Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Stocking Stuffer

I’ve learned a few things in my short life that I think are, for the most part, absolute truths; Never get involved in a land war in Afghanistan or Southeast Asia, The police never think it’s as funny as you do, Never get attached to a Red Shirt on Star Trek, Coke is better than Pepsi, A cell phone is only as annoying as the person using it, A diet drink does NOT offset the calories in French fries and a cheeseburger, and the Zombie Tarot deck from Quirk Books may be the perfect stocking stuffer this year for fans of the undead and the mystic arts.  

Based on the classic Rider-Waite set, I assume, this unique tarot deck first seizes your attention with some retro 50’s style artwork by Paul Kepple. Amazing, beautiful, creative, stylish are adjectives that come to mind not only in attempting to describe the cards themselves but the packaging. The box that the deck comes in is so well done, I proudly display it on my bookshelf. I particularly love the image off bullets simulated along the sides, giving a hint to just how loaded this set is. The cards themselves look spectacular with a very pulpy Cold War feel chock-full of vintage and apocalyptic iconography.

Set in the midst of the zombie apocalypse the Zombie Tarot deck has all the familiar elements; Swords, Wands, Cups, Hazards, The Fool, The Hangman, etc.., but of course with a twist.  Writer Stacey Graham  (The Girls' Ghost Hunting Guide) provides that twist with a deep knowledge of tarot and a macabre sense of humor. Her 96 page instruction booklet can teach even the uninitiated tarot card reader how to extract advice to help you and your group of survivors make the right choice in any undead apocalyptic scenario. For example; should you stay on the move or barricade yourselves in a basement, should you head north or south, will little Timmy be okay or should you put the kid down before he turns and takes a bite out of mommy.  


Having insight into possible futures during the apocalypse may be the difference between you experiencing a long threadbare life on the run in the aftermath of mankind, or your easy demise as you become a zombie chew toy. The Zombie Tarot will give you that insight. And what better way to say you care about someone than to give them something that will perpetuate their survival. Or at least perpetuate it long enough so that they can occupy the ravenous horde while you make your escape. Either way, they’ll appreciate the sentiment.  
In all seriousness, I found the Zombie Tarot deck a lot of fun. It’s the perfect holiday gift for that special Zombie, Tarot fan in your life.  Avaliable at Amazon.

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