Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night

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Title

Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night
Vampire Tarot of the Eternal Night

Subject

Vampires in literature
Vampires in popular culture
Vampires in film

Description

78 cards + a title card and a publisher's card + an LWB in a standard cardboard tuck box.

Side note: Lo Scarabeo used to include what I think of as an advertising card at the bottom of each mass market deck, listing other current titles. I notice that here, the bottom card is simplified, providing contact information for the publisher, but without advertising other titles.

Cards measure 12 cm tall x 6.6 cm wide. The card stock is very flexible, with a smooth, mostly-matte finish. This deck could easily be riffle-shuffled.

The backs are almost reversible, but not quite; if you were paying attention to the emblem in the middle, you could tell whether a card was upright or inverse.

Justice is VIII and Strength is XI. The Fool is numbered 0. 

No titles or suit names appear on any of the cards; it is necessary to check the LWB to be sure. 

Suits are Chalices, Pentacles, Wands, and Swords. The court cards are Knave, Knight, Queen, and King.

The minor arcana are scenic, with a nod to the RWS; I can see the RWS influence more strongly in some cards than in others.

I can also see the influence of literature and movies here; for example, the Emperor (IV) recalls the appearance (and hairstyle) of Dracula in the early scenes of the 1992 film, Bram Stoker's Dracula. The Hermit (IX) seems to reference the same film, in that the figure resembles Dracula as he appears after arriving in London.

The art style is digital / computer-generated, and though it is improved over some of Davide Corsi's earlier work, it still isn't all that good. There remains a level of awkwardness and blandness, and a lack of detail. 

Barbara Moore, author of the companion book (which I don't happen to own), is commonly credited online as a co-creator of the deck along with artist Davide Corsi. 

However, none of the materials with the deck list Moore as a creator; she is not mentioned on the LWB, box, or cards. Hence, I have not listed her name as a creator here. She may have been the person who scripted the deck; I just haven't yet found a definitive source to confirm this.

Personally, I can't read with this deck. If you are looking for a vampire-themed deck from Lo Scarabeo, a better choice by far is their "Gothic Tarot of Vampires" from 2003.

Creator

Corsi, Davide (artist)

Publisher

Lo Scarabeo

Date

© 2009

Format

78 cards

Language

Multilingual

Type

RWS

Identifier

ISBN 978-8883958885

Citation

Corsi, Davide (artist), “Vampires Tarot of the Eternal Night,” The Osborne Tarot Collection, accessed March 8, 2021, http://tarot.zerosummer.org/items/show/329.

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