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 […]

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 […]

Stacked: October 2018

Sarah All the haunted houses! The Haunting Of Hill House by Shirley Jackson was an imperative re-read and a palette cleanser after having been assaulted by the recent Netflix series. I did not love the show for many reasons but most of which because all of Jackson’s elegant, powerful symbolism was reduced to “easter egg” […]

Full Moon Survival Spells: Structuring Self Care

Our friend and contributor Sarah Faith Gottesdiener was unable to complete the monthly Full Moon Tarotscopes for the October Full Moon in Taurus due to an ongoing injury, so we are sending her all of the speedy recovery vibes we can muster. In lieu of this month’s Tarotscopes, here is a self-care excerpt from 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 […]

How Not To Be Seen: Unlearning Invisibility – One Year Later

It’s Pride Month and nearly a year has passed since my essay, “How Not To Be Seen: Unlearning Invisibility,” was first published here on Haute Macabre. So lately I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on that particular piece of writing which, to my surprise and subsequent joy, ended up helping more people than myself […]

How Not To Be Seen: Unlearning Invisibility

A few months ago Sam invited the staff writers to pen some personal pieces for Haute Macabre. I’ve since considered writing about a variety of subjects that interest me, but there’s something else, something much more personal that’s been on my mind for a very long time and this suddenly seemed like a singular opportunity to […]

The Somber Poetry Of Dreams: The Collage Art Of Hidden Velvet

The enigmatic artist known as Hidden Velvet seemed to appear on my radar overnight, and yet, whilst gazing at the somber elegance of her surreal collages, I feel that I have been carrying velvety fragments of her assemblages with me, tucked into the shadowy corners of my heart, for all of my life. A floating cloud softly obscures […]

Macabre Muse: Louisianna Purchase

photo by Muted Fawn Hailed as Austin’s best drag performer by the Austin Chronicles in 2016, Louisanna Purchase is stepping over Sharon Needles’ grave as Kween of Horror Drag (no shade, Sharon, but you’re a little less spooky and a little more sultry now than you were on Drag Race). Louisanna’s Clark Kent is Chad […]

Disco Witch on Depop!

Samantha’s Disco Witch Vintage Shop has resurrected onto the Depop app, and will be steadily adding items over the next few weeks! Follow Disco Witch Vintage on Depop for updates!

From Here to Eternity: Caitlin Doughty of The Order of the Good Death

Everyone’s favorite undertaker, Caitlin Doughty, has spent the last few years since her first book, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, was released traveling the world to experience global death traditions and rituals, opening her own green funeral home, leading The Order of the Good Death, and posting her YouTube series, Ask a Mortician. Caitlin’s new […]

Le Rêveur Parle: An Interview with Erin Morgenstern by J.L. Schnabel

Upon first reading The Night Circus, the void in your heart that you were previously unaware of is filled. From its opening lines, you are stolen away and captivated by its lyrical story and magical characters, your life forever enriched by your experience with it. You find yourself unconsciously nodding to any stranger in the street […]

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 […]

Post Mortem: February 2017

Please join us for revisiting Haute Macabre’s offerings from February, 2017. Tender, Tragic Treasures: An exclusive peek at Sara Deck’s “Reclaimed Shadows” The Skeleton Rocker: A Cozy Reminder of Our Mortality Adventures in Demonology with Vincent Price Remembering the Morbid Anatomy Museum Unfolding A Daydream: The Art Of Amy Earles Nevertheless, She Persisted La Dame: […]

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 […]

Shadow Selves: Jason W. Blake for BloodMilk Jewels

Few artists in our time can capture the anachronistic mystery of our beloved BloodMilk Jewels, and convey the depths imbued into each individual piece in the collections. Jason W. Blake has created a mood of powerful longing and submission to the shadow self in this series of cabinet cards, featuring Crystal Lee Lucas wearing pieces […]