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 […]

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 […]

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 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: 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 […]

Of Shadows: One Hundred Objects from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic

The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic is located in the village of Boscastle in Cornwall, South West England. Founded in 1951 by English folk magician Cecil Williamson, the museum houses what is widely considered to be the world’s largest collection of objects related to folk magic, ceremonial magic, Freemasonry, and Wicca. Needless to say, we would all love to […]

The Aberdeen Bestiary: Fantastical Stories & Illustrations From The Middle Ages

The Aberdeen Bestiary, housed since the 1600s in Scotland’s University of Aberdeen, is now available online, complete with dazzling high-res images, translations of the original Latin, and notes from the university team about the book’s construction. Aberdeen’s volume is an exquisite example of a bestiary, which was an anthology of moral fables and allegories popular […]

Morbid Curiosities: Collections of the Uncommon and the Bizarre

Morbid Curiosities by Paul Gambino captures the Collections of the Uncommon and the Bizarre of collectors that have filled their homes and lives with the macabre. For those of us whose mantles are covered in human remains, preserved specimens, and odd relics, it’s the Better Home and Gardens we have been waiting for. Morbid Curiosities features some of […]

Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide To The World’s Hidden Wonders

Since 2009, Atlas Obscura has been my go-to guide anytime I travel. The website is a never ending source of weird and wonderful destinations throughout the world, and I’ve spent many hours browsing through the catalogue of posts over the years. The recent release of the Atlas Obscura book has placed hundreds of these strange sights […]

Sabat Magazine: The Mother Issue

The sophomore issue of Sabat Magazine is now available, dedicated to the growth of the Maiden into the Mother. What is mother? This second issue of Sabat tries to cast light on what is, to me, one of the most mysterious of female archetypes. Persistent in her duality, mother is vastness, Nature, a love unyielding and […]

Occult Activity Book Volume II

The Occult Activity Book Volume Two picks up where its eerie predecessor ends and continues the reader’s extraordinary journey through mysteries of the unknown. Once again, find your happy place on the dark side while indulging your inner child with esoteric creative exercises: whether you’re soothing your demons with mindful coloring of fiendishly-rendered illustrations or […]

Sabat Magazine: The Maiden Issue

Sabat Magazine’s Maiden Issue launched this spring, and within it editor Elisabeth Krohn explores witchcraft in our modern culture. We recognized many of the artists and writers featured from our own backlog of posts here on Haute Macabre, and welcomed the many friendly faces to the printed page. “In my 1990s fantasy, Witches are the quintessential cool-girls. […]

Occult Activity Book

If the psychedelic designs and floral patterns aren’t hitting your marks in the recent releases of adult coloring books, The Occult Activity Book by S. Elizabeth and Becky Munich might be exactly what you’re looking for. This stunning new Occult Activity Book takes the reader on an eerie journey through mysteries of the unknown – […]

Drawing Blood

“Art is hope against cynicism, creation against entropy,” she writes. “To make art is an act of both love and defiance.” If you’ve followed Haute Macabre for a long time now, you know that we are old admirers of Molly Crabapple. From founding the worldwide Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School parlors, posing alongside Erin and I on […]

Library of Souls

Library of Souls, the third installment of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children is set to release next week, and Quirk Books is offering an incredible incentive to boost pre-orders: should 5,000 pre-orders be placed, each customer will receive an early access to the first 100 pages of the book, plus a sixteen month wall calendar! I’m […]

BloodMilk Book Club

Over the past few years of our friendship, I’ve received more fantastic book recommendations that I can count from Jess Schnabel of BloodMilk Jewels. An avid an enthusiastic reader, Jess has a super sense for finding independent publishers and their marvelous writers that would have been otherwise overlooked or never mentioned in the masses of […]

Stacked: The Gates of Janus

Feral House has added a truly unique edition to its already singular canon: the expanded paperback edition of Ian Brady’s The Gates of Janus.  Ian Brady and Myra Hindley’s crime spree in Britain in the 1960s shocked the nation. Torturing, sexually abusing, and murdering several children in what became known as the Moors Murders, the two […]

San Francisco Event! Paul Koudounaris at Loved To Death

To celebrate the release of Dr. Paul Koudounaris‘ highly anticipated third book on the subject of the death in sacred context, Loved to Death in San Francisco will be hosting a book signing and photo exhibit from images from Memento Mori. Through photos taken at more than 250 sites in thirty countries over a decade, […]

American Grotesque :: The Life and Art of William Mortensen

Ansel Adams has called him the anti-Christ, and with admirers including Anton LaVey, William Mortensen is the master of the macabre. Shunned by his peers (Adams wasn’t paying him a compliment), Mortensen fell into near obscurity after the 1940s, despite his prolific career in film and photography. After working alongside Tod Browning and Cecil B. […]

Memento Mori :: The Dead Among Us

Paul Koudounaris has announced the release of his third and final book on the presentation of death in sacred contexts, Memento Mori. From the publisher: Through photos taken at more than 250 sites in thirty countries over a decade, Paul Koudoundaris has captured death around the world. From Bolivia’s “festival of the little pug-nosed ones”, […]

Stiffs, Skulls, & Skeletons

Due out late December, Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons is a huge collection of antique medical photographs, skeletons and the deceased. Stanley B. Burns, MD, has researched medical photography  for over forty years, and has compiled his findings into this volume. Including post-mortem and autopsy imagery and the nineteenth-century fascination with death and body parts (those Victorians!), this […]

Some Wear Leather Some Wear Lace

One of Haute Macabre’s favorite Tumblrs, Now This is Gothic, released Some Wear Leather Some Wear Lace: The Worldwide Compendium of Postpunk and Goth in the 1980s, a collection of select images from their incredible collection of throwback images of Goths in the 80s. We featured the Tumblr blog once before, and are still deeply in […]

Beyond the Dark Veil

  Even if you missed the Last Gasp Kickstarter from last month, The Thanatos Archive book, Beyond the Dark Veil: Post Mortem & Mourning Photography,  is now available to pre-order on Amazon. Quantities are limited, but I know that Loved to Death in San Francisco has received a shipment of them already! The Thanatos Archive […]

Summer Reading: The Raven

Yeah, yeah. I know. You read Poe’s The Raven already. Probably more than once. Quite possible you can recite it word for word. But you haven’t read it like this. The Library of Congress has scanned and hosted high resolution scans of a rare version of The Raven illustrated by Gustave Dore (best known for […]