17th century Hungarian serial killer Countess Elizabeth Báthory was as horrifying as mythical Count Dracula
The dark and twisted have always served as inspiration to artists, even if sometimes “dark” means inhumane crimes and murders. An example is the notorious case of Elizabeth Báthory, the so-called Hungarian “blood countess,” who seems to have inspired the conceptualized music authored by the British extreme-metal band Cradle of Filth. One of their studio albums, Cruelty and the Beast, released in 1998, was based on the sick legacy of the blood countess.
Cruelty and the Beast is not the only artistic output based on the stories of