Editor: Annetta Ribken
Publisher: Word Webber Press
Number of Pages: 238
It’s not easy reviewing an anthology of stories by multiple authors. Allegories of the Tarot is a collection of 22 short stories in multiple genres. Since the stories are all themed around the cards in Tarot’s major arcana, they do tend to be weighted toward the paranormal. Some of the stories take the loose ideas around a card – i.e. the journey of the Fool, and turn it into a story about a hitchhiker whose ride takes an unexpected turn. Others are more concretely rooted in the world of Tarot, such as a world where characters in the major arcana come to life. One thing all the stories have in common is quality of writing. The authors all know their stuff. The prose tends to be clean, the plotting tight.
Allegories of the Tarot is a mid-length book, suitable for adult readers. It includes some erotica. While you don’t need to know anything about the Tarot to enjoy the book, understanding a bit about the cards does open up an added layer of meaning. If you enjoy well-written short stories and appreciate the Tarot, this anthology is for you.
About the book
Once upon a time, there was an editor with a fascination for the Tarot. She was struck one day by a crazy idea. “Hey,” she said. “What if twenty-two writers each wrote a story about the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana of the Tarot and were fashioned into an anthology?”
The idea would not leave her alone.
And thus, the Allegories of the Tarot was born.
Crowdfunded by a campaign on Indiegogo with the help and support of an amazing group of writers, twenty-two stories were crafted around the mysteries of the Tarot. The group includes a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Pulp Ark nominee, a former Bigfoot researcher, a journalist, an award-winning YA author, and a Rhysling Award winner. Professional writers, new talent, and a range of genres boggling the mind: Horror, Speculative Fiction, Bizarro Fiction, Erotica, Mystery, Humor, Paranormal, Epic Fantasy, Literary, Romance, and Historical Fantasy.
What has emerged is an outstanding collection of fiction, unique and mysterious. Stories that will make you cry, make you laugh, and make you think. Stories that make you feel the touch of the Universe.
Dare to step through the portal to shadowy realms and emotional journeys.
Rave reviews are in!
“Allegories of the Tarot Anthology is a magical book. Magic that will keep you turning the pages. There are muses, demons, psychics, evil, and more! I shivered, I laughed and I even cried. Magic, I tell you. Magic.” -Julie Affleck (Amazon review)
“Reviewing an anthology is slightly more difficult than discussing a book or comic because the tone varies from author to author. However, Allegories somehow flowed together as a well-matched whole. The project ended up feeling like several beads strung together to form a beautiful necklace that were more amazing for being paired together.” -Jodi Scaife (Amazon review)
“All twenty-two stories in this volume are, in a word, superb. I found myself scouring the Internet as I read it; every story made me want to go find more work by its author. The ultimate compliment I can give Allegories is to say that when I finished it, I thought how I envy those who haven’t read it yet.” -Lisa Millraney (Amazon review)