Friday, July 27, 2012
Thank you; we are six short of 1000 viewers! The Erzebet novel is going well; there is also a children's version of her story, which I illustrated, and the series Anastasia the Vampire based in part, on Erzebet/Elizabeth. We welcome family friendly comments. I would also like to hear from Renaissance and Baroque scholars on this issue. An interesting twist to the story is that while E. was accused of preying on local village girls, it was peasant women and villagers who suffered torture and excruciating deaths for the alleged crimes. Would like to trace holdings of the Bathory lands after her death, and I'd like to see deeds and extant papers.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I am writing a novel for young adults which will feature Erzebet. We live in more liberal times, and there those sympathetic to the plight of women in her time who are more openminded. I do know that the famous mechanical iron maiden doll did not exist as described, even as McNally claimed. I found drawings of the alleged Iron Maiden, and it did not look like a giant doll with flowing hair and grasping arms. The drawing, which was could not have been proved to belong to Erzebet, was for a standard Iron Maiden, horrible as that is, which opens more or less ilke a mummy case with spikes inside. I have a tiny one, and have seen other miniatures for sale. Research The Iron Maiden of Nuremburg or visit a Ripley's museum to get an idea. Also, remember she lived at a time of great superstition, and the witch trials of Europe, especially in Germany and the German speaking countries, were rampant. For those who enjoy ghost stories, and want to read one about a woman who was vindicated big time after years of abuse, check out the book I edited and contributed to, The Legend of Tugfest on Amazon. Any proceeds go to benefit The Buffalo Bill Museum, Leclaire, IA. Will try to post phtoos.
Monday, July 9, 2012
Thank you to my readers. Am working on a new fiction project based on Erzebet which is very exciting to me. Meanwhile, she may be channeling me, LOL! This morning, I was trying to adjust a garden stake made of a steel pole and antique glass, when the neck of the glass decanter that was attached to the pole shattered in my hands. I didn't feel it at all, but there was blood everwhere. No, I don't look or feel any younger. Big splotches dripped on my sidewalk and door lintel; I had to try to run to the sink to rinse my hands with cold water and not leave a trail. I finally got to the bathroom sink in my crowded little house, and trailed blood and tiny bits of bandaid paper there. White mercurcrome and cold water helped. I got it under control, then had to go look for my watch. I found it, and then dealt wit the garden stake. I fastened it on to the pole and covered the jagged neck with lots of adhesive tape, my version of "duck" tape. Maybe I'll get on Red Green? I know, it's reruns, but he does live shows, too. This was too weird. It didn't really hurt, but my hands, already arthritic and carpal tunnelled, are now messedup and cut up. Ah well. Keep reading. I have more informaton to post, and will have photos, too!