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Tales from the Dark Tower [Paperback]

Christine Filipak , Joseph Vargo
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Oct. 1 2003
ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE—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 new and compelling saga of vampire lore.
      Also look for the sequel Beyond The Dark Tower and The Dark Towermusic soundtrack by Nox Arcana.

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A creative collaboration among eight writers and an artist from Ohio, this unusual book, which bears a conceptual similarity to Strange Attraction [...] tells a haunting, drama-drenched story about the loneliness of vampires. Through a series of linked stories--which, though written by different authors, are all based on coeditor Vargo's paintings--contributors recount the history of the castle's curse and of Brom, the heartbroken vampire who currently inhabits the spooky tower. "The Dark Tower" recounts the story of Brom's predecessor, the Baron; "Vampire's Kiss" (by Vargo and coeditor Christine Filipak) tells of Brom's deceased lover, Rianna; sundry other tales (by James Pipik, Joseph Iorillo, Eric Muss-Barnes and others) deliver stories about evil gargoyles, freaked-out civilians and the like. Sure to be a hit among Goth-mystery lovers, this book contains all the classic elements of good vampire fiction--a self-aware, disaffected and lovesick protagonist, a mythic curse and a complicated legend--along with a rich display of gothic artwork. (June)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars So happy! Aug. 27 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I've been coveting this book for years and I'm so glad I finally have it! Book shipped very quickly and was in good condition (the only thing is that the pages have detached themselves from the spine) so I need to try and find some type of glue. At any rate I'm very happy with this purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Air Is Thick With Hints of Rain...Finally Aug. 21 2001
By Rivens Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Tales from the Dark Tower by: Joseph Vargo (hardcover) With characters based on Vargos art work this montage of dark tales "13" in all by various authors is unlike any thing you could imagine. Classic Gothic work at its very best. Although I am not a huge fan of fiction I came across this book and it is set apart from the norm or anything else for that matter. Along comes all the gothic community has been waiting for. Something that defines the word Gothic. Reminiscent of the old black and whites that used to fill James O'Barrs work (creator of the crow) Joseph Vargos haunting Images from his artwork is what this book was based upon. Beautiful artwork, Dark stories, and characters that your own father wouldn't choose for a hero, but your not your father are you? Highly recommended for any one who roots for the moody,dark,vampiric hero. Enter the delicious world of Vargo.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful art for the gothic side of our souls... Oct. 10 2001
By J. Autrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an amazing book for any horror/goth enthusiast. The art inside the book is disturbing and gorgeous. This is the most decadent book that I have ever picked up. I loved every page of it. If you love vampires, ghouls, and the supernatural--buy this book. It is one of a kind. A+
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Blowing! Aug. 27 2004
By Michael J. Crowley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am not actually Mike, I'm his 14 year old daughter, just so ya know.... I found the book at Hot Topic and i just HAD to buy it. (It was only 15 dollars at the time, so go to hottopic.com to buy it, it is still like 4 dollars cheaper!) This book is absolutely AMAZING! If you are into gothic "fantasy" this is definitely the book for you! It is full of lavish illustrations bu Joseph Vargo of Monolith Graphics...I couldnt put the book down once i opened it! The various authors -including Joseph Vargo- do a wonderful job of painting a mental picture for you with their words. I would recomend this story to anyone looking for an extremely well put together book, but the squeamish should probably stay away, because of excess blood spillage. ... I would read it a thousand times, maybe more..if only i had the time.. Anyway, its a great read!

You may also be interested in The Gothic Tarot. Joseph Vargo came up with and illustrated it all by himself! His talents are unbelieveable! ...You can get the Gothic Tarot from Hot Topic or hottopic.com, when i purchased the deck it was only $16!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definition of Beauty Nov. 23 2005
By Stefan Isaksson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Tales From the Dark Tower is not a book.

Tales From the Dark Tower is a work of art.

Wow... I never thought I'd start a book review like that. But then again, I never quite expected to read something like Tales From the Dark Tower, either. Because it was truly a sweet experience; one of the best ones I've had so far in my career as a book reviewer.

Well, then, what's so great about it? Let me put it this way: it's hard something that is NOT great about it. Everything, from the beautiful artwork on the cover and throughout the book (all done by genius Joseph Vargo) to the quality of the paper to the stories themselves; it's all top quality and I cannot think of a single thing that I don't like about the whole thing. Not one.

And that makes writing a review quite difficult. Why? Because there's simply not very much to say about the piece except that it's a definite must-buy. I don't usually say that; in fact I rarely say that at all, but this time I have no choice but to face the pleasant facts: I loved it. From the first page to the very last. Several different authors contribute with stories, and they're all masters of their craft.

Sure, some people might think the stories are goth-cliché. After all, they are all very much alike, both in setting (in or around the Dark Tower) or in the way the different authors present their ideas (haunted cemeteries, pale and beautiful gothic beauties, forbidden love that forever haunts the unfortunate ones, dark and sinister clouds that blocks out the sun, scary gargoyles staring down at the mortals, and so on). But then again, Tales From the Dark Tower IS a gothic collection, the authors are goths, the readers are goths, it's all a big gothic get-together and thus the stories should and could not be written any other way.

As I write this I have the book next to me on the desk. It looks beautiful. And I'm jealous on all the people out there who have still to discover it. I usually don't read a book twice, but this time I think I have to reconsider.

And I hope a sequel one day will see the light of day. Or rather, the darkness of the night
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abandon hope all ye who enter here... May 16 2010
By Loren Gomez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a near sixteen year old fan of Joseph Vargo (being a fan since I saw his Gothic Tarot deck online when I was eleven), nothing still ceases to amaze me when it comes to this modern master of the macabre who I compare to Edgar Allan Poe and Bram Stoker. Does this man's talent know no bounds?

Anyway... This book was amazing! It revolves around the ominous structure of the Dark Tower whose shadow looms heavily over an Eastern European village known as Vasaria. The atmosphere created by the words of the various authors (including Joseph Vargo, Christine Filipak, Joseph Iorillo, James Pipik, Robert Michaels, and more) and Mr. Vargo's artwork is very palpable and it makes one immerse themselves into the world that is created within this book. My favorite stories were the tale of the sinister Dark Tower, the darkly romantic Vampire's Kiss, the rebellious Masque of Sorrow, the serene and reflective Sanctuary, the retribution of Vesper Tolls and Noctem Aeternus, and Lilith.

This book is highly recommended to people who love and want to immerse themselves the dark atmosphere of Gothic literature once created by Edgar Allan Poe and Bram Stoker in the nineteenth century. However, those who are squeamish when it comes to excessive gore and violence, grow a stronger stomach and read this thing already! In the immortal words of the character The Baron in the book,

"Man hath needed no magic to compel him toward darkness. He doth seek it willingly enough on his own..."
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