Elizabeth (Erzsebet) Báthory de Ecsed (1560-1614), a convicted murderer in medieval Hungary, enjoyed family privilege despite extensive evidence presented at her trial in 1610; she is rumored to have murdered quantities of village girls, bathing in virgin’s blood to preserve her youth.
Bath salts is slang for a street drug that . a valid threat. The infamous Floridian cannibal attack in 2012 was initially attributed to bath salts, which at the time were rumored to be available over the counter at less than classy convenience stores.
These soaps are not a celebration of gallows humor. The 60s and 70s have a particular wealth of stylized horror, from the glorious colors in Italian giallo films and the film stocks that allowed saturated colors, to US comics with the changing demands of a literate market and better distribution channels. The gazing upon other people’s navels as an effort to comprehend and amend the worst of our society continues as we build upon the genre of horror.