An Obscurum Of Secrets: The Lost Art Of Robin Isely

I had, for a time, sadly shelved the idea of a feature on digital collage artist Robin Isely, aka sliplead. I first mentioned this artist in my 2017 Needful Things roundup and I was immensely thrilled at the opportunity to connect with them for an interview, but unfortunately, their gorgeous Tumblr-hosted gallery–an obscurum of secrets, elusive […]

Vintage Occult, Astrology, and Spiritualist Books: Haute Macabre Library Update

The Haute Macabre Library Update is now live! These vintage occult titles are available now in the Haute Macabre Library. Please note that each of these is a previously loved book, and may contain marks within the texts and/or imperfections on the cover. Montague Summers: The History of Witchcraft The History of Witchcraft is a […]

A Trip To Los Angeles

Sarah To be frank–and apologies in advance, Angelenos– but even though I had never been, I was pretty sure, like almost 100% certain, that I was going to feel some kind of way about Los Angeles. Aversion? Hostility? I’m not even sure what kind of way. But not a good way. Even though in my […]

Offerings: New Spells and Remedies in the Haute Macabre Shop

A small shop update this week while I prep for the next large crystal release: I am currently working my way through processing my emotions for it. They are a collection of stones that I have unconsciously been surrounding myself with the last few months, without realizing until now that they have been aiding me […]

Vintage Occult Book Preview

The next set of offerings to the Haute Macabre Shop will be a selection of vintage occult titles that I have sourced this season. Resurrecting this portion of the collection has been immensely fulfilling, and I am excited to continue to expand the vintage and antique sections of the shop! These titles will be available […]

Post Mortem: July 2019

A Visit To Guo Pei’s Alternate Universe Stacked: June 2019 Offerings: New Spells and Remedies in the Haute Macabre Shop Waking Medusa: Ray Harryhausen’s Movie Models Restored Haute Haunts: Building A Mystery (House) Damien Echols’ HIGH MAGICK: Priming Oneself to Cast Spells Beyond the Totality: Alleviating the Darkness July Full Moon Lunar Eclipse Tarotscopes by […]

New Sponsor: Queen Mab’s Shop

Please welcome our newest sponsor, Queen Mab! Angela Hartshorn is a one woman shop specializing in creating magick with fabric. With Queen Mab’s Store, she creates witch hats for both ritual and play. With Fogg Couture, she creates fashion and accessories for everyday wear and for those special moments. Find Queen Mab’s Store : Shop […]

Infanta Style

Infanta Style Paolo Roversi for Vogue Italia Couture Supplement September 1997

August Community Events Calendar

You can now visit the community calendar here on HM (best viewed on desktop) or subscribe via this link. Handsome Devils Puppets Tiny Tour (Part 1) Multi-city stops with HDP’s folk songs, murder ballads, personal tales, tears and screams and deaths and dreams. And, of course, puppets. The Creeping Museum Artist Market and Fairytale Salon […]

Goreytelling: Story Telling with Edward Gorey

A little glimpse into the world of Edward Gorey: a collection of animated shorts illustrating audio recordings of the artist, created by the filmmaker behind the upcoming Gorey documentary. In an act of synchronicity, a shipment of The Fantod Pack arrived simultaneously with discovering these shorts, and is back in stock now in the Haute […]

A Trip To Los Angeles

Sarah To be frank–and apologies in advance, Angelenos– but even though I had never been, I was pretty sure, like almost 100% certain, that I was going to feel some kind of way about Los Angeles. Aversion? Hostility? I’m not even sure what kind of way. But not a good way. Even though in my […]

Haute Macabre Instagram Flash Sale

The very first flash sale is now live on Instagram! Today’s offerings include rose quartz, lepidolite, and smokey quartz spheres, mini tourmalated quartz friends, and fluorite (mostly purple, as that is my favorite) in various forms. Listings are posted on the HM IG and in the stories, with a link directing to the sale page […]

Shop Restock: Faceted Garnets and The Luminous Void Tarot

A small note for the start of our week: faceted garnets and the shuffle edition of the beautiful Luminous Void Tarot are now in stock in the Haute Macabre Shop. The first IG Crystal Sale will be taking place on the Haute Macabre Instagram profile this week on Thursday, July 25. Listings posted shall be […]

A Little Haunt and a Little Peace: How to Hold by Christina Mrozik

The work of Portland, OR-based artist Christina Mrozik is no stranger to Haute Macabre. We’re all enamored with her ouevre. A new print or book release is always cause for excitement around here, to say nothing of the tides of emotion conjured and stoked by her creations. And so, it’s with a deliciously melancholy ache […]

Speaking with the Dead: Life and Learning in a Cadaver Lab by Madeline Le Despencer (contains graphic images)

Bodies in a cadaver lab wrapped in plastic Please welcome guest contributor Madeline Le Despencer. Please be aware that post contains graphic images. It was winter 2008 when I first dismembered a human body. By dismember, I really ought to say, “disarticulated the shoulder girdle from the axial skeleton by disconnecting the sternoclavicular joint and points […]

Sarah’s Needful Things: Summer 2019

Sarah’s Needful Things: Summer 2019 I feel like I should apologize in advance. I know we’re supposed to be all gawth and whatnot here at Haute Macabre, and looking it over, this following list is sort of …anything but? But hey–we are never just one thing, we contain multitudes, right? So, first on the list, […]

Please Welcome Our Sponsor: Solstice Scents

Please welcome our sponsor, Solstice Scents! Solstice Scents specializes in hyper-realistic evocative atmospheres and amber, incense and resin blends for men and women. A variety of woods/forest, tobacco, leather, floral and gourmand fragrances are also offered. Fragrances pictured here are Conjure Dark (amber, sandalwood, frankincense, spices, incense, wood smoke, cedar, oud, vanilla), Estate Lavender (Estate Vanilla, […]

Beyond the Totality: Alleviating the Darkness Collection Now Available

Beyond the Totality: Alleviating the Darkness crystal collection is now available in the Haute Macabre Shop. This collection is a grouping of stones that I have been using to assist me in a season of anxiety and distress, which I discussed in this post. Below you will find previews of today’s update, and I truly […]

Beyond the Totality: Alleviating the Darkness

In regards to the recent eclipse, and the upcoming: I recently talked about the malefic effect of eclipses, despite their beauty and despite their rarity (although they do happen at minimum twice a year), they obscure the light. They physically darken the skies, cast a shadow over the earth, frightening our ancestors and were portents […]

Damien Echols’ HIGH MAGICK: Priming Oneself to Cast Spells

Please welcome occult contributor Janaka Stucky to Haute Macabre team of writers. You may know Damien Echols as one of the West Memphis Three—three men who were convicted as teenagers in 1994, of the 1993 murders of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. The case against them was circumstantial at best, and the prosecution pinned its case […]

Haute Haunts: Building A Mystery (House)

My parents are divorced, so from elementary school to high-school I spent my holiday breaks flying in and out of the San Jose airport. Four times a year, I lived a life filled with California things: rollercoasters and hot dogs, road trips under the redwoods, oysters and sourdough and fog and saltwater. Yet despite spending […]

Waking Medusa: Ray Harryhausen’s Movie Models Restored

I owe the wonder of one of my earliest cinematic memories to legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen. I was spellbound by Clash of the Titans from start to finish, which was also one of the first times I experienced that intoxicating combination of being amazed and thoroughly frightened at the same time. Between marvelously monstrous Medusa and […]

Offerings: New Spells and Remedies in the Haute Macabre Shop

A small shop update this week while I prep for the next large crystal release: I am currently working my way through processing my emotions for it. They are a collection of stones that I have unconsciously been surrounding myself with the last few months, without realizing until now that they have been aiding me […]

Stacked: June 2019

Maika June was, for me, a seemingly endless, festering dumpster fire of a month. I know I’m not alone in this for myriad reasons and I’m sorry for every one of you who can somehow relate. Due to this fraught state of affairs, my stacks mostly sat gathering dust as I instead turned to numerous […]

A Visit To Guo Pei’s Alternate Universe

I’d like to think that in the alternate universe referenced in Guo Pei’s mythical Fall Winter 2019 collection, one may step out for a coffee clad in a ballgown of marionette theatre manipulated by a coolly bespectacled simian puppet master, with barely a flickering glance from the barista as they take a name for your […]

Post Mortem: June 2019

Stacked: May 2019 The Exquisite Agony of Passing Through New Offerings: Garnet, Labradorite, Rose Quartz, Pyrite and Cleansing Bundles Elsa Lanchester, Herself. An Interview with Tom Blunt When Yorick Dreams… Hear Her Voice: The Only Known Recording of Frida’s Voice (Possibly) June Full Moon Tarotscopes by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener Winged Ghosts of Lake Natron Pam […]

New Sponsor: Occult Objects

Please welcome our newest sponsor, Occult Objects Occult Objects was founded in early 2018 by the German multidisciplinary artist, Diana Johanna. In her work, she focuses on the mystical, feminine and beautiful, which is often hidden in the subconscious of the individual. Her creations are especially influenced by dark nostalgia, occultism, history, fantasy and fashion […]

July Events Calendar

Dear friends, Here are some beautiful events hosted by beautiful people coming up throughout the summer. Please leave in the comments anything you may know of upcoming in your area! July Los Angeles Today, Sunday, June 30 from 4-6PM our beloved family at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will be hosted at Dark Delicacies in Burbank […]

Back in Stock: Haute Macabre + Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

A restock of the Haute Macabre collection by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has just been added to the Haute Macabre Shop. Please note, each item is available in limited quantities. You may visit the Haute Macabre Apothecary for the collection, including the two newest additions, It Wasn’t Just a Phase and Occultation, along with my […]

Wardrobe for the White Mouse: Zimmerman FW19

Intended to be a modern wardrobe for The White Mouse, Nancy Wake, a WWII spy for the Allies, Nicky Zimmerman’s fall 2019 collection is invokes in me a melding of Iris van Herpen’s petal cascades and Gunne Sax’ prairie fantasy. Images via Vogue h/t to Eliza Sidney for sharing this in her stories recently!

Karen LaMonte’s Embodied Beauty

When a friend shared with me a link to the works of Karen LaMonte (thanks Harlow!) I was perfectly fascinated in an instant. Exquisite, uncanny, life-sized silhouettes with “the human body in absentia,” these sculptures depict the lavish drapery and sensual curves of Western evening gowns, as well as, recreations of traditional Japanese kimonos which incorporate […]

Sex With A Fairy, Tea With A Ghost: Interview With Kelly Link

Kelly Link’s writing first found me at a feminist clothing swap, because of course feminists bring books to a clothing swap. The book was worn, paperback — one of those not-for-resale tomes that someone got from someone who knows someone else who once sneezed vaguely in the direction of the publishing industry. Pretty Monsters was […]