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 […]

Bath With Intention: Crystal Bar Soap in the Haute Macabre Apothecary

The Haute Macabre Apothecary is now fully stocked with a huge selection of crystal embedded bath bombs, soaps, body butters, and bath salts from Crystal Bar Soaps, all of which are 100% vegan. Bath Salts: Celestial Vision with amethyst and lavender, to relax, recharge, and meditate. Milky Way with clear quartz and coconut milk to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Underworld Guides

I have found myself in constant travels to and fro the underworld this season, walking darkened paths I thought I had long left behind. Garnet protects and deflects while on these journeys, protecting you from not only your external enemies, but the enemy you can create within those dark hours. Named after the Latin word […]

March Full Moon Tarotscopes from Sarah Faith Gottesdiener

March Full Moon Tarotscopes: Rooted & Resourced  On Monday, March 9th, we welcome our only Full Moon of the month. The Moon is in the sign of Virgo—tender of the hearth and temple, protector of our own sovereignty—at 19 degrees. Little things become big things; tiny sparks become life-giving warmth over time.  This Full Moon […]

Intimate and beautiful images of Frida Kahlo bedridden.

Intimate and beautiful images of Frida Kahlo bedridden. At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can. Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly? I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best. I […]

Post Mortem: February 2020

Only You Exist: Adipocere at Beinart Gallery Stacked: January 2020 February Full Moon Tarotscopes from Sarah Faith Gottesdiener: Rebalance & Recalibration Weekly Eyeball Fodder Burning the Bear: Dumortierite, Mystic Merlinite, Septarian Ask Arcanalogue Weekly Eyeball Fodder Moonbeaming: The Online Workshop How To Wear A Chanel Scarf

How To Wear A Chanel Scarf

The full title of this post is actually How To Wear A Beautiful But Virtually Unobtainable Chanel Vanitas Scarf That I Stumbled Upon While I Was Noodling Around Online In A Brain-Fog On A Sunday Afternoon When I Had A Really Dreadful Cold, but I guess you can see why a title so onerous and pitiful […]

Moonbeaming

This March-April online course from Sarah Faith Gottesdiener aims to enhance your personal magical practice, and specifically introduce and immerse you into living with the cycles of the Moon. The class begins March 9th and ends April 13th. This is the only time in 2020 this class will be offered. The Moonbeaming Online Course will […]

Weekly Eyeball Fodder

@how_many_ghosts // Maika “When Night Comes” by @nonalimmen // Nona Limmen  @samyongart // Sam Yong  “Healing Flower” by @kathleenlolley // Kathleen Lolley  “Midnight Confidante” by @babswebb // Babs Webb  “Soul” by @lauramakabresku //  Laura Makabresku  “Scarlet Ibis and Poppies” by @jeszika_levye // Jeszika Le Vye  “The High Priestess” by @sevenspikestudio // Carla Cury @jmalkova // Julia Malkova “The Apothecary” by […]

Ask Arcanalogue

Hello Arcanalogue!  I’m at the stage in my practice where I’ve learned enough to start reading cards for other people, and so far it’s been wonderful. Except! I admit to being really nervous about turning over cards like The Tower and the Ten of Swords… lots of the Swords actually. Like the thought makes me […]

Burning the Bear: Dumortierite, Mystic Merlinite, Septarian

It has been a season of self-healing: discovering and defining self worth, awakening and accepting who and what I am, where I am, and why I am. This encompasses boundaries that I had previously ignored, an inner voice I had been silencing when she wanted to speak out loud, a standing stagnation of the soul. […]