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 […]