Stephen King’s Terror Spread

365 Tarot Spreads: Revealing the Magic in Each Day - Sasha Graham 2014

Stephen King’s Terror Spread

On This Day

Three of the four stories in Different Seasons were turned into films: Stand By Me, Apt Pupil, and The Shawshank Redemption, which went on to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

Stephen King published a collection of four novellas collectively called Different Seasons on this day in 1982. A prominent and prolific horror author, King is our modern-day Dickens.

Summation of Spread

The Two of Swords represents the refusal to look at a frightening situation, believing something doesn’t exist if we can’t see it—fooling ourselves into thinking the truth is other than what it seems. Conversely, it can be a needed retreat and meditation. The key lies in the reasoning behind the blindfold’s placement.

Isn’t it fun to be scared? King’s voice has dragged us kicking and screaming in fear and delight to some of the darkest literary landscapes ever imagined. Although King is a master storyteller, most associate his name with fear. The creepy-crawlies inspire this spread. Warning: this spread is not for the faint of heart.

Cast Your Cards

Fear not, constant reader, he knows the way—he’s been there before. Cast your cards as follows:

1. What do I fear more than anything?

2. What is the worst that could happen?

3. Who is watching me?

4. What hides in my closet?

5. What lurks under my bed?

6. Who wants to devour me?

7. What protects me?