The Classic Horror Playing Card Deck features 54 poker-sized cards with custom faces that bring Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and other horror icons to life with lush illustrations and intricate design.
The creative team includes: Aaron Acevedo, Arnold T. Blumberg, Chris Bivins, James Denton, Jason Engle, Bien Flores, and Cheyenne Wright. Our contributors have won a wide range of awards for their previous work, including Hugo, ENnie, and Origins Awards.
The goal of this Kickstarter is to raise production funds for the creation of a classic horror inspired deck of playing cards. The deck is fully designed and ready for print.
Leathery wings sweep through the wind, carrying the creature’s large muscular bulk effortlessly through the air, a horned, hairy monstrosity with sharp teeth and talons, and eyes burning red with malevolent intent. The Demon dwells in the nether realms and toils under its Master, the Prince of Darkness himself, Ruler of Hades and embodiment of Evil – the Devil! The Demon’s powers are many, including the ability to assume human form, possess the living, and distort reality itself in its unending attempts to corrupt and destroy the innocent and bring about the downfall of Humanity. Its cousin, the Succubus, is a seductive creature that takes female form and preys upon the desires of a victim through the human’s dreams, conjuring their deepest, darkest fantasies and exploiting their passions to feed upon their life essence.
Aware of the existence of the Demons and the Succubi, and gathering secretly in crypts and catacombs away from the gaze of the fellow humans they willingly betray, the Cultists engage in horrifying rituals, reading from cursed texts and employing mystical incantations to call upon the dark forces. In doing so, they ally themselves with the creatures that would feed upon all life and light. Conjuring the physical manifestation of the Demons and Succubi, the Cultists relinquish their very souls for the promise of a damned eternal existence as a servant of the Devil, and beg the swift arrival of the End Times, when infernal flame spreads across the Earth and the righteous fall before the Armies of Hell itself!
They lurk in the shadows and in the creepiest corners of your psyche. They are the unclean, the undead, the unrelentingly evil. They feed on the blood of the living and prey upon the young, the defenseless, all those humans surging with warmth and life. They are the Vampires – black-hearted minions of malevolence that sleep by day in their earth-filled coffins, cowering in fear from the deadly light of the sun, but rising at sundown to stalk their victims under the luminous moon. Their long-fingered hands clutch, fangs sink deep, and they slake their thirst before they disappear once again into the fog as a sinister mist or screeching bat riding the cold night currents.
Their king is Dracula, Lord of the Vampires, greatest of all the creatures that dwell in darkness, and his enemies are few but formidable: Mina, former target of his desires, now dedicated to eradicating his menace from the face of the Earth; and Van Helsing, monster hunter, as legendary in his own way as the nightmarish apparitions he pursues. With his encyclopedic knowledge and execution skills honed through decades of battle against the unholy Vampire horde, Van Helsing represents the greatest threat to Dracula’s power. Until the day these two mortal enemies face each other one last time to determine the fate of the human race – salvation and prosperity, or slavery as cattle to satisfy the thirst of the Vampires – Dracula and his kind stalk us all. Perhaps tonight, they will come for you!
Stitched together from dead tissue and fashioned into a frightening parody of the human form through hubris and the harnessed power of lightning itself, the Monster is the childlike creation of a twisted but brilliant mind. Daring to push the boundaries of medical science beyond the breaking point, in defiance of those who warned him not to pursue his perverse experiments, Dr. Victor Frankenstein succeeded in achieving what only God had wrought upon the world – the creation of Life itself!
Unbeknownst to the mad doctor, however, his devoted but doltish laboratory assistant had furnished him with a diseased brain that rendered the newly (re)born Monster incapable of understanding the difference between right and wrong. Tormented by the confusion in his mind, hunted by those who fear him, and enraged by the revulsion displayed by his own Creator, the Monster stalks the landscape beyond Frankenstein’s forbidding castle retreat, seeking friendship or at least respite, only to find himself forced to murder those who seek to capture or kill him. An attempt to mollify the Monster with a high-strung bride who utterly rejects him only underscores the tragedy of his horrific existence. He is an outcast, an unwanted thing, trapped between the worlds of life and death, and now determined to fulfill the role he is forced to play. Frankenstein’s Monster will forever be an engine of destruction and death, a nightmarish apparition accompanied by the echoing screams of his innocent victims…for there are some things in which Humanity was not meant to meddle!
An empty sarcophagus and a trail of dusty footprints across the cold marble museum floor are eerie evidence of the Mummy’s return! Shambling out of ancient Egypt, driven by vengeance, memories of past glories, and a love long lost, the swathed and rotting creature that was once a high priest in the court of the Pharaoh has awakened into a drastically different age. Covered in tattered wrappings, this disheveled remnant of a once-great man has been reanimated by dark and mystical forces that impel the undead avatar of a restless spirit to stalk those who dared to disturb the dusty tomb that was his sacred resting place.
Exacting his revenge is only part of his goal, as he adopts a human guise to move among the living and reunite with the reincarnation of his true love. Ironically, it is the archaeologist herself, a dedicated student of occult history and the one who breached the creature’s tomb, that also possesses the soul of the priestess who once shared the high priest’s bed! This learned expert in Egyptian lore is the only possible individual who can stand between the mesmerizing immortal – now freed from his moldy rags and wearing the visage of a charismatic museum official – and all those upon whom he wishes to visit his bloody wrath as specified by the curse inscribed on the walls of his tomb. The desert sands and the plagues of Biblical times are his to command. He is the Mummy!
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100% of backer money goes toward creating this project, so we don't have to increase the goal or pledges to cover the costs of printing and shipping.
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After the Kickstarter, decks will cost $9.99 + Printing and Shipping.
Once we meet our original funding goal, we’ll add Stretch Goals to make this project an even better deal. Let’s unlock as many as we can and make the Classic Horror Playing Deck as entertaining as possible!
Stretch Goal 1: $1000 - Kickstarter-Exclusive Alternate Parchment Deck Add-On! If we reach this goal, we'll create a Limited Edition version of the Classic Horror Deck with a parchment style background. This add-on will only be available for backers of this kickstarter.
Stretch Goal 2: $1500 - A new PDF short story featuring The Mummy by Kevin Andrew Murphy for all backers.
Kevin Andrew Murphy writes for many worlds, including George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards series (in development for television at Universal), Paizo's Pathfinder Tales, White Wolf's World of Darkness, and worlds of his own invention. He splits his time between California and Nevada and can be found at conventions all over the west coast.
Stretch Goal 3: $2000 - A new PDF short story featuring Frankenstein by Aaron Rosenberg for all backers.
Aaron Rosenberg is the author of the best-selling DuckBob SF comedy series, the Dread Remora space-opera series, the Relicant epic fantasy series with Steve Savile, and the O.C.L.T. occult thriller series with David Niall Wilson. Aaron's tie-in work contains novels for Star Trek, Warhammer, World of WarCraft, Stargate: Atlantis, Shadowrun, Eureka, and more. He has written children’s books (including the original series Pete and Penny's Pizza Puzzles, the award-winning Bandslam: The Junior Novel, and the #1 best-selling 42: The Jackie Robinson Story), educational books on a variety of topics, and over seventy roleplaying games (such as the original games Asylum, Spookshow, and Chosen, work for White Wolf, Wizards of the Coast, Fantasy Flight, Pinnacle, and many others, and both the Origins Award-winning Gamemastering Secrets and the Gold ENnie-winning Lure of the Lich Lord). He is the co-creator of the ReDeus series, and one of the founders of Crazy 8 Press. Aaron lives in New York with his family. You can follow him online at gryphonrose.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter.
Stretch Goal 3: $2500 - A new PDF short story featuring Dracula by Scott Woodard for all backers.
Scott Woodard is a Los Angeles-based game designer (The Sixth Gun, Flash Gordon (both for Pinnacle Entertainment)), award-winning TV writer/producer, voice actor, and podcaster. He is one of only five Americans to have written officially-licensed Doctor Who scripts for Big Finish Productions including The Juggernauts, Absolution, and I, Davros: Guilt. More recently, Scott co-authored the ENnie Award-nominated book, Cinema and Sorcery: The Comprehensive Guide to Fantasy Film for Green Ronin Publishing.
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Risks and challenges
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We do not anticipate any challenges in publishing this deck other than the possibility of printing and/or shipping delays associated with the printers. The deck is already designed, uploaded, and proofed. If something unexpected happens, we'll keep in regular contact with backers until the situation is resolved.
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