Beware the Three of Stakes!
November 26, 2008 2:40 PM Subscribe
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Artist Robert M. Place reveals images from two works-in-progress: The Vampire Tarot
, based on the Bram Stoker's Dracula
, and one called The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery
. Place already has several gorgeous decks to his name: The Alchemical Tarot
. Tarot of the Saints
. The Buddha Tarot
.More from Place on the connection between Bram Stoker, Tarot artist Pamela Coleman Smith, and the Golden Dawn:
"My deck is based on the literary vampire, particular Stoker’s Dracula. Stoker’s biographer, Barbara Belford, definitely believes that Stoker was familiar with the Tarot and based many of the characters in Dracula on Tarot trumps. Besides this I feel that one of the main inspirations for his story came from the Grail Legend and as I have pointed out in my books the Grail influenced the Tarot as well. The Tarot trumps contain an allegory about the search for immortality and the purification of the soul and these are the same themes we find in Dracula...
"Pamela Coleman Smith was one of Stoker’s closest friends from the time she was 10 years old, and went to live with the actress Ellen Terry, until Stokers death in 1912 . When she was 10 her mother died and she went to live with Ellen Terry, who was one of the most famous actresses in England. Ellen worked at the Lyceum Theater in London and Stoker was the manager. Pamela began working on sets and acting in bit parts. So, she came to be a good friend of Stoker’s. She actually illustrated his last novel, The Lair of the White Worm
. But, it wasn't Pamela who introduced Stoker to the Golden Dawn. He had other friends who were founding members such as Florence Farr and John W. Brodie-Innes."