Campbell was an enthusiastic proponent of gunning down student protesters against the Vietnam War, among other things.
Campbell’s fascistic leanings have long been an open secret in the sci fi community. See Norman Spinrad’s 1972 book, “The Iron Dream.”
It was definitely the zeitgeist. My college gaming group was playing things like Champions and Runequest and homebrews and right around 1988 all of a sudden we started getting a rash of new vampire and were-creature characters, necromancers and warlocks.
Sort of interesting how the reaction in fandom since last night seems to be about 75% YOU GO GIRL, 15% Yes we sure need to address our problematic history and maybe rename that award, 9% He was not neither a fascist and 1% GIT OFFA MAH LAWN YOU YOUNG PUNK WHIPPERSNAPPERS
If you have not read the Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox you owe it to yourself to do so. They are wickedly funny fantasy adventure stories set in ancient China with ridiculous numbers of references to classical Chinese literature...
For a moment I was wondering why I’ve never read the Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories despite their influence and many friends who like them, and then the Retro-Hugo ballot reminded me that Leiber wrote Conjure Wife.
And since I should probably answer the question of the thread, my favorite Tarot is (are) the original Visconzi-Sforza decks from the fifteenth century.
They're magnificent little works of art showing the beginnings of the game and its solid grounding in Italian Renaissance Christian culture...
Rider was the company that published that Tarot deck. Arthur Edward Waite wrote up what should be on the cards.
Later (much later), people thought it might be worth giving a little credit to Pamela Colman Smith, the actual artist who designed and drew them.