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 […]

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 […]