Joseph Vargo has been bringing his original and compelling creations to life
through a wide variety of media for two decades. This world-renowned
fantasy artist is truly a Renaissance man, with talents that
encompass artwork, music, and literature. His gothic visions
open a gateway to the darkside and dare the viewer to venture
within. His chilling, mist-shrouded world of forlorn ghosts,
brooding vampires, living gargoyles and other creatures of the
night have earned him an immense and loyal following, with fans
reaching from every corner of the globe.
His publishing company Monolith Graphics, launched in 1991, celebrated its 20 year anniversary in 2011.
A world leader in gothic-themed products,
Monolith has numerous clients across the US and in a over a dozen other
nations throughout the world. Their extensive dark product line
offers books, magazines, calendars, t-shirts, posters, tarot decks, and music cds.
Joseph Vargo achieved international acclaim in 1993 with the
release of a series of artistic works entitled "Born of the Night," a
title which has become synonymous with his gothic empire. His artwork
has been featured in Spectrum's international collection The Best
in Contemporary Fantasy Art, in Dark's Art Parlor Dark Visions collection,
and in numerous other horror publications including 32 covers and countless
illustrations for Dark Realms Magazine, Vampir, and the UK’s Bite
Me. His artwork has been featured in productions by broadcast and
film companies such as NBC, Universal, A&E, 20th Century Fox and
The Discovery Channel.
In 1998 and 1999, Joseph Vargo produced, financed,
directed and performed on the gothic-themed albums, Born of the
Night and Realm of Shadows, drastically changing the sound
and style of music previously used by the Halloween industry. In 2003, he founded Nox Arcana with fellow musician William Piotrowski. Nox Arcana is renowned for their haunting,
gothic-themed soundscapes, classic horror references,
and strong literary influences. Vargo has produced and composed a total of 18 full-length albums: 13
Nox Arcana albums and 5 albums with
other recording artists, including Michelle Belanger and Jeff Hartz of Buzz-Works. Vargo has also contributed music and narrations
for various bands including Legion of the Damned and Acid
addition to music, Vargo has created various artistic and literary
projects including Tales from
the Dark Tower and The Gothic Tarot. His artbook, Born
of the Night: The Gothic Fantasy Artwork of Joseph Vargo, features
a collection of over 100 paintings and illustrations from about
1988 to 2005. Vargo's latest book, The Legend of Darklore Manor
and Other Tales of Terror, contains 13 sinister stories including
the novella that chronicles the grim history of the haunted mansion
that inspired Nox Arcana's debut album.
Be sure to visit JosephVargo.com to
see hundreds more paintings and illustrations, and to read more
of his extensive biography including complete publishing credits and
in-depth interviews. And check out NoxArcana.com to
hear his music and read some of the myths and legends that inspire
Filipak combines a subtle blend of fine art techniques
and digital wizardry to create elegant and timeless imagery.
She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University
and professes to be a voracious bookworm with a deep fascination
for ancient cultures and historical horror novels. In 1992, she
joined Monolith Graphics as art director and production manager,
and throughout the years she has also taken on the roles of business
manager and media coordinator for everything that Monolith Graphics
Christine's talents are utilized in the graphic design, layout
and pre-press production of everything Monolith publishes. Her
other credits include co-writing and co-editing the gothic anthology Tales From The
Dark Tower, as well as creating and managing the various Monolith
Graphics and Nox Arcana web sites. In 2003, Christine created
and produced the lush artwork for Madame Endora's Fortune Cards for
which she cites Alphonse Mucha, master artist of the Art Nouveau
movement, as her primary inspiration. This unique oracle is now
available as an Apple iPhone application.
Christine loves animals, cats in particular, and supports the efforts of the
ASPCA, The Humane Society, and Mercy For Animals.
Some of her cute cartoon kittens are available for sale at her hobby page
(all proceeds go to help animals).