Dec 7, 2022

The Spooky Tarot by Ryan Caskey

Earlier this year, I backed The Spooky Tarot on Kickstarter and although I didn't get it in time to post as part of the Countdown to Halloween, I just couldn't wait to share it! Even though there's no "official" 13 Days of Creepmas going, it still lives on!.


If you've been around for a bit, you know I collect playing card decks for the art. I do have a few Tarot card decks as well for the same reason but it's a small fraction compared to the number of playing cards I have. One look at this one and it was an instant back for me!
 
The cards are standard Tarot size (naturally) and have ghoulish metallic green gilded edges. It's kind of hard to get in a still photo but looks amazing when moving the deck around in the light!
 
 
The included book (first picture) has a brief introduction and then goes into card interpretations. For those that may wonder, the book does not have images of the cards.
 
Let's get a better look at the cards...


We'll start out with the Minor Arcana. The traditional Tarot suits have been changed to Pumpkins, Spirits, Cats, and Worms which really sells Caskey's desire to make this an ultimate love letter to Halloween. 
 
Some Tarot decks have a boring Minor Arcana without much difference in the art. While Caskey sticks to the suit/number thing (I mean, you kind of have to) no two cards look remotely identical. If you do nothing else, please click on these card photos to see them up close. They are absolutely worth your time! Each one of them could be its own poster that I'd happily hang on my walls.


The Minor Arcana is no slouch but the Major Arcana is where it's at for me. There is SO MUCH Hallow-goodness in this deck of cards, I can't even! I'd love nothing more than to be able to show you all the cards but that would take a whole lot of time and I'm sure Mr. Caskey wouldn't appreciate it to much either.

I tried to find the deck for sale so I could point you that way but it doesn't look like you can get it anywhere else at the moment. What you could do, is head over to Instagram and follow @SpookyKing to stay updated on his work and check out his online shop.

UPDATE: Ryan now has the deck available in his Etsy shop!

3 comments:

  1. Looks like they were going for a modern/retro look. It works pretty well too. I can certainly see why they'd currently be sold out.

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    1. I don't know that they made any more beyond Kickstarter which would be a shame that more people couldn't get this.

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  2. Just in case anyone is following comments on this, the deck is now available in Ryan's Etsy shop. Link added to article!

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