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 […]

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 […]