THE HAUNTED HOUSE TAROT DECK REVIEW
Tarot of the Haunted House is loaded with tropes and archetypes from vintage horror movies and cheesy gothic romance novels. The 78 card deck is structured around the heroine’s journey through a mysterious haunted house – and dark night of the soul.
The Tarot of a Haunted House pays homage to the vintage era of Gothic novels and movies. It visually recalls those wonderfully turgid book covers depicting young women in clingy to non-existent clothing running away from some lurking threat into a storm lashed night. The stories themselves were inevitably set in exotic locales – Caribbean plantations, Southern mansions, and of course, haunted houses. The featured person-in-peril faced off against plotting relatives, sinister suitors, and various agents of the supernatural. Coupled with the story’s atmosphere of tension and terror was always a frisson of romance and eroticism.
The Tarot of a Haunted House is loosely based on the Waite-Smith deck and obliquely (and sometimes directly) references it’s symbolism and staging for many of its images. The Tarot of a Haunted House sets the heroine of the tale, Raven Wandsworth a.k.a. The Fool, on a journey through the dark night of her soul.