All Crystals 20% Off!

All Crystals are now 20% off at checkout with code “Virgo” The entire Crystal Collection is 20% off right now in the Haute Macabre Shop! Please note, shipping is currently paused until I am able to return to the studio after evacuating due to Hurricane Ida. My estimate is fulfillment will resume in approximately 2 weeks. […]

Microdosing, Microblogging

External Influences: Violet Chachki’s Best Fashion Moments are a Masterclass in Modern Pin-Up Style Nick Cave’s The Red Hand Files Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art Alexander McQueen: Anemones Project X Magazine Archive Paris is Still Burning in These Photos These Polariods of Chris Meloni gave me life. Needful Things:(My current interests / obsessions)  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Most Macabre Of Distinctions: An Interview With Megan Rosenbloom, A Librarian Investigating the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin.

I’ve been spending the past week thinking about what sort of introduction to pen for the following interview with Megan Rosenbloom about her debut nonfiction book, Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin. Intros are always the hardest part, aren’t they? How do you sum up […]

31 Days Of Horror: Week Three

Week three was a bit of a bust, I’m afraid. I was overwhelmed and undermotivated and this led to me attempting to do a lot of things–probably too many things!– in uninspired, half-assed ways. However! I did try to fit something horror-related or at the very least horror-ish or horror-esque or horror-adjacent in where I […]

31 Days Of Halloween: Week Two

Day Eight: Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl. Sweet, Sweet Lonely Girl is restrained, melancholy, and softly ominous drama, a sort of off-kilter romance with a gloomy, gothic 70s haunted house vibe plus a placid pace to test your patience. Adele is a quiet young woman who has the opportunity to escape her miserable home life for […]

Mlle. Ghoul Answers Your Questions

Sarah Elizabeth answers your questions, and discusses such topics such as Trauma! Terror! Bad Career Advice! (And A Giveaway!)! I recently saw a YouTube video where the creator, in effect, interviewed herself, and I loved that idea! So maybe one day I will do that, but for now, I’ve reached out to *you* all for […]

In the Shadow Room

I spent a season in a red room, a rich, deep, glowing red, where the shadows glistened as if they were soaked with wine. From this, the latest addition to the Haute Macabre collection by Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab was born. Inky black pomegranate, blackcurrant, cassis, red sandalwood, ambrette seed and fossilized amber, pink peppercorn, and guiaicwood. […]

ARS INSPIRATIO: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

To commemorate the release of Sarah Elizabeth’s new book, The Art of the Occult, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab has “invited her to collaborate on a collection of art/scent pairings intended to serve as access points to occult inspiration, accompanied by short notes from S. Elizabeth explaining why she returns to gaze at these works again […]

31 Days Of Horror: Week One

It’s that time again! Time for me to decide that I am committing to watching a horror movie every day for the month of October! Time for me to rationalize that one episode of a television series counts as a movie, that a music video counts as a movie, that a one minute and thirty-second […]

What Does Outer Space Smell Like?

EDITED TO ADD: Sam here! I *do not* endorse this endeavor. I backed the Kickstarter, and then bought the second fragrance from their website. Only one of the two have arrived, and there are thousands of comments from backers on KS that never received their pledges after the funds were collected. The company has removed […]

At Home with the Hogan McLaughlin Spring 2021 Collection

Being a fair bit consumed of late, I’ll confess that I have been, regrettably, inattentive to all of the wonderful things that are generally of great interest to me in terms of art, fashion, etc. And this negligence is why I am just now seeing Hogan McLaughlin’s Spring 2021 collection and the marvelously innovative approach […]