Paramour and Psychic Armor: Black Tourmaline and Star Rose Quartz in the Shop

Black Tourmaline is considered one of the most prominent and important metaphysical stones: it acts as a complete psychic armor and auric cleanser, deflecting and even repelling negative energy. This energetic deflection and cleanse is both internal and external, helping you to shed anxious or obsessive thoughts and behaviors, protecting you from your inner turmoil […]

A Sentiment of Spirits: Conversations with Handsome Devils Puppets

Maika: Speaking from a writer’s perspective, interviews are funny things. Although this introduction is what you’re reading first, it was the very last thing written. It was also, somehow, the hardest part for me to write. Sarah and I had a wonderful time composing questions for Han. The hard work, as far as I’m concerned, […]

2018 Needful Things: S. Elizabeth’s Collection Of Anti-Anxiety Comforts

Wherein I am mostly a giant bummer and I tell you about some things that made me feel a little bit not so bummed… 2018 was a mixed bag of good and bad, exciting, and dull– but it’s that ratty, worn-out bag that has unsightly rips and tears, and annoying holes that important things are […]

The Haute Macabre Sigil Planner by Open Sea Design Co

Introducing our first collaboration with Open Sea Design Company: The Haute Macabre Sigil Planner. An undated weekly planner featuring sections from the Haute Macabre categories: keep track of your reading list in the Stacks, your current favorites or notions on your mind in Needful Things, space to call forth what you will Manifest This Week, […]

The Haute Macabre Sigil Planner by Open Sea Design Co

Introducing our first collaboration with Open Sea Design Company: The Haute Macabre Sigil Planner. An undated weekly planner featuring sections from the Haute Macabre categories: keep track of your reading list in the Stacks, your current favorites or notions on your mind in Needful Things, space to call forth what you will Manifest This Week, […]

10 Years of Haute Macabre: Unearthly Realms: The Photography of Nona Limmen

Maika: I cannot get enough of photographs that transports me out of myself, photographers whose lenses serve as liminal zones that draw me in and make the world around me fall away as I’m drawn through a portal of their own creation. Nona Limmen is one such photographer. Would that I could afford to surround […]

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

Samantha: Haute Macabre’s Sonya Vatomsky interviewed The Satanic Temple’s Lucien Greaves in 2017, and it has since remained one of my favorite posts in the history of the website.  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. […]

Ten Years Of Haute Macabre: Expert Daydreamer, Artist Amy Earles

S. Elizabeth: That artists take time out of their busy schedules to talk with me about their work is still such a thrill for me! Before I began writing for Haute Macabre, I had previously composed various articles and essays for a handful of other online journals and blogs, and though I am myself no […]

10 Years of Haute Macabre: The Melancholy Visual Fables of Laura Makabresku

Maika: My favorite photographers tend to be those who create entire worlds, both large and small. Worlds that I wish I could myself inhabit, but instead may only experience via tantalizing and tormenting glimpses, and perhaps what bits manage to permeate my dreams. The singularly beautiful and haunting work of photographer Laura Makabresku has been one […]

Blame the Super Wolf Blood Full Moon Eclipse

We can go ahead and blame the Super Wolf Blood Full Moon Eclipse for everything this week: my malaise, night terrors, messy house, missed calls and forgotten emails, and all of the other things that go along with feeling absolutely bonkers for a few days. So, in case you missed this morning’s shop update (I […]

Full Moon Shop Update: Oracles, Black Galaxy Amethyst, Pyrite, and More

In preparation for the Full Moon Haute Macabre Shop update, I wanted to give everyone a chance to familiarize themselves with the offerings in this release. The update will be live tomorrow, Sunday, January 20th at 11AM CST. Please note that the crystal specimens are of course one of a kind, so in posting this […]

January Full Moon Tarotscopes from Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

January Full Moon Lunar Eclipse January’s Full Moon, also a partial eclipse, will take place January 20th/January 21st, depending on where you live. This is sometimes called the Wolf moon in North America. This is our first Full Moon of 2019, in the sign of Leo at 0 degrees. This Full Moon is the last […]

Ten Years Of Haute Macabre: Shadows From The Walls Of Death; Or, That Arsenic You Like Is Going To Come Back In Style

S. Elizabeth: Poisoning by arsenical wallpapers? Sign me up! Inspired and informed by Lucinda Hawksley’s beautiful book, Bitten by Witch Fever: Wallpaper & Arsenic in the Nineteenth-Century Home , this is, without a doubt, amongst my all-time favorite posts written for Haute Macabre… As a child, and even today, I am utterly transfixed when confronted by ornate wallpaper […]

Ten Years Of Haute Macabre: A Woman With Power, Pam Grossman

S. Elizabeth: So…I’m pretty sure the whole reason I began writing in the first place was to interview writer-witch, ritual-mistress, and podcasting sorceress, Pam Grossman. It was all leading up to this! Yep. This is the truth. Also–have you pre-ordered Pam’s forthcoming book, Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power, yet? (Due out June […]

Ten Years Of Haute Macabre: The Art of Darla Teagarden

S. Elizabeth: This Q&A with multimedia artist, conceptual photographer, and all around darling human Darla Teagarden was my first interview written for Haute Macabre, and holds a deeply special place in my heart. Please welcome S. Elizabeth to our growing team of staff writers! Sarah is no stranger to Haute Macabre, having contributed as a […]

The Spolia Tarot in the Haute Macabre Shop

New in the Haute Macabre Shop: The Spolia Tarot A stunning 97 card deck of Tarot, elemental, and Zodiac cards by artist Jen May and writer Jessa Crispin. Using images from history, from alchemy and mysticism, from mythology and the natural world to create a lush deck layered with meaning. The word “Spolia” means using […]

10 Years of Haute Macabre: Exploring the Daydream Spaces of Scott Radke

Maika: When I began writing for Haute Macabre in 2016, one of the very first things I wanted to do was share an essay I’d already been writing and rewriting for years. It’s about the work of artist Scott Radke, one of my favorite contemporary artists, who has since become a friend. Each time I […]

10 Years Of Haute Macabre: Unlikely Therapy With Skeletor Is Love

S. Elizabeth: When I began writing for Haute Macabre in 2015, the last thing I ever thought I’d be sharing with you guys is how I began to heal my past traumas with the help of a  skull-faced megalomaniac from an 80’s cartoon show. But you know, sometimes these things just write themselves… The support […]

In Loving Memory of Mr & Mrs Comfort

One of my favorite tear sheets we’ve ever posted to Haute Macabre nearly ten years ago in 2009: In Memory of The Late Mr. & Mrs. Comfort, a fabled published in the New Yorker Magazine, November 1995. Photographed by Richard Avedon featuring Nadja Auermann.

AJ Hawkins Art X Detrivore Cosmetics “Decomposition” Collection

The Decomposition Collection is a collaboration between Detrivore Cosmetics and Death Positive artist AJ Hawkins, and is inspired by AJ’s art series, “The Reclamation”, a project exploring the decomposition of human bodies and the nutrient cycle, wherein each piece represents “a phase of decomposition, from death to dust, and ways nature reclaims our bodies to foster life.” […]

Haute Macabre New Moon Shop Update: Crystals and Tarot

I am so excited to share with you the latest additions to the Haute Macabre Shop: the new Crystal section, the newly released Madam Lydia Wilhelmina’s Tarot of Monsters, the Macabre, and Autumn Scenes, and Bakara Wintner’s guide, WTF Is Tarot? …& How Do I Do It?  These crystals were all charged overnight in the […]

Prêt-à-Portend

From the “I don’t know what’s going on here, but I like it” files: all signs point to this being a recent photoshoot for Financial Times magazine, suggesting that the prognostic practices of astrology, palm-reading, and other forms of divination are on-trend in terms of sartorial inspiration for 2019 (and I don’t mean to brag, […]

Post Mortem: December 2018

In the coming weeks, the writers here at Haute Macabre will be offering up our own personal post mortems for the year of 2018, our collections of favorite products and discoveries, our own favorite contributions to the site, and our own intimate takes on the previous twelve months. For now, please enjoy this recap of […]

From the Haute Macabre Archives: From Here to Eternity with Caitlin Doughty

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 […]

Spooky

Spooky by Tim Walker The Love Magazine, February 2015 Featuring Agyness Deyn View the beautiful accompanying film at The Love Magazine

Full Moon Shop Update

The final shop update of the year closes with a selection of titles added to the “Literature” section of the Haute Macabre Shop. Each of these titles has a personal significance to me, and I hope they touch you in the same way. Expect an update in early 2019 of the oracle and divination selection of […]