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The Vampire Tarot

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The Vampire Tarot ties the tales and mythic figures associated with the vampire legend to the equally iconographic figures and forms of the tarot. This deck is a beautifully rendered, fully realized tarot, capable of providing a clear reading to those that use it. But beyond that, it explores the history of the vampire starting with Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 novel, Dracul ...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published June 23rd 2009 by St. Martin's Press
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Nicolas Flamel
Robert Place has created yet another splendid contribution to Tarot in The Vampire Tarot, his most recent opus. Place's artistic style lends itself beautifully to a darkly elegant interpretation of the Tarot images filtered through the scrim of vampire mythology, and his scholarship makes for some unique takes on the Tarot.

Thematically, the deck is primarily focused on Bram Stoker's Dracula, the quintessential Vampire novel, although he draws on the lore and traditions of vampires dating back t
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Stephanie
This deck is not for everyone. That said, it's by Robert M. Place, and a deck which is not the best of his best, is still a very good deck indeed. It's very different from most of the variations on the vampire themed decks which are out there, and this may be why it seems to be struggling to find its audience.

And that's a pity, for it may be an excellent deck for those who are looking for a vampire deck which is first and foremost a very serious and thoughtful Tarot to begin with, and not simpl
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Erika
Doing a reading with these cards before going through the whole book was a mistake. I missed all the nuances of what he based his cards on. The concise history of tarot he gave was quite thorough and I can only imagine how in-depth his book on it is.

Having finished the companion book, I appreciate the cards and their advice more. I'm not a fan of how the cards stick together and shuffle, but I will be using it.
Emma Jones
For the deck alone, I would have given 5 stars. They are beautifully illustrated and wonderfully imaginative, featuring many well-known figures in vampire lore and literary history. The book takes us through the history of the tarot itself, and how it came to be a tool of divination, and then gives us a brief history of the vampire. This is where I would suggest fans of the vampire's history and representation in film and literature might find the information lacking, and would need to go on to ...more
Gary
Sep 10, 2009 Gary rated it 5 of 5 stars
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A fascinating, well-researched, and creative merging of the archetypal symbolism of the Tarot and the Vampire mythos. This is a companion book that comes with the Vampire Tarot deck, and the book is equally as alluring as the deck, and could stand alone as a creative work of merit. The book provides historical context and clear insights, shedding light on the evolution of Vampire lore as depicted through media and how it correlates with esoteric and tarot themes.
Dawn Henri
it's an ongoing thing. great reader engagement.
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