Well, this is a deck about vampires. I have to say bloodtaking, because I want to say "breathtaking", but vampires don't take your breath. The illustrations in this deck are absolutely stunning, appearing to be photographs of the scenes. The scenes are dark and Gothic. Of cause there is blood shown in several of the scenes, but maybe only 1 or 2 cards might appear to be gory to some. Very few actual people are pictured; what appears to be humans, in the vast majority of cards, are actually vampires. The younger men and women pictured are attractive and sexually alluring. The older vampires shown are not as attractive as the younger ones, but can also be sexually alluring. The authors of this set present the idea that vampires are created creatures, who were once human, are no longer so, but have retained some aspects of their humanity, and there is a constant struggle between the monstrous and human sides of their existence, with no happy conclusion. Besides vampires, many of the cards picture other creatures of the night. I won't speak further about the illustrations, because I don't want to affect your initial viewing of these cards, but on several of the cards you will be surprised at what is pictured; a bit different than what is pictured in most tarot decks. The set contains a 158 page, soft covered book. It opens with a discussion of the relationship between vampire lore and ourselves, both as individuals and as members of society. Next is a brief, but good discussion, of the structure of a tarot deck. This is followed by a discussion of each of the cards of the deck. There is a full color picture of each of the cards, which is unusual in a companion book. There are core aspect words given for each card, which I found very helpful for interpreting cards in this deck, as well as those in other decks. The Majors are discussed using key words, traditional meaning, vampire story, dark approach, human approach, light approach, and divinatory meaning. The Minors lack key words and traditional meaning in their discussions. The discussion of the cards is followed by section on how to perform a reading of the cards, followed by examples of spreads. The book closes with a section on how to throw a vampire party; this is something I will pass upon. For lovers of vampire and Gothic themed tarot decks, this set is a special treat.