The Blood Countess by Tara Moss

by |September 17, 2010

I’ll admit that back in Gretchenville I dreamed I might one day ride in a real limousine. I never imagined, however, that my new boss would be in the trunk, or that I would be sitting in the back with a fourhundred- year-old murderess …

Pandora English is no ordinary small town orphan. When she’s invited to live with her mysterious Great-Aunt Celia in New York City, she seizes the opportunity to escape her stifling hometown, break from her tragic past and make it as a writer.

Things, however, are not what she is expecting. For starters, her great-aunt’s gothic mansion is in a mist-wreathed Manhattan suburb that doesn’t appear on maps. And then there’s Celia herself- a former designer to the stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age – who is elegant, unnaturally young and always wearing a veil.

Pandora lands a job at a fashion magazine and her first assignment is covering the A-list launch of the latest miracle cream, BloodofYouth. But something is not right about the product, nor Athanasia, the drop-dead beautiful face of the brand. It seems there may be a secret ingredient in BloodofYouth, a secret worth killing for…

Funny, sexy, fashionable and just a tiny bit terrifying, The Blood Countess – the first novel in bestselling author Tara Moss’ exciting new Pandora English series – is True Blood meets The Devil Wears Prada in high-fashion fantasy New York.

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Tara on The Blood Countess:

The Blood Countess draws on my earliest and deepest fascinations – Victorian gothic, the paranormal, the delightfully macabre, spectres, ghouls, vampires and forbidden worlds unseen to the mortal eye.

I’ve always been fascinated by the rich vein of dark mythology passed down through the ages – ghost tales and beliefs about vampirism and the underworld, and of course the legend of 16th century Hungarian noblewoman Elizabeth Bathory, The Blood Countess.

Given her reported attempts at immortality by bathing in the blood of hundreds of her servant girls, I wondered what she’d be up to now if she succeeded.’

The Blood Countess is a departure from vintage Moss territory, with grisly crime, police procedure and suspense being swapped for something a little more supernaturally sinister. Moss brings her trademark macabre and lifelong love of the paranormal to the fashion world, with a twist …

Tara Moss has answered the Booktopia Book Guru’s Ten Terrifying Questionsclick here to read Tara’s answers.

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Tara Moss wrote her debut novel, Fetish, when she was 23 and since then her novels have been nominated for both the Davitt and the Ned Kelly crime writing awards, and hit Number 1 on numerous bestseller lists.

Her in-depth writing research has seen her earn her private investigator credentials, spend time in squad cars, morgues, prisons, take polygraph tests, shoot weapons, conduct surveillance, acquire her CAMS race driver licence, be set on fire by Hollywood stunt company West EFX and choked unconscious by Ultimate Fighter ‘Big’ John McCarthy!

She hosts the true crime documentary television series ‘Tough Nuts – Australia’s Hardest Criminals’ on the Crime & Investigation Network, and as ‘Ambassador of Crime’ for 13th STREET Universal Channel she hosts ‘Tara Moss in Conversation’ where she interviews authors from around the world.

Born on Vancouver Island, Moss is a dual Australian/Canadian citizen. When not writing her next novel she enjoys reading voraciously and riding her motorcycle (though never at the same time), spending time with her pet python, Thing, collecting morbid Memento Mori and Victoriana, and serving as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and ambassador for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children.

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About the Contributor

While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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  • mick mc bride

    December 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm


    Just finished the BLOOD COUNTESS, enjoyed it but a big departure from your previous novels which I loved. Look forward to more of the same in the future, funny the book is about vampires, I am holidaying Buderim, Sunshine Coast and with all the rain, the mosy’s are having a meal on me, scratching everywhere and reading about blood vampires,

    I have enjoyed the crime novels before and look forward to further novels. All the best on your pregnacy, I just read it on the website. Hope you and yours have merry and safe Christmas and New Year. Will you be able to write and change nappies at the same time.

    Good luck Mick.

  • Anna Russo

    September 30, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I would like to know when the next pandora book will be available please.


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