Ancient Secrets: Lemurian Seed Crystals

Lemurian Seed Crystals are said to be the gifts of the ancient civilization of Lemuria, a lost nation and race of people of pre-history. These crystals are water clear quartz, recognizable by their horizontal striations.  The land of Lemuria is hypothesized to have been a huge landmass connecting Madagascar and India, destroyed by a cataclysmic […]

Ascend Ascend: New Work from Janaka Stucky in the Haute Macabre Library

Written over the course of twenty days, coming in and out of trance states brought on by intermittent fasting and somatic rituals while secluded in the tower of a 100-year-old church, is Janaka Stucky’s most powerful book to date. Featuring cover art and lettering by Aaron Horkey. Rooted in the Jewish mystical tradition of Hekhalot […]

Needful Things: Sam’s 2018 Post Mortem

I am not a positive, shiney, optimistic person, despite my best efforts. Despite lighting candles and casting intentions and reading tarot and believing wholeheartedly in the energetic properties of crystals and in magick, I am cynical and pessimistic and deeply pragmatic. I am both sides of the athame, textbook Gemini, and forever apprehensive of sharing […]

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, […]

Hook’s By Prapakas Fall/Winter 2018

Recently brought to my attention by a dear friend with sharper eyes than mine, but with similar tastes for the bizarre and beautiful, may I call to your attention the Hook’s by Prapakas runway show for Elle Fashion Week Fall / Winter 2018? What is there to say about this outlandish parade of fancies, where the saintly […]

Shift Souls: Iris van Herpen Spring 2019 Couture

Where cutting-edge design fuses heavenly bodies, celestial chimera, with the future of human evolution is where we find ‘Shift Souls,’ the captivating new spring Haute Couture collection from Dutch designer Iris van Herpen, recently unveiled at Palais des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The ‘Shift Souls’ collection was inspired by early celestial cartography and its representations of mythological […]

Adipocere at Stitch Fetish 7

When it comes to working with needle, thread, and linen (or needle, thread, and flesh), Melbourne-based artist Adipocere works a singular sort of magic. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to learn that they whisper incantations over their stitches as they conjure dreamlike images of delicate figures interacting with creatures, plants, and flowers, each […]

New Moon Mini Shop Update

I’m in Tucson this week for the annual gem and mineral show sourcing new crystal pieces for you (and let’s be real, I’m trying my best not to be on a two for you one for me motto out here but it’s really hard), so the New Moon Shop Update is slightly behind schedule and […]

Stacked: January 2019

Maika: Look at that little tower of books! If ever there was a time to finally resort to pithy reviews, it’s now… Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi – Though most often billed as fiction, interviews of Akwaeke Emezi that I’ve read make it clear that this liminal marvel of a story is very much a deeply personal […]

Le Neant: LE Release from BloodMilk Jewels

Le Néant is a French term which encompasses a constellation of related, yet nuanced states of being and feeling: Nothingness, The Void/The Abyss, Oblivion, Non-Being, Emptiness …. Presented by BloodMilk Jewels in a special 48 hour only release is the Art Nouveau inspired Le Néant pendant: a balm for your melancholia, a badge for your […]

Post Mortem: January 2018

Haute Macabre celebrated its tenth anniversary this past December, so all throughout January we posted some of our favorite articles from the past decade. It absolutely blows my mind that we’ve hit the decade mark, and that the community has continued to grow and expand as massively as it has. I thank you all so […]

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 […]