is an American neoclassical/dark ambient musical duo, formed in 2003 by Joseph Vargo and William Piotrowski. Nox Arcana specializes in concept albums based on gothic fiction and classic horror literature. Such literary references include H. P. Lovecraft, Bram Stoker, The Brothers Grimm, Ray Bradbury, and Edgar Allan Poe. Some of their albums also make reference to medieval themes and ancient mythology.Their Winter's Knight
album, released in 2005, ranked as high as #8 on the Billboard
chart for Top Holiday Albums.Worldwide PublisherJoseph Vargo is a renowned gothic-fantasy artist who has created an extensive portfolio of work ranging from album covers and books to posters, music cds, and other products that are distributed through his publishing company Monolith Graphics. Before forming Nox Arcana in 2003, Joseph Vargo produced two albums for Midnight Syndicate but left the band in 2000 to co-write Tales From The Dark Tower
, a book that follows the exploits of a vampire during the First Crusade. He later published Dark Realms magazine and released a best-selling card deck, The Gothic Tarot. Monolith Graphics also publishes and distributes Nox Arcana music worldwide.
Stage and Screen
Nox Arcana support a wide variety of independent productions like radio dramas and student films to which they lend their music. A number of professional performances of gothic plays, such as "Frankenstein", "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", "Dracula" and "Richard III" have featured music by Nox Arcana.William Piotrowski wrote the score for a local production entitled "Ghosts of Ohio", a video documentary about Mary Ann Winkowski, a real-life medium who inspired the CBS television show Ghost Whisperer
. He recently finished a musical score for the upcoming vampire film Crimson Winter.
Nox Arcana's music is used by theme parks such as Busch Gardens, Six Flags, Knott's Scary Farm and Universal Studios during Halloween for scenes and haunted houses based upon their album themes. Nox Arcana's music is featured exclusively on the TV show America Haunts
for the Travel Channel, which has aired throughout the Halloween weekend each year since 2009. Music from Nox Arcana's Transylvania
album was featured on the FOX TV show So You Think You Can Dance.