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 […]

NARRE TOD, MEIN SPIELGESELL

Narre Tod, Mein Spielgesell Fool Death, My Playmate Franz Fiedler, 1922

An Obscurum Of Secrets: The Lost Art Of Robin Isely

I had, for a time, sadly shelved the idea of a feature on digital collage artist Robin Isely, aka sliplead. I first mentioned this artist in my 2017 Needful Things roundup and I was immensely thrilled at the opportunity to connect with them for an interview, but unfortunately, their gorgeous Tumblr-hosted gallery–an obscurum of secrets, elusive […]

Winged Ghosts of Lake Natron

I’m endlessly fascinated by naturally occurring places that are completely inhospitable to all or most forms of life. It’s one thing when humanity so thoroughly destroys an ecosystem that everything there dies – such things, at this point, still upset but no longer surprise me. But when it’s all up to nature herself, that’s…not a […]

Surrealist Décor And Tiny Secret Drawers: Dali Burning Giraffe Woman Sculpture

“Man is full of secret drawers, only to be opened by psychoanalysis.” I’m rather tongue-tied and overcome in gazing the delicate marvel of this small but wonderfully expressive statue from the Parastone Museum 3D Collection, inspired by Salvadore Dali’s 1937 painting, The Burning Giraffe. The sculpture’s tiny drawers aren’t functional of, course, but I’m envisioning […]

Fire (POZAR): New From David Lynch

From David Lynch to you, Fire (POZAR).  I always feel slightly unnerved after watching any David Lynch production, so this short animated clip with a score performed by the panic attack inducing Penderecki String Quartet wasn’t any different.  via IndieWire

We Are The (Funko POP!) Weirdos, Mister

Times are weird, man. To be frank, they’re pretty lousy. And though natural witch Sarah Bailey, troubled, warns crazed coven leader Nancy Downs in our beloved, witchy cinematic 90s nostalgia-fest The Craft, “nothing makes everything all better again”…wouldn’t you agree that an uncanny quartet of empowered teen witches for your collectibles shelf might make everything…just […]

Stacked April 2020

Sarah Last month I mentioned the trials and troubles that I was experiencing while trying to read; lack of focus, constant distraction, and maybe even (and I hate to admit this) complete and total absence of interest. I wish I could say differently, but not much has changed over the past thirty(ish) days and I […]

Weekly Eyeball Fodder

“Le Comte” by @allisonsommers // Allison Sommers “Exhale” by @bitikart // Rim Bitik “Disconnect” by @visualjamie // Jamie Wells “The star” by @casimir0304 // Casimir Lee @yoheyhorishita // Yohey Horishita “Weep now or nevermore” by @brandimilne // Brandi Milne A motley crew of little mothlings by @handsomedevilspuppets “Like a ghost” by @ryanmrray // Ryan Murray @christophermichaelhefner // Christopher Michael Hefner “May Queen” by @memorialstitches […]

Sarah’s Needful Things: Quarantine Edition

In spending so much time at home–and I already spent 90% of my time at home!–I’m really learning to appreciate the mundane, boring stuff that has been contributing to making my days feel “normal;” those ubiquitous, maybe invisible items that you don’t give a second thought to because they are so ingrained in your daily […]

May 2020 Full Moon Tarotscopes from Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

May 2020 Full Moon Tarotscopes We’ve reached the 5th Full Moon of the year. No matter your circumstance, you will be able to feel this energy. Full Moons can act as portals, and this one is no different. This Full Moon is Vesak, or Wesak: an important Buddhist holiday. It commemorates the birth, the enlightenment, […]

The Mutter Museum Virtual Tour

The Mutter Museum has virtually opened its doors to us while it is closed due to 2020 being an utter shitshow with a tour of its exhibitions, hosted by curator Anna Dhody. Photography is not permitted inside the museum, so this is an incredible opportunity to view some highlights of its collection. The Mutter Virtual […]

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab 2020 Lupercalia Reviews, Part Two

Time remains profoundly out of joint for all of us right now, but the fact that you can find the Lupercalia scents still available for purchase at Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is no wibbly-wobbly, time-wimey temporal tricksyness! Your eyes do not deceive you and as of this writing, I believe that these scents will indeed […]

Post Mortem: March / April 2020

How To Wear A Chanel Scarf Intimate and beautiful images of Frida Kahlo bedridden. March Full Moon Tarotscopes from Sarah Faith Gottesdiener Underworld Guides: Garnet Stacked: February 2020 A Trip to the Star: Tourmalated Quartz Spheres, Onyx Pyramids Weekly Eyeball Fodder The Art Of The Occult Ecstatic Nightmares: Exploring the astral and alien with Camille […]

Weekly Eyeball Fodder

#olla art by @katezambrano // Kate Zambrano “Reticulum” by @_grave_witness_ // Stuart Holland Harpy by @harrietleemerrion // Harriet Lee Merion “Harmony” by @catrin_welzstein // Catrin Welz-Stein “Fasnacht” by @alice.wellinger // Alice Wellinger “Athena” by @jamesjeanart // James Jean @her_dark_materials // Ros Atkinson “The Sixth Trial” by @jmascarenhas // Jorge Mascarenhas “Consolation” by @lauramakabresku // Laura Makabresku Pagan Altar album art (detail) by @nightjarillustration // Adam Burke

15 Minutes of ‘Fume

While our Black Phoenix family has been in quarantine, Tom and Galen (the BPAL social media dream team), have been putting together these amazing “15 Minutes of Fume” videos reviewing some of the BPAL scents. Today, they posted the newest edition, featuring a selection of the HM collection: the og Signature Scent, As Above, So […]

Stacked March 2020

Sarah I don’t know about you all but I am having the worst time concentrating on my reading right now. I pick up a book, read the same sentence twenty times, scroll through my phone, sigh moodily, stare out the window. Lose my place, forget what I’ve read. Repeat. I have managed to finish a […]

Totality Poetry Contest

While we are all sheltering in place, our beloved Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has launched a poetry submission contest with entries inspired by the scent or the concept of Haute Macabre’s Totality: “The splendor and terror of Totality: an abyss of black patchouli, tabac, burgundy pitch, smoky frankincense, and black fig surrounded by a glowing […]

Lunar Phases, Drops of Blood, and Bacchus’ Wine in the Haute Macabre Shop

New crystal beings have been added to the Haute Macabre Shop over the recent days: Moonstone, Carnelian, Amethyst, and Star Rubies. Lunar Phases: Moonstone Spheres Keeper of the mysteries and protectors of travelers, Moonstone is an important crystal for those embarking on new journeys and identifying cycles and current phases of life, much like the […]

Virtually Tour the Weird and Wonderful

To help relieve our collective cabin fever, these fascinating places, currently closed indefinitely, have virtual tours available online. The Winchester Mystery House The Paris Catacombs Faces of Frida Inside the circle at Stonehenge King Arthur’s Tintagel Castle Bran Castle: Bram Stoker’s inspiration for Dracula’s Castle, where Vlad the Impaler may have been imprisoned at one […]

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 […]

Immersed In Fantastical Creations: An Interview With Our Widow

Not to sound tone-deaf–I realize we are all experiencing these strange times quite differently, and we are coping with them in our own ways–but for me, at least, I am finding that diving headfirst into my obsessions is alleviating at least some of my anxiety, as well as that vexing tendency toward distraction, and lack […]

Solstice Scents Spring 2020 Collection

Founded in Florida in 2004, and inspired by the lush wild life and rich natural wonders of their local Gainesville area, as well as an interest in handcrafted holistic remedies, Solstice Scents originally offered scented apothecary items such as soap, lotion, salts, candles, body oil, loose hand blended incense powders, and dream pillows. Since that time, […]

Crystal Bar Soap: New in the Haute Macabre Shop

New in the Haute Macabre Shop: a selection of beautiful bath products from Crystal Bar Soap. Each handmade, 100% vegan soap and body butter is embedded with an intentional crystal to give you an energetic boost while indulging in your self-care and cleansing routines. The Crystal Bar Soap Body Butters are my new holy grail […]

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab 2020 Lupercalia Reviews, Part One

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab released their annual smutty smorgasbord of Lupercalia and Shunga scents back in February, but no worries if you haven’t yet greedily grabbed a handful of this year’s shamelessly salacious scents! According to the folks at BPAL, “due to the current rippling of global infrastructure,” these prurient perfume oils, hedonistic hair glosses, […]

Weekly Eyeball Fodder

@despainart // Brian Despain @artofyayu // Yayu @stanleyunlimited // Stanley Gonczanski @ debishapirophotography // Debi Shapiro @zeinz_ // zein @esao // Esao Andrews @zakuroaoyama // Zakuro Aoyama @hiddenvelvet // Hidden Velvet “Psychopomp IV” by @rivuletpaper // Lily Seika Jones “Time Regained: Hand with Proust and Forget Me Nots” by @fatimaronquillostudio // Fatima Ronquillo

April Full Moon Tarotscopes from Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

Embodying the Unknown: April Full Moon Here we all are, at a very potent Full Moon. It is the fourth Full Moon of the year, in the fourth month. The number four is associated with stability, building, and finding safe ground. Some of us will be seeking a space of solace. Some of us may […]

From the Archives: Stacked Poetry for World Poetry Day

Today is World Poetry Day, and Haute Macabre writers would like to share with you this post from a few years back of some of our favorite poets and collections. Sarah: A River Of Stars, Yosano Akiko.  This is my go-to, treasured book of beloved poetry. I tell anyone that if they really want to […]

La Femme Pendu Presents Absolute Horror

In the fall of 2019 we had the unholy pleasure of having interviewed the enigmatic La Femme Pendu to learn more of the mysterious inspirations she sang of her in her four-song demo album, All Of Them Witches. This spring equinox we are thrilled to share that her full-length album, Absolute Horror (completed on a […]

Ecstatic Nightmares: Exploring the astral and alien with Camille Rose Garcia in her new illustrated novel

Janaka Stucky is a poet, performer, and publisher whose latest book, Ascend Ascend, is now available from Third Man Records & Books. Find him at janakastucky.com and on Instagram. Camille Rose Garcia’s surreal, narrative paintings of wasteland fairy tales and candy-bright landscapes established her as a seminal artist in the LA lowbrow movement. Her work has been displayed […]

The Art Of The Occult

Sarah here! Is this a good time to make an official book announcement for The Art Of The Occult (Quarto/White Lion Publishing, September 2020) complete with a cover reveal and pre-order links? Times are weird and dark and scary right now. Sharing and celebrating this accomplishment with you all feels like a tiny ray of light. See […]

Weekly Eyeball Fodder

“We have art lest we perish from the truth,” declared German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, and this is a sentiment I have long held close to my heart. Art is what buoys me, it is the life vessel that has saved me from going completely under. I can always breathe easier and hope for better things […]

A Trip to the Star: Tourmalated Quartz Spheres, Onyx Pyramids

We are not out of the shadows.  I say this not only as a metaphor: the nights still have a bite in the darkness, the air in my bayou has a wet coldness that sweeps around you.  This week has been a liminal one, transitory. We experience the full moon in Virgo, an ally in […]