfoil pitchfork!ReplyDelete
kherbrand at comcast dot net
best ive had would of had to of been when i went as a ghoul the whole half dead rotted corpse is just well awesomeReplyDelete
My favorite costume was Snow White.ReplyDelete
Best halloween costume was a college thing. I was one of 6 in a 6/pack of beerReplyDelete
Best halloween costume was a witchReplyDelete