The newest thing happening is my Spooky Poker Playing Cards. The Spooky Suits Poker Deck is different from the standard poker deck. The suits and the face cards are different. Instead of Spades, Hearts, Clubs, and Diamonds, the suits are Spiders, Skulls, Pumpkins, and Ghosts respectively.
All cards have the same functions as their traditional counterparts. The page has more details and a little video for your enjoyment. The Kickstarter Campaign begins on August 30th, and you can visit the Kickstarter Page and follow the campaign to get notified when the campaign launches. I’m looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks about the cards. All the suits and face cards were designed by me.
Here’s one picture to give you a little peak. Visit the Project Page for more pics. More update coming next week.
For this week’s Coffee and Contemplation segment, we’re discussing an anthology of short stories from different authors. Sixteen stories focused around our favorite holiday, Halloween. Some stories even incorporate aspects of Samhain, All Souls’ Day, Día de los Muertos, and Devil’s Night. These stories include a little of everything including vengeful ghosts, trick or treating, urban legends, and jack-o’-lanterns. This is the best collection of Halloween themed stories I’ve read. Each story is a different tale. Some are suspenseful and dark. A couple have a little humor. It’s a fun collection for any time of year.
I found one story to be anti-climactic, but the rest were wonderful. Many of the stories include traditions that are not associated with the commercial Halloween. What some might call the old ways. I appreciated that some stories included the other holidays that occur around the same time as Halloween such as Día de los Muertos. The anthology felt world encompassing with the tales set in different countries and the different traditions many have never heard of. This was one of my favorite books I read in 2019. This is not light, fun reading. Some of the stories deal with the real darkness living in the human soul.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, but it is not for children.
Spooky Spider Scale (How scary was the book?): 8/10 spiders 🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️
Overall rating: 5 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This is a thing I made up. Instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day, I celebrate Halloween again. Both holidays involve candy so it kind of works. The idea came about a couple years ago. I knew several people who, even if they had partners, they hated Valentine’s Day and everything about it. They also all enjoyed Halloween over every other holiday. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Will it catch on and become a big thing? I don’t know. That’s not my goal. The main purpose is to give people something else to celebrate that maybe doesn’t make them feel awful for not have a romantic partner.
It’s rumored that more breakups occur on February 14th than any other day of the year with New Year’s Eve being a close second. I don’t know if there are any real statistics for this. I’ve never bothered to research. Some Latin American countries know the day as Día del Amor y la Amistad (the day of love and friendship). It’s isn’t just about lovers but showing gratitude towards friends as well. So why now show your love for your favorite holiday with your friends and celebrate Halloween Remembrance Day? Dress up or don’t. Eat candy or don’t. Have a feast with friends. Or watch horror movies with a Valentine’s theme. There are many fun, creative ways to celebrate Halloween Remembrance Day. Enjoy!