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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stacked May 2019

Sonya: You Should Have Left: A Novel by Daniel Kehlmann — I loved this novel which, to me, felt like the Platonic ideal of the innermost story of House of Leaves, a terrible book nobody good ever finished and which buried its one promising narrative under piles of pretentious dude shit that wasn’t cute when […]

Stacked: March & April 2019

Sarah: Little by Edward Carey When Goodreads first recommended this title to me, I thought “haven’t I already read this book?” But I was getting Little by Edward Carey confused with Little, Big by John Crowley, which I read several years ago and which I enjoyed much more. These stories aren’t terribly similar though, so maybe you […]

Mythical Characters In Gucci Gowns: Christopher Smith For Another Man Magazine

For the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Another Man, shape-shifting self-portrait artist, Christopher Smith, an Instagram artist with an eye shaped primarily by fashion photography and whose bio simply states “me in my bedroom,” embodies eight mythical characters who inhabit the fantastical regions and metaphorical terrain that love must navigate in 1654’s La Carte de Tendre. Conceived by […]

How To Wear Your Longing For Senpai To Notice You

It’s a powerful thing, to be noticed, isn’t it? To have the gaze of a Fascinating Creature fall upon you, even just for a moment. Maybe that moment is a fleeting one-off, and  never happens again. Or maybe they never become aware of your existence at all. (Maybe you move on. Maybe you hold a […]

A Mini Review: Lupercalia Hair Glosses From Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab!

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s most heartfelt collection of the year is also one of their smuttiest, and there is none, they say, more tacky or hedonistic! As a bit of a tacky smutmeister myself, I was was ecstatic to receive a few offerings from this collection, in the form of their hair glosses, atmosphere sprays, […]

Enchanted Ephemera From Moth & Myth {Giveaway!}

Life: a solitary butterfly swaying unsteadily on a slender stalk of grass, nothing more. But ah! so exquisite! – Nishiyama Soin On the one-ton temple bell a moon-moth, folded into sleep, sits still. -Yosa Buson Will we meet again? Here at your flowering grave: two white butterflies – Matsuo Basho Life, death, stolen naps, spring blossoms, and […]

Ashley Rose Couture | Red at Night

“Red at Night,” a Fashion Presentation by Ashley Rose Couture, is scheduled to debut on Saturday, April 27th 2019 at the new Black Veil Studio in Salem, Massachusetts. This collection is dedicated to Ashley’s brother, John, who tragically passed away this past October. 100% of the ticket proceeds will be donated to John’s memorial; tickets […]

How To Wear Two Recent Interviews With Really Amazing Artists

I’m a little behind with our How To Wear series, I’m afraid–here it is March already, and I haven’t shared a single outlandish outfit! Well, obviously we need to remedy that, so I busted out a quick few ideas for you here today. OK, sure, it’s a bit of a cheat, as far as themes […]

Stacked: February 2019

Sarah: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson. Because I am a contrarian (and also because I had zero interest in organizing or de-cluttering) I have been ignoring Marie Kondo and her KonMari madness for years. I like my stuff, […]

Caitlin McCormack: See You All In There

Haute Macabre forever-muse Caitlin McCormack’s exhibition of new mixed media works, See You All In There, is on display at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia, beginning February 22, and will remain on view through April 13, 2019. Less delicate than previous works, the artist’s complex sculptural abstractions feature headless torsos, animal-like creatures, anthropomorphic forms, fortress and church-like structures, as well […]

Cocorrina: Designs For Your Magical Life

Winking and gleaming with magic and stardust, Cocorinna’s art prints, journals, and calendars are among some of the most stunning objects of their type that I have ever seen– and no wonder! For graphic design priestess Corina Nika at Cocorrina imbues these artifacts with potent symbolism and luminous energies, and aims to create magical, meaningful objects […]

Play This At My Funeral: Interview With Jezebel Jones Of Bye Bye Banshee (Exclusive Album Download)

In our autumn 2018 installment of Aural Fixation, I briefly mentioned that Bye Bye Banshee’s Deathfolk Magic was in constant rotation in my home, and described its sound thusly: “…is the ghostly melody, hushed and humming softly, ominously, as your rocker creaks a rickety midnight lullaby on the rotted wooden floorboards of a ramshackle cabin. Sleepless at […]

Hook’s By Prapakas Fall/Winter 2018

Recently brought to my attention by a dear friend with sharper eyes than mine, but with similar tastes for the bizarre and beautiful, may I call to your attention the Hook’s by Prapakas runway show for Elle Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2018? What is there to say about this outlandish parade of fancies, where the saintly […]

Ten Years Of Haute Macabre: Expert Daydreamer, Artist Amy Earles

S. Elizabeth: That artists take time out of their busy schedules to talk with me about their work is still such a thrill for me! Before I began writing for Haute Macabre, I had previously composed various articles and essays for a handful of other online journals and blogs, and though I am myself no […]

Ten Years Of Haute Macabre: Shadows From The Walls Of Death; Or, That Arsenic You Like Is Going To Come Back In Style

S. Elizabeth: Poisoning by arsenical wallpapers? Sign me up! Inspired and informed by Lucinda Hawksley’s beautiful book, Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Nineteenth-Century Home , this is, without a doubt, amongst my all-time favorite posts written for Haute Macabre… As a child, and even today, I am utterly transfixed when confronted by ornate wallpaper […]

Ten Years Of Haute Macabre: A Woman With Power, Pam Grossman

S. Elizabeth: So…I’m pretty sure the whole reason I began writing in the first place was to interview writer-witch, ritual-mistress, and podcasting sorceress, Pam Grossman. It was all leading up to this! Yep. This is the truth. Also–have you pre-ordered Pam’s forthcoming book, Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power, yet? (Due out June […]

Ten Years Of Haute Macabre: The Art of Darla Teagarden

S. Elizabeth: This Q&A with multimedia artist, conceptual photographer, and all around darling human Darla Teagarden was my first interview written for Haute Macabre, and holds a deeply special place in my heart. Please welcome S. Elizabeth to our growing team of staff writers! Sarah is no stranger to Haute Macabre, having contributed as a […]

10 Years Of Haute Macabre: Unlikely Therapy With Skeletor Is Love

S. Elizabeth: When I began writing for Haute Macabre in 2015, the last thing I ever thought I’d be sharing with you guys is how I began to heal my past traumas with the help of a  skull-faced megalomaniac from an 80’s cartoon show. But you know, sometimes these things just write themselves… The support […]

AJ Hawkins Art X Detrivore Cosmetics “Decomposition” Collection

The Decomposition Collection is a collaboration between Detrivore Cosmetics and Death Positive artist AJ Hawkins, and is inspired by AJ’s art series, “The Reclamation”, a project exploring the decomposition of human bodies and the nutrient cycle, wherein each piece represents “a phase of decomposition, from death to dust, and ways nature reclaims our bodies to foster life.” […]

Prêt-à-Portend

From the “I don’t know what’s going on here, but I like it” files: all signs point to this being a recent photoshoot for Financial Times magazine, suggesting that the prognostic practices of astrology, palm-reading, and other forms of divination are on-trend in terms of sartorial inspiration for 2019 (and I don’t mean to brag, […]