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Necronomicon Tarot (Necronomicon Series) Cards – March 5, 2012
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About the Author
Anne Stokes (United Kingdom) is a professional illustrator whose fantasy artwork is popular in the games industry, specifically among products published by Wizards of the Coast and Mongoose Publishing.
Donald Tyson (Nova Scotia, Canada) is an occult scholar and the author of the popular, critically acclaimed Necronomicon series. He has written more than a dozen books on Western esoteric traditions. Visit him online at DonaldTyson.com.~
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Top Customer Reviews
And with strange eons even death may die.
The Necronomicon Tarot by Donald Tyson, illustrated by Anne Stokes, is a brilliant adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's work to the Tarot format. For those not familiar with HPL, he was an early 20th century pulp fiction writer whose work focused on the other-worldly horrors of ancient magic and forgotten civilizations. He created the Necronomicon as a literary device, an imaginary tome of ancient magic upon which much of his hideous mythology was based. Tyson himself has continued that lineage with two novels and this Tarot, the third in his trilogy. The Tarot comes in a boxed book and deck set, together with a mosquito-net style bag. Given the subject matter, I was a little disappointed that it did not include a shrunken head, or at the very least some dusty old bones, but I suppose there are postal regulations to contend with.
The deck itself is of standard size, and the usual Tarot format of 22 Major Arcana cards, and a Minor Arcana in four suits of 10 plus four court cards. The art work is vivid and brightly colored, set against a black background that makes the cards almost glow. The design of the Major Arcana itself is roughly traditional (whatever that really means), with the substitutions one would expect for the theme. Most of them will be immediately recognized by students of the genre: Nyarlathotep is the Magician, Dagon is the Hierophant, the Hounds of Leng haunt the Moon, and of course Great Cthulhu himself appears as the Devil. Each suit of the Minor Arcana is based on a particular theme, and for the most part, the cards are descriptively illustrated, and follow the Golden Dawn pattern.Read more ›
The artwork is pretty and the colors are truly stunning. I would like to see better drawn art but I realize that that is probably not going to happen where the Cthulhu Mythos is concerned. Thus this deck will serve as a nice way to Pathwork as well as put me in the mood to read some Lovecraft and Chtulhu Mythos works.
I gave it 4 out of 5 possible stars because I don't agree with some of the card associations regarding characters from the Mythos. I do not feel the need to justify this to anyone as it is only 'my' personal opinion and taste however if you're new to Tarot, Sorcery or Cthulhu Mythos & Lovecraftiana, then this deck will be something you want to explore.
I expected a great deal from the cards and I was disappointed.
The Major Arcana are well done, touching on many themes and creatures from the Mythos. I have no complaints about those.
The Minor Arcana are conceptual in that each suit tells a story. The stories are insufficient to touch on enough aspects of the Mythos to be compelling. They just aren't that exciting.
The artwork is well done, sufficiently dark and detailed.
Buy it to complete the Necronomicon trilogy by Tyson (although the Grimoire is out so is it a quadriligy?), but don't expect to do a traditional Tarot spread and read it like a RWS deck.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This set comes with a pack of beautiful tarot cards and book,if your familiar with Lovecraft's work you love this deck. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
My only complaint would be the cardstock they used. The cards are thinner than most Tarot and are more the consistency of playing cards. Read morePublished 3 months ago by GovContractor
I've had this deck before. I've since lost that deck bit I will get it again. The art work is vivid. Also dark but that's what I like anyway. With this deck. Read morePublished 4 months ago by charles
Shipping was fast...Cards are in excellent condition. Love the color and detail of the cards. I get a positive Entergy from the cards. Bought these cards for my daughter as well. Read morePublished 4 months ago by kenneth springfield
Amazing artwork all around. The Suits each tell a story of sorts, and this sets the theme of the deck with the context of Lovecraft's universe. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Billy Joe
Beautiful deck, excellent book full of information on each card. Highly recommend, am Very Pleased with this purchase. The artwork is splendid!Published 10 months ago by Seraph Song
Nice alternate tarot set.
After three days in the house Cthulhu stopped by for crumpets and tea.
I absolutely love the artwork and the book that accompanies this deck.Published 12 months ago by Denine