Haute Macabre: As Told By a Traditional Witch

Please welcome guest blogger Kyle, Ghost of Pestilence, to Haute Macabre. Kyle is a practicing traditional witch based out of Minnesota, animist, artist, volunteer at the bird of prey center, and occultist. She writes today about the original Haute Macabre fragrance, created for us by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, and the magical associations she has with […]

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 […]

Witches, Sluts, Feminists: The Occult History of Witch Feminism part IV

Please welcome guest blogger Kristen J. Sollee, founder of Slutist.com and author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive. This is the final installment of a IV series of excerpts from Kristen’s book. Read the last post on Political Witch: Rebellion & Revolution. The Feminine Mystique Meets the Digital Mystic Millennials are the first […]

Witches, Sluts, Feminists: The Occult History of Witch Feminism part III

Please welcome guest blogger Kristen J. Sollee, founder of Slutist.com and author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive. This is part III in a IV series of excerpts from Kristen’s book. Read the last post on Which Suffragette Is Witch?. Political Witch: Rebellion & Revolution The idea of every woman as witch has […]

BloodMilk Jewels: Darkling I Listen

Here lies a special look at the much coveted sophomore addition to BloodMilk’s Darkling I Listen collection. With adoration and dedication to the shadow self, to the night creatures, and to those that dwell in the darkness, BloodMilk gifts the wearer with the strength and protection to stride onwards, anointed with these talismans. Within this […]

Witches, Sluts, Feminists: The Occult History of Witch Feminism Part II

Please welcome guest blogger Kristen J. Sollee, founder of Slutist.com and author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive. This is part II in a IV series of excerpts from Kristen’s book. Read last week’s post on The Midwife: Bestial Bodies and Reproductive Rights. Witches, Sluts, Feminists illustration by Coz Conover “The history of […]

Witches, Sluts, Feminists: The Occult History of Witch Feminism Part I

Please welcome guest blogger Kristen J. Sollee, founder of Slutist.com and author of the upcoming release Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive. The witch is a feminist icon for the ages. In 2017, her serpentine story is more familiar than foreign; she graces our screens, stalks our runways, creeps across our pages, and informs […]

Seeing Stars With Mystic Medusa

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 […]

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 […]

Witch Emoji

New in the Apple App store: Witch Emoji from Pam Grossman, an 80 sticker pack available for iPhones & iPads, compatible with iMessage! Visit WitchEmoji.com for FAQs and a link to the app store page.

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 […]

Magic For The Modern Mystic: Interview With The Hoodwitch’s Bri Luna

An online community and website, The Hoodwitch is devoted to sharing metaphysics, folk medicine, and wellness in a modern and accessible way. “Magic is creating change by connecting with the energies of nature, at will,” says founder Bri Luna, who works to honor the inner knowledge we so often forget or learn to ignore. It’s a […]

Adventures in Demonology with Vincent Price

Listen to the Vincent Price’s soothing voice on this spoken word album, “Witchcraft – Magic: An Adventure in Demonology“. Nearly two hours in length, Price weaves tales of the history and workings of the occult, including Hitler’s obsessions with witchcraft, the gory details of the persecutions of witches throughout the ages, and then into step […]

Slow Holler Tarot Deck: Queer + Southern Artists Re-Imagine The Arcana

I’ll admit that tarot has never been one of my favorite mediums for art or divination, somewhat because divination as a whole gives me anxiety but mostly because the gender symbolism in the arcana has always felt incredibly constricting, a word I don’t particularly want to associate with my future. Thankfully, Slow Holler is here […]

Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic is located in the village of Boscastle in Cornwall, South West England. Founded in 1951 by English folk magician Cecil Williamson, the museum houses what is widely considered to be the world’s largest collection of objects related to folk magic, ceremonial magic, Freemasonry, and Wicca. Needless to say, we would all love to […]