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Where The Magic Lies: An Interview With Karyn Crisis

It’s difficult to recall now, with which facet of the incredible force of nature that is Karyn Crisis that I first became familiar. Was it her voice? Oscillating passionately between infernal hisses and howls and seraphic coos and incantations, her searing vocals are both unmistakable and unforgettable. Perhaps it was her art: once you’ve seen any of her original oil […]

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Good With A Knife: The Papercut Art Of Ivonne Carley

San Diego, CA-based artist Ivonne Carley’s enthusiastic penchant for blades might give one pause, if one didn’t know the sort of slicing and slashing that she indulged in. No, this knife-wielding creator is not lurking around shadowy corners chuckling low, awaiting the throat of an unsuspecting passer-by. No, indeed! Ivonne instead has translated this fondness for sharpened […]

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Solstice Scents Spring 2017 Collection

I don’t know about you all, but summer is here in full force down in the swamps and I am flaming-flushed, feverish, and ready to die. I don’t even exaggerate–you can drown under the weight of your own scalding sweat here, if you don’t spontaneously combust first!  So now would seem the perfect time to […]

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Portals Of Power: KillDie’s Crystal Marys

If there’s anything my hallowed altar has been missing (first step, Sarah–make an altar) but if there WERE anything lacking, I can tell you right now that it’s a hollowed out blessed Virgin Mary that’s been filled with filled with delicate, rosy-hued crystals, exuding gentle energies of compassion and peace and shimmering with grace and sacred intention. […]

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The Somber Poetry Of Dreams: The Collage Art Of Hidden Velvet

The enigmatic artist known as Hidden Velvet seemed to appear on my radar overnight, and yet, whilst gazing at the somber elegance of her surreal collages, I feel that I have been carrying velvety fragments of her assemblages with me, tucked into the shadowy corners of my heart, for all of my life. A floating cloud softly obscures […]

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Seeing Stars With Mystic Medusa (Interview + Discount Code)

I don’t believe in much of anything, to be honest. God or Satan? Nope. The afterlife? Eh, mostly no. Human kindness and decency? The jury’s still out on that one, but I suppose can sometimes be surprised. But divining my daily life choices and long term plans via the cosmic dance of the stars and […]

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Artist, Chemist, Goofball: Catching Up With Tyler Thrasher

When I was in the sixth grade and it was the dreaded Science Fair projects time of the year (did everyone hate this as much as I did? Or was a just a really awful student?) my grandfather hit upon the grand idea that we were going to grow crystals in both salt solutions and sugar […]

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Illuminating The Many Moons Workbook with Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

Sarah Faith Gottesdiener is a many-armed goddess and magical warrior woman who must have a to-do list of epic proportions. She is a designer, art director, and artist whose artwork and design is based in the spiritual, feminist, and mystical. She teaches workshops pertaining to tarot and moonbeaming (connecting with and working with the power of different […]

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s American Gods + A Giveaway!

During the course of a recent flight to the West Coast, I had the pleasure of re-reading Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and was again treated to one of my very favorite passages in all literature, of all time, ever. “The house smelled musty and damp, and a little sweet, as if it were haunted by the […]

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A Final Look At Sabat Magazine: The Crone Issue

The Crone issue, the final chapter in Sabat Magazine’s life cycle, arrived in my mailbox this weekend.  The timing is interesting; I’ve been reflecting often lately on this ancient archetype, ruminating on a chapter in my own life that has recently ended, with the loss of my own beloved crone, my 96 year old grandmother and family […]

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The Imaginative Olfactive Magics of Solstice Scents + A Giveaway!

My obsession with scented magics started early in life. If my mother were still around, I’d remind her of the times I used to sneak into her bedroom while she was elsewhere in the house. Slinking over to her vanity, I would fondle the fragrance bottles within reach of my stubby little arms, spritzing and spraying and […]

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The Serene, Savage, and Surreal Embroidery of Adipocere

Not being a particularly crafty or artsy person, most works of art seem like the stuff of genius and magic to me–and the humans whose hands call this artistry into being, magicians of a most brilliant caliber. Their talents and techniques, methods and processes appear as arcane practices; creative rites of which I will never, and […]

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Delicate and Unflinching: The Art of Nicomi Nix Turner

Each time I see fresh work from the hand of Nicomi Nix Turner, I feel I am plunged headlong into the lost and forgotten pages of an adventuring biologist’s or botanist’s journal, recovered from former expeditions into secret realms. Human and flora, fungi and bone, beetle and animal are examined in delicate, unflinching detail, and are at turns both […]

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Lupercalia 2017 at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab + A Giveaway!

Soooo…perhaps you recall that last month we shared our opinion that sweets for the sweet should be an everyday practice, as opposed to a dreary once a year tradition, confined to one disappointing day in mid-February? We urged you to treat yourself to indulgent luxuries because you are your own best sweetheart and why should you wait until a commercially […]

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A Woman With Power: Pam Grossman

Perhaps you know of Pam Grossman because you are a fellow enthusiast of fantastical art and ardently admire her blog, Phantasmaphile wherein she curates incredible esoteric imagery. You may have stumbled across her prescient proclamation that 2013 was “The Year of The Witch” and felt energized and empowered at the long overdue celebration for this […]

Exceptional And Heartbreaking Regalia: The Luminous Mourning Jewels of Julia DeVille

Exceptional And Heartbreaking Regalia: The Luminous Mourning Jewels of Julia DeVille

As the tale goes, jeweler and sculptor of contemporary memento mori Julia deVille, apprenticing under a handful of the greatest and most formidable masters ever known, honed and refined her talismanic skills over the course of several centuries and quietly emerged from her draconian education in the mid-19th century as a master alchemist–with soul almost all intact! […]

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Grim Gastronomy, Creepy Cuisine: A Macabre Cookbook Collection

I cannot count the hours I whiled away as a child, curled up in a diminutive olive green beanbag chair during Ohio winters in the early 80s, lost to the world and engrossed in my grandmother’s cookbooks. These were mostly Betty Crocker-type affairs and seem terribly outdated now, what with their faded retro photographs, fruit cakes, […]