Ten Years Of Haute Macabre: Shadows From The Walls Of Death; Or, That Arsenic You Like Is Going To Come Back In Style

S. Elizabeth: Poisoning by arsenical wallpapers? Sign me up! Inspired and informed by Lucinda Hawksley’s beautiful book, Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Nineteenth-Century Home , this is, without a doubt, amongst my all-time favorite posts written for Haute Macabre… As a child, and even today, I am utterly transfixed when confronted by ornate wallpaper […]

AJ Hawkins Art X Detrivore Cosmetics “Decomposition” Collection

The Decomposition Collection is a collaboration between Detrivore Cosmetics and Death Positive artist AJ Hawkins, and is inspired by AJ’s art series, “The Reclamation”, a project exploring the decomposition of human bodies and the nutrient cycle, wherein each piece represents “a phase of decomposition, from death to dust, and ways nature reclaims our bodies to foster life.” […]

Post Mortem: December 2018

In the coming weeks, the writers here at Haute Macabre will be offering up our own personal post mortems for the year of 2018, our collections of favorite products and discoveries, our own favorite contributions to the site, and our own intimate takes on the previous twelve months. For now, please enjoy this recap of […]

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 […]

Haute Macabre at the Oddities Flea Market

This weekend please visit the Haute Macabre booth at the holiday Oddities Flea Market at the Brooklyn Bazaar in Greenpoint. Curated by Regina and Ryan Cohn with the assistance of Meagan Meli, the market hosts dozens of independent arts and creators showcasing their wares. Offering three floors of exciting, top of the line purveyors of […]

Helvak: Luxury Without Cruelty

Focusing on vegan, wearable basics, Helvak continues to deliver a future perfect aesthetic in their FW18 collection. Abandoning the general S/M/L sizing to provide a more refined fit, offering sizes from 2-20 to cater to all of us in all shapes and sizes. Each piece is hand cut and sewn in their Pittsburg studio, Helvak […]

Inside the Los Angeles Oddities Flea Market

I can scarcely believe the next Oddities Flea Market is less than a week away. While I wish I could magic myself there, it seems like only yesterday I was finally attending one of these dazzling events myself. Every time the market has taken place in New York, I’ve watched from my home, clear across the country in […]

Haute Macabre Small Business Special: Meet the Sponsors

Apatico Apatico specializes in handmade harnesses, headpieces, and adornments in leather and PVC.  Drawing inspiration from art, literature, pop culture, and history to create pieces that are easy to wear yet striking. Custom sizing is always free.Each piece is handmade to order in Seattle by Megan Bishop. Holiday sales: Black Friday 40% off Small business […]

Medusa: The Embodiment of Beauty and Terror from BloodMilk Jewels

Entwined snakes framing her head, coiled around her and ready to strike in aggressive protection, Medusa is member of our pantheon of feminist anti-heroines. BloodMilk pays homage to her in this collection of her psychic armor: serpents nesting around stunning gemstones, “embodying the tension of beauty and terror”. Akin to the lightning bolt of destruction […]

Stars, Fools, and Lovers: An illustrated guide to the art and history of the tarot

The creators of Morbid Anatomy and Strange Attractor Press are crowd funding their next volume, Stars, Fools, and Lovers: A Visual Compendium of Tarot. Stars, Fools, and Lovers will be both instructional and interpretive guide to intuitively reading the cards and an in depth exploration of the art, symbolism, and history of the Tarot. “… The […]

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, […]

Literature and Divination

We have updated the Haute Macabre Shop with new divination decks and a new Literature category, starting with our own Sonya Vatomsky’s transcendental collection of poetry, Salt is for Curing. I wish for dreams but they don’t come; I sink into earth but the salt surrounds me, draws out my breath so the space between the […]

Needful Things: Autumn 2018

Sarah TheMacroBarista  First, a huge thanks for Sonya for bringing this instagram account to my attention! I’ve never really had a sweet tooth, so even though I love the idea of fun, fancy, frothy Starbucks drinks, they’re just too tooth decay-inducingly, gaggy sweet for me to even remotely contemplate. As a further to that, I […]

Haute Macabre Halloween Shop Update

The Haute Macabre Shop will be restocked today, October 31, at 3PM CST. Included in today’s restock will be the highly demanded Luminaries Planner and Witch List Market Pad from Open Sea Design Co and the beautiful Luminous Void Tarot. Our beloved Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab collection of perfumes and hair glosses will be available […]

New Sponsor: Shire Post Mint

Shire Post Mint makes solid metal coins in Arkansas, USA. They use 100+ year old machines to stamp hand-engraved designs into solid metals like copper, brass, iron, bronze, and silver. They have worked with fantasy authors like George R. R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss to create coin artifacts from the most compelling fantasy worlds of […]

New Sponsor: Devinto

Please welcome our new sponsor, Devinto! DEVINTO is an eco and ethically conscious label established in Montreal, Canada and relocated to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA. It is designed and produced in studio locally on Cape Cod using natural and eco friendly fabrics without compromising style. DEVINTO designs are equally focused on comfort, glamour,and fair principles […]

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 […]

New Sponsor: Five and Diamond

Please welcome our new sponsor, Five and Diamond Five and Diamond is a woman owned and operated boutique, fashion house and socially conscious small business in San Francisco’s Mission District specializing in Future Forward Fashion. They currently produce 7 fashion brands out of a small workshop in Bali. Since 2007, they have pioneered alternative fashion, […]

We Believe Women: Mary Anne Carter reminds us that the truth is out there

Last Monday, as I was sitting in LAX waiting for my flight home to Portland, my stomach and chest both unpleasantly writhing knots of feels about current events, Sonya sent me a link to this fantastic shirt that their friend, Seattle-based artist Mary Anne Carter, had recently made. Carter redesigned the iconic “I Want To Believe” […]

New Sponsor: Element Botanicals

Please welcome our new sponsor, Element Botanicals! Element Botanicals creates botanically charged, aromatherapy spiked goods featuring wild harvested & home grown plants from their apothecary tucked away in the mountains. They are passionate about providing effective, honestly priced and truly magical products that showcase the many elements of nature’s apothecary. From hard working deodorant (that […]

Lunation Leathers Crucible Bag Giveaway

Haute Macabre + Lunation Leathers are giving away one of the incredible not yet released Crucible Bags to one winner! The Crucible Bags are completely handmade by Leila of Lunation Leathers in her Pittsburg studio, with the intent of carrying ritual items. They will be available later this autumn in the Lunation Leathers Shop (exact […]

BloodMilk Semi-Annual Sale

Our beloved BloodMilk Jewels is currently hosting their semi-annual sale, in which you may receive 20% off most jewels from their collection. You may find all eligible items in the Sale Section of BloodMilkJewels.com, and use code “Halloween20” at checkout to receive your discount.

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 […]

New Sponsor: Open Sea Design Co.

Please welcome our newest sponsor, Open Sea Design Co. Launched in 2017, Open Sea Design Co is a Brooklyn based two-person operation, run by Melissa and Travis DeMello, stationery line, launched in 2017, includes greeting cards, prints, notepads and notebooks, embellished with exquisite motifs inspired by weird books, ghosts, spiritualism, magick, secret societies, herbalism and […]

The Lovers: New From BloodMilk

Releasing today at 3PM EST, BloodMilk jewels offers The Lovers Collection. The capsule collection will include four variants: The Lovers Ring and The Others, both available with onyx, moonstone and labradorite options in sterling silver or 14k rose gold, and the Lovers Band and the Lovers Nesting Band. The bands stack beautifully together, and the […]

Haute Macabre Staff Favorites: Tarot Decks

In assessing our last year’s worth of posts alone, it occurred to us, that damn, we sure write about the tarot a lot. From the divinatory drama of tarot-inspired couture to fragrant interpretations of archetypes of the major arcana to Tarotscopes brimming with energies and inspiration for our readers, one might surmise that we’re a little […]

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 […]