Book Chat: Tarot of Hate


A collection of stories; some filled with brutality and horrifying imagery.

MYRA’S HORROR BLOG REVIEWS : I wanted to write reviews as if I were sharing the love of a book with a friend. What I liked about it, from storyline to characters; to include any parts that had a negative impact on me as a reader. Join me on the couch as we explore today’s exciting read.





Death and vengeance are in the cards in this macabre collection of horror. Each story is accompanied by an illustration from the classic Rider-Waite tarot, first issued in 1910. So cut the deck and deal, if you dare, for no matter which cards you draw, you can be assured there will be blood.


In Dogfaced Eve, a man is castaway on an island with a beastly creature; part human but mostly hyena. He is ravished every day by the monster, and no part of it is pleasant for him.  When he attempts to kill her, his fate is much more nightmarish than his existence had been so far. Toll Road follows Merritt, a professional kidnapper for hire. After he captures a young boy, he suffers from a horrendous day dream. He is attacked by a creature which reminds me of the New Jersey Devil.  After his dream, will Merritt change his course in life?

In Fifteen Dollars’ Guilt, when a friend borrows $15, Maynard is horrified after he discovers the purpose; to purchase a gun (it’s 1880) to murder someone. No Thanks will make you wonder about your co-workers…is there madness lurking behind their eyes as in the main character in this story? Lilith is the author’s perspective on the story of Adam, Eve and Lilith. In Red Airwaves, a man in 1962  listens to the ham radio daily, on the lookout for deadly messages from Russia. Intercepting mathematical readings from a young boy, he is convinced the family are Russian spies.  Just how far will a man’s paranoia carry him? Hunter Hunted follows a popular reality TV host and her crew as they entice and entrap predators who victimize children. But are they always honest and real? The sister of one of the previous targets goes after them in a savage attack.

In Water, Ice and Vice, a young man rents a great house, impressed with all the furnishings, including a nice, large refrigerator. He is stumped by the words Vice on the frig. When he accidentally stumbles on the secret, the appliance starts providing what he asks for. Clearly it is a magic refrigerator. The story is reminiscent of The Monkey’s Paw – be careful what you wish for. My favorite story in the book.




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