The Satanic Temple

Never Let Your Activism Be Artless: An Interview With Lucien Greaves of The Satanic Temple

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing The Satanic Temple‘s Lucien Greaves about art, activism, and what religion means as a framework rather than a faith. “Recently” isn’t quite right — these questions were written back in February, as you might notice by the news reference in one of them, but we hope you’ll forgive us […]

Maika Keuben Empty Stage

How Not To Be Seen: Unlearning Invisibility

A few months ago Sam invited the staff writers to pen some personal pieces for Haute Macabre. I’ve since considered writing about a variety of subjects that interest me, but there’s something else, something much more personal that’s been on my mind for a very long time and this suddenly seemed like a singular opportunity to […]

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The Somber Poetry Of Dreams: The Collage Art Of Hidden Velvet

The enigmatic artist known as Hidden Velvet seemed to appear on my radar overnight, and yet, whilst gazing at the somber elegance of her surreal collages, I feel that I have been carrying velvety fragments of her assemblages with me, tucked into the shadowy corners of my heart, for all of my life. A floating cloud softly obscures […]

Haute Macabre Muse: Louisianna Purchase

Macabre Muse: Louisianna Purchase

photo by Muted Fawn Hailed as Austin’s best drag performer by the Austin Chronicles in 2016, Louisanna Purchase is stepping over Sharon Needles’ grave as Kween of Horror Drag (no shade, Sharon, but you’re a little less spooky and a little more sultry now than you were on Drag Race). Louisanna’s Clark Kent is Chad […]

Clothing Drop

Clothing Drop is very likely to turn into a new obsession for me.  It is a new and used Gothic and Lolita shop, with consignments available.  Prices are a TON lower than if you were to purchase directly from the designer, so I’ll be bookmarking it for sure. Some items that caught my eye: H. […]

Business Casual

Etsy find: the Pinstripe Suit Corset from Damsel in This Dress. Much of her work is a bit on the Saucy Wench side for me, and I don’t quite call it a “corset” as there is no busk and the grommets in the front are your only lacing. However, the $79.00 price tag is also […]

Heart On

With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, here’s a little gift guide for you gentlemen to show your lady that she has your heart.   Lightbox  †  Anatomica Necklace Heart Soap  †  Lampwork Pendant 

Upcoming Events: Edwardian Ball

San Francisco’s annual Edwardian Ball, known to most as the Gorey Ball, is expanding yet again this year. The event has gone form a single evening to a weekend’s festivitites in the last few years, and this year sees the Ball occurring in two cities for the first time: January 23rd -25th in San Francisco […]


Horse Shoes and Hand Grenades

The creative force behind KM Rii is Japanese-born world traveler Lui Onozaki. Looking like postapocalyptic cultural artifacts, his collection of bags, wallets, cuffs, belts, and coin purses knits together historical elements, industrial design, military hardware, and indigenous art from dozens of countries. Did I mention the hand grenades? * random fact- the word “grenade” is […]

Daily Ablutions

Reader  Jami Lee Rosa turned us on to these great bath products from Villainess. Their  soaps, skin care products, and oils are formulated with raw and unrefined ingredients, brilliantly concocted and  named, and packaged in fine pirate style. The truth is, I’m a sucker for great marketing. Just reading their scent descriptions was enough to […]


I love corsets almost as much as I love shoes, and for quite a while now I’ve been drooling over pieces by LA designer Puimond, whose custom work has graced the likes of Madonna and Dita Von Teese:

Polyvore Contest Weekly Winner!

In Dreams They Rise… by ninadelamorte Congratulations to Ninadelamorte!   She will be entered in our monthly Polyvore contest.  Winner shall be announced February 2, and will receive a copy of the newest issue of Coilhouse Magazine!   New contest for this week can be entered on Polyvore!

A Thing of Value

Sacramento, CA jewelry designer Pamela Touhy believes that jewelry need not contain precious stones and metals in order to have value- instead, she focuses on designs from nature, using her jewelry to promote nature, conservation, and recycling. Making their jewelry even more precious, she and her husband also donate a percentage of each sale to […]

Golden Globes Red Carpet 2009

Like most Hollywood awards shows, the Golden Globes are as much about who wins on the red carpet as who wins inside. So, without further ado, the winners: Renee Zellweger’s outfit as a whole didn’t seem to work, but the awesome Carolina Herrera fishtail skirt would have done an Addams proud. I’ll give it Best […]

Haute List : $10 or Less

The Haute List  $10 and Under Black Heart Rosary  †  Six Button Skirt  †  Rhinestone Pendant Necklace Vintage Stone Cuff  †  Anatomical Black Heart Plush  †  Cropped Vest  Black Patent Buckle Mary Jane Peep Toe Pump  †  Sephora Brand Glitter Pot  †  Scrabble Tile Raven Pendant 


Cats hate clothes. This does not mean, however, that they don’t appreciate good design. So, leave the Hello Kitty Cat Hat behind and indulge your feline with something a little more befitting of her dignity: Sleepypod space age combination bed/carrier/car seat: Blown-glass ‘Solo’ cat bed from Kattbank: Little Dead Things from PrarieBird on Etsy: Life-size […]

Gone to the Dogs

There are clothes for him and clothes for her (and, as Lola would say, clothes for those who have yet to make up their minds), but what about clothes for the REST of the family? The paws and claws set, as it were? As the dog person around this joint, I’ll start with the canines, […]

Samantha Cole

London based designer Samantha Cole started off by working at Burberry and studying at The London College of Fashion.  Now, her line is reminds me of a cabaret, and she is surely an up and comer.  The Spring Summer ’09 is predominately black and white, and has been “loosely inspired the Edwardians, with a hint […]


    If you grew up in the circus, do you think you’d want to run away to real life? Seeing as how Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite writers, and how Dave McKean is one of my favorite artists, MirrorMask made my year in 2005.  I actually took a $70 taxi ride each way to the […]

Pony Boy

Oh hello, super fetish shoes that I know I’d never be able to walk in.  Can we be friends anyway?  I could lounge about wearing you, and you’d look fabulous on my feet.  Perhaps I could learn how to tap dance, or go all out and get a saddle and a tail (although I’m not […]

Disce Mori

  Julia deVille is an New Zealand born taxidermist and designer, combining her interest in mortality into her jewelry and leather designs.  Disce Mori is the Latin term for “Lern to Dyi”, and an appropriate moniker for her label.   Her items can be found in a variety of stores in Australia, New Zealand, and […]

Anna Sui Spring ’09

Every one of us has the same problem – black in the spring and summer = hawt.  When I say hawt, I mean HOT.  Sticky, sweltering, sweaty hot.  Anna Sui has taken that into consideration for her Spring / Summer ’09 line, and given us this light looking strapless dress.  The rest of the collection […]