Occult Activity Book Giveaway!

Occult Activity Book Volume II


Haute Macabre has one deluxe edition of the absolutely sold out Occult Activity Book Volume Two to give away to one of our readers!

The Deluxe version includes one copy of the 52-page Occult Activity Book Volume Two; one 5″ x 7″ art print on gray-toned paper; two, 1.25″ round occult pin-back button designs from artist EC Steiner; one 3″ x 4″ temporary tattoo sheet, featuring seven designs; a 3″ x 2.75″ heart shaped sticker representing Death and the Maiden; and one, 2″ x 6″, two-sided witch-themed bookmark.

These are completely sold out, and will not be made again, so this is your very last chance to get your hands on a copy! To enter, just leave a comment below here on Haute Macabre. We’ll pick a winner at random on Monday, October 17!


Chocolates To Die For

Vegan Treats Fatally Yours

As if Halloween season couldn’t get any better, Vegan Treats has made a special edition of their Fatally Yours vegan chocolate box! Packaged in a black and orange (of course) Ouija board inspired heart shaped box, it’s better than any Trick or Treat.

There are three options to choose from this season, all limited edition. I recommend ordering yours immediately, as they do tend to sell out. The original Fatally Yours box comes with 19 pieces of chocolate and an edible planchette, and an Ultimate Edition, which will also include candy bars and peanut butter cups in addition to the items in the original. There’s also a gluten free Ultimate Edition selection for our GFV friends!

Order yours now at Vegan Treats!


Beautiful Bones


Available at http://www.SkinLux.org

In a beauty-obsessed culture where cosmetics are often seen as frivolous acquisitions of store-branded ideals, where the ultimate intention is serving up superficiality, it is most important to remind ourselves that cosmetics are meant to be fun – because no matter the maquillage, authentic beauty will always be produced from within. Atop an unconventional platform from which to perch, SkinLux Beautiful Bones are luxury, anatomical cosmetic tattoos designed to showcase avant-garde beauty, promote conversation, and empower the wearer to have fun embracing their very own Beautiful Bones.


IG: @SkinLuxCosmetics

The nostalgia of the decal tattoo is something many an 80’s baby is familiar with and over the last handful of years with the newer trend of flash jewelry enabling a reemergence of this medium of decorative art, the anatomical and ornamental design elements of Beautiful Bones certainly stir up a striking and fascinating statement. And the statement that Beautiful Bones is making is one that is worth sharing: Universally, down to our bones, we are all beautiful.


FB: /SkinLuxCosmetics

Los Angeles based artist Lillian Winters is the creative powerhouse behind (and in front of) Beautiful Bones. Almost every element of the SkinLux Cosmetics “Beautiful Bones” line has been envisioned, designed, and produced by her. As an indie artist, theatrical performer, and professional cosmetologist Lillian initially designed Beautiful Bones to compliment and complete a new burlesque costume and routine “Stripped”, debuting in 2017.

In discovering that Beautiful Bones could be a multifaceted project, Lillian devised the initial idea to evolve into something deeper, a means to support her colleagues and simultaneously raise awareness* for Breast Cancer Research, a charity near and dear to her heart.
Beautiful Bones also presents an opportunity, not only for Lillian’s cosmetology related clientele, but for makeup addicts, festival goers, and art enthusiasts alike…really anyone with a desire to celebrate and honor their uniqueness – to obtain professional-grade seamless, show- stopping wearable art at a fraction of the cost in both the time and money that would normally be spent to achieve such a lustrous look.

*A percentage of all profits generated will be allocated to a charity actively involved in Breast Cancer Research.


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Born on All Hallows’ Eve of 2013, BELOW is a lifestyle shop for the rest of us; offering a collection of dark arts and adornments crafted by artists from around the world. We seek out artists we admire to create a community of similar minds and interests to help make your life a little more beautifully gloomy.

The BELOW shop features artists and designers such as FloridxFauna, Jas Helena, Dylan Garrett Smith, Caitlin McCarthy, LVNEA, Casstronaut, and many more.

Follow BELOW on Instagram, Shop BELOW online, and use code “Hallows” for 20% off your order throughout October.

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The Haute List- $25 and Under


Lace Batwing Dress$46 $18  +  Lola Top, $24  +  Plunge Lace-Up Top,  $39 $19.99

Lace Cat Ears$50 $20  +  V-Neck Blouse, $19.99  + Flamboyant Glasses, $24

Textured Skirt$39.99 $17.99  +  Strappy V-Neck Cami, $19.90  +  Skeleton Bodysuit$30.60 $10.20

Those Tarot Cards you like are going to come back in style.

Through the darkness of future’s past,
The magician longs to see.
One chants out between two worlds…
“Fire… walk with me.”


Last year we featured the work of Arizona-based artist Benjamin Mackey, who treated us to the 22 major arcana of the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck recreated using characters and imagery from Twin Peaks.

There’s something uncannily apt about the idea of divining with the enigmatic world of David Lynch’s cult TV series. After all, even Agent Cooper himself was fond of divination as a method of problem-solving.


Mackey has since completed all 78 cards of his Twin Peaks-themed tarot deck, entitled The Magician Longs to See Tarot. And it’s a damn fine deck of cards.

One particularly pleasing design feature is the back of the cards, which bears the distinct pattern of the floor of the Black Lodge.


“The Major Arcana have manifested as some of the primary movers and shakers in Twin Peaks, while the Minor Arcana tend towards depicting infamous scenes and moments in the series. My goal is to strike a delicate balance between accurately representing the respective characters while still maintaining readability as a deck.”


The Magician Longs to See Tarot is now available for pre-order via an Indiegogo crowfunding campaign that achieved its funding goal almost immediately. Each deck comes wrapped in plastic with a hand-written thank you note and is available for as little as $20. Higher funding levels feature bonuses including a custom-designed tuck box, multi-page booklet, exclusive creator cards, and an original sketch by Mackey on a blank tarot card.

Visit The Magician Longs to See Tarot Indiegogo page for additional information.

[via Welcome to Twin Peaks]


Nick Cave’s Skeleton Tree / One More Time With Feeling

We usually think of exploration as positive: adventurers, dreamers, alchemists searching for immortality, identity, and meaning. Nick Cave’s 16th studio album Skeleton Tree and its accompanying documentary One More Time With Feeling are not this kind of exploration. Released back-to-back in early September, they are instead a heart-rending look at the aftermath of a great trauma. “What happens when an event occurs that is so catastrophic that you just change,” Nick Cave asks in one of the voiceover interviews as the camera pans across a studio swelling with Warren Ellis’ haunting violins.

One More Time With Feeling

Directed by Andrew Dominik, who Cave worked with on The Assassination of Jesse James, One More Time With Feeling is as textured as a Bad Seeds album. It weaves together footage of recording at London’s Air Studios, interviews, improvised conversations, and even voiceover narration recorded later on Cave’s iPhone. “A unique one-night-only cinema event,” said the promotional material. Its uniqueness is multifold: as reviews of the film and album emerge, what it is that’s being “reviewed” becomes muddy, or hard to focus on. Sometimes it is the music, judged either against the current landscape or against Cave’s discography. Sometimes it is the film, whose cinematic style lacks — as grief does — a linear structure. (“I don’t actually believe that is what life is like, that there is a pleasing narrative,” Cave says during the film, referencing both his lyrical departure from songs like John Finn’s Wife and his own experience.) And sometimes, what is being reviewed is a man’s response to grief, casting a spotlight on our culture’s appetite for other people’s emotions and on the way pain and inspiration chase each other through the endless rooms of art’s house.

I’m reminded of The Secret Life of the Love Song, a lecture Cave gave on the love song’s purpose and relevance: “Midst the madness and the mayhem, it would seem I have been banging on one particular drum. I see that my artistic life has centered around an attempt to articulate the nature of an almost palpable sense of loss that has laid claim to my life. A great gaping hole was blasted out of my world by the unexpected death of my father when I was nineteen years old. The way I learned to fill this hole, this void, was to write. My father taught me this as if to prepare me for his own passing. […] I found that language became a poultice to the wounds incurred by the death of my father. Language became a salve to longing.”

All of Skeleton Tree’s songs are about loss, which by Cave’s definition makes them also about love, as “within the fabric of the love song, within its melody, its lyric, one must sense an acknowledgement of its capacity for suffering.” At the same time, there is a constant fear that the suffering will reach its capacity and not stop — that the sorrow will refuse sublimation. “I think I’m losing my voice,” Cave worries in the film. “I’m sawn in half and all the stars are splashed across the ceiling,” he mutters on the album. Together, the two pieces are both a window into the creative process and a metaphor for it. Nowhere in the film does Cave (or anyone else) mention exactly what happened; exactly what this is all about. No song here is about the loss of a child; many were, in fact, written before the summer of 2015. Yet Cave’s very real grief is unmistakeable.

Still, One More Time With Feeling

Still, One More Time With Feeling

One More Time With Feeling’s intent is partly to avoid the inevitable interviews that come with an album’s release — to avoid the performance of grief anew for each reporter. Throughout his decades-long career, Cave has time and time again shown us the rawness of his heart; never has he shirked pain. My most-loved musician for over fifteen years, he has walked me with his words through love and loss and hope. His words have also been pinned like specimens against the stages of his own life: The Boatman’s Call is said to be about his brief romance with PJ Harvey; the bleak strength with which he now performs West Country Girl contrasted with the gentle melancholy of the album version. Nocturama was declared “too happy,” his marriage to Susie Bick brought up as fans wondered whether stability would stamp out Cave’s fire or keep it safely kindled — and then wondered what sort of cruelty it was to keep our artists chained to tragedy because we’ve decided art requires it.

“What’s the difference between somebody creating a portrait of a person going through an extraordinary experience, and at what point is it a little bit off, like grief porn,” asks Dominik in an interview with Anne Thompson for IndieWire, gazing at the sad solar system where Cave creates around his pain and Dominik creates around Cave and we stare up with our telescope to judge the brightness. Are we sufficiently in awe? One reviewer called One More Time With Feeling “indulgent but gorgeous,” which is a strange thing to say about grief and a telling thing to say about grief’s mandatory public performance: Don’t be happy. But don’t be too sad. Make your sadness relatable. Make it digestible. “It just felt like the same thing cut-and-pasted: song, cut to Nick saying something without actually acknowledging that his son died, some out-of-focus shots, song, cut to Nick saying something, so on, so forth,” a commenter writes on Facebook. “They told us our gods would outlive us / but they lied,” sings Cave.

Still, One More Time With Feeling

Still, One More Time With Feeling

Darker With The Day, a song off 2001’s And No More Shall We Part, is a beautiful depiction of longing towards the end of the album: “Babe, it seems so long since you’ve been gone, since you went away. And I hope, and I pray… But it grows darker with the day.” Skeleton Tree’s longing is rougher, more intense: “I’m begging you to please come home now.” In the 31 years of the Bad Seeds’ career Cave’s lyrics have taken us across a landscape that’s known lush springs and bitter winters and a life that’s seen births and deaths. There must be a kindness there, in following an artist as he travels. An allowance for happy songs, and sad songs. An allowance for exploration. Skeleton Tree is an incredible album, and One More Time With Feeling a gut-wrenching film, but beyond that they let us bear witness and hold space for Cave’s sorrow as the sun continues to set and rise and set and rise. The album’s final lines? “And it’s alright now,” repeated until all sound fades.

The Haute List


Spiro Dress, $169  +  Sneaker Boots (Sz 9), $650 $319.99  +  Lace-Up Crop Top, $34

Yegi Bootie, $185  +  Masterpiece Tote, $78  +  Yama Bootie, $200

Pascale Dress, $30  +  Fluer Lace Dress, $510  +   Lace Camisole, $39.99

BloodMilk Halloween Sale

BloodMilk  Sale

The bi-annual BloodMilk sale is happening now! Use code “bookworm20” at checkout for 20% off a large selection of BloodMilk’s collection. Some pieces will be excluded from this discount, including newly released designs and many of the pieces with natural gemstones, however the “Belonging” series is included in the sale.

Shop BloodMilkJewels.com, and take advantage of this generous sale!

The Blackbird: Death’s Own Violin

Please welcome Maika Keuben to our growing team of staff writers. Maika is the co-editor of Archie McPhee’s Geyser of Awesome (I recommend setting aside many hours to fall down into that glorious rabbit hole). You may find her on her two tumblr pages, Liquid Night and Analogue Visions, and on Instagram as @LiquidNight.

 Zig, zig, zig, Death in cadence,
Striking with his heel a tomb,
Death at midnight plays a dance-tune,
Zig, zig, zig, on his violin…

–Henri Cazalis

If ever an instrument was meant to perform Camille Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre (Op. 40) it was this, the Blackbird, a full-size, playable violin made from a black diabase tombstone, the only one of its kind.

The Blackbird was conceived, designed, and created by Swedish artist Lars Widenfalk. While working with large diabase blocks for a project in Oslo, Norway, Widenfalk noticed how the stone gave off a strong, beautiful tone when struck with a hammer and chisel, singing “like a bronze bell.” It was then that he became curious about testing the limits of this dense crystalized plutonic rock, 1.6 billion years old, as an artistic medium.

Photo by Gabriel Urbanek

Widenfalk acquired a piece of highest quality Swedish diabase when his grandfather’s tombstone was retired due to the creation of a shared family grave. He based his design for the stone violin on the original designs of Antonio Stradivari’s famed Stradivarius violins, making exceptions for a few technical modifications of his own that enabled this unique instrument to be playable. The painstaking, high-precision process of cutting, carving, and assembling the Blackbird took two years, from 1990-1992.

Its sound box measures a mere 2.5 mm thick and features a gilded interior. The fingerboard, pegs, tailpiece, and chin-rest are made of ebony. Because original Stradivarius instruments were often given names related to birds, Widenfalk felt the name Blackbird was the natural choice for his glossy black violin. Its bridge was carved from a piece of rare Siberian mammoth ivory, the yellowest ivory available, which beautifully symbolizes a blackbird’s yellow beak.

Photo by Gabriel Urbanek

The diabase instrument weighs 2 kg, 4 times heavier than a standard violin. But it is considerably lighter than its only peers, marble violins made by Czech sculptor Jan Rericha, which weigh between 3.6 and 6.5 kg.


Such a singular violin, hewn out of the tombstone of its creator’s grandfather, black as a moonless night sky; the Blackbird must be beloved among psychopomps wishing to soothe tormented souls. It is instrumental memento mori meant to be played by a liminal fiddler to accompany the living as they dance with the dead, à la the Macabray from The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, or perhaps simply The Mamushka.

Watch this video to hear the Blackbird sing:


Visit Lars Widenfalk’s website to learn more about the Blackbird violin.

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