The Guest Post Topic Lynn Carthage chose is Research. I'm a history lover and one woman in history who've I've always found disturbingly fascinating is, Elisabeth Bathory. She's otherwise known as the Blood Countess and one of the first documented female serial killers. OoooOOoooo. See below for all the spooky details! -- Erin
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Series: Book One, The Arnaud Legacy
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
Sixteen-year-old Phoebe Irving has traded life in San Francisco for her stepfather’s ancestral mansion in rural England. It’s supposed to be the new start her family needs. But from the moment she crosses the threshold into the ancient estate, Phoebe senses something ominous. Then again, she’s a little sensitive lately—not surprising when her parents are oblivious to her, her old life is six thousand miles away, and the only guy around is completely gorgeous but giving her mixed messages.
But at least Miles doesn’t laugh at Phoebe’s growing fears. And she can trust him…maybe. The locals whisper about the manor’s infamous original owner, Madame Arnaud, and tell grim stories of missing children and vengeful spirits. Phoebe is determined to protect her loved ones—especially her little sister, Tabby. But even amidst the manor’s dark shadows, the deepest mysteries may involve Phoebe herself…
Praise for Haunted:
"If you like American Horror Story, you will love Lynn Carthage's Haunted. Carthage delivers a spooky, fun trip across the pond. Loved!" -Danielle Paige, New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die
"Lynn Carthage has crafted a remarkable neo-Gothic thriller with a twist you'll never see coming." -Michelle Gagnon, author of Don't Look Now
ON RESEARCH BY LYNN CARTHAGE
I formed her as a sort of homage to Elisabeth Bathory (in Hungarian, Báthory Erzsébet) who was a medieval countess. She enjoyed the blood of young women, and felt that bathing in their blood improved her own complexion or maybe even extended her own life. A very early serial killer, Elisabeth’s servants reported she had killed around 35 girls, but one servant reported seeing the number of victims recorded in one of Elisabeth’s books as 650.
She would lure women to her castle with promises of gainful employment, or even as participants in her girl’s school, to learn etiquette. What a trap.
When Elisabeth was done with the bodies, she simply had them thrown over the wall of the castle. Her carelessness eventually got her caught. She was imprisoned, literally bricked into a room of her castle, where she stayed for four years until her death. Her servants bore the brunt of her punishment: their fingers ripped off, and then they were burnt at the stake. One servant who was less “guilty” got the lesser torture of being beheaded. Yet a fourth, who had been bullied into helping Elisabeth in her crimes, was treated more fairly and imprisoned for life.
Whatever the level of exaggeration, it’s clear Elisabeth was not sane and enjoyed the torture of her victims. Bram Stoker was apparently taken with her tale and cites her as inspiration for his character as Dracula, along with the more generally recognized Vlad Tepes.
Madame Arnaud has a touch of Elisabeth Bathory in her, and I hope readers will enjoy her.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
HAUNTED is her first young adult novel, and will be followed by the next two books in the Arnaud Legacy trilogy.
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