Wonderworks Deck of the Week: Zombie Tarot
By Paul Kepple and Stacey Graham
Halloween is just around the corner and we love the Zombie Tarot! This deck is not for everyone— it does contain some blood and gore. But if you have a mildly dark sense of humour, a love of kitsch and classic horror films, it might be a good fit.
The deck’s collage images use 1930-1950s newspaper and magazine illustrations, taken out of their original context to create a truly delightful, sometimes gruesome and always fun to use deck. Imagine the Ride Waite Smith deck infused with the horrors of Night of the Living Dead and the result is The Zombie Tarot—a crazy, campy interpretation of the tarot.
The regular tarot suits have been transformed to fit the deck retro-zombie apocalypse theme; wands have become limbs, pentacles are biohazard symbols. Cups and swords keep their original names but are symbolized by theme-appropriate representations, including cups of blood for the former and shotguns for the latter. The Major Arcana is full of the shambling undead.
This deck was created by Paul Kepple, who also created The Housewives’ Tarot, which uses similar collage techniques to create the cards’ imagery.
This deck is probably best for those already familiar with RWS imagery, but it could also be picked up quickly by new tarot readers who like the imagery.