Halloween might be over but it brings us into the darker months of the year here in the northern hemisphere and there's nothing better than a good haunted house story in the lead up to the festive period. If you love an old horror film, adore Sir Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing and long for the days of Hammer Horror, then Tarot of Haunted House is for you.
Amidst the classic backgrounds you'll find some dashing gents and beautiful women. I'm convinced the Magician is based on Kris Kristofferson (google him if you're too young to remember). If there is any criticism of this deck it would be a lack of diversity, pretty much all the characters are 1980's Hollywood young, thin and white.
The cards do tell a story though and if this is what you're in the market for then at least you know what to expect. There are some interesting interpretations but the deck is mostly RWS based. There is a LWB and with it being Lo Scarabeo, it comes in multiple languages so you get about 19 pages of English text. The brief text is helpful but I found some further information on this deck that really sold it to me.
If you look up Tarot of Haunted House on YouTube, you'll find the creator Sasha Graham does some video guides talking through the Major Arcana and all four suits of the Minor Arcana and they are well worth a watch. My only gripe with this sort of content is that it's not as accessible as a written companion book would be. So if you need to check out her interpretation of the four of swords for example, you have to fiddle about with the little red dot to get to the right part of the film, if you know what I mean. It's not as easy as flicking to the correct page.
The quality of this deck is another aspect that is from the 80's or 90's, although the card stock is good playing card stock. You'll be able to riffle and overhand no problem. It doesn't come edged, as you'd expect. I tried to edge mine with two different pink shades to match the beautiful pink moons on the card backs but as the card stock is a grey colour, it didn't work. I'll be getting my black sharpie out tonight. It comes in a tuck box which to be honest is decent quality and opens only at one end so you don't have that annoying flap that can catch your cards at the base of the box.
I got a black velvet tarot bag from SulisCreations on Etsy and it has the perfect pale pink lining. So there is an experience that you can build up around this deck, if you want to really get into it. Overall, I would say that Tarot of Haunted House is worth picking up if you want that old-fashioned horror movie vibe.