2019 Weenies From Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Weenie time, weenie time! It’s Weenie time at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab! I think I can skip the preamble this year and get right into it. I mean, I could very well wax poetic about my love of autumn leaves and long, dark nights and bloody harvest moons and spooky Halloween feels, but I’m pretty […]

How To Wear: 31 Days Of Spooky Attire

Sadly I did not engage in my annual tradition of watching one horror movie a day, every day during the month of October. I didn’t have the time! I’m so sorry! If you missed them in previous years, you can find my 31 Days of Horror in our archives for 2018 and 2017. I’m definitely […]

Weekly Eyeball Fodder

The month of October is a most marvelous time to see spooky new art emerge on social media while artists all over the world are participating in eerie seasonal 31-days challenges such as #Inktober or the #Mabsdrawlloweenclub…and I eagerly await its arrival every year! There’s such a fantastically diverse variety of styles and mediums, from […]

Weekly Eyeball Fodder

“Buckeye” by @darktownsally // Naisa Gomez “The May Queen” by @billsafi // Bill Crisafi @debishapirophotography // Debi Shapiro @stephanieinagaki // Stephanie Inagaki @dromsjel // Pierre Schmidt aka drømsjel @memorialstitches // Carrie Violet @maryannheld // Maryann Held

An Ineffable Collection: Good Omens At Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab released the expansion to its 2007 Good Omens collection this past May, maybe a week or so before the television series was released on Amazon Prime and BBC Two– and it has taken me quite a while to compile my thoughts on this bustling commotion of scents. I can’t quite put my […]

“Whipping Waves”: Alice Auaa A/W 2019-2020

Alice Auaa is a dark couture house we have long loved here at Haute Macabre, having featured many of their fantastical, phantasmagorical runway shows and collections over the years. Avant-garde, romantic designs that deal in dualities such as beauty and decay, light and shadow, designer Yasutaka Funakoshi of Alice Auaa filters these concepts through a […]

Weekly Eyeball Fodder

“Lines of Enchantment” by @masks_of_the_moon // Brynna Levine “In the Dead of Night” by @mynameistran // Tran Nguyen “A Dance in the Lepidoptera Room, 1911” by @benzandchang // Dave Benz “Through the Never” by @gailpotocki // Gail Potocki “Swarms and Swallows” by @jakemessing // Jake Messing “Keeper Of The Lilies” by @studio.sheridansart // Laura Sheridan […]

DARKLY DREAMING: BLACK PHOENIX ALCHEMY LAB, A GUIDE (PART II)

DARKLY DREAMING: BLACK PHOENIX ALCHEMY LAB. Part enthusiast’s memoir and part course guide. BPAL Intermediate and Advanced Studies Read Part I  Apart from the general catalog of scents on The Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab website, you will also find Limited Edition scents. I have read someone comment that they doubted “the BPAL fandom would be […]

DARKLY DREAMING: BLACK PHOENIX ALCHEMY LAB, A GUIDE

DARKLY DREAMING: BLACK PHOENIX ALCHEMY LAB.Part enthusiast’s memoir and part course guide. As some people may remember where they were when a pivotal, life-changing occasion occurred, perhaps when a world leader was assassinated or something momentous happened in outerspace (I am editing these instances to keep it vague, I realize my original words make me […]

Weekly Eyeball Fodder

“The Eye Thief” by @i_justdraw // Allen Williams   @helenaether // Helena Aguilar Mayans   “Waxing” by @light_witch // Courtney Brooke   “Cosmic Venus Bloom” by @yinshadowz // Meagan Boyd   “femme fleur” by @_ofresia // monica merlo   “Dutch III” by @lindseycarrart // Lindsey Carr   “Elected” by @_grave_witness_ // Stuart Holland   Bonus […]

Weekly Eyeball Fodder

“Querent” by @sydbeeart // Syd Bee   @magpie.rodgers // Meagan Magpie Rodgers   “Amare II” by @mjgs17 // Mariajosé Gallardo   “Young Yaga” by @twistedmatter // Nadezda   @hakannedjat // Hakannedjat   “Totems” by @laurenmarxart // Lauren Marx   “City of Earthly Delights” by @moon_patrol // Moon Patrol  

A Look Back At Crimson Peak Fragrances From Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

WOW. We’re coming up on almost four years since Crimson Peak was released in all its gothic glory, and along with it, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s accompanying collection of spellbindingly immersive scents and accessories. I had written of my thoughts for this collection at that time, but in the following years, the reviews sadly became […]

Weekly Eyeball Fodder

Sarah Elizabeth’s carousel of inspiration. Follow her on Instagram @ghoulnextdoor. @jmalkova // Julia Malkova   “Captured” by @_virginia_mori_ // Virginia Mori   “The Find” (cropped) by @karilise // Kari-lise Alexander   “Leda and the Swan” by @darla_tea // Darla Teagarden   @majaeglicollages // Maja Egli   @myr.illustration // Myriam Wares   @nightjarillustration // Adam Burke […]

Weekly Eyeball Fodder

For the past year or so over in my Instagram stories, I’ve been sharing a collection of the art that tickles my eyeballs. Usually on a nightly basis, although sometimes I do get a little lazy about it. It’s a “semi-regular” thing at this point, I suppose you might say. I think this urge to […]

An Obscurum Of Secrets: The Lost Art Of Robin Isely

I had, for a time, sadly shelved the idea of a feature on digital collage artist Robin Isely, aka sliplead. I first mentioned this artist in my 2017 Needful Things roundup and I was immensely thrilled at the opportunity to connect with them for an interview, but unfortunately, their gorgeous Tumblr-hosted gallery–an obscurum of secrets, elusive […]

A Trip To Los Angeles

Sarah To be frank–and apologies in advance, Angelenos– but even though I had never been, I was pretty sure, like almost 100% certain, that I was going to feel some kind of way about Los Angeles. Aversion? Hostility? I’m not even sure what kind of way. But not a good way. Even though in my […]

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 […]