Tarot of Vampyres by Ian Daniels
This piece of delicious, flounced-as-all-get-out, over the top, Gothic high camp is the Tarot of Vampyres due for September 2010 release from Llewellyn. The artwork is by Ian Daniels, a prolific fantasy artist & illustrator. He specialises in high romance, approaching his favourite themes in a way similar to what I think the Pre-Raphaelites would have done in a post-Lestat world.
Surprisingly – for someone with a wardrobe that’s 80% dramatically black and very low standards in vampire fiction (I draw the line at that T-light series – BEGONE!!!!!) – I don’t own a single “gothic” deck. No Bohemian Gothic, no Eternal Night, no Archeon. I don’t even own the Deviant Moon (although I cherish my DM art prints). I’ve just never felt drawn to any of these types of decks.
But this. Ohhhhh this! This speaks directly to the me who watched “The Crow” 4 times at the cinema and then overcountable times afterwards on VHS and DVD and TV; who had her choice in college finalised by an encounter with a boy dressed all in black, crouched outside a classroom; who gets giddy at the opportunity to wear a birdcage hat and leather gloves in the daylight hours; and the me who gets decidedly weak and wobbly at the sound of Peter Steele’s voice (RIP).
She doesn’t take herself very seriously, but boy, does she like to play dress-up! And isn’t this just the perfect accessory? Oh my, oh my, yes it is. It drips equal parts stage blood and melodrama and would fit very nicely in a little coffin-shaped purse. It’s like the Tarot Favole, only better, because this one has illustrated Minors (a couple of which can be seen on the artist’s website). The Majors are all viewable in Llewellyn’s Facebook Album, but I’ve posted some of my favourites below:
This High Priestess and her levitating grimoire look like they stepped right out of a Gothic Beauty wedding photo-shoot, and if wrist-to-forehead Temperance doesn’t make your snake be-ringed finger twitch to pre-order and cast spells at the dance floor, then you’re obviously more UV-resistant than I.
Or maybe I just need to put down the fishnets and step way from the costume trunk, slowly…