Legends of Drag

Harry James Hanson and Devin Antheus are capturing queer icons in their ongoing photo series, Legends of Drag, accompanied by short biographies of each Queen on Harper’s Bazaar. Lady Red Couture, Los Angeles // Gemini // co-host of Hey Queen! Passed away on July 25 of this year. “I always tell them: Don’t live in […]

Word Witchery: Lisa Marie Basile’s Magical Writing Grimoire

Earlier this year I read and was thoroughly charmed by Lisa Marie Basile‘s dreamily empowering Light Magic for Dark Times: More than 100 Spells, Rituals, and Practices for Coping in a Crisis –which Bust Magazine refers to as “The Artist’s Way for witches” (and wow, do I love that.) But in the past year or […]

Haute Haunts: Cassadaga, Florida

Remember “going places”? Ah, those were the days, weren’t they? In the spirit of once again leaving the neighborhood and going on adventures and explorations when the world is once more safe and healthy (or as safe and healthy as it can get, I guess), and also in the spirit, of well…spirits…I thought I might […]

Night Time Routines & Rituals For Sleep Seekers And Dream Gazers

If I were to wait for someone to ask, “oh, Sarah, won’t you divulge your bedtime routine and rituals to us?” Well, I imagine I would be waiting a very long time indeed because unfortunately, no one ever asks me those kinds of questions. But I do enjoy talking about all things bed and sleep and dream-related, so […]

How To Wear Returning To Activities You Used To Love In An Effort To Mitigate The Deleterious Effects Of Your Obsessive Social Media Consumption

I’ve been struggling lately. I know I am not alone; I believe we all encounter this particular phenomenon in the 21st century and I don’t think it necessarily does me any good belaboring the point, if not only to say that yes–I too suffer from this modern-day affliction of social media comparisons. Sometimes when I […]

A Mini-Review of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s Winter 2020 Scents

I’m titling this a “mini-review” even though it is in fact a full dozen scents from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s Winter 2020 collection being written about here. I’m just trying to manage expectations! Fir Needle and Smoke In the past year or so, my partner and I have switched gears about our future plans and […]

February 2021 Tarotscopes by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

In the second month of this year, the themes of the Hierophant, its teacher card Temperance, and/or your Tarot Card of the Year could begin to be more apparent in your personal life. The Hierophant asks us to focus on the work of our life, our own spiritual practice, and our direct relationship with divinity […]

Haute Grief: Empress Elisabeth of Austria’s Mourning Mask and Veil

Empress Elisabeth of Austria was fanatically devoted to her physical appearance. She remains famous for her elaborate and very time-consuming daily and evening beauty regimens, including spending at least three hours each day tending to her extremely long hair. She also stopped sitting for portraits after the age of 32 so as to maintain a […]

Weekly Eyeball Fodder

“Virgin in Adoration”, collage by @clayshaper. Original work by Quentin Metsys (1466–1530). @voglio.benedict // VOGLIO BENE “Portrait of Ala” by @anthonyazekwoh // Anthony Azekwoh @elisaseitzinger // Elisa Seitzinger Medusa by @juliedillonart // Julie Dillon “Mara” by @margo_kai @tinorodriguezartist // Tino Rodriguez “Moth girls” by @aleksandra_czudzak // Aleksandra Czudzak “In my feelings” by @_lauraberger_ // Laura […]

15 Minutes of ‘Fume: In the Shadow Room

Tom and Galen of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab review our latest collaborative scent, In the Shadow Room, in their “15 Minutes of ‘Fume” series on YouTube! The complete HM x BPAL collection is now available in the Haute Macabre Apothecary, and all orders over $35 will receive a free imp sized “Aevum”, our limited edition […]

Stacked: Autumn/Winter 2020

Sarah Darkly: Blackness and America’s Gothic Soul by Leila Taylor Darkly was an illuminating, insightful read that gave me pause with every sentence. Part personal memoir, part cultural critique, part valuable history lesson, Taylor meditates on the Black experience and gothic culture through a collection of observations on music, film, art, philosophy, architecture, decay, and […]

January 2021 Tarotscopes by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

January 2021 Tarotscopes  Witches and quantum physicists know that time is not linear. Our relationship with time is a complex one. We are both confined by and transcend time. All artists and magicians know that creativity allows us to collaborate with time, not lament it. What rituals, creative projects, and new years do is mark […]

Go Heathen or Go Home: An Interview With Kristen J. Sollee

Kristen J. Sollée is a Haute Macabre favourite, and for good reason. Her first two books, Witches, Sluts, Feminists and Cat Call, deftly weave pop culture with academia, social justice with humour, and research with memoir. They’re complex in the best way, but you’ll still attempt to devour them in one sitting. I love them. […]

Sarah’s Year-End Needful Things

Friends, I haven’t got a thoughtful intro for this 2020 year-end version of Needful Things. It was a crappy year. Today I am sharing with you a list of things, sometimes small, or mundane, or banal things, that made it better. To coin a phrase from Maika, “fingers, toes, and tentacles crossed” that 2021 will […]

Weekly Eyeball Fodder

This last gallery of visual phantasmagoria and fantastical ocular flotsam for the year is a bit more melancholic and moody than usual, as my mood in these final days of 2020 is especially dark. But that’s only what I see when I gaze upon these works, and I like to think that art is neither […]

Liminal Flares: Unlearning the Gender Binary

“His body and mind went about their different business. The former freed from conscious instruction, breathed, rolled, sweated, and digested. The latter went dreaming. First, of Manhattan served on a plate, sculpted in perfect detail. Then of a waiter, speaking in a whisper, asking if sir wanted night; and of night coming in the form […]

Smelling Notes on Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s 2020 Autumn ‘Weenies

Well, it wouldn’t be 2020 if we weren’t talking about Halloween perfume reviews in December, right? But around the shadowy and haunted corridors of Haute Macabre every day is Halloween– and so too is the case for the spooky scent sorcerors at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. And I imagine you might feel the same way, […]

Luminous Linens To Get You Through the Winter

The world is ending, the sky is dark, and as we pace between our too-few rooms from sunrise to sunset, the bedroom continually calls out in whispers. Respite, it promises. A new day. Or perhaps just a chance at temporary obliteration. Bedrooms are sacred, liminal spaces. They shock in the morning, alarms going off and […]

December Tarotscopes by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

The truth is not finite. Once we come across one, we aren’t saved, we don’t stop questioning.   The truth is mutable; Much of this month will be spent examining the function of the truth in your life. Does the truth limit, expand, or enhance your perspective?  This month, the question isn’t what is the […]

Many Moons 2021 Lunar Planner

The 2021 Many Moons Lunar Planner by Modern Woman is now in stock in the Haute Macabre Shop! This magical planner follows the Gregorian 2021 calendar year, with all magic holidays, observed holidays & bank holidays for the USA (Northern Hemisphere). It also has every Moon phase and signs the Moon is in for 2021, […]

Weekly Eyeball Fodder: The Art of the Occult Edition

“History of Magic, Part II… Initiation” by Alison Blickle This installment of fantastical fodder for your eyeballs appears on a Monday morning, brimming with mystical, magical imagery to inspire your week. These visuals, by contemporary artists who reveal occult elements and philosophies through their creative gaze, all feature in The Art of the Occult, which […]

External Influences

Frida Kahlo’s Garden Is Still Thriving—Six Decades after Her Death Aleister Crowley’s former home “The Boleskin House” is being restored, after going up for sale and then charred bits from the ruins wound up on eBay last year How to Visit the Graves of 75 Famous Writers Bees Survive Notre Dame Fire Ancient Rock Art […]

Post Mortem: October 2020

Reliving My Youth: The Craft & The Witches 2020 The Vampire’s Wife x H&M At Home with the Hogan McLaughlin Spring 2021 Collection What Does Outer Space Smell Like? New Sponsor: Frost Moth Apothecary Creature from the Vinyl Lagoon 31 Days Of Horror: Week One ARS INSPIRATIO: Perfumes inspired by S. Elizabeth’s new book, The […]

Treasure Keepers: New in the Haute Macabre Shop

A small shop update, including household items and new book titles. It is an absolute honor to have signed copies of our own S. Elizabeth’s book “The Art of the Occult” available now. Beautiful resin celestial palm stands. Entering Hekate’s Garden: The Magick, Medicine, & Mystery of Plant Spirit Witchcraft Witches’ Cauldron Salt & Pepper […]

Perfumed Portals: Ars Inspiratio scents from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

In celebration of The Art of the Occult: A Visual Sourcebook for the Modern Mystic, the aromatic adepts at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab have summoned forth a rare opulence of fragrances inspired by a handful of these curious images that transcend time and place. The Ars Inspiratio collection is comprised of five artful scents corresponding […]

Solstice Scents Fall 2020

The beautiful fall collection from Solstice Scents was released last month, with the inclusion of classic favorites and new additions. Below you will find some favorite selections, with notes embodying the essence of the autumnal season. The Solstice Scents fall collection is available now at SolsticeScents.com. Find Solstice Scents on Instagram // Facebook // Forum […]

November Tarotscopes by Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

We already know that November is going to be an intense month for us in the United States. There is the election. There is an increase in illness, death, poverty, and violence due to the pandemic and the government. There are the cold, darkening days. And, we will experience a Lunar Eclipse at the end […]

31 Days Of Horror: Week Four.

To make up for last week’s lackluster entry in this month-long series, I set out to make week four a collection to remember. And I think I succeeded in doing so. It’s an eerie extravaganza! A spooky spectacular! And much like last week, I am not certain if it makes sense to order the following […]

Samhain Weekend Crystal Sale + BPAL Orders Closing

This weekend in the Haute Macabre Shop: The Haute Macabre Apothecary is accepting pre-orders for our exclusive collection of fragrances and hair glosses by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, with the addition of a brand new set: In the Shadow Room. The complete Crystal Collection is currently on sale through midnight tonight with code “Samhain” for […]