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 […]

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” […]

Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural with author Peter Bebergal by Janaka Stucky

Please welcome guest contributor Janaka Stucky to Haute Macabre Peter Bebergal is the author of Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural, which hits the stores October 18th. His previous book, Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll, was a fascinating study of the intersection between […]

Stacked: September 2018

Sarah: New Vintage Lace: Knits Inspired By the Past by Andrea Jurgrau I’m afraid I do not have as much reading to share with you right now as I did over the summer months, and you may as well know why that is! Since January I have been somewhat leisurely working on a particularly challenging […]

Stacked August 2018

Sarah The Royal Art of Poison: Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul by Eleanor Herman. This was our inaugural selection for a group that a friend and I started over on Good Reads, “Nonfiction For The Senses“– a “virtual book club to indulge in non-fiction books about all things relating to the […]

Stacked July 2018

Sarah Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture edited by Roxane Gay — Not That Bad offers a harrowing, haunting gathering of essays from a diverse range of contributors; the title, a reference to the widespread minimization of sexual abuse and rape culture in a world that is shamefully warped. “I taught myself to be grateful I […]

Stacked June 2018

Sarah The rest of my beloved cohorts were traveling over the past month,  seeing and doing all kinds of awesome things, so it’s just me and my book stack with you here today, for this month’s Stacked feature. It is summertime for sure in the south and during this time of sweltering humidity and clockwork afternoon […]

Stacked: May 2018

Sarah The Hunger by Alma Katsu, a thrillingly creepy supernatural re-telling of that Donner Party business, peopled with vividly imagined characters, gripping, chaotic drama, and a gorgeously ghastly atmosphere of pervasive fear. And now I’m pretty sure that now you can’t convince me that this author’s vision of the those terrible events aren’t exactly how […]

Behind “The Yellow Wallpaper”

As Haute Macabre readers, I expect many, if not most of you are already well acquainted with a certain late 19th century short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman entitled “The Yellow Wallpaper.” However if that title is unfamiliar to you, before you read further, I urge you to take a few moments to experience an […]

Stacked April 2018: National Poetry Month Edition

April is National Poetry Month! In lieu of our regularly scheduled Stacked, wherein we discuss our favorite titles from the past month, the Haute Macabre staff will instead share some of their most loved poetry with you. Who are some of your favorite poets? Let us know in the comments! Sarah: A River Of Stars, […]

Stacked March 2018

shelfie via @samanthamacabre S. Elizabeth Difficult Women by Roxane Gay I’m interested by Roxane Gay’s choice of words with regard to the titular “difficult” women. These are stories of complex, complicated women, for sure. Traumatized women in most, cases, if not all. Violence, abuse, betrayal; agony, anger, helplessness, hopelessness–these themes weave throughout the stories, a […]

The Call of Cthulhu for Beginners

From the great depths of cosmic horror, here emerges a retelling of The Old One, in the style of Dr. Seuss. The most merciful thing in the world, I believe, is humanity’s failure to fully conceive of the cosmical horrors we’ve yet to reveal, and which up until now I have tried to conceal This […]

Stacked: January/February 2018

Maika All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders If Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (one of my all-time favorite books) was a tale of dueling 19th century English magicians, then All the Birds in the Sky is the tale of a present day/near future duel between witchcraft and technology in the US. Only, […]

Death: A Graveside Companion

Morbid Anatomy’s Joanna Ebenstein released her latest book, Death: A Graveside Companion, this past October. Containing nearly 400 pages of essays and over 1,000 images, tracing humankind’s attempts to imagine and that great, inevitable unknown mystery of human life: namely, death. From the Morbid Anatomy blog: The book features 19 essays by a broad variety […]

Masked Fear: A New Book From The Burns Archive

If you’re interested in postmortem and/or old medical or crime scene photography (for starters), chances are good you’re already well acquainted with the wondrous Burns Archive. Founded in 1977 by Stanley B. Burns, MD, renowned author, curator, historian, collector, archivist, television/film consultant, and one of our personal heroes here at Haute Macabre, The Burn Archive is the largest private […]

Stacked: September 2017

Sarah: Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix 2017 is not yet over and I am already confident that I can unequivocally call Paperbacks from Hell my favorite book of the year (OK so, it’s a book about other books, but whatever.) When the title was first […]

Stacked: July 2017

Image by Brooke Shaden Sarah’s Reads Cujo by Stephen King I have spent most of my life chasing that elusive feeling of freedom that the months of June through August afforded me when I was grade school age. This “freedom” was mainly comprised of stretching out on a sticky, sweaty chaise lounge on the back […]

Stacked: May 2017

Effigy of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Fontevraud Abbey. Image via Wikipedia Here’s what the Haute Macabre writers have been reading for the month of May Sarah’s Reads: Revival: Resurrecting the Process Church of the Final Judgement by William Sims Bainbridge  I recall first hearing about the Process Church of the Final Judgement, or The Process Church, […]

Illuminating The Many Moons Workbook with Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

Sarah Faith Gottesdiener is a many-armed goddess and magical warrior woman who must have a to-do list of epic proportions. She is a designer, art director, and artist whose artwork and design is based in the spiritual, feminist, and mystical. She teaches workshops pertaining to tarot and moonbeaming (connecting with and working with the power of different […]

Stacked Alert: Witches Sluts Feminists

I was fortunate enough to get an advance copy of the upcoming Witches Sluts Feminists book by Kristen J. Sollee, founder of Slutist.com, and I cannot recommend to everyone to pre-order this enough. I’m currently only about three chapters in, but thus far, it’s fantastically written, fully informative, and I’ve already had multiple moments of going […]

A Final Look At Sabat Magazine: The Crone Issue

The Crone issue, the final chapter in Sabat Magazine’s life cycle, arrived in my mailbox this weekend.  The timing is interesting; I’ve been reflecting often lately on this ancient archetype, ruminating on a chapter in my own life that has recently ended, with the loss of my own beloved crone, my 96 year old grandmother and family […]

Stacked: April 2017

photo by Melissa Semião, TheeWhiteWitch What the Haute Macabre Staff Writers have been reading in the month of April Maika’s Reads: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson  Thus far 2017 seems to be a year in which I finally read some things I’ve been meaning to read for far too long. […]

Stacked: March 2017

“The Introvert Lady” illustration by Basura Especial Haute Macabre’s Staff Writers Reading Stacks from the month of March Sam’s Reads Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured by Kathryn Harrison  I have had a long time fascination with Joan of Arc, albiet from a distance. I think it stems from any interest in possession and the […]

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 […]

SÉANCE: Spiritualist Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm by Shannon Taggart

The ever-inspiring Pam Grossman (recently interviewed here by S. Elizabeth) just tipped us off about the forthcoming release of a fascinating new book by Brooklyn-based photographer Shannon Taggart, who specializes in contemporary spirit photography. Entitled SÉANCE: Spiritualist Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm, the book combines Taggart’s ethnographic study of Spiritualism with her processes for photographing spiritualist transformations, including such […]

Stacked: February 2017

Bill Crisafi for BloodMilk Exquisite Corpse “The Comfort of Dust”. Limited Edition prints available via BloodMilkExquisiteCorpse.com Haute Macabre’s Stacked : What we’ve been reading this month Sam’s Reads: American Afterlife by Kate Sweeney  I’ve had a morbid fascination with the macabre (and so must you, dear Haute Macabre reader), for as long as I can […]

Our Favorite Independent Publishers, For The Discerning Bibliophile

There has never been a better time for books — or, rather, to be a reader of them. Because of the Internet and the literary devotion of independent editors and publishers, many of whom run presses as a side passion project and not an actual revenue stream, we have unprecedented access to books on nearly […]

Ritual and Reverie: The Occultastic Art Of Tin Can Forest

Whilst traversing the dense, darkened thickets of  Tin Can Forest‘s midnight woodlands, one may become disoriented by the bizarre, bestial, visions they encounter: shadowy, hircine cabals solemnly roaming about in ornate, traditional dress; nocturnal gatherings wherein witches, demons, and villagers skulk and cavort with all manner of talking beasts; families taking tea with raccoons and […]