From the Haute Macabre Archives: From Here to Eternity with Caitlin Doughty

Everyone’s favorite undertaker, Caitlin Doughty, has spent the last few years since her first book, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, was released traveling the world to experience global death traditions and rituals, opening her own green funeral home, leading The Order of the Good Death, and posting her YouTube series, Ask a Mortician. Caitlin’s new […]

From Here to Eternity: Caitlin Doughty of The Order of the Good Death

Everyone’s favorite undertaker, Caitlin Doughty, has spent the last few years since her first book, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, was released traveling the world to experience global death traditions and rituals, opening her own green funeral home, leading The Order of the Good Death, and posting her YouTube series, Ask a Mortician. Caitlin’s new […]

Stacked: January 2020

Sarah A Girl Goes Into The Forest by Peg Alford Pursell. A collection of brief, luminous stories; experimental explorations between daughters, wives, and husbands, that even when they didn’t land perfectly… affected me on a level of understanding that I think exists within me but has not been activated yet and might never be. Pursell evokes […]

Play This At My Funeral: Interview With Jezebel Jones Of Bye Bye Banshee (Exclusive Album Download)

In our autumn 2018 installment of Aural Fixation, I briefly mentioned that Bye Bye Banshee’s Deathfolk Magic was in constant rotation in my home, and described its sound thusly: “…is the ghostly melody, hushed and humming softly, ominously, as your rocker creaks a rickety midnight lullaby on the rotted wooden floorboards of a ramshackle cabin. Sleepless at […]

Post Mortem: December 2018

In the coming weeks, the writers here at Haute Macabre will be offering up our own personal post mortems for the year of 2018, our collections of favorite products and discoveries, our own favorite contributions to the site, and our own intimate takes on the previous twelve months. For now, please enjoy this recap of […]

Full Moon Shop Update

The final shop update of the year closes with a selection of titles added to the “Literature” section of the Haute Macabre Shop. Each of these titles has a personal significance to me, and I hope they touch you in the same way. Expect an update in early 2019 of the oracle and divination selection of […]

Aural Fixation: The Podcast Edition

Sarah I’m going to mention two podcasts I have previously written about, because quite frankly, they are the only two I listen to. I have a hard time with podcasts, especially when they are run by more than one person, and especially if those few people are friends. The recording generally devolves into in-jokes and […]

From Solitary Deathling To Attending Death Salon Seattle

Looking back I wonder if I was an insomniac child. I don’t know enough or much at all, really, about human child development to know what’s normal. But I do know that, for as much of my childhood as I can remember, it always took me hours to fall asleep at night. On further thought, I […]

Stacked: July 2017

Image by Brooke Shaden Sarah’s Reads Cujo by Stephen King I have spent most of my life chasing that elusive feeling of freedom that the months of June through August afforded me when I was grade school age. This “freedom” was mainly comprised of stretching out on a sticky, sweaty chaise lounge on the back […]

Playing With Death: The Morbid Curiosity Game

Death can be a tricky subject to discuss, even for those of us more morbidly-minded than most. It’s also endlessly, irresistibly fascinating and affects every single one of us. As our beloved Caitlin Doughty often reminds us, ignoring topics that frighten or make us uncomfortable only makes them scarier, whereas openly talking about them brings […]

Post Mortem: March 2017

I’m going to go ahead and blame Mercury Retrograde on my missing on posting our March Post Mortem, but better late than never! Here are Haute Macabre’s offerings from March, 2017, and they were too good not to revisit. A Woman With Power: an interview with Pam Grossman Lunation Leathers Mysterious Maidens and Menacing Idylls: […]

Post Mortem: January 2017

January 2017 has been a difficult month for many of us, especially here in the USA.  It has veered between extremes of sadness and fear at the wave of hatred enveloping parts of our country, and determination and pride as we watch those around us choose to rise up.  This month we have cried and […]

A Mortician’s Tale: Death-Positive Gaming

If you’ve never considered yourself a lover of video games, that all is about to change. Inspired by Caitlin Doughty and The Order Of The Good Death, A Mortician’s Tale is a narrative-driven game set in the fictional Rose And Daughters Funeral Home — it’s also a nail in the coffin of unimaginative first-person-shooters as […]

Future Corpse

The Order of the Good Death have announced their Death Salon events for 2015: the first coming this spring at The Getty Villa in Los Angeles, on April 26, and the second, two day event at The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia on October 5 & 6. Not familiar with The Order of the Good Death […]

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Everyone’s favorite mortician, Caitlin Doughty, is releasing her memoirs of being a twenty-something employee at a crematory this coming September. Founder of The Order of the Good Death, you may recognize her from her Ask a Mortician videos, or just because she’s all around neato. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes is Committed to making death […]

Death Salon + The Dark Artisans’ Bazaar

The fifth Death Salon event is rapidly approaching, hosted the weekend of October 5-6 at the stunning Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Death Salon is fashioned in the spirit of eighteenth-century salons, as an informal gathering of intellectuals and enthusiasts, dedicated to conversations on mortality and mourning and their effects on our culture and history. […]