They Wore the Universe Round Their Fingers…

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour…” –William Blake, from “Auguries of Innocence”   We’re spellbound by this 16th century gold ring that unfolds to reveal an ornate astronomical sphere. It’s part of […]

New Sponsor: Witching Hour Baby

Witching Hour Baby is an online boutique where you can find casual, affordable gear for black sheep and their little lambs. From unique clothing for the whole family to spooky housewares and toys, our expertly curated products are bound to satisfy the question: does this come in black? Find Witching Hour Baby : Shop // […]

It Wasn’t Just a Phase + Occultation: Two New Fragrances in the Haute Macabre // Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Collection + Spring Pre-Orders Now Open

Haute Macabre’s latest collaboration with Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is now available for pre-orders in the Apothecary. IT WASN’T JUST A PHASE 7-year aged patchouli and polished black cedar with midnight-black vegetal musk, fossilized amber, Spanish moss, and nagarmotha. OCCULTATION Black velvet oudh, indigo musk, smoked patchouli, golden myrrh, and tree moss. Pre-orders will be […]

New Sponsor: Seeking the Witch: Traditional Tales and Everyday Magic

At The Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic, real magic – gritty, sink-your-teeth-into-it, beautiful magic – is in story, is in art, is in folklore. It’s in an ancient charm for protection against storms, and in the crafting of a poem that captures that power. It’s in the garden you keep, in the silver […]

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 […]

New Sponsor: Open Sea Design Co

Originally inspired by the salty, crystal clear blue shores of the Mexican Caribbean, Open Sea is a Brooklyn-based creative studio that specializes in fine stationery and paper goods, and graphic design. The company was established in 2015 by Melissa Constandse. Our paper goods line is inspired by the occult, the Victorian era, esoteric traditions, 18th […]

BloodMilk Spring Sale

We are in the last days of the springtime BloodMilk sale: use code “Vernal20” at checkout to receive a 20% discount on jewels found in the “Spring Sale” section of BloodMilkJewels.com. The code will be valid through April 11 at midnight, EST. I am always eager and excited to hear what treasures people add to […]

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, […]

Post Mortem: March 2019

Haute Macabre’s offerings from the month of March, 2019: A Small Offering: New Books, Tarot, and Garnet Palm Stones in the Haute Macabre Shop Caitlin McCormack: See You All In There Absolved from the Light: Black Moonstone Stacked: February 2019 Strange Optimism: Nuit Winter 2019 Capsule Collection BloodMilk Illuminated Alphabet Paramour and Psychic Armor: Black […]

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 […]

Twinkle, twinkle, little bats…

There’s something especially delightful about beauty found on extraordinarily small scales. Today we’re coveting this exquisite Ivory Bat Seal from the research collection at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Hand-carved by a Chinese artisan in the early 20th century, it measures barely 2.5 inches tall and just over 1 inch wide. The twinkling black eyes of those two wee bats, […]

BloodMilk Illuminated Alphabet

The beautifully intricate analogue hand lettering of Aaron Horkey has been brought to life by BloodMilk Jewels with the now available Illuminated Alphabet series. Available in two sizes, each pendant comes on the BloodMilk signature bar link chain in the length of your choosing. Both pendant and chain are sterling silver, hand oxidized to achieve […]

Strange Optimism: Nuit Winter 2019 Capsule Collection

Nuit has recently releases their Winter 2019 Capsule Collection, entitled “Strange Optimism”. Inspired by the persistent and inexplicable notion that we must retain hope, even in the darkest of moments, Nuit has perfected the shadow silhouette. Available now, in limited quantities, at NuitClothingAtelier.com

Cocorrina: Designs For Your Magical Life

Winking and gleaming with magic and stardust, Cocorinna’s art prints, journals, and calendars are among some of the most stunning objects of their type that I have ever seen– and no wonder! For graphic design priestess Corina Nika at Cocorrina imbues these artifacts with potent symbolism and luminous energies, and aims to create magical, meaningful objects […]

Shift Souls: Iris van Herpen Spring 2019 Couture

Where cutting-edge design fuses heavenly bodies, celestial chimera, with the future of human evolution is where we find ‘Shift Souls,’ the captivating new spring Haute Couture collection from Dutch designer Iris van Herpen, recently unveiled at Palais des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The ‘Shift Souls’ collection was inspired by early celestial cartography and its representations of mythological […]

Adipocere at Stitch Fetish 7

When it comes to working with needle, thread, and linen (or needle, thread, and flesh), Melbourne-based artist Adipocere works a singular sort of magic. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to learn that they whisper incantations over their stitches as they conjure dreamlike images of delicate figures interacting with creatures, plants, and flowers, each […]

New Moon Mini Shop Update

I’m in Tucson this week for the annual gem and mineral show sourcing new crystal pieces for you (and let’s be real, I’m trying my best not to be on a two for you one for me motto out here but it’s really hard), so the New Moon Shop Update is slightly behind schedule and […]

Le Neant: LE Release from BloodMilk Jewels

Le Néant is a French term which encompasses a constellation of related, yet nuanced states of being and feeling: Nothingness, The Void/The Abyss, Oblivion, Non-Being, Emptiness …. Presented by BloodMilk Jewels in a special 48 hour only release is the Art Nouveau inspired Le Néant pendant: a balm for your melancholia, a badge for your […]

Post Mortem: January 2018

Haute Macabre celebrated its tenth anniversary this past December, so all throughout January we posted some of our favorite articles from the past decade. It absolutely blows my mind that we’ve hit the decade mark, and that the community has continued to grow and expand as massively as it has. I thank you all so […]

Full Moon Shop Update: Oracles, Black Galaxy Amethyst, Pyrite, and More

In preparation for the Full Moon Haute Macabre Shop update, I wanted to give everyone a chance to familiarize themselves with the offerings in this release. The update will be live tomorrow, Sunday, January 20th at 11AM CST. Please note that the crystal specimens are of course one of a kind, so in posting this […]

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 […]

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 […]