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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

Caitlin Doughty: From Here to Eternity

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 […]

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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

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 […]

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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 […]

Ouroboros Press

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

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 […]

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Sabat Magazine: The Crone Issue Preview

Sabat Magazine has opened pre-orders for their third installment, The Crone Issue. Completing the circle from Maiden, to Mother, to Crone, Sabat has featured many of the women Haute Macabre admires and respects, and we are looking forward to this forthcoming installment. Image above via the Mother Issue. Pre-order The Crone issue of Sabat Magazine […]

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Stacked: Haute Macabre Reads January 2017

Image by Thee White Witch, Melissa Semião. Prints available at MelissaSemiao.com Haute Macabre’s first edition of Stacked, where we will share with you what we’ve read this month and our thoughts. Sam’s Reads A Season With The Witch by J.W. Ocker This past summer, I visited Salem, MA for the first time, and I wish […]

Notes FromThe Pagan Otherworlds

Notes From The Pagan Otherworlds

The second edition of the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot companion book is now available, after the first pressing of 500 copies quickly sold out. Notes From The Pagan Otherworlds walks you through the artist’s interpretation of each of the 84 cards in the Pagan Otherworlds Tarot deck, with black and white plates of each card throughout. […]

Anatomy in Black

Anatomy In Black: Dazzling Drawings From Emily Evans

Emily Evans’ wondrous tome Anatomy in Black is a “sophisticated coffee table book for anatomy lovers,” which is to say it had my attention immediately. The book is a comprehensive anatomy text crafted in black and gold — it’s hard-bound, and features a built-in ribbon which the reader may use as a bookmark… or as a […]