Stacked: November 2019

Maika Although it hasn’t stopped me from adding new books to my stacks, I spent November in deep in Discworld comfort rereading mode. My go-to comfort read, literary BFF, and annual reread no matter my state of mind is Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, co-written by Terry Pratchett and […]

Stacked: October 2019

Maika A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker – I enjoyed this novel every bit as much as Pinsker’s previous short story collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea. This book is set in the same world as one of the stories in that collection, which was very satisfying. I’d be […]

Red All Over: An Interview With Adam Nevill

Years ago, I read a horror book called The Ritual. I don’t remember how it crossed my path, though I do have a fondness for both wilderness spookers and Scandinavia — probably it was on a list of books compiled by someone I trusted, or maybe the Internet’s various algorithms simply delivered me to its […]

The Feral Feminine: An Interview With Kristen J. Sollee

When we discovered that Haute Macabre favorite Kristen J. Sollée’s follow-up to Witches, Sluts, Feminists was a book about cats — more specifically, about the connections between cats and women, the feline and the feminine — we eagerly awaited its release. Cat Call: Reclaiming the Feral Feminine is out now from Weiser Books and during […]

Library Thing: Grimoires & Guides

New additions and restocks now in the Haute Macabre shop. I would like to add a personal note to this offerings alert and say that it truly is an honor to carry these titles, alongside items already at home with us. These artists, writers, and witches that contribute their wisdom to the world and allow […]

Stacked: September 2019

  Sarah I’ve been in the thick of it lately with deadlines on various projects and intensely fretting about that horrid hurricane that whirled in over Labor Day weekend, and which really disrupted life for a bit– but in the end, we weren’t as badly affected in Florida as we had been in the past. […]

Stacked: July 2019

Sarah Bad Gateway by Simon Hanselmann Ooooof. When you strip away the spiteful laughter and the uncomfortable chuckles of the previous Megg & Mogg books (one of which, Megahex, I have written about previously–don’t get me wrong, I adored it, and I laughed at that one, too) you’re left with the bare bones of depression and […]

Vintage Occult Book Preview

The next set of offerings to the Haute Macabre Shop will be a selection of vintage occult titles that I have sourced this season. Resurrecting this portion of the collection has been immensely fulfilling, and I am excited to continue to expand the vintage and antique sections of the shop! These titles will be available […]

Damien Echols’ HIGH MAGICK: Priming Oneself to Cast Spells

Please welcome occult contributor Janaka Stucky to Haute Macabre team of writers. You may know Damien Echols as one of the West Memphis Three—three men who were convicted as teenagers in 1994, of the 1993 murders of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. The case against them was circumstantial at best, and the prosecution pinned its case […]

Stacked: June 2019

Maika June was, for me, a seemingly endless, festering dumpster fire of a month. I know I’m not alone in this for myriad reasons and I’m sorry for every one of you who can somehow relate. Due to this fraught state of affairs, my stacks mostly sat gathering dust as I instead turned to numerous […]

Sex With A Fairy, Tea With A Ghost: Interview With Kelly Link

Kelly Link’s writing first found me at a feminist clothing swap, because of course feminists bring books to a clothing swap. The book was worn, paperback — one of those not-for-resale tomes that someone got from someone who knows someone else who once sneezed vaguely in the direction of the publishing industry. Pretty Monsters was […]

From the Archives: Elsa Lanchester, Herself. An Interview with Tom Blunt

It’s hard to know when imagery so striking, so wonderfully eerie, so utterly iconoclastic as the one presented by Elsa Lanchester as The Bride of Frankenstein, first becomes embedded in one’s memory. When was I not aware of this astonishing creature, this electric-tressed beauty, robed in ghostly whites and the most elegant bandages ever glimpsed […]

Stacked May 2019

Sonya: You Should Have Left: A Novel by Daniel Kehlmann — I loved this novel which, to me, felt like the Platonic ideal of the innermost story of House of Leaves, a terrible book nobody good ever finished and which buried its one promising narrative under piles of pretentious dude shit that wasn’t cute when […]

The Resurrection of Disco Witch Vintage: Vintage Occult Books

I am elated to resurrect the Disco Witch Vintage collection: a hand curated selection of vintage and antique books, objects, and paraphernalia. Disco Witch Vintage was launched in 2014 with the intent of sharing my love and fascination for relics of the past, and due to life changes and restrictions I had to shutter it […]

Stacked: March & April 2019

Sarah: Little by Edward Carey When Goodreads first recommended this title to me, I thought “haven’t I already read this book?” But I was getting Little by Edward Carey confused with Little, Big by John Crowley, which I read several years ago and which I enjoyed much more. These stories aren’t terribly similar though, so maybe you […]

Ascend Ascend: New Work from Janaka Stucky in the Haute Macabre Library

Written over the course of twenty days, coming in and out of trance states brought on by intermittent fasting and somatic rituals while secluded in the tower of a 100-year-old church, is Janaka Stucky’s most powerful book to date. Featuring cover art and lettering by Aaron Horkey. Rooted in the Jewish mystical tradition of Hekhalot […]

Stacked: February 2019

Sarah: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter by Margareta Magnusson. Because I am a contrarian (and also because I had zero interest in organizing or de-cluttering) I have been ignoring Marie Kondo and her KonMari madness for years. I like my stuff, […]

Stacked: January 2019

Maika: Look at that little tower of books! If ever there was a time to finally resort to pithy reviews, it’s now… Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi – Though most often billed as fiction, interviews of Akwaeke Emezi that I’ve read make it clear that this liminal marvel of a story is very much a deeply personal […]

Full Moon Shop Update

The final shop update of the year closes with a selection of titles added to the “Literature” section of the Haute Macabre Shop. Each of these titles has a personal significance to me, and I hope they touch you in the same way. Expect an update in early 2019 of the oracle and divination selection of […]

Stacked November 2018

Sarah After my haunted house marathon in October, I decided November would be a good time to catch up on my nonfiction stacks… What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City written by Mona Hanna-Attisha is an account of the Flint water crisis by is the relentless physician […]

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 […]