Offerings: New Spells and Remedies in the Haute Macabre Shop

A small shop update this week while I prep for the next large crystal release: I am currently working my way through processing my emotions for it. They are a collection of stones that I have unconsciously been surrounding myself with the last few months, without realizing until now that they have been aiding me […]

A Visit To Guo Pei’s Alternate Universe

I’d like to think that in the alternate universe referenced in Guo Pei’s mythical Fall Winter 2019 collection, one may step out for a coffee clad in a ballgown of marionette theatre manipulated by a coolly bespectacled simian puppet master, with barely a flickering glance from the barista as they take a name for your […]

Back in Stock: Haute Macabre + Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

A restock of the Haute Macabre collection by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has just been added to the Haute Macabre Shop. Please note, each item is available in limited quantities. You may visit the Haute Macabre Apothecary for the collection, including the two newest additions, It Wasn’t Just a Phase and Occultation, along with my […]

Winged Ghosts of Lake Natron

I’m endlessly fascinated by naturally occurring places that are completely inhospitable to all or most forms of life. It’s one thing when humanity so thoroughly destroys an ecosystem that everything there dies – such things, at this point, still upset but no longer surprise me. But when it’s all up to nature herself, that’s…not a […]

A Little Haunt and a Little Peace: How to Hold by Christina Mrozik

The work of Portland, OR-based artist Christina Mrozik is no stranger to Haute Macabre. We’re all enamored with her ouevre. A new print or book release is always cause for excitement around here, to say nothing of the tides of emotion conjured and stoked by her creations. And so, it’s with a deliciously melancholy ache […]

Speaking with the Dead: Life and Learning in a Cadaver Lab by Madeline Le Despencer (contains graphic images)

Bodies in a cadaver lab wrapped in plastic Please welcome guest contributor Madeline Le Despencer. Please be aware that post contains graphic images. It was winter 2008 when I first dismembered a human body. By dismember, I really ought to say, “disarticulated the shoulder girdle from the axial skeleton by disconnecting the sternoclavicular joint and points […]

Sarah’s Needful Things: Summer 2019

Sarah’s Needful Things: Summer 2019 I feel like I should apologize in advance. I know we’re supposed to be all gawth and whatnot here at Haute Macabre, and looking it over, this following list is sort of …anything but? But hey–we are never just one thing, we contain multitudes, right? So, first on the list, […]

Please Welcome Our Sponsor: Solstice Scents

Please welcome our sponsor, Solstice Scents! Solstice Scents specializes in hyper-realistic evocative atmospheres and amber, incense and resin blends for men and women. A variety of woods/forest, tobacco, leather, floral and gourmand fragrances are also offered. Fragrances pictured here are Conjure Dark (amber, sandalwood, frankincense, spices, incense, wood smoke, cedar, oud, vanilla), Estate Lavender (Estate Vanilla, […]

Beyond the Totality: Alleviating the Darkness Collection Now Available

Beyond the Totality: Alleviating the Darkness crystal collection is now available in the Haute Macabre Shop. This collection is a grouping of stones that I have been using to assist me in a season of anxiety and distress, which I discussed in this post. Below you will find previews of today’s update, and I truly […]

Beyond the Totality: Alleviating the Darkness

In regards to the recent eclipse, and the upcoming: I recently talked about the malefic effect of eclipses, despite their beauty and despite their rarity (although they do happen at minimum twice a year), they obscure the light. They physically darken the skies, cast a shadow over the earth, frightening our ancestors and were portents […]

Damien Echols’ HIGH MAGICK: Priming Oneself to Cast Spells

Please welcome occult contributor Janaka Stucky to Haute Macabre team of writers. You may know Damien Echols as one of the West Memphis Three—three men who were convicted as teenagers in 1994, of the 1993 murders of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. The case against them was circumstantial at best, and the prosecution pinned its case […]

Haute Haunts: Building A Mystery (House)

My parents are divorced, so from elementary school to high-school I spent my holiday breaks flying in and out of the San Jose airport. Four times a year, I lived a life filled with California things: rollercoasters and hot dogs, road trips under the redwoods, oysters and sourdough and fog and saltwater. Yet despite spending […]

Waking Medusa: Ray Harryhausen’s Movie Models Restored

I owe the wonder of one of my earliest cinematic memories to legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen. I was spellbound by Clash of the Titans from start to finish, which was also one of the first times I experienced that intoxicating combination of being amazed and thoroughly frightened at the same time. Between marvelously monstrous Medusa and […]

Offerings: New Spells and Remedies in the Haute Macabre Shop

A small shop update this week while I prep for the next large crystal release: I am currently working my way through processing my emotions for it. They are a collection of stones that I have unconsciously been surrounding myself with the last few months, without realizing until now that they have been aiding me […]

Stacked: June 2019

Maika June was, for me, a seemingly endless, festering dumpster fire of a month. I know I’m not alone in this for myriad reasons and I’m sorry for every one of you who can somehow relate. Due to this fraught state of affairs, my stacks mostly sat gathering dust as I instead turned to numerous […]

A Visit To Guo Pei’s Alternate Universe

I’d like to think that in the alternate universe referenced in Guo Pei’s mythical Fall Winter 2019 collection, one may step out for a coffee clad in a ballgown of marionette theatre manipulated by a coolly bespectacled simian puppet master, with barely a flickering glance from the barista as they take a name for your […]

Post Mortem: June 2019

Stacked: May 2019 The Exquisite Agony of Passing Through New Offerings: Garnet, Labradorite, Rose Quartz, Pyrite and Cleansing Bundles Elsa Lanchester, Herself. An Interview with Tom Blunt When Yorick Dreams… Hear Her Voice: The Only Known Recording of Frida’s Voice (Possibly) June Full Moon Tarotscopes by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener Winged Ghosts of Lake Natron Pam […]

New Sponsor: Occult Objects

Please welcome our newest sponsor, Occult Objects Occult Objects was founded in early 2018 by the German multidisciplinary artist, Diana Johanna. In her work, she focuses on the mystical, feminine and beautiful, which is often hidden in the subconscious of the individual. Her creations are especially influenced by dark nostalgia, occultism, history, fantasy and fashion […]

July Events Calendar

Dear friends, Here are some beautiful events hosted by beautiful people coming up throughout the summer. Please leave in the comments anything you may know of upcoming in your area! July Los Angeles Today, Sunday, June 30 from 4-6PM our beloved family at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will be hosted at Dark Delicacies in Burbank […]

Back in Stock: Haute Macabre + Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

A restock of the Haute Macabre collection by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has just been added to the Haute Macabre Shop. Please note, each item is available in limited quantities. You may visit the Haute Macabre Apothecary for the collection, including the two newest additions, It Wasn’t Just a Phase and Occultation, along with my […]

Wardrobe for the White Mouse: Zimmerman FW19

Intended to be a modern wardrobe for The White Mouse, Nancy Wake, a WWII spy for the Allies, Nicky Zimmerman’s fall 2019 collection is invokes in me a melding of Iris van Herpen’s petal cascades and Gunne Sax’ prairie fantasy. Images via Vogue h/t to Eliza Sidney for sharing this in her stories recently!

Karen LaMonte’s Embodied Beauty

When a friend shared with me a link to the works of Karen LaMonte (thanks Harlow!) I was perfectly fascinated in an instant. Exquisite, uncanny, life-sized silhouettes with “the human body in absentia,” these sculptures depict the lavish drapery and sensual curves of Western evening gowns, as well as, recreations of traditional Japanese kimonos which incorporate […]

Sex With A Fairy, Tea With A Ghost: Interview With Kelly Link

Kelly Link’s writing first found me at a feminist clothing swap, because of course feminists bring books to a clothing swap. The book was worn, paperback — one of those not-for-resale tomes that someone got from someone who knows someone else who once sneezed vaguely in the direction of the publishing industry. Pretty Monsters was […]

Pam Grossman’s Waking The Witch: A Book Review And Solstice Giveaway!

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (mmm…rose quartz!) then I probably do not need to inform you that Pam Grossman –writer, podcaster, practicing witch, and all-around mistress of magic, myth, and moxie–has conjured forth an incredible book to share with the world: Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power. I recently had the ideal […]

Haute Macabre at the Solstice Divination Fair

This Friday night in Philadelphia, Haute Macabre will be participating in the Divination Market at BloodMilk’s Sphinx and Snakeskin. Please visit us for a selection of Tarot and Oracle decks, hand selected crystals – with an emphasis on crystal balls not yet previewed online, and our complete collection of scents and hair glosses by Black […]

Winged Ghosts of Lake Natron

I’m endlessly fascinated by naturally occurring places that are completely inhospitable to all or most forms of life. It’s one thing when humanity so thoroughly destroys an ecosystem that everything there dies – such things, at this point, still upset but no longer surprise me. But when it’s all up to nature herself, that’s…not a […]

June Full Moon Tarotscopes by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

June Full Moon Tarotscopes Welcome to the Full Moon of June! It rises on June 17th in the sign of Sagittarius. This Full Moon is just before the Summer Solstice, so you may wish to honor both. June is the month of Pride, of Juneteeth. There is a feeling of resistance wrapped up in celebration. […]

BiCoastal Events: This Weekend in Los Angeles and Philadelphia

Our beloved bicoastal family is hosting two separate events this weekend in both Philadelphia and Los Angeles: Tonight, Friday, June 14 in Philadelphia is the BloodMilk Mourning Fair, hosting Moss Marchen, Pitt & Pendulum, Roses & Rue Antiques, Witch Fingers Antiques & Oddities, and a Polaroid Pop Up Booth from Pop Up Polaroid. You may […]

Hear Her Voice: The Only Known Recording of Frida’s Voice (Possibly)

This morning, I woke to a message linking me to the discovery of the what could be the only known recording of Frida Kahlo’s voice. The recording was recently discovered in the pilot of “El Bachiller,” a 1955 radio show, which was featuring a profile of her husband, Diego Rivera, Mexico’s Department of Culture said […]

When Yorick Dreams…

Today we’re coveting this 19th century Japanese ivory carving of a human skull with a snake coiled around its crown and three toads and a tree frog climbing around on the skull and the snake. Measuring a mere 4.25″ (10.9 cm) high, this marvelously detailed carving is an okimono from the Meiji period, circa 1890. Okimono […]

From the Archives: Elsa Lanchester, Herself. An Interview with Tom Blunt

It’s hard to know when imagery so striking, so wonderfully eerie, so utterly iconoclastic as the one presented by Elsa Lanchester as The Bride of Frankenstein, first becomes embedded in one’s memory. When was I not aware of this astonishing creature, this electric-tressed beauty, robed in ghostly whites and the most elegant bandages ever glimpsed […]

The Exquisite Agony of Passing Through

  We’re excited to announce tonight’s opening of Passing Through, a hauntingly beautiful photography exhibition at Central Tattoo Studio in Philadelphia. “Passing Through is a symbolist and surrealist exploration of beauty, femininity, isolation, and pain. Each photographer in this exhibition creates a narrative in which they, themselves, are the subject, or they use models to represent the emotional, […]