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 […]

The Art Of The Occult Glimpses & Giveaway!

This week I received my author copies of The Art of the Occult, and it was such a surreal, dreamy experience that I had to make a little film of it to share! For those who have pre-ordered their copies and are patiently awaiting the book’s arrival next month (pub. date October 13, 2020), I […]

Stacked: Summer Reading

Sarah May Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker A few friends read this before I got around to it, and at the time I felt so left out of their awestruck conversations revolving around these innovative, imaginative stories, it was starting to rub me a little raw. I wanted 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stacked: February 2020

Sarah Ration by Cody T Luff Full disclosure: Ration was sent to me as a review copy. I don’t regularly receive review copies of things, but I love that someone came across a story or an author that I might be into and was keen to send it my way. That level of thoughtfulness in […]

The Art of Book Covers (1820–1914)

A selection of the most beautiful book covers from 1820-1914, via the Public Domain Review. Inspired by rising literacy rates and advancing technologies, the nineteenth century saw the book transform from a largely hand-made object to a mass-produced product. In this new environment the book cover took on added importance: it was no longer merely […]

Stacked 2019: Maika’s Post Mortem

Surprising no one who knows me well, I had a difficult time selecting a list of favorite reads for 2019. Some titles immediately sprang to mind, but there was fierce competition among others to be included while not letting this list grow unreasonably long. I read so many outstanding collections of short stories last year, […]

Stacked: November 2019

Maika Although it hasn’t stopped me from adding new books to my stacks, I spent November in deep in Discworld comfort rereading mode. My go-to comfort read, literary BFF, and annual reread no matter my state of mind is Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, co-written by Terry Pratchett and […]

Stacked: October 2019

Maika A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker – I enjoyed this novel every bit as much as Pinsker’s previous short story collection, Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea. This book is set in the same world as one of the stories in that collection, which was very satisfying. I’d be […]

Red All Over: An Interview With Adam Nevill

Years ago, I read a horror book called The Ritual. I don’t remember how it crossed my path, though I do have a fondness for both wilderness spookers and Scandinavia — probably it was on a list of books compiled by someone I trusted, or maybe the Internet’s various algorithms simply delivered me to its […]

The Feral Feminine: An Interview With Kristen J. Sollee

When we discovered that Haute Macabre favorite Kristen J. Sollée’s follow-up to Witches, Sluts, Feminists was a book about cats — more specifically, about the connections between cats and women, the feline and the feminine — we eagerly awaited its release. Cat Call: Reclaiming the Feral Feminine is out now from Weiser Books and during […]

Library Thing: Grimoires & Guides

New additions and restocks now in the Haute Macabre shop. I would like to add a personal note to this offerings alert and say that it truly is an honor to carry these titles, alongside items already at home with us. These artists, writers, and witches that contribute their wisdom to the world and allow […]

Stacked: September 2019

  Sarah I’ve been in the thick of it lately with deadlines on various projects and intensely fretting about that horrid hurricane that whirled in over Labor Day weekend, and which really disrupted life for a bit– but in the end, we weren’t as badly affected in Florida as we had been in the past. […]

Stacked: July 2019

Sarah Bad Gateway by Simon Hanselmann Ooooof. When you strip away the spiteful laughter and the uncomfortable chuckles of the previous Megg & Mogg books (one of which, Megahex, I have written about previously–don’t get me wrong, I adored it, and I laughed at that one, too) you’re left with the bare bones of depression and […]

Vintage Occult Book Preview

The next set of offerings to the Haute Macabre Shop will be a selection of vintage occult titles that I have sourced this season. Resurrecting this portion of the collection has been immensely fulfilling, and I am excited to continue to expand the vintage and antique sections of the shop! These titles will be available […]

Damien Echols’ HIGH MAGICK: Priming Oneself to Cast Spells

Please welcome occult contributor Janaka Stucky to Haute Macabre team of writers. You may know Damien Echols as one of the West Memphis Three—three men who were convicted as teenagers in 1994, of the 1993 murders of three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. The case against them was circumstantial at best, and the prosecution pinned its case […]

Stacked: June 2019

Maika June was, for me, a seemingly endless, festering dumpster fire of a month. I know I’m not alone in this for myriad reasons and I’m sorry for every one of you who can somehow relate. Due to this fraught state of affairs, my stacks mostly sat gathering dust as I instead turned to numerous […]

Sex With A Fairy, Tea With A Ghost: Interview With Kelly Link

Kelly Link’s writing first found me at a feminist clothing swap, because of course feminists bring books to a clothing swap. The book was worn, paperback — one of those not-for-resale tomes that someone got from someone who knows someone else who once sneezed vaguely in the direction of the publishing industry. Pretty Monsters was […]

From the Archives: Elsa Lanchester, Herself. An Interview with Tom Blunt

It’s hard to know when imagery so striking, so wonderfully eerie, so utterly iconoclastic as the one presented by Elsa Lanchester as The Bride of Frankenstein, first becomes embedded in one’s memory. When was I not aware of this astonishing creature, this electric-tressed beauty, robed in ghostly whites and the most elegant bandages ever glimpsed […]

Stacked May 2019

Sonya: You Should Have Left: A Novel by Daniel Kehlmann — I loved this novel which, to me, felt like the Platonic ideal of the innermost story of House of Leaves, a terrible book nobody good ever finished and which buried its one promising narrative under piles of pretentious dude shit that wasn’t cute when […]

The Resurrection of Disco Witch Vintage: Vintage Occult Books

I am elated to resurrect the Disco Witch Vintage collection: a hand curated selection of vintage and antique books, objects, and paraphernalia. Disco Witch Vintage was launched in 2014 with the intent of sharing my love and fascination for relics of the past, and due to life changes and restrictions I had to shutter it […]

Stacked: March & April 2019

Sarah: Little by Edward Carey When Goodreads first recommended this title to me, I thought “haven’t I already read this book?” But I was getting Little by Edward Carey confused with Little, Big by John Crowley, which I read several years ago and which I enjoyed much more. These stories aren’t terribly similar though, so maybe you […]