A Valentine For A Great Old One

I’m not terribly moved by Valentine’s Day. I’m a hopeless romantic in the right context, but the commercial holiday generally feels pretty hollow and forced to me. Or rather, it did until I found just the right angle from which to approach it. It started as one of those fanciful questions born of woolgathering: What if a sea […]

Haute Macabre Staff Favorites For 2017: Sonya’s Picks

2017 was a strange, potent year and I can’t say I’ll miss it. I traveled (to France, Florida, Salem, and Iceland), got engaged to my partner Gregg (of Golden Gardens and Goodnight Cairo), left a full-time job in marketing writing to do freelance journalism, and battled mental health demons with chamomile tea and podcasts. I […]

Haute Macabre Staff Favorites For 2017: Maika’s Picks

Some personal thoughts on 2017… Oh 2017, you were a very challenging and full year. In addition to all the weight, worry, and woe about current events, my personal life was fraught with stress, growing pains, and heartache, none of which was actually new to the year itself. But the tide well and truly turned […]

Haute Macabre Staff Favorites For 2017: S. Elizabeth’s Picks

Some personal thoughts on 2017… 2017 was a year of endings and beginnings and challenges and rising to the occasion. In January I traveled to Washtington DC with my beloved sisters for the Women’s March, which was both exhilarating and humbling, but more than anything, taught me that though I may have a heart of […]

Haute Macabre Staff Favorites 2017: Sam’s Picks

The previous year is now weeks behind us, but it’s taken me quite some time to process. I feel that for many of us, 2017 was a truly liminal experience: a year of stepping through thresholds of discomfort and sanctity, and diving deep within each of ourselves to find a truer version of what we […]

Dr. Bloodsucker: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love My Pet Leech

The other day I found myself at the home model and eccentric Jessie Lynn shares with third-generation coffin maker Jack Bennett — Jessie and I were planning to spend a few hours watching bad horror movies and drinking wine, but she also had new pets I was itching to take a peek at: hirudo medicinalis […]

Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Exploring The Demon Feminine In Film

If you are lucky enough to be in NYC next week, then we must absolutely insist that you attend Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Exploring The Demon Feminine In Film on November 21st at The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies . In art, literature, and film, the witch is a shapeshifter. She is a gruesome villain and a studious […]

The Witch Wave Podcast With Pam Grossman

I am admittedly late to the love of podcasts, and to date, I am only regularly listening to a grand total of one.  Which makes scholar and mystic Pam Grossman’s The Witch Wave officially, the second podcast I have become obsessed with and quite possibly cannot live without. This witchy fabulist is no stranger to the adoration […]

Artist Spotlight: MUA Kirra Cruz On Style, Veganism, And The Most Important Love

Kirra Cruz is a makeup artist based in the Pacific Northwest — her Instagram is full of stunning looks and moody greenery, with cameos by locals like photographer Olivia Lazer and model Jessie, whose collaboration is shown above. It’s also a space where she, a longtime vegan, showcases leather alternatives by Haute Macabre friends Deandri […]