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Plant Magic Made With Love & Ceremony: Sister Spinster

Imbuing bouquets with symbolism and meaning, and encouraging self-care and empowerment through wild blooms and floral abundance, Liz Migliorelli of Sister Spinster is a is a western herbalist and magic maker whose work with flowers and their essences has been compared to poetry—haiku, in particular—”distillations of experience into pure and simple elements, intimate observations that become the crystallized […]

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Twin Peaks Original Score Vinyl Re-issue

With lush cinematography, bizarre characters, surreal dialogue and dense, murky mythology–David Lynch scratched several of our dark and strange thematic itches with his marvelously bold and enigmatic show, Twin Peaks, in the early 1990s.  And even if, like me, you did not watch Twin Peaks when it first aired (but instead saw it 18 years later, […]

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Kermit Tesoro’s Memento Mori For Darkling Botanists

We’ve previously stood in awe of Filipino designer Kermit Tesoro’s avant-garde, fantastical  footwear (not literally of course–who can actually stand in these splendid, treacherous grotesqueries?) but today over on Instagram we are coveting his recent, more down-to-earth designs: a veritable mountain of intricately sculpted, skull-shaped planters for which to house one’s darkling botanicals. Though we’ve barely gotten through […]

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Cutting Edge And Ancient: Fire & Bone Creations

I was first made aware of Fire and Bone when my boyfriend alerted me to a Kickstarter campaign that they ran back in the July of 2016, for their fourth collection. “Hey, come look at this Kickstarter I’m backing!” he called out from his office.  I am ashamed to say that knowing the man’s proclivities, I may […]

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Bloodmilk Exquisite Corpse X Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, Chapter Two

A resplendent initiative over two years in the making, BloodMilk’s Exquisite Corpse is an enchanted emporium whose ideals, philosophies, and perhaps even their raison d’être is firmly rooted in the idea of artistic collaboration with an emphasis on independent artists within the handmade community. Inspired by the name of a surrealist parlor game in which […]

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Spooky Sirens & Scream Queens: The Art of Sara Deck

I first became aware of Sara Deck’s artwork via her arresting and unsettling cover art imagery for Rue Morgue magazine’s Shirley Jackson tribute, and since then, I’ll admit, I haven’t been able to get her out of my head (please pardon the pun). The more I pore through her work, heavily featuring iconic dark genre sirens […]

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Artist Tyler Thrasher Loses Everything in Tragic Fire

As ecstatic fans of visionary artist/mad scientist Tyler Thrasher‘s dazzling crystal encrusted flora and fauna, and of the irrepressibly sweet persona behind his creations, we at Haute Macabre were horrified to learn that on Friday night a devastating fire ravaged he and his wife Molly’s house, destroying their belongings and the home they had made together. On Saturday, […]

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Revelatory Feminine Mysticism: The Art Of Jas Helena

To trace with the eye the sumptuous swells and ornate, swirling shadows of Jas Helena’s art is to be drawn into an evocative world of potent feminine mysticism. Appearing both demonic and divine (or, perhaps neither) against inky Byzantine backdrops, these saints and sirens, shamans and sorceresses beckon and beguile from the canvas; a tilt of an eyebrow or lift of a […]

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Beautiful Monsters at The Creeping Museum

The Creeping Museum is the nonprofit creative vision and labor of love conceived between two friends and a grilled cheese sandwich in a North Portland laundromat in the spring of 2016.  Their remarkable mission? To help artists and independent creators give back to their communities by turning their strange and unusual work into tiny pieces of affordable art in […]

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Ovate X lvnea: Fleurs Étrangères

Admirers and devotees of both the elegant simplicity of Ovate’s spare, beautiful apparel and lvnea‘s luxurious, hand-crafted natural fragrances will no doubt be over the moon to hear of their recently released collaboration Fleurs Étrangères – and the timing could not be more perfect for those amongst us in need of some luminous self-love and lavish care in the late […]

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I Held My Own Death Cafe And You Can Too

A memory from a visit to my grandparent’s house when I was in my early twenties: My grandfather was still alive then, and he had endeavored to gather my sisters and I together for what was to be a Serious Conversation. We perched anxiously upon their saggy, sage green sofa, clutching scratchy, decorative throw pillows in […]

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The Mindset Of The Macabre: An Interview With Abigail Larson

Chances are if you are a longtime Haute Macabre reader, you require no introduction to the charmingly spooky, gothic art of Abigail Larson. Her eerie illustrations, reminiscent of the gorgeously ghoulish story books and fairy tales that little gothling you never actually had on your shelf as a child (thanks, mom), have no doubt haunted you for years–and […]

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Evi Numen, Death Doula

Death has been stalking me for the last few years. And I don’t mean in the “we are all dying, every day we are a little closer to the grave” sense. I mean, my name is engraved on the dance card, and the grim reaper has sights set on a waltz. I mean: my uncle died […]

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Halloween 2016 from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: A mini review

There’s something strange and lovely wafting in the wind, and it’s not just the rustle of the dying leaves or the murmurs of the restless dead in their unquiet graves. Can you feel it, too? Can you smell it? Can you smell the boozy swoon of ripe harvest fruits and the smoky crackling bonfires to light […]

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Jenny Hval / Blood Bitch

Jenny Hval’s new offering, Blood Bitch (out September 30, 2016 on Sacred Bones) is an intense, unsettling, and exquisitely intimate listen. On Blood Bitch Hval lulls and disturbs in equal measure with otherworldly croons, unearthly yowls, frantic panting, and hushed spoken word. Incorporating elements of poetry, prose writing, performance art, and film, the album oscillates between the gentle lilt of a dreamy choir, pulsating, […]