Wednesday, March 07, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.66: Medieval Lovecraftian Tarot Cards

Apologies in advance for the poor photography. Above is a set of faux-medieval Lovecraftian tarot cards (actually a set of tarot-sized decorative cards, as the deck is only comprised of the major arcana, along with some additional cards which form triptych tableaus - such as the one above, depicting knights fighting a shoggoth) which I received as part of a Kickstarter campaign for the Cthulhu Crusades card game.

The cards are beautiful, so it is a shame that they weren’t produced as a complete tarot deck; my disappointment in this regard was compounded by the fact that the cards come in a wooden box with the famous Khem Caigan Necronomicon sigil on the cover. It seems that publishers and filmmakers are making regular use of this sigil - no doubt in the mistaken belief or cynical assumption that it signals something sinisterly Lovecaftian to their intended audience. What it actual signals (at least as far as I am concerned) is how limited, tiresome and unimaginative your understanding of what constitutes ‘the Cthulhu mythos’ is. Rant over.

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