Books & Tarot Cards

Born of the Night: The Gothic Fantasy Artwork of Joseph Vargo

Illustrated by Joseph Vargo
Forward by Joseph Iorillo
Monolith Graphics 2005
ISBN 0967575664
184 pages. 140 color illustrations.

Enter the world of this modern master of the macabre. This collection features over 100 distinctive works of fantasy and imagination, published together for the first time. With introduction and summaries by Joseph Iorillo and additional commentaries by the artist, this volume offers comprehensive insights into Vargo's gothic domain.

Tales From The Dark Tower

Short stories by Joseph Vargo and others
Illustrated by Joseph Vargo
Edited by Joseph Vargo and Christine Filipak
Monolith Graphics 2000, 2003
ISBN 0967575613 (Hardcover)
ISBN 0967575605 (Paperback)
280 pages.

Vampires who dwell deep within forbidden crypts, lost souls who wander mist-shrouded cemeteries, and gargoyles of living stone. Herein lie the dark legends scribed long ago. These tragic tales of myth and forbidden lore chronicle a sinister legacy, as it unfolded in the forgotten past, and the curse that yet lurks within the shadow of the Dark Tower. This lavishly illustrated anthology features 13 sinister and darkly alluring tales based upon the gothic artwork of Joseph Vargo. Each story in this unique anthology is woven together to create a compelling saga of vampire lore.

Beyond The Dark Tower

Short stories by Joseph Vargo and Joseph Iorillo
Illustrated by Joseph Vargo
Monolith Graphics 2011
ISBN 9780982489925
232 pages.

This sequel to the acclaimed anthology Tales From The Dark Tower continues the Gothic saga of the vampire Lord Brom and his battle against the forces that lurk in the citadel of shadows known as The Dark Tower.
      No one is certain how long The Dark Tower has stood. It is believed to be a place of great evil, haunted by dark angels and spirits of the restless dead. Legends say the Tower was once the ancient fortress of the Dark Queen, Mara, and her infernal legions. Other tales tell of a warrior knight—once a man, but now an immortal creature of darkness—who stands vigil over the fallen queen's tomb.

The Legend of Darklore Manor and Other Tales of Terror

by Joseph Vargo, Joseph Iorillo, and Timothy Bennett
Illustrated by Joseph Vargo
Monolith Graphics 2008
ISBN 0978885767
216 pages.

Welcome to Darklore Manor, where spirits of the dead do not rest easy, nor do they find release from their eternal suffering... This anthology contains thirteen tales of terror, covering a vast array of horror themes involving living gargoyles, creepy dolls, dark urban legends, secret societies, and murderous madmen. The main story is a novella based on Nox Arcana’s nightmarish concept album, Darklore Manor.

 

The Gothic Tarot

by Joseph Vargo
Monolith Graphics 2002
ISBN 0967575621

A deck of 78 illustrated cards featuring a host of gargoyles, vampires, ghosts, and dark angels that give this ancient oracle a unique Gothic flair. Every card features a unique and original illustration depicting Vargo's Gothic interpretation of the traditional Tarot.

The Gothic Tarot Compendium

by Joseph Vargo and Joseph Iorillo
Monolith Graphics 2007
ISBN 0978885724
224 pages. 78 illustrations.

This comprehensive resource offers Vargo's personal insights concerning the mythological and occult symbolism hidden within his artwork, and includes detailed instructions for several traditional and original card layouts that reinforce the gothic theme of the artwork. The book contains illustrations of all 78 cards of the Major and Minor Arcana, and translations of their symbolic meanings, allowing readers to utilize The Gothic Tarot to its fullest divinatory potential.

Madame Endora's Fortune Cards

by Christine Filipak and Joseph Vargo
Monolith Graphics 2002
ISBN 096757563X

This original deck of fortune-telling cards offers insightful advice concerning matters of love, money, health and general prosperity. The lush artwork is based on Old World myth and lore, and blends Egyptian, Celtic and Fantasy themes in an elegant Art Nouveau style.

Dark Realms Magazine

Joseph has written numerous stories and provided cover art for every issue of Dark Realms Magazine. First published in December 2000, the quarterly print publication explores the shadows of art, music and culture, and has been instrumental in boosting the careers of emerging artists, writers and musicians. The entire collection consists of 32 issues, spanning 8 years. Covers are available for viewing in the Gallery.

 

Calendars

Born of the Night: Gothic Fantasy Calendars 1992—2008
Series of 17 annual calendars featuring a total of 245 works by Joseph Vargo.

Madame Endora's Fortune Calendar 2005—2006.
Two calendars featuring 48 collaborative works by Christine Filipak and Joseph Vargo.

 

Notable Fan Creations

Dracula by Bram Stoker
Illustrations by Joseph Vargo for a custom-made, hand-bound edition of Bram Stoker's novel, Dracula.

Tattoos and auto-detailing
Super cool Vargo art on flesh and steel.

 

Book Features

Spectrum III: The Best in Contemporary Fantasy Art
Underwood Books, Grass Valley, CA. 1996
"Gargoyles" by Joseph Vargo, p. 118

The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dracula
by Mark Dawidziak
Continuum books 2008, ISBN 9780826417947, p. 24, 40, 57, 72, 152.

Embracing the Darkness
by Corvis Nocturnum
Dark Moon Press 2005, ISBN 0976698404, p. 31-37, 204

The Strange Sound of Cthulhu
by Gary Hill
Cover art by Joseph Vargo
Music Street 2006, ISBN 184728776X

Cthulhu: Dark Fantasy, Horror & Supernatural Movies
by Gordon Kerr
Flame Tree Publishing 2014, ISBN: 9781783612185, p.114

Gothic Dreams: Necronomicon
by Sammy Maine
Flame Tree Publishing 2015, ISBN: 9781783613205, p.128

 

Magazine Features

Journal of the Dark (1996) Cover Art
Carpe Noctem (1997) Featured Artist
Vampir
(Germany, 2003) "The Gothic Tarot"
Bite Me
#10 (Scotland, 2002) "Vampires" p. 14-15, 24-25.
Bite Me
#12 (Scotland, 2002) "The Gothic Tarot" p. 22-25.
Cthulhu Sex #20 (2005). Featured Artist, p. 12-22.
Strange #87 (Greece, 2006) "The Gothic Art of Joseph Vargo" p. 20-24.
M (2007), Cover product feature of "Ace of Spades" design.
Fantasy Art Magazine (China, 2009) "Joseph Vargo, Master of Gothic Arts" p. 26-33.
Tattoo Magazine, (Budapest, 2015) "Joseph Vargo" p. 22-26

 

Television

Artwork for "The Secret Life of Vampires" A&E, The Discovery Channel, NBC, Universal, 2005, 2011.
Scenery for "The Pretender" episode "Angel's Flight" 20th Century Fox, 1999.

 

Music

Nox Arcana soundtracks

Producer, composer, vocals, narrator, writer, creative director, cover artist.

Darklore Manor (2003)
Necronomicon (2004)
Winter's Knight (2005)
Transylvania (2005)
Carnival of Lost Souls (2006)
Blood of the Dragon (2007)
Shadow of the Raven (2008)
Grimm Tales (2008)
Phantoms of the High Seas (2008)
Blackthorn Asylum (2009)
Winter's Eve (2009)
Theater of Illusion (2010)
The Dark Tower (2011)
Winter's Majesty (2012)
Legion of Shadows (2013)
Ebonshire (2013)
Ebonshire Vol. 2 (2014)
Gothic (2015)
Ebonshire Vol. 3 (2015)
Ebonshire Vol. 4 (2016)

Visit NoxArcana.com for music performances

 

Musical Collaborations

Midnight Syndicate: Born of the Night (1998) and Realm of Shadows (2000)
Executive producer, creative director, vocals, narrator, writer, cover artist.

Michelle Belanger: Blood of Angels (2006),
Producer, composer.

Nightcrawler: Testament (2017) Producer, cover art

Acid Witch: Witchtanic Hellucinations (2008) Intro vocals

Buzz-Works: Zombie Influx (2009) and House of Nightmares (2010)
Producer, writer and composer, cover artist.

Legion of the Damned: Cult of the Dead "Sermon Of Sacrilege" (2008), Slaughtering "Intro: Circus Diabolique" (2010), and Decent Into Chaos "Descent into Chaos" (2011). Music and vocals.

 

Album Covers

Erotikill (1989)
Doctor Whiskey (1991)
Crypt Kicker: Unusually High Level of Hate (1996)
Nightcrawler (1998 and 2017)
The Pagans: Live Road Kill (1978-89) (1998)
Skar: Blood of Sorrow (1998)
The Spitfires (1998) Ritual of Torment (2006)
Dark Arena: Alien Factor (2006)
Bloodmist At Dawn (2015)

Album covers are available for viewing in the Gallery