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: 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 […]

I Am My Own Muse: Frida Kahlo by Julien Levy

In the last few years, I’ve developed a deep adoration and fascination with Frida Kahlo. I’m very late to the party, but honestly, for most of my life I knew nothing of her other than being a pop culture icon, a face plastered on miscellaneous trinkets and tote bags. About two years ago, I finally […]

Medusa: The Embodiment of Beauty and Terror from BloodMilk Jewels

Entwined snakes framing her head, coiled around her and ready to strike in aggressive protection, Medusa is member of our pantheon of feminist anti-heroines. BloodMilk pays homage to her in this collection of her psychic armor: serpents nesting around stunning gemstones, “embodying the tension of beauty and terror”. Akin to the lightning bolt of destruction […]

Medusa: The Embodiment of Beauty and Terror from BloodMilk Jewels

Entwined snakes framing her head, coiled around her and ready to strike in aggressive protection, Medusa is member of our pantheon of feminist anti-heroines. BloodMilk pays homage to her in this collection of her psychic armor: serpents nesting around stunning gemstones, “embodying the tension of beauty and terror”. Akin to the lightning bolt of destruction […]

31 Days Of Horror in 2018

Last year I parceled out my 31 Days of Horror in measured doses with a part one and part two: 15(ish) days each of my thoughts on the horror media that I had been been consuming every day for the month of October. This included full-length movies, film anthologies, television programs, game shows, anime–I’m not discriminating, I […]

Stars, Fools, and Lovers: An illustrated guide to the art and history of the tarot

The creators of Morbid Anatomy and Strange Attractor Press are crowd funding their next volume, Stars, Fools, and Lovers: A Visual Compendium of Tarot. Stars, Fools, and Lovers will be both instructional and interpretive guide to intuitively reading the cards and an in depth exploration of the art, symbolism, and history of the Tarot. “… The […]

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Tarot Scents: The Emperor

Our first set of reviews for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s archetypal adventure and tarot-inspired collection, The Fool’s Journey, featured the master of ceremonies and consummate magus, The Magician. Soon to follow was The Daughter of Heaven and Earth, the Fruitful Mother of Thousands, The Empress. Next we saw The Star Maiden, She Who Shines in the Darkness, […]

Literature and Divination

We have updated the Haute Macabre Shop with new divination decks and a new Literature category, starting with our own Sonya Vatomsky’s transcendental collection of poetry, Salt is for Curing. I wish for dreams but they don’t come; I sink into earth but the salt surrounds me, draws out my breath so the space between the […]

Haute Macabre: As Told By a Traditional Witch

Please welcome guest blogger Kyle, Ghost of Pestilence, to Haute Macabre. Kyle is a practicing traditional witch based out of Minnesota, animist, artist, volunteer at the bird of prey center, and occultist. She writes today about the original Haute Macabre fragrance, created for us by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, and the magical associations she has with […]

Needful Things: Autumn 2018

Sarah TheMacroBarista  First, a huge thanks for Sonya for bringing this instagram account to my attention! I’ve never really had a sweet tooth, so even though I love the idea of fun, fancy, frothy Starbucks drinks, they’re just too tooth decay-inducingly, gaggy sweet for me to even remotely contemplate. As a further to that, I […]

Aural Fixation: Autumn 2018

Sarah Since early October I have been listening to Deathfolk Magic by Bye Bye Banshee, a musical exploration of death and grief crafted with magic, myth and folklore, by songwriter Jezebel Jones. Deathfolk Magic is the ghostly melody, hushed and humming softly, ominously, as your rocker creaks a rickety midnight lullaby on the rotted wooden […]

Stacked: October 2018

Sarah All the haunted houses! The Haunting Of Hill House by Shirley Jackson was an imperative re-read and a palette cleanser after having been assaulted by the recent Netflix series. I did not love the show for many reasons but most of which because all of Jackson’s elegant, powerful symbolism was reduced to “easter egg” […]

Haute Macabre Small Business Advertising Special

  Our annual Small Business Advertising Special is now open for applicants! Run a Square Ad on Haute Macabre from Black Friday until New Year’s Eve, be include a front page introduction post, & posted to our Social Media Profiles   To get started, send an email to hautemacabre {at} gmail {dot} com with: Your […]

Post Mortem: October 2018

Season of the Witch: Miss Havisham’s Curiosities Witch Cup Giveaway (contest closed, but cups are still available to purchase) An Enigmatic Baroness And Her Collection Of Skulls In Love and Shadow: Your Guide to Venus Retrograde from Leah Samuels of Moonlight Offerings New Sponsor: Miss Happy Pink Tarot and Oracle decks in the The Haute […]

Haute Macabre Halloween Shop Update

The Haute Macabre Shop will be restocked today, October 31, at 3PM CST. Included in today’s restock will be the highly demanded Luminaries Planner and Witch List Market Pad from Open Sea Design Co and the beautiful Luminous Void Tarot. Our beloved Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab collection of perfumes and hair glosses will be available […]

New Sponsor: Shire Post Mint

Shire Post Mint makes solid metal coins in Arkansas, USA. They use 100+ year old machines to stamp hand-engraved designs into solid metals like copper, brass, iron, bronze, and silver. They have worked with fantasy authors like George R. R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss to create coin artifacts from the most compelling fantasy worlds of […]

The Tarot Collages of Ignacio Cobo

The Tarot collages of Igancio Cobo: sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a complete Arcana anywhere in the ether, nor is there a physical deck in print anywhere. However, we can at least appreciate the art on various networking sites. Find Ignacio’s art on Tumblr // Instagram

New Sponsor: Devinto

Please welcome our new sponsor, Devinto! DEVINTO is an eco and ethically conscious label established in Montreal, Canada and relocated to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA. It is designed and produced in studio locally on Cape Cod using natural and eco friendly fabrics without compromising style. DEVINTO designs are equally focused on comfort, glamour,and fair principles […]

2018 ‘Weenies At Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

It’s the most WEENderful time of the year! Yes, here I am with my corny weenie jokes, again. I’m not going anywhere with this comedy gold–and neither should you! Because aside from my dumb wit, I’ve got a massive review post for you today for a vast selection of the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab 2018 […]

Le Tarot de L’étoile Cachée in the Haute Macabre Shop + Sabbat Sale

Newly added to the Haute Macabre Shop is the stunning Le Tarot de L’étoile Cachée, a limited edition deck of the Major Arcana by Sabat Magazine. Illustrated by Elisa Seitzinger and inspired by the Tarot de Marseille, Le Tarot de L’étoile Cachée echoes ancient divination practices as well as the instant nature of millennial Witchcraft, […]

Full Moon Survival Spells: Structuring Self Care

Our friend and contributor Sarah Faith Gottesdiener was unable to complete the monthly Full Moon Tarotscopes for the October Full Moon in Taurus due to an ongoing injury, so we are sending her all of the speedy recovery vibes we can muster. In lieu of this month’s Tarotscopes, here is a self-care excerpt from the […]

New Sponsor: Five and Diamond

Please welcome our new sponsor, Five and Diamond Five and Diamond is a woman owned and operated boutique, fashion house and socially conscious small business in San Francisco’s Mission District specializing in Future Forward Fashion. They currently produce 7 fashion brands out of a small workshop in Bali. Since 2007, they have pioneered alternative fashion, […]

We Believe Women: Mary Anne Carter reminds us that the truth is out there

Last Monday, as I was sitting in LAX waiting for my flight home to Portland, my stomach and chest both unpleasantly writhing knots of feels about current events, Sonya sent me a link to this fantastic shirt that their friend, Seattle-based artist Mary Anne Carter, had recently made. Carter redesigned the iconic “I Want To Believe” […]

New Sponsor: Element Botanicals

Please welcome our new sponsor, Element Botanicals! Element Botanicals creates botanically charged, aromatherapy spiked goods featuring wild harvested & home grown plants from their apothecary tucked away in the mountains. They are passionate about providing effective, honestly priced and truly magical products that showcase the many elements of nature’s apothecary. From hard working deodorant (that […]

Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural with author Peter Bebergal by Janaka Stucky

Please welcome guest contributor Janaka Stucky to Haute Macabre Peter Bebergal is the author of Strange Frequencies: The Extraordinary Story of the Technological Quest for the Supernatural, which hits the stores October 18th. His previous book, Season of the Witch: How the Occult Saved Rock and Roll, was a fascinating study of the intersection between […]

Stacked: September 2018

Sarah: New Vintage Lace: Knits Inspired By the Past by Andrea Jurgrau I’m afraid I do not have as much reading to share with you right now as I did over the summer months, and you may as well know why that is! Since January I have been somewhat leisurely working on a particularly challenging […]

Darkness Within At The Creeping Museum

“Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within.”  The Creeping Museum’s new collection, “Darkness Within“ is inspired by Shirley Jackson’s much beloved novel, the exquisitely unsettling The Haunting of Hill House. Comprised of the works of twenty artists, each offering from “Darkness Within” artistically interprets various different eerie passages from the […]

Lunation Leathers Crucible Bag Giveaway

Haute Macabre + Lunation Leathers are giving away one of the incredible not yet released Crucible Bags to one winner! The Crucible Bags are completely handmade by Leila of Lunation Leathers in her Pittsburg studio, with the intent of carrying ritual items. They will be available later this autumn in the Lunation Leathers Shop (exact […]

Giveaway Alert! Pumpkin Spice Sanguinem Menstruum

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab not only makes incredible perfumes, but they do incredible work for their community. Their monthly Lunacy events include a charitable donation, and keeping with the season, this month’s will be accepting disposable menstrual product donations for the homeless. “The copper tang of blood musk, swept by a cloud of dying bees […]

Timeless Phantom Interludes: The Photography of Jason Blake

Jason Blake’s sepia-toned portraits, humming with wistful yearnings of phantoms from yesteryear, feel like peeking into a dusty old chest of fragile flotsam and eerie ephemera, filled with things crumbling, transient, and vulnerable, but which also evoke a dynamic and powerful sense of timelessness and immortality. You could be gazing across the centuries to boldly […]