By Alex Archer, Joe Nassise

The search for formative years merely results in death…

The Blood Countess—Elizabeth Bathory, a real monster of history—is essentially the most notorious serial killers. acknowledged to have murdered 650 younger ladies for his or her blood, she believed bathing in it is going to look after her power and sweetness. It's a narrative that has continuously involved archaeologist and television host Annja Creed. whatever so really good may perhaps purely be a narrative. So what's Annja to make of the woman she unearths demise at the aspect of the road…from blood loss?

There's whatever eerie during this small Slovakian city, the place rumors of vampirism dangle unstated within the air. but, out of worry, the locals say not anything. close out by way of the police, Annja simply digs deeper into the unusual loss of life, uncovering troubling scraps of evidence—and cover-ups. Her one lead is an enigmatic retired police officer who has been investigating the disappearance of greater than twenty girls. them all younger. them all appealing.

The merely means Annja can see to discover actually by way of turning into the Blood Countess's subsequent victim….

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Through the years they’d develop into pals, and Annja knew that, in any case, she might anticipate Doug. She crammed him in on what she used to be doing in Hungary and the way she’d deliberate to shock him with an episode on Elizabeth Báthory. Then she informed him approximately getting stuck up in a police research while she’d stopped to rescue the lady who’d been thrown over a cliff and... “Wait, wait, wait! ” he acknowledged, eventually interrupting her circulate of rationalization. “Elizabeth who? ” Annja sighed back. “Báthory. Elizabeth Báthory, sometimes called the Blood Countess. ” “Why’s that? ” “Because she loved to wash within the blood of virgins. notion it's going to preserve her from getting older and provides her immortality. ” there has been surprising silence at the different finish of the road. “Doug? ” not anything. “Doug? ” An consumption of breath, after which his voice got here thundering down the telephone line. “You’re over there filming an episode a few girl who beloved to wash within the blood of virgins and also you didn’t inform me approximately it first? Are you insane? ” Annja wasn’t certain what to assert. no longer that it mattered, considering that Doug wasn’t entire. “Not simply blood, however the blood of virgins. most likely appealing ones, at that! For heaven’s sake, Annja, what have been you considering? we have to leap in this instantaneously! ” “Ah, Doug, leap on what? ” “The reenactment, in fact! We’ll need to get a person strong to play this Liz Batha-whatever lady and encompass the tub with the entire virgins and... ” Annja couldn’t take it anymore. “The virgins have been lifeless, Doug. How do you think that she bathed of their blood? ” As ordinary, the proof didn’t hassle him within the slightest. “Well, in fact they have been, at some point soon. yet now not instantly. And we will be able to use that. we will most certainly use that. while will you be again with the pictures? ” “I’m uncertain this can be any such sturdy concept, Doug. take note final time you tried... ” “Ancient background, Annja. We can’t face this day brooding about the blunders of the prior. If we’re going to again you at the episode we have to be puzzling over the viewers. Now resolution the question—how lengthy? ” Figuring she might take care of any of Doug’s so-called advancements to her episode as soon as she used to be again within the States, Annja excited by getting the assets essential to make all of it paintings. “I want a few extra days to get the proper photographs of Csejte fortress and then... ” “See-what? ” “Csejte fortress. The Báthory family members property right here in Slovakia. ” “Right, correct. I knew that. ” “So I should still most likely stick round for an additional 3, perhaps 4 days. i will get through by myself, little need to ship a person else, however it might support if the convey kicked in a few investment. ” on the point out of investment, Doug’s over-the-top enthusiasm used to be without notice changed with a miser’s recognition to information. “Funding? For what? ” “I have to consume and sleep, Doug. ” “Okay, superb. I’ll cord you a few cash this night. the place are you staying? ” She informed him. “Three days. That’s all you’ve acquired. After that i would like you again right here in big apple with the pictures if you want to have the lads within the modifying suite begin placing all of it jointly. ” 3 days. that are meant to be more than enough.

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