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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Press Inc.; Crds edition (2 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312361629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312361624
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 7.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 374,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ROBERT M. PLACE is an artist and illustrator whose award winning works have been widely exhibited in museums and galleries and have appeared in numerous books and magazines. He is the illustrator and co-author of "The Alchemical Tarot "and "The Angels Tarot," as well as the author-illustrator of "The Tarot of the Saints "and "The Buddha Tarot." He lives in Saugerties, New York.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Craftman on 3 Feb. 2010
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I have to admit that I approached this Tarot with some trepidation as I wasn't sure of the concept of "wrapping" the Tarot around a novel, but I'm pleased to say that Robert Place has done a very good job.

The book and cards are held in a wonderfully sturdy cardboard box. Should you feel so moved you can knock on it as though it were a door without damaging it, quite unlike the vast majority of modern decks.

The book is a fairly hefty 220 pages long, starting with a 60 page discussion of the history and philosophy of the Tarot. There then follows a 70 page chapter on the vampire in legend and art. The rest of the book describes the deck itself without including pictures of the card under discussion: a sensible move as you have the cards sitting next to you.

The cards themselves are larger than the average deck at 9 by 13.5cm and are heavily laminated. Almost too heavily as they slip and slide over each other, or else stick together which makes shuffling more difficult than it need be, especially given their size. They rest in a plastic holder. Unfortunately, there is no smaller box for the cards themselves, which makes this Tarot a little on the bulky side to carry around.

A further let-down is that the cards are cut square, instead of having rounded corners. Already, after only a couple of weeks, my cards are already showing some damage, despite the care I take in handling them.

Several of the major arcane have new names derived from Stoker's Dracula: The Fool becomes Jonathan the Fool, The Priestess becomes Mina, The Empress becomes The Brides, The Hanged Man The Madman, amongst others. The suits are Holy Water (Cups), Knives (Swords), Garlic Flowers (Pentacles) and Stakes (Wands).
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A few weeks ago I finally decided to order Robert Place's Vampire Tarot. It was just a serendipitous thing. I quite like vampires in general, though I find most vampire tarots too gothy and adolescent. But I'd been reading Stephen King's Salem's Lot (his second, and in my opinion, scariest book), so I ordered it. The deck arrived in its well-known stuck-together-in-a-brick state, and I dutifully peeled all the cards apart and snipped the corners off as I went. Then to my shock I discovered three cards were missing! St Martin's Press has no customer service at all. So I emailed Robert Place asking him for advice -- and he posted me the three missing cards himself! What a star!

First a word about the box. It is beautiful, a big chunky, solid box in vivid black and red. The lid fits snugly in place, so you have to shake and slide and grumble a bit to get the box to slide apart, then within, a substantial companion book nestles perfectly inside the box, on top of a plastic insert which fits perfectly, the cards snug in a recessed compartment that fits them perfectly. Now, you wouldn't think everything fitting together snugly and perfectly would be such a big deal -- unless you'd bought a few Llewellyn decks. Then you'd know what a treat it is to get something that is so tidy and well constructed. Yes, it's a shame there were cards missing, but still!

The cards themselves are relatively thick and actually quite plasticky, though not as thick and plasticky as, say, the Tarot of Sidhe. Nearly all 78 cards have a black background, and all cards are framed by a white border. I did decide to trim the pointed corners because they made handling the deck painful.
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I am a great fan of Robert Place's artwork and this deck does not dissapoint. I own several "dark" or "gothic" type decks, but this one is my favorite.

The deck itself comes in a very sturdy box, which houses a very readable book and a plastic insert which holds the deck of large size cards. For the price that this deck is currently selling at is exceptional value for money. I would personally recommend you remove the insert and put the cards in a wrap, or nice bag and store them in the box with the book.

My only gripe and it's a minor gripe, is that the cards are a bit sticky and they have square corners this makes them hard to shuffle and deal, but they get easier to handle with use.

The artwork itself is breath taking, Based around The novel "Dracula" it gives an overall theam to the cards, rather than just being dark. It makes a nice change to the "Vampires are cool" attitude in current culture. The book itself also gives very good justifications for the card choice and a very good concise history of the Tarot and vampirte mythos.

The cards themselves give quite clear, if sometimes unsettleing readings, recommended either for subconcious type redings or maybe in conjunction with a lighter deck for light/shade type readings.

A must buy for all goth vampire types but highly recommended for any tarot reader/collector
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Presents a great essay and accompanying set of cards based around Jungian analysis of the archetypes of the vampire myths. Captures the elements well of the symbolic forms involved,in a way that is useful for other practices than divination.
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