Today sees the launch of The Literary Tarot campaign on Kickstarter, pairing some of the world's best authors and artists for a great cause: the Brink Literacy Project!

This project tasked authors with pairing a tarot card with a seminal book that embodies the meaning of the arcana and we are exclusively revealing horror authors that are taking part in this project, along with the novel and card they have chosen:

  • Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Victor LaValle (The Changeling) pairs The Tower with H.P. Lovecraft's "The Outsider"

  • Bestselling horror writer Stephen Graham Jones (The Only Good Indians) pairs Three of Quills (Swords) with W. W. Jacobs’s seminal, supernatural short story Monkey's Paw

  • Isaac Marion (the author of the bestselling Warm Bodies series) pairs The Hermit with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

  • Bestselling Mexican Gothic novelist Silvia Moreno-Garcia pairs The Lovers with Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence

Brink Literacy Project CEO Dani Hedlund also provided us with this quote, talking bringing this project to life:

“One of the things that surprised me the most was just how welcoming the tarot community is. When we started this project, we knew that we had the literary side covered—we’ve been nurturing stories for nearly fourteen years, after all—but for many of us, tarot was a whole new world. Although we knew we could bring the art and stories to life correctly, it was incredibly important to us to not just make something lit geeks would love, but something that those who adore tarot would also connect with!

So we formed a team of tarot experts, from new readers to life-long tarot lovers. None of these amazing humans mocked our learning curve. They were excited to teach us, to jump on late-night zoom calls to chat out the suit pairings, to make sure we were creating a project that was inclusive, thoughtful, and creative.”

The Literary Tarot campaign will run throughout the month of June and we have a look a three cards below to give you an idea of what to expect from this set. To support the campaign, visit Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brinklit/the-literary-tarot

Press Release: Brink Literacy Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the world through storytelling, is launching a Kickstartercampaign for The Literary Tarot. This is an ambitious and unusual collaboration with some of the greatest authors and cartoonists of our time who have been asked to pair a tarot card with a seminal book that embodies the meaning of the arcana. Working with the storytellers and a diverse and talented art team, Brink Literacy Project has tapped into the magic of classic literature to bring a whole new kind of tarot deck to life.

The Literary Tarot deck will feature the complete set of all 78 tarot cards, illustrated with a stunning limited palette and foil accents.

Major Arcana card pairings include:

  • Bestselling crime writer Chelsea Cain pairs The Emperor with Agatha Christie’s Poirot Investigates

  • PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novelist K-Ming Chang (Bestiary) pairs The Magician with Wu Cheng'en's sixteenth-century novel Journey to the West

  • Amal El-Mohtar (author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning novella This Is How You Lose the Time War) pairs The Star with Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Emily of the New Moon

  • Lev Grossman (The Magicians Trilogy) pairs The World with King Arthur

  • Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Victor LaValle (The Changeling) pairs The Tower with H.P. Lovecraft's "The Outsider"

  • Talia Lavin (the author of Cultural Warlords and the host of the Moby Dick Energy podcast) pairs The Devil with Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

  • Isaac Marion (the author of the bestselling Warm Bodies series) pairs The Hermit with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

  • Bestselling Mexican Gothic novelist Silvia Moreno-Garcia pairs The Lovers with Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence

  • The bestselling author of Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng, pairs The Hanged Man with T. S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

  • Nebula, Hugo, and Locus Award-winning novelist Rebecca Roanhorse (Black Sun) pairs Death with Bram Stoker’s Dracula

  • Quill Award-winning novelist Patrick Rothfuss (The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy) pairs The Fool with Miguel de Cervantes’s Don Quixote

  • Simon Tolkien (No Man's Land: A Novel) pairs The Chariot with Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island

  • Novelist and comic book writer G. Willow Wilson (The Bird King) pairs the Wheel of Fortune with William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair

For the Minor Arcana, each suit is renamed to reflect the literary tools that brought them to life (Ink, Quills, Light, and Parchment). Minor Acana Pairings include:

  • Hugo, Nebula, and Locus Award-winning writer Charlie Jane Anders (Victories Greater Than Death) pairs the Knight of Light (Cups) with Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones

  • Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale) pairs the Queen of Light (Cups) with Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre

  • Vita Ayala (The Wilds) pairs the King of Light (Cups) with Homer’s The Odyssey

  • Bestselling author Leigh Bardugo (Ninth House and Shadow and Bone) pairs the Ace of Parchment (Pentacles) with Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden

  • Tarot reader and host of The Word Witch Podcast Charlie Claire Burgess pairs the Eight of Quills (Swords) with Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper

  • Kelly Sue DeConnick (co-creator and writer of Bitch Planet) pairs the King of Quills (Swords) with Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations

  • Bestselling writer Roxane Gay (The Bad Feminist) pairs the King of Parchment (Pentacles) with Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • The Hugo Award-winning writer of Die, Kieron Gillen, pairs Five of Quills (Swords) with Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

  • Bestselling horror writer Stephen Graham Jones (The Only Good Indians) pairs the Three of Quills (Swords) with W. W. Jacobs’s seminal, supernatural short story “The Monkey's Paw”

  • Hart Hanson (creator of the TV series Bones and author of the novel The Driver) pairs the Page of Ink (Wands) with Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain

  • Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning writer Kelly Link (Get in Trouble) pairs the Two of Parchment (Pentacles) with Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees

  • The award winning writer of Monstress, Marjorie Liu pairs the Queen of Quills (Swords) with Beowulf

  • Bestselling comic book writer Mark Millar (Jupiter’s Legacy) pairs the Ace of Quills (Swords) with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • Erin Morgenstern (The Starless Sea) pairs the Five of Light (Cups) with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

  • Novelist and biographer Alec Nevala-Lee pairs the Two of Quills (Swords) with Sophocles’s tragedy Antigone

  • Novelist and comic book writer Benjamin Percy (The Ninth Metal) pairs the Seven of Quills (Swords) with Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat

  • Bestselling comic book writer Mark Waid (Kingdom Come) pairs the Page of Quills (Swords) with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

The artists for Literary Tarot are:

  • Major Arcana: Samantha Dow

  • Light: Shan Bennion

  • Ink and Box Design: Ejiwa “Edge” Ebenebe

  • Quills: Isabel Burke

  • Parchment: Bradley Clayton

“Books have always been magical portals to other worlds,” said Brink Literacy Project CEO Dani Hedlund. “In their pages, we unearth countless insights and secrets, inspiration and cautionary tales. Like us, these characters face uncertain futures, Towers rising up in their path or the Wheel of Fortune pushing them toward greater fates. As any great tarot reader knows, we can always change the trajectory of our choices. As we delve into how these classic heroes and villains handle life’s trials and temptations, so too can we divine our own futures.”

More pairings will be announced throughout the month of the campaign, including pairings from bestselling comic book writers Brian Bendis (Cover), Emill Ferris (My Favorite Thing is Monsters), Christopher Golden (Lady Baltimore), Jonathan Hickman (X of Swords),  Tini Howard (Excalibur) and Greg Rucka (The Old Guard). For updates about the project, follow The Literary Tarot on Twitter.

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The Literary Tarot campaign will run throughout the month of June. To support the campaign, visit Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/brinklit/the-literary-tarot

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