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Listening to Andrei Codrescu‘s charming, satiric commentaries on National Public Radio, you’d never suspect that the transplanted Transylvanian had a taste for necro-pornography. Codrescu’s new novel, The Blood Countess, is a bizarre and disturbing book, chronicling in visceral detail the life of Elizabeth Bathory, a Hungarian noblewoman who liked to bathe in the blood of virgins. Imagine a 16th-century version of American Psycho. Codrescu reads at 7 p.m. at Olsson’s, 1200 F St. NW. FREE. (202) 347-3686. (DP)