Oct 26, 2016

The Occult of Illustration - The Great October Book Giveaway

*The Harrow County series is sailing off to Jacqueline Thompson!
The Linestrider Tarot is going home with Mrs Duncan Mahogany!
What is a Witch is flying off to Brandy Boyd! Congratulations!*


From sigils and symbols to alchemical figures and automatic drawing, art and the occult have been imaginative bedfellows for centuries. Where would tarot as we know it be without Pamela Colman Smith's images, and how might the Key of Solomon do its work without the pentacles to accompany it? In this second-to-last October giveaway, I am sharing some of the magical illustrations that caught my eye this year.

To start with, I have a set of the first two volumes (collectively includes the first eight issues) of the beautiful and frightening Harrow County, a Dark Horse comic series by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook. Labeled "a southern gothic fairy tale" Harrow County is teeming with devilish fun and is sure to make you pull your blanket up a little higher as you read it.



I keep telling myself I won't buy any more tarot decks...for a while, at least...and then one (or three) catches my eye that I just can't walk away from. Here's the trick (and the dark truth behind all of this October fun), if I buy a deck for you then I don't feel so guilty picking one up for myself too. After all, I should know how lovely it is if I'm going to pass it on to someone, right?

The Linestrider Tarot was created and illustrated by Siolo Thompson, who first brought the deck into being via a successful crowdfunding campaign. The production of the deck has been picked up by a well known publishing company, and the gorgeous images have been given a fair treatment by the printer and are simple yet intriguing. A full-sized book (shown at top left in the image below) accompanies the tarot to round out an enchanting set.



Lastly, I picked up something quite special for you. What is a Witch is the latest release from Tin Can Forest, an art press from collaborators Marek Colek and Pat Shewchuk. Written by Pam Grossman of Phantasmaphile and illustrated by the Tin Can Forest crew, What is a Witch is an "illuminated manifesto" of the triumph and joy of being a witch.


I have one copy (or set in the case of Harrow County) of each of these illustrated treasures to give away to some fortunate folks.  Please drop your name in a comment by Sunday, October 30th at 9pm Pacific, and feel free to let me know which one catches your attention. I'll do my best to outfit the winners with their choices, if possible. If for any reason Blogger's comment vibe isn't working for you, then you can also enter via the "make contact" button up top.

Also, please make sure if you leave a comment there is some way for me to get a hold of you (preferrably an email left in the comment or linked to your Blogger or G+ profile). I've pulled a couple names from the hat this month and had no way of contacting them, so I had to choose again.



Legal Bits:

* This giveaway (or "sweepstakes") is open to all residents of Canada, (exluding Quebec residents) the USA, Great Britain, Europe, South America,  who are 18 years of age or older. This giveaway is void where prohitibited by law.  Please be aware of the contest/sweepstakes laws in your area.

*  Canadian residents will be subject to a skill testing question before being able to claim their prize (this is standard law in Canada).  The skill testing question will be in a form similar to: 1 + 2 - 1 =

*  This giveaway is not for profit and no purchase is necessary to enter.

*  This giveaway is sponsored/administrated solely by this blog/blog author and is not affilitated with or sponsored by Blogger, Facebook, Twitter, or any other entity, nor can they be held liable.

* By leaving a comment intending to enter into the draw for the giveaway (or "sweepstakes") you are knowingly agreeing to these rules/conditions.

I have chosen all the books/cards featured this month myself.  I have not been paid to feature a book, nor have I been asked to advertise for anyone.  This giveaway is not endorsed or sponsored by anyone other than Rue and Hyssop

36 comments:

Sparkless said...

Oh I'd love to win the Harrow Country, a Dark horse comic series. But the tarot cards and the other book sound wonderful too.

petoskystone said...

What Is AWitch makes my mind drool & heart covet. Nice tarot buying justification.Yea!

Cartermaryd said...

I would love a copy of "What is a Witch." That looks fabulous. Thanks for the chance to win. Cartermaryd@hotmail.com

Siduri said...

Would love any of these! Thanks for the giveaway!

astraanima said...

What is a Witch looks amazing! Thank you for hosting such a lovely giveaway. (pcoovert at gmail.com)

Vampslovered said...

Awesome giveaway, Ty

orion`s daughter said...

The tarot deck has especially caught my eye, but I wouldn't say no to What is a Witch?, either!

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Melisa Glassford said...

The tarot deck is beautiful, butbthe books look great too.
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Jennifer said...

I love the tarot deck, but would be thrilled to win ANY of these awesome prizes! Thank you, Rue!!!!

Magaly Guerrero said...

I love them all. What Is a Witch? because I get all warm inside at the words "illuminated" and "manifesto". Linestrider Tarot looks like a watercolored dream. And the creepiness of Harrow County is super intriguing. So, yes, I love them all... in that order. ♥

Eveline Maedel said...

These all look delightful!! (emaedel@gmail.com)

Brandy Boyd said...

Oh my- What is a Witch? is delightful! You are so awesome to do this! I have discovered all sorts of things i need in my life thanks to your blog! :)

The Were-Owl said...

Ooooh, any of these would be lovely!

Elodie Miaow said...

Any of these would be lovely! Thank you! (elo199@hotmail.com)

Marianne Davis said...

Oh my, those cards and that "What is a Witch" book! This is very generous and wonderful for the winner, good luck! /|\ mariannedavis23@gmail.com

Rebecca Powell said...

I'm loving the wide variety of prizes going up here :) And that tarot deck is gorgeous! Although I wouldn't say no to the other two prizes either ;)

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RareClay Studios Jacqueline Thompson said...

I would absolutely to start reading the new Harrow County series......The illustrations look phenomenal!
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Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Love them all although the Tarot calls to my heart.
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Debra Nehring said...

I know the story of the dying laptop! Mine is in the death throes as we speak!
I would love a copy of What is a Witch! The cards look lovely as well, and I'm sure the comics will be coveted by many.
You're so sweet to offer any of these!
Debra.nehring@yahoo.ca

ajc1696 said...

The tarot deck has been on my wishlist for awhile, but the books sound delightful too! Thanks for the giveaway! april.chase@gmail.com

MrsDuncanMahogany said...

So kind you are! If I am the lucky chosen one, any of these do catch my interest! :) Thank you for hosting - this is such a delight!

lillie8302 said...

I love all of the items for this giveaway! My first pick would be The Linestrider Tarot, I've had it on my wish list for a while, followed by What is a Witch. The comic series looks interesting too :) my email is lilefal1102@hotmail.com in case you need to contact me.

Unknown said...

Awesome giveaway! If my google name doesn't work, you can contact me at ironymakbesart [@] gmail

Nissa Lee said...

What a giveaway! I have been eyeing the Linestrider tarot for a while, and I LOVE the art that Tin Can forest makes. miss.nissalee [at] gmail

Theresa N. said...

I'd love the tarot.
Theresa N
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Kelly M said...

I love the Linestrider Tarot and the What is A Witch book deserves a look too.
Great Giveaways.
Thanks.

John Breen said...

Yes! Yes! Please yes! I would love to win this and thank you for offering these items!

Tara said...

It just doesn't even matter. So awesome! Thank you! Mygolfclubs@gmail.com

Mim Clayton said...

Great giveaway items, as always! So hard to choose one! What is a Witch is my first choice though.
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♥ eli mari said...

Great offerings!! Since I've already got 'What is a Witch', I'd love a chance to win either the Harrow County comics or the Linestrider Tarot. Thank you!! eliii.mariii@gmail.com

Patient Petunia said...

What lovely books! And the tarot set looks fantastic as well!

Fiza Halliwell said...

Those tarot cards are beyond gorgeous!
But I would be happy with all, no preference here :)
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Engie Willow said...

I would love What is a Witch. engie.willow@gmail.com

L aura's Reading said...

You find the coolest and strangest and most wonderful things to share. Happy Halloween!


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Iorek Byrnison said...

I would be happy with any of these! flutter.flute13@gmail.com

Caren Rich said...

I am fairly new to the sacred arts. Thanks for all your information.