August 13th, 2006


Carnival of Lost Souls

Malefik Musick
Nox Arcana
Carnival of Lost Souls

"Welcome ladies and gentlemen to the circus of the strange, the sideshow of the sinister and the theatre of the bizarre... Cast your eyes upon cruel oddities of nature and behold monstrous creatures rising from the depths of the abyss. Hear the dark wisdom of gypsy soothsayers as they unveil things yet to come, and marvel with awe and dismay at unbelievable death-defying acts that teeter on the very brink of doom. Leave the mundane world behind, for those who visit this festival of phantasms are never the same again..."

Nox Arcana: Carnival of Lost SoulsThe diabolical Ring Leader bids you come forward, you are welcomed to immerse yourself within the dark carnival worlde of olde, a phantom circus of wonders and horrors wherein patrons' curiosities become overwhelming, to sometimes gain the better of them and become part of the sideshow...

Bewitching orchestrations accompany the wayfairer, spellbinding the observer to enter the fetters of ominous tents containing myriad spectacles of nightmarish fane. Compelling oddities possess the mind further into the darkness displayed before your eyes...

Tricks and treats lay waiting 'round every corner, collected the world over from timeless eras, echoing ghostly whispers to present the greatest show on earth...

An absolutely enchanting opus; besides the brilliant orchestrations, Carnival of Lost Souls manages to conjure the underlying sensation of this Magical world to create a haunting frame which enhances the experience ever more. One could almost perceive the sights, scents and sounds therein - from laughing phantom children to the crack of the lion-tamer's whip, to the fortune teller's enthralling reading, and the breathing calliope, played as if with a life of its own...

Freaks! Jesters! Exotic creatures from foreign lands... Pay the toll at the gate, at the mere cost of your soul... this is The Devil's Carnivale, The Circus Diabolique... you will never want to leave...


I was pleased to receive an autographed copy signed by both Vargo and Pietrowski, as well as a resplendant poster signed by same, which is now framed. Also, two great stickers of the Order Dracul sigil and The Carnival of Lost Souls logo. Beautiful artwork and musick to compliment The Noctuary well.

I was also quite pleased to receive the following message:

"We truly appreciate your eloquent reviews.

Darkest wishes,
Joseph Vargo."
It is surely nice to know they are appreciated.

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