BloodMilk Halloween Sale

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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, 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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Jenny Hval / Blood Bitch


Jenny Hval’s new offering, Blood Bitch (out September 30, 2016 on Sacred Bones) is an intense, unsettling, and exquisitely intimate listen.

On Blood Bitch Hval lulls and disturbs in equal measure with otherworldly croons, unearthly yowls, frantic panting, and hushed spoken word. Incorporating elements of poetry, prose writing, performance art, and film, the album oscillates between the gentle lilt of a dreamy choir, pulsating, gothic synths and an uncompromising weirdness incorporating whispers and white noise; while not an easy one to label, I would suggest that its sound falls somewhere in the realm of  experimental, avant-pop tinged by the darkness and drone of black metal, and wound tightly together with Hval’s own brand of radical feminism.

Previously lauded for her entrancing exploration of bodies and gender and sexuality; Hval’s new offering, Blood Bitch, is an investigation of blood:

“Blood that is shed naturally. The purest and most powerful, yet most trivial, and most terrifying blood: Menstruation. The white and red toilet roll chain which ties together the virgins, the whores, the mothers, the witches, the dreamers, and the lovers. Blood Bitch is also a fictitious story, fed by characters and images from horror and exploitation films of the ’70s. With that language, rather than smart, modern social commentary, I found I could tell a different story about myself and my own time: a poetic diary of modern transience and transcendence.

There is a character in this story that is a vampire Orlando, traveling through time and space. But there is also a story here of a 35-year old artist stuck in a touring loop, and wearing a black vampire wig. She is always up at night, jet lagged, playing late night shows – and by day she is quietly resting over an Arp Odyssey synthesizer while a black van drives her around Europe and America.”

Despite the mythical concepts and horror themes, Hval’s complex lyrics reflecting on regret, lust, failure, and passion lend to a thoroughly accessible listen and though perhaps it is her most fictional album, it is also her most personal. These rituals and cycles of which she murmurs and coos, are they not the very incantations that sing in our own blood as well… and let’s be real–haven’t we all felt like queen of the menstruating vampires at some point in time?

And next time I wake up
There’s blood on the bed
Didn’t know it was time yet
 …Or is it not mine?

Jenny Hval artist page on Sacred Bones
Blood Bitch by Jenny Hval on bandcamp
Jenny Hval on soundcloud

Female Vampire


Conceptual Romance


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The Blood Magic of Noel’le Longhaul


Inspiring inkwork and flash from tattoo artist Noel’le Longhaul of Charon Art in Great Falls, Massachusetts. 

Noel’le’s tattoo practice focuses on the ritual nature of the collaboration between artist and client, creating a different sort of tattoo experience from the traditionally masculine-focused American tattoo parlor:  healing, spiritual, and focused. “Tattooing”, she says “is blood magic’. Her artwork focuses on motifs from European folk and fairy tales- and in fact she refuses to work in appropriative imagery.

You can also find her as a guest artist at Tenderfoot Studio  in Portland, Oregon this coming November, and you can follow her  on Instagram @laughingloone.




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The Haute List: Winter is Coming


Double-Breasted Trench, $180  + Lorian Coat, $295  +  Asymmetrical Drape Coat, $420 $294

Neoprene Coat, $295  +  Easy Rider Coat, $98  +  Trench with Faux-Leather Sleeves, $199.88 $77.99

Quilted Moto Jacket, $500 $185.99  +  Leather Scuba Jacket, $400 $137.99  +  Leather Scuba Jacket, $995 $358.20

Nuit: Les Fleurs du Mal

Nuit: Les Fleurs du Mal

Nuit Clothing Atelier’s FW16 Les Fleurs du Mal collection explores the world of Baudelaire: Romanticism, decadence, and the hidden magic of Fin de Siècle Paris. Comprised of linens, lace, and velvets, its perfection lies in its simplicity with casually draped angles and layered silhouettes.

View the full lookbook on Nuit’s Facebook page, and shop the collection at

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Occult Activity Book Volume II

Occult Activity Book Volume II

The Occult Activity Book Volume Two picks up where its eerie predecessor ends and continues the reader’s extraordinary journey through mysteries of the unknown. Once again, find your happy place on the dark side while indulging your inner child with esoteric creative exercises: whether you’re soothing your demons with mindful coloring of fiendishly-rendered illustrations or summoning them from the depths of hell with a mad libs-inspired wordgame, our Occult Activity book aims to disturb and amuse in equal amounts and is a fun way to explore your favorite esoteric themes in the relative safety of your own home with little to no consequence.*

*Please note: we still cannot be held accountable for consequences.

Pre-Order you copy now at

Occult Activity Book Volume II

Occult Activity Book Volume II

Occult Activity Book Volume II

Occult Activity Book Volume II

Occult Activity Book Volume II

New Video Post: Autumn Eyes

I created an autumn inspired eye look for this video featuring all Lime Crime products! I personally love Lime Crime, and they were generous enough to send me their Living on a Prairie Velvetines and the amazing Super Foil collections. If you haven’t tried the Super Foils out yet, go get them right this very instant! I cannot wait to get my hands on the new colors that were just released this week.

This was supposed to be nothing but a makeup tutorial, but I had two visitors while filming: one needy little cat that loves to make appearances in my videos, and an unexpected shadow figure that I didn’t notice until I was editing this. I’ve had many experiences with shadow figures throughout my life, and I didn’t realize it was there while it was happening, but it sufficiently spooked me while I was home editing. New Orleans is full of ghosts, and I’ll be sleeping with piles of obsidian next to my bed tonight.

What do you think of the look? And, what do you think of my shadow visitor??

Products Used:
Super Foil in Gilded Carriage
Venus II Palette “Mustard”, “Jam”, and “Mud”
Saddle Velvetine
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Venus I Palette “Aura”

Shop Lime Crime’s Website 

All jewels by BloodMilk, always. Wearing the Bat Bones Pentacle, Lorraine Cross earrings, Rings are the Large Planchette, Easeful Death Large Coffin in Onyx, Hecate in Onyx, Endless Night part I, and Belonging to the Darkness in Moonstone.

Music by Belong, used with permission of artists.
Song is “The Door Opens the Other Way” off of the “October Language” album

This is not a paid post, all opinions my own! Super Foils, Venus Palette, and Velvetine Liquid Lip Stick were provided by Lime Crime. Some of the links above are affiliate links, and Haute Macabre will receive a small commission from them. We truly appreciate your support but understand if you prefer to seek these items out via another method.

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A Glittering Menace: The Designs Of Manuel Díaz


We are currently all a-swoon over the complex and beautifully structured creations from the studio of Manuel Díaz, an enigmatic, avant-garde fashion designer from Mexico City. Draped in chain mail, harnesses, and braids, and embellished with glittering crystals and menacing spikes and piercings, these objects both appear as ornate cages for dreamy demons, and suggest the threat of dangerous, intricate weaponry. We don’t know whether to restrain ourselves in, or arm ourselves with these incredible pieces–and it’s a conjuring a rather delicious confusion.

See more of Díaz’s custom, bespoke creations for discerning creatures of the night on his tumblr, facebook, and instagram.









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BloodMilk Book Club: Salt is for Curing via Sonya Vatomsky

We are very happy to introduce J.L. Schnabel of BloodMilk Jewels to our team of staff writers. Please welcome her here on Haute Macabre, in an especially communal post, as it features our own Sonya Vatomsky’s collection of poetry, Salt is for Curing, for the BloodMilk Book Club and two special giveaways.


For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a writer. Throughout high school and college I wanted to be a poet. This changed to wanting to be a short fiction writer and an MFA followed and then, I abandoned it all like a decaying house to write for art magazines & to work on my jewels. I’ve always stayed committed to being a reader however, and it was at AWP when it set up its circus in Minneapolis in 2015 when I found my way back to poetry in a big way. I spent much of my time there along the rows of mostly independent book press booths and picked up quite a bit of books I would have never come across otherwise. One of these books was ‘At Night’ by Lisa Ciccarello via Black Ocean, & as fortune had it, Lisa was at the table when I picked up her book. She signed my copy, ‘I hope this makes you the right kind of miserable’ & afterwards I carried the book around between my journal pages like a talisman and before bed, I would take small sips of its magic for months.

Reading poetry seems to more for niche readers; it can be difficult to discern and emotionally over wrought. Despite all this, poetry is one of my first literary loves. I discovered Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath when I attended a Christian boarding school, where any kind of ‘otherness’ was as unacceptable as wearing something against the dress code. The poems of these women, these tragic, self-obsessed, women saved me. I discovered what had felt like at the time, a fish hook piercing me and reeling me into my future.

Sonya Vatomsky’s book ‘Salt is for Curing’ feels like the sister to ‘At Night’ (the inscription to me read ‘I hope these poems bring you just the right kind of magic’ ) and seems to come from the linage of the ‘sister’ confessional poets, hell bent on confessing their transformations and their twin obsessions with death. Written in a feverish binge in the aftermath of a traumatic attack, Sonya has described the book as a ‘Grimoire.’ Featuring ‘recipes’ ( which feels reminiscent of another favorite book ‘Cure All’ by Kim Parko ), these confessional poems appear rooted in the rituals of witchcraft and the disassembly of the body. There is tender violence; the body, in some cases, becomes ingredients to be cooked and consumed. In form, the book reads as a personal, dark purging and a kind of macabre cookbook, an intimate slip of a book that is also the next BloodMilk bookclub pick. The BMBC will run from today until Nov 1st when I’ll randomly select a winner. To enter to win a jewel of your choice from my shop, pick up a copy of Sonya’s book here, & devour it whole or in sections ( I suggest a nightly ritual of small sips ). Afterwards, post an image of the book, open to your favorite poem, to your IG feed. In the caption, share why you were drawn to your chosen poem. The length of this response is up to you. Hashtag #bloodmilkbookclub. Optional but recommended: Find other readers and engage with them via the hashtag & explore previous BloodMilk bookclub picks.

Thank you for meeting me here.

In addition to the BloodMilk giveaway, Sonya is also offering a copy of Salt Is For Curing to one Haute Macabre reader. To enter to win, just leave a comment here on this post. You may of course enter both, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone’s entries.

Photo via our very own S.Elizabeth.

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