Solstice Scents Fall 2018 Collection Review + A Giveaway!

While many of you in the northern hemisphere may already be experiencing the deep chill of winter, down here in sub-tropical Florida this week it is as if we have at last been visited by the nascent exuberance of an early October afternoon. A crisp breeze is lightly clickety-clacking our wooden wind chimes and the […]

How To Wear Your Cup Of Stars

Don’t do it, Eleanor told the little girl; insist on your cup of stars; once they have trapped you into being like everyone else you will never see your cup of stars again. I recall seeing Sofia Zakia’s Her Cup Of Stars necklace some time last year on Instagram and being utterly transfixed by its […]

31 Days Of Horror in 2018

Last year I parceled out my 31 Days of Horror in measured doses with a part one and part two: 15(ish) days each of my thoughts on the horror media that I had been been consuming every day for the month of October. This included full-length movies, film anthologies, television programs, game shows, anime–I’m not discriminating, I […]

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Tarot Scents: The Emperor

Our first set of reviews for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s archetypal adventure and tarot-inspired collection, The Fool’s Journey, featured the master of ceremonies and consummate magus, The Magician. Soon to follow was The Daughter of Heaven and Earth, the Fruitful Mother of Thousands, The Empress. Next we saw The Star Maiden, She Who Shines in the Darkness, […]

2018 ‘Weenies At Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

It’s the most WEENderful time of the year! Yes, here I am with my corny weenie jokes, again. I’m not going anywhere with this comedy gold–and neither should you! Because aside from my dumb wit, I’ve got a massive review post for you today for a vast selection of the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab 2018 […]

Darkness Within At The Creeping Museum

“Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within.”  The Creeping Museum’s new collection, “Darkness Within“ is inspired by Shirley Jackson’s much beloved novel, the exquisitely unsettling The Haunting of Hill House. Comprised of the works of twenty artists, each offering from “Darkness Within” artistically interprets various different eerie passages from the […]

Timeless Phantom Interludes: The Photography of Jason Blake

Jason Blake’s sepia-toned portraits, humming with wistful yearnings of phantoms from yesteryear, feel like peeking into a dusty old chest of fragile flotsam and eerie ephemera, filled with things crumbling, transient, and vulnerable, but which also evoke a dynamic and powerful sense of timelessness and immortality. You could be gazing across the centuries to boldly […]

An Enigmatic Baroness And Her Collection Of Skulls

There is much speculation regarding Baroness Mathilde de Rothschild’s extravagant collection of skulls and macabre artifacts, bequeathed sans explanation to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, after her death in 1926. Was this French socialite’s fascination born of her time spent becoming intimately acquainted with death while training as a WWI nurse? Or perhaps a […]

Every Trap Door Is In Good Repair: An Addams Family House Of One’s Own

I’ve never been much for those jaunty seasonal holiday villages that spring up, overnight, on folks’ hearths and shelves, and whatever free counter space they choose to junk up with such things. Never, that is, until now–for I have found the perfect Halloween village scene for those who love all things creepy, kooky, mysterious ,and […]

Postcards From The Void: The Art of Alex Eckman-Lawn

Initially I was torn, truly torn, when examining the painstaking collage work of Alex Eckman-Lawn. Deep, dense, and full of doom and gloom and dark details, these surreal, lonely portraits on one hand, called forth a sickening dread in the pit of my stomach and give my heart a little lurch  But on the other, and at […]

Perk Up Your Pumpkin Spice Latte With Turkey Merck Monster Mugs

For those who take their traditional autumn PSL with an extra squirt of pumpkin sauce and a generous shot of “OH DEAR GOD WHAT IS THAT HIDEOUS THING?” be sure to check out the utterly terrifying (yet immensely practical!) creations of potter/sculptor Kevin “Turkey” Merck. Kevin has shared that these brilliantly detailed works are way […]

Needful Things: Summer 2018

Sarah Ghoulish Delights Scream Queen Elixir This is a magical combination of oils whose dank, weedy, maple syrup smell is a little off-putting at first, but which masterfully tames the savage beast that is my sensitive, easily inflamed skin. I use it before bedtime 3-4X a week, and my face feels so lovely when I […]

Aural Fixation: The Podcast Edition

Sarah I’m going to mention two podcasts I have previously written about, because quite frankly, they are the only two I listen to. I have a hard time with podcasts, especially when they are run by more than one person, and especially if those few people are friends. The recording generally devolves into in-jokes and […]

Stacked August 2018

Sarah The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul by Eleanor Herman. This was our inaugural selection for a group that a friend and I started over on Good Reads, “Nonfiction For The Senses“– a “virtual book club to indulge in non-fiction books about all things relating to the […]

A Love Letter To Beautiful Stationery: Open Sea Design Co.

Open Sea Design Co. is a creative design studio based in Brooklyn whose lovely paper goods have recently had us in raptures here at Haute Macabre. A two-person operation run by Melissa and Travis DeMello, their stationery line, launched in 2017, includes greeting cards, prints, notepads and notebooks, embellished with exquisite motifs inspired by weird books, ghosts, […]

Vogue Arts Special Inspired By Virginia Mori For Gucci Cruise 17

Inspired by the freaky frolics and feverish figments of monochrome illustrator Virginia Mori, a special project by Veronica Mazziotta for Vogue Arts special Gucci Cruise 2017. Credit: Art director / stylist: Veronica Mazziotta @ MKS Photographer: Filippo Fortis @ MKS Hair stylist: Roberto Pagnini @ Freelancer Make-up artist: Luciano Chiarello @ Atomo 3D artist and postproduction: Darkslide Model: Yulduz […]

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Tarot Scents: The High Priestess

Our first set of reviews for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s archetypal adventure and tarot-inspired collection, The Fool’s Journey, featured the master of ceremonies and consummate magus, The Magician. Soon to follow was The Daughter of Heaven and Earth, the Fruitful Mother of Thousands, The Empress. Today we focus on The Star Maiden, She Who Shines in the Darkness, […]

Tarotscopes for the August Full Moon by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

Tarotscopes for the August Full Moon On the 25th and 26th depending on your time zone, we celebrate a Full Moon: time for harvesting, embodying, invoking, and making magic. Build an altar to the past to honor it all, then say goodbye. Or build an altar to the present you, to celebrate your tender resilience. […]

“Ursa Minor”: Sara Grace Wallerstedt by Paolo Roversi In Dazed Autumn 2018

Featuring looks from looks from Comme des Garçons’ fall-winter runway collection, model Sara Grace Wallerstedt’s celestial visage is captured by photographer, Paolo Roversi for Dazed Magazine Autumn 2018 www. dazeddigital .com Ursa Minor Dazed Autumn 2018 Photography:  Paolo Roversi Model:  Sara Grace Wallerstedt Styling:  Robbie Spencer Make-Up & Hair:  Julien D’Ys Manicure:  Typhaine Kersual Set Design:  Jean-Hugues de Chatillon

Stacked July 2018

Sarah Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay — Not That Bad offers a harrowing, haunting gathering of essays from a diverse range of contributors; the title, a reference to the widespread minimization of sexual abuse and rape culture in a world that is shamefully warped. “I taught myself to be grateful I […]

Post Mortem July 2018

Stacked June 2018   Chelsea Wolfe’s The Culling Official Video   New Sponsor: Miss Havisham’s Curiosities   Lady Leather Fiend: Leia Churchel Of Lunation Leathers   Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Tarot Scents: The Empress   How To Wear A Jumpsuit   Tarotscopes for the July Eclipse by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

How To Wear A Jumpsuit

I am late to the love of the jumpsuit. Much like how it took me well over a decade to come around to skinny jeans (and I’m still not entirely convinced), I needed some time to fully embrace the concept of a one piece, head-to-toe, all-in-one garment. Aside from the panic and pre-emptive mortification my […]

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Tarot Scents: The Empress

. Our first set of reviews for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s archetypal adventure and tarot-inspired collection, The Fool’s Journey, featured the master of ceremonies and consummate magus, The Magician. Today, our focus is The Daughter of Heaven and Earth, the Fruitful Mother of Thousands: The Empress. A soft figure of beauty and calm, in flowing robes of pomegranates […]

Lady Leather Fiend: Leia Churchel Of Lunation Leathers

I didn’t telephone my mother often while she was still living. One reason being that I don’t like to have phone conversations with anyone–even my own family–but the other is that a phone call to my mom usually resulted in her asking for some outrageous favor. A $1700 loan, never repaid. A precarious trip to […]

Chelsea Wolfe’s The Culling Official Video

Today debuts Chelsea Wolfe’s “The Culling” from the album Hiss Spun, (released September 22, 2017 on Sargent House, and which we reviewed last year) This is the haunting stuff of your most spellbinding, swooniest dreams, and without a doubt, the most exquisite music video we’ve seen in a while. With creative direction and set design […]

Stacked June 2018

Sarah The rest of my beloved cohorts were traveling over the past month,  seeing and doing all kinds of awesome things, so it’s just me and my book stack with you here today, for this month’s Stacked feature. It is summertime for sure in the south and during this time of sweltering humidity and clockwork afternoon […]

Listen Closely, Hear Her Voice: Our Tarot

In late 2016, Sarah Shipman was inspired to combine her two of her favorite interests: Tarot and women’s history. Initially meant to be an art project just for her own enjoyment, she gradually warmed up to the idea of sharing it with the world. Eventually, Sarah launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the creation and […]