The Slutist Tarot, Cat Call, and Witches, Sluts, Feminists

A small Saturday afternoon shop update: The second edition of the Slutist Tarot is now available, along with a restock of Witches, Sluts, Feminists and the newly released Cat Call: Reclaiming the Feral Feminine – both signed by author Kristen Sollee. The cat: A sensual shapeshifter. A hearth keeper, aloof, tail aloft, stalking vermin. A […]

Shadow Guides: Black Galaxy Amethyst in the Shop

Now available in the Haute Macabre Shop: the glittering voids of Black Galaxy Amethyst. Some thoughts from previous releases: Staring into a Black Galaxy Amethyst is a hypnotic event: the blackness of each is a glimmering abyss. Each specimen creates a calm void, but not a cold one. A rare form of amethyst that is […]

Shop Preview: Black Galaxy vIII

A preview of the next collection, a grouping of one of my favorite specimens: the glittering voids of Black Galaxy Amethyst. Some thoughts from previous releases: Staring into a Black Galaxy Amethyst is a hypnotic event: the blackness of each is a glimmering abyss. Each specimen creates a calm void, but not a cold one. […]

September Full Moon Tarotscopes By Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

September Full Moon Tarotscopes By Sarah Faith Gottesdiener Our September Full Moon is this Friday, September 13th if you are located in the PST, or it’s on the 14th, if you aren’t. (To listen more about the significance of the number 13, and why it is the number of the Goddess, check out this episode […]

New Sponsor: The Mystical Menagerie Market NYC Event

Please welcome The Mystical Menagerie Market  The Mystical Menagerie is a one night fashion show and market event hosted by Meagan Meli, Cat Coven, Arcana Obscura, Dana Glover, Riven Barrow Glass and I Do Declare. This phenomenal evening will take place on Saturday, September 14th at the de Kooning Studio, a gorgeous 19th century cast-iron […]

Table-tipping workshop with mediums Reverend Jane and Chris Howarth. Erie, Pennsylvania, 2014. Photo by Shannon Taggart.

Manifesting Spirits: SÉANCE by Shannon Taggart

Table-tipping workshop with mediums Reverend Jane and Chris Howarth. Erie, Pennsylvania, 2014. Photo by Shannon Taggart. Forever fascinated by the occult, we were immediately interested in the work of American artist Shannon Taggart, first brought to our attention by the ever-inspiring Pam Grossman. Taggart specializes in documenting contemporary Spiritualism, which she first discovered in her teens when […]

New Sponsor: Only Freaks Turn Things Into Bones

It’s Little Death’s first day at a new school. He’s excited about making new friends, but the other kids don’t like his talent for turning anything he touches into bones. They call him “freak” and “weirdo” and refuse to play with him. Little Death runs away to hide but ends up learning something very important […]

The Fabulous Impracticality of Karolina Laskowska

Lingerie has long been an obsession of mine. As a child, it seemed a quintessentially adult thing that would welcome me into a strange world of autonomy and responsibility. I pictured myself in my first apartment, surrounded by books and hosting lavish dinner parties, draped in layers of silk robes or wearing nothing but a […]

Giveaway Alert: Queen Mab’s Witch Hat

Dress for the Season of the Witch, and accessorize accordingly thanks to Queen Mab’s Hats. Queen Mab is giving away a Witch Hat & band here on Haute Macabre! To enter: follow @QueenMabstore & @HauteMacabre on Instagram and leave a comment here on the blog telling us your Halloween plans, favorite past costume, or your […]

September Community Events

09/14 NYC The Mystical Menagerie Market The Mystical Menagerie is a one night fashion show and market event hosted by Meagan Meli, Cat Coven, Arcana Obscura, Dana Glover, Riven Barrow Glass and I Do Declare. This phenomenal evening will take place on Saturday, September 14th at the de Kooning Studio, a gorgeous 19th century cast-iron […]

Late Summer BloodMilk Sale

image via @spookula The BloodMilk sale is currently on until 08/29: use code “Summer20” for 20% off the special sale category at BloodMilkJewels.com.

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 […]

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 […]

New Sponsor: Queen Mab’s Shop

Please welcome our newest sponsor, Queen Mab! Angela Hartshorn is a one woman shop specializing in creating magick with fabric. With Queen Mab’s Store, she creates witch hats for both ritual and play. With Fogg Couture, she creates fashion and accessories for everyday wear and for those special moments. Find Queen Mab’s Store : Shop […]

August Community Events Calendar

You can now visit the community calendar here on HM (best viewed on desktop) or subscribe via this link. Handsome Devils Puppets Tiny Tour (Part 1) Multi-city stops with HDP’s folk songs, murder ballads, personal tales, tears and screams and deaths and dreams. And, of course, puppets. The Creeping Museum Artist Market and Fairytale Salon […]

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 […]

A Little Haunt and a Little Peace: How to Hold by Christina Mrozik

The work of Portland, OR-based artist Christina Mrozik is no stranger to Haute Macabre. We’re all enamored with her ouevre. A new print or book release is always cause for excitement around here, to say nothing of the tides of emotion conjured and stoked by her creations. And so, it’s with a deliciously melancholy ache […]

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, […]

Please Welcome Our Sponsor: Solstice Scents

Please welcome our sponsor, Solstice Scents! Solstice Scents specializes in hyper-realistic evocative atmospheres and amber, incense and resin blends for men and women. A variety of woods/forest, tobacco, leather, floral and gourmand fragrances are also offered. Fragrances pictured here are Conjure Dark (amber, sandalwood, frankincense, spices, incense, wood smoke, cedar, oud, vanilla), Estate Lavender (Estate Vanilla, […]

Beyond the Totality: Alleviating the Darkness Collection Now Available

Beyond the Totality: Alleviating the Darkness crystal collection is now available in the Haute Macabre Shop. This collection is a grouping of stones that I have been using to assist me in a season of anxiety and distress, which I discussed in this post. Below you will find previews of today’s update, and I truly […]

Beyond the Totality: Alleviating the Darkness

In regards to the recent eclipse, and the upcoming: I recently talked about the malefic effect of eclipses, despite their beauty and despite their rarity (although they do happen at minimum twice a year), they obscure the light. They physically darken the skies, cast a shadow over the earth, frightening our ancestors and were portents […]

Offerings: New Spells and Remedies in the Haute Macabre Shop

A small shop update this week while I prep for the next large crystal release: I am currently working my way through processing my emotions for it. They are a collection of stones that I have unconsciously been surrounding myself with the last few months, without realizing until now that they have been aiding me […]

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 […]

New Sponsor: Occult Objects

Please welcome our newest sponsor, Occult Objects Occult Objects was founded in early 2018 by the German multidisciplinary artist, Diana Johanna. In her work, she focuses on the mystical, feminine and beautiful, which is often hidden in the subconscious of the individual. Her creations are especially influenced by dark nostalgia, occultism, history, fantasy and fashion […]

July Events Calendar

Dear friends, Here are some beautiful events hosted by beautiful people coming up throughout the summer. Please leave in the comments anything you may know of upcoming in your area! July Los Angeles Today, Sunday, June 30 from 4-6PM our beloved family at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will be hosted at Dark Delicacies in Burbank […]

Sex With A Fairy, Tea With A Ghost: Interview With Kelly Link

Kelly Link’s writing first found me at a feminist clothing swap, because of course feminists bring books to a clothing swap. The book was worn, paperback — one of those not-for-resale tomes that someone got from someone who knows someone else who once sneezed vaguely in the direction of the publishing industry. Pretty Monsters was […]

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 […]

When Yorick Dreams…

Today we’re coveting this 19th century Japanese ivory carving of a human skull with a snake coiled around its crown and three toads and a tree frog climbing around on the skull and the snake. Measuring a mere 4.25″ (10.9 cm) high, this marvelously detailed carving is an okimono from the Meiji period, circa 1890. Okimono […]

Haunted by Cope-Arnold’s Vedas

I’ve been sitting here for far too long trying to find the words to describe Vedas, a captivating combination of photography and fashion created by Los Angeles-based studio Cope-Arnold. Vedas was inspired by the fabulous high-contrast B&W photos of fashion photography legend Irving Penn. More that simply write about them, I want to do things with these images, […]