Anatomical Tarot

Anatomical Tarot

I must be subconsciously sending out “Give Me All The Tarot Decks” messages into the world, because I feel like every time I turn my computer on, there’s at least one deck that catches my eye (and I’m not even actively looking).

The Antique Anatomy deck is currently available to *pre-order from Black and the Moon on Etsy, with stylistic cards featuring creative commons images via the Wellcome Library. This is a complete Tarot deck, comprised of 78 cards, and a color 30 card Oracle of Oddities deck is also available.

Since I was a little girl I have had two loves; the occult and vintage oddities. As time went on I knew I wanted to have a deck to read that combined those two things. When I could not find one, the Antique Anatomy Tarot was born. I have carefully cleaned and restored antique medical imagery while preserving the vintage texture and look and combined them with classic elements of the Tarot to create something that I feel is truly special.

I cannot wait for mine to arrive.

*Edited to Add: It looks like the both decks have quickly sold out of the pre-sale! Hopefully, the shop will have them available soon so that everyone can secure their own.

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Anatomical Tarot

BloodMilk Trunk Show: New Orleans

 

BloodMilk New Orleans Trunk Show

New Orleans! Come out on Saturday, November 26 to Abracadabra Tattoo from 7PM to 10PM for BloodMilk’s Trunk Show. There will be a large range of both new and classic BloodMilk jewels for sale and a selection of BloodMilk Exquisite Corpse objects of desire.

Abracadabra Tattoo is located at 4921 Freret Street in New Orleans, LA. We can’t wait to meet you!

The Haute List

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Lorian Coat$295 $198.90  +  Asymmetrical Wool Coat, $152  +  Faux-Fur Hooded Puffer Coat, $400 $229.99  +

Wide Velvet Choker, $15  +  Style Your Thunder Dress$299.99 $89.99  +  Velvet Skater Skirt, $35

Sutton Backpack$235 $89.99  +  Evolved Velvet Bootie, $149.95  +  Kensie Blazer, $99

The Love Witch

The Love Witch

Releasing in theaters next week, The Love Witch‘s trailer had me completely fooled into thinking it was a 1960s Technicolor B film, and I loved every second of it. I’ll be double featuring this along with the new Criterion release of Beyond the Valley of the Dolls as soon as I finish packing on my blue eyeshadow.

The trailer is definitely NSFW, just a warning!

Black Friday Small Business Advertising Special

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Run a Rectangle Ad from Black Friday, November 25, 2016 until New Year’s Eve, including a front page introduction post,  for $100.

Why? Because we’d rather see our readers shopping with you than at the mall.

To get started, send an email to  info [at] hautemacabre [dot] com containing ::

  • Your shop name and link
  • Your PayPal address
  • A brief bio / description of your shop or service
  • Links to your social media profile pages
  • Four 250 x 250 pixel product .JPG shots
  • One 160 pixel wide x 300 pixel long .JPG ad graphic

Other ad packages are available at HauteMacabre.com/Advertise.

All information must be received by Monday, November 21 to be included.

Flowers From the Dead: An Animal Bones Divination Deck

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Descending from a line of spiritualist and tarot readers, The Flowers From The Dead divination deck was created by Seattle artist Misha Huntting.

“A little about my process and intent with the Flowers From the Dead deck: I’ve created one other deck called the American Obscura which was printed about 5 years ago. I loved making the deck and I read with it at a space in downtown Seattle for a while but I wanted to make something new for a couple of reasons. I felt that after reading for people and teaching classes that people were really dependent on the idea of rules and “doing it wrong”. I feel that tarot reading and divination is very personal and and intuition based and I wanted to make something that people wouldn’t have to look at a book and the meanings would be more user friendly and broad so people would have to rely on their instincts a little more. My greatest joy is watching people use it that have never touched tarot cards before and watching them explore it and learn to trust themselves.

Each card is an animal and the meaning is aligned with spirit animal meanings more or less. There are 4 humans in the deck, these people represent the 4 major influences American Folk Magic, there’s The Green Man, A Catholic woman, a Voodoo Priestess and a native gentleman. All the animals are native to North America.”

The 27 card deck comes with a instruction card featuring a five card spread, and each card has its interpretative meaning printed on the bottom. The black and white sketch designs on each card are stark and simple, which I feel makes for an quick reading. There really aren’t any “negative” cards in the deck, the closest being “Fear and Avoidance”, but that works for the motivational style reading that this deck’s spread suggests.

You may purchase The Flowers From The Dead divination deck by clicking here.

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DIY Travel Altars from Altoids Tins

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The Crafty Witches over at Guide to the Magical Path have a fantastic gallery of images and ideas for using a humble Altoids tin to create a personal altar-to-go that you can take anywhere. Curiously Strong!

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Summoning Spirits with Daniel Danger’s Spirit Board

The work of New England-based illustrator and printmaker Daniel Danger is permeated with beautiful melancholy. Each exquisitely detailed new poster in his ever-increasing oeuvre feels like a glimpse into a ghost story. Danger creates shadowy portals that reveal grief and heartbreak manifest as abandoned houses, their resident ghosts made visible to our eyes alone, phantom memories struggling to remember things that perhaps should remain forgotten. Scenes of urban decay in the form of deserted shopping malls, theatres, and amusement parks where nature is gradually reclaiming its own. Lost souls drifting through midnight neighborhoods and forests or spectral guardians radiating pure white light where all else is darkness and ruin.

And so it makes perfect sense that Daniel Danger has just released his own Spirit Board Set, particularly now, while the veil between worlds is at its thinnest.

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Just like his highly coveted posters, each element of this limited edition set is painstakingly detailed, demanding our eyes examine every surface, take in every texture, and peer into all the shadowy spaces.

“I really wanted to create something unique and out of the norm for myself, and to have fun with my own aesthetic and narrative legacy. The concept of ghosts, and their many interpretable meanings and metaphors, are crucial to everything I do as an artist. Important as well is the notion of communication, sometimes between far away and illogical places and times, loss, and distance.”

The set includes:
– Custom 10×15” Spirit board and full wrap box
– Custom laser-cut doorway planchette
– Signed instruction card numbered out of 150 copies in a 2nd edition.

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– Set of three new 9×12” four color screenprints

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– Two 1.25” enamel pins in felt bag

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Created in a limited edition of 150 pieces, the Daniel Danger Spirit Board Set is currently available to order via Daniel Danger’s online store.

 

The Mindset Of The Macabre: An Interview With Abigail Larson

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Chances are if you are a longtime Haute Macabre reader, you require no introduction to the charmingly spooky, gothic art of Abigail Larson. Her eerie illustrations, reminiscent of the gorgeously ghoulish story books and fairy tales that little gothling you never actually had on your shelf as a child (thanks, mom), have no doubt haunted you for years–and ever since you discovered her work, you have been frantically, feverishly devouring it to make up for lost time.

Did you know this artist of the strange and archaic harbored dreams of becoming an opera singer and joining the circus when she was a wee lass? Thankfully for us, she instead directed her talent and energies to the arts and bringing to life those wondrous, fearsome things that inspire her–magical beings, noble beasts, dreadful fears and bloody superstitions–all in her exquisite, endearing style.

Abigail’s work has been featured in galleries and prestigious venues in the U.S. and Europe, and her illustrations have been included in various publications and publishing houses. She has also created advertisements for John Fluevog and China Glaze. Her fully-illustrated version of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Cats of Ulthar” was just released earlier this month (November of 2016).

Despite what is obviously a ridiculously busy schedule, the incredibly lovely and obliging Abigail generously gave of her time and agreed to an interview with Haute Macabre. See below for our discussions on visceral frights, beautiful fashions from long ago, and what keeps her in both a morbid mood and a mindset of the macabre.

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Haute Macabre: First, I read recently that you are a 2016 Hugo Award winner for the category of best professional artist–congratulations! 
Abigail Larson: Thanks! The award was for “Best Professional Artist” and it’s a general recognition of an artist’s work in the fantasy genre – it was a huge shock to receive the notification that I’d been nominated, and an even bigger surprise when it was announced that I’d won. I was up against artists who’d been at this a lot longer than I have, but it’s such a huge honor.

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Speaking of current circumstances, I know from constant peeks at your Instagram that you have just taken part in the October #drawlloween challenge. What were some of the things that are inspiring your pen this Halloween season? Why do you think ongoing social media challenges like #inktober, #drawlloween, etc. are important for artists today?
I really love the #drawlloween challenge – I did it once before, I think two years ago now, but I was traveling through Italy during that month and couldn’t really complete any of the drawings I did then, so it’s been a lot of fun to have the chance to push myself to come up with a completed illustration every single day for a month. It’s tough coming up with ideas, but I’m really enjoying it because I don’t have an art director or editor or client telling me to make changes or adjustments or anything like that – I just get to draw whatever comes into my head based on the daily prompt.

Being a sort of “macabre artist”, Halloween themes are easy for me! These are subjects I enjoy drawing regardless of the time of year, and there are several from the group that I really love! I’ve put them up in my shop, and it’s fun to see photos from fans who’ve purchased the prints, and comments from people who are following along, excited to see my next piece. It’s really exciting to connect with people who enjoy what I love to do. It’s also been great to meet new artists I might never have found, and seeing their work as well! I think it’s important for artists to get involved with the current social media trends (when we have the time to do it) to stretch our artistic muscles. Challenges keep us on our toes, and push us out of our comfort zones. I think it’s a good idea to test how well you work under the pressure of a tight deadline, while still producing fun new work.

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Your inspirations from early on include many of the (un)usual haunted, suspects: H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, gothic fiction, the Brothers Grimm, etc. And of course moving forward on our timeline of the spectral and mysterious, there is Charles Addams’ beloved family of creeps and Tim Burton’s uncanny characters! I am curious, though–is there anything right now, be it from film, television, or literature-wise, that ensnares you, sends your blood singing and inspires you to put your own spooky spin on it, in 2016?
Well this past year I’ve had the great honor of working on the comic from one of my favorite tv shows, Penny Dreadful, my favorite childhood story in the form of a coloring book “Alice’s Wonderfilled Adventures,” and a beloved H.P. Lovecraft story, “The Cats of Ulthar” so I can scratch those off my list, but recently I’ve been caught up in fairytales, in particular “Beauty and the Beast” and “Sleeping Beauty.” I’ve written my own versions of those stories, twisting them in my own fashion, and I’m hoping to have a chance to explore either graphic novels or a collection of illustrated fairytales with those stories and several others in the coming months.

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All of the characters in your art are so gorgeously attired! You note that you love learning about how people once lived, and the strange things they wore and believed. Can you speak to the importance of fashion in your art?
I love fashion – it’s fascinated me since I was very young. I think you can tell so much about a person from how they’re dressed. My mother worked as a seamstress for a few years when I was little, so there were always lots of pattern books around, and I’d flip through those for hours. As I got older I would draw characters and invent bizarre outfits for them, and I even considered going into fashion school to learn costume design for a brief period, because designing the costumes for the characters in my illustrations is something I love, and devote a lot of time and research to.

In my work, which typically takes place in the Victorian era, I have a very specific niche of fashion. Luckily there are archives like the Met and the Kyoto Costume Institute who preserve and catalog incredible pieces of that era, as well as countless books, and illustrations from the 19th century depicting what people wore, and how, and why. In particular, the design of clothing from the late 1800’s (in my opinion) gave people the most elegant silhouettes, which is why I’m so obsessed with it. They also took great care in regard to what colors they wore, what flowers they adorned themselves with, the styles of lace… it was so intricately detailed and yet still leaves a lot of room for artistic interpretation.

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You’ve spoken before on your love for the strange and the macabre, and how it inspires and influences your work, but also on fear and imagination, and how the shadows on our walls turn into horrifying monsters at night. Can you share with us a lurking fear, a frightful subject matter, or a monstrous creature that just creeps you out way too much to explore in your art, and why?
I think fears are healthy and important to confront, but there are a couple things I just have absolutely no interest in drawing because they creep me out too much – dolls (specifically ventriloquist dummies) and clowns. I actually skipped the “dummy” prompt for #drawlloween and drew something else because just researching Victorian ventriloquist dummies was enough to creep me out! Something about the exaggerated features and forced happiness in painted smiles just… disturbs me in a visceral sense. I have no real reason, no trauma in my past that I can recall, but the few times I’ve tried to tackle those subjects I’ve had to toss them in the trash. I can draw ghosts, monsters, and demons all day with no issue, but don’t ask me to draw clowns or dummies!

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In 2016 you illustrated H.P. Lovecraft’s The Cats of Ulthar, and last year your illustrations accompanied When You Give an Imp a Penny, a children’s book by Henry Hertz. Do you have to conjure a different mind-set for the making of art for wee ones? How would you say it varies, for example, from the work that you put into the Lovecraft book?
To be completely honest – I don’t really separate the two.That’s not to say I haven’t had art directors ask me to “tone it down” (referring to my dark themes) or brighten the colors a little when working on children’s illustrations, but for the most part, I don’t change my style too much. My lines are still pointy and angular, and the monsters still look monstrous, because I know most kids can handle creepy stuff, and do seem to enjoy it. I don’t try to frighten anyone with my work – on the contrary. I like to show a lighter side to a dark subject, but I grew up on monster movies and books like “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” (which had some wonderfully horrifying illustrations by the inimitable Stephen Gammell) so I know that while my work certainly isn’t right for everyone, it might be just right for those who look at the world a little differently, and, like me, root for the monsters.

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With regard to mind-set and drawing down the mood, so to speak: what is life like in your studio?
I’m a full-time freelance artist, so my work never stops. If I’m not drawing, I’m researching something for my drawing, or answering emails, or thinking about my next drawing. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and music (currently listening to Christopher Lee reading “Dracula”) and I do like to put on the occasional movie (I have a pretty serious collection of classic horror movies) or tv show for background noise. I love those terrible paranormal tv reality shows like “My Ghost Story” and “Paranormal Witness” and “Monsters and Mysteries in America.” They’re really fun, and keep me in the mindset of the macabre, especially the shows that talk about ghosts, since the afterlife is something that really intrigues me.

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Are there any upcoming projects or collaborations that you can share with us?
Nothing I’m at liberty to discuss right now, I’m afraid! I can say I have one upcoming project that’s “Lovecraftian” but that’s all I can say for now!

Find Abigail Larson: website // tumblr // instagram // deviantart // facebook

The Haute List

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Y.A.S. Lacy Top, $73  +  Burnout Top$98 $39.20  +  Pointelle Yoke Sweater$99 $69.30

Lace Mock Neck Dress, $98  +  Style Your Thunder Dress$299.99 $89.99  +  Lace Mockneck, $98

Ruffle Lace Dress, $91  +  Berklin Top, $69  +  Lace-Up Jean Leggings, $88

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