Abigail Larson’s Gorgeously Gothic Zodiac Illustrations

by on Oct.03, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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scorpio by abigail larson

Even if you’re not a believer in prediction, prognostication, and prophecy, you surely cannot deny the supernatural beauty of Abigail Larson’s gorgeously gothic zodiac illustrations to accompany Angie Banicki’s tarot-inspired October horoscopes over at Society6 today.

See below for some of our favorite imagery from this stunning series (and if that’s not the most Scorpio pose ever, I don’t know what is) and head over to society6 to see the rest of the signs of the zodiac basking in the exquisite melancholy of a shadowed autumn cemetery at dusk.

aquarius by abigail larson

virgo by abigail larson

sagittarius by abigail larson

aries by abigail larson

libra by abigail larson

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Gothtober Day 3 with Odious Ari

by on Oct.03, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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Visit www.gothtober.com and click on DAY 3 for a graveyard ditty from Odious Ari!
Well what have we here but international SUPERSTAR, Odious Ari with a hand hewn music video from the good ol’ days! I wanted to know more, so I wrote Odious a telegram, and wouldn’t you know, I got a telegram BACK with some “behind the scenes” information! Here’s what Western Union delivered:
It was shot at Hollywood Forever STOP Joey Jenkins was the cinematographer and David Gutierrez directed and PA-ed STOP We were really concerned about being offensive and/or upsetting people who may have been there to actually honor to their relatives, but it’s hard when you are three weirdos with a mannequin leg, creepy baby doll, accordion and banjolele STOP When people approached where we were shooting, we tried to look “normal” (hard to do as Odious) and hide the goods, hence the photo of the leg sticking out behind the tombstone STOP 
Odious also said “The baby doll and I had a delightful little nap together. It was past both our nap times and we were getting cranky. A little shut-eye and we were back to waltzing. We also both ended up wetting our pants, and that was the cue for the shoot (and Joey and David’s willingness to be around me) to end. The song is called Fifteen More Years and it’s a duet between a terrible father (played by Odious) and a goth, butch quinceanera (also played by Ari) who hates every minute of her “celebration.”
We are delighted as peach pie and pumpkin buckle to show this rousing tune and visual accompaniment to Gothtober’s queasy, creaky, creepy collection of Halloween entertainment! Thanks, Odious!
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Haute Macabre Shop is Open!

by on Oct.02, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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Haute Macabre Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Cemetery Collection: Mummies of Mexico City

The Mummies of Mexico City is our latest addition to our Cemetery Collection, inspired by my visit to the Museo de El Carmen this past June. In an underground crypt beneath a monastery school dating back to the 1600s rest twelve naturally mummified bodies. Going down the staircase leading to the crypt, the temperature begins to drop and the air shifts from the heavy heat to a dry, earthy scent. Confronted by the mummies is the sharp juxtaposition from the angelic and opulent relics of the upper levels of the museum, reminding us of our own earthy boundaries, and that we shall all return to the dust.

Mummies of Mexico City contains notes of church incense, ornate gold, old lace, and dust. A sacred, secret scent, recalling residual whispers of incense settling into the ancient, forgotten dust.

Haute Macabre will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this fragrance to La Casa del Mestizo, a rescue foundation assisting the displaced animals after the recent devastating earthquake.

Burying Point Hair Gloss

Burying Point Hair Gloss is the accompanying hair gloss to one of our original Cemetery Collection scents, inspired by the oldest cemetery in Salem, bordered by the infamous Witch Trials memorial markers.

Damp clusters of brown patchouli, dried maple leaves, black sage, spikenard, and curled, misshapen mandrake roots scent this combination of Tahitian Moni, Camelina Oil, Argan Oil, and Karanja oil finishing shine.

Burying Point features label art by Bill Crisafi.

Haute Macabre Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Laurel Hill

Laurel Hill contains notes of mountain laurel petals limned in pale pink settling among boughs of hemlock, soft mosses, and dark lichens.

Haute Macabre Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab

The Burying Point is the oldest cemetery in Salem, MA, dating back to the year 1637, bordered by a tribute to the victims of the Salem Witch Trials. I walked through here on a beautiful morning once, and fell in love with the crumbling markers, all decorated with mememto mori markings popular in the era. Our interpretation of it contains notes of damp clusters of brown patchouli, dried maple leaves, black sage, spikenard, and curled, misshapen mandrake roots.

Just above the French Quarter in my beloved New Orleans, St. Louis #1 is one of the oldest cemeteries in the city, and the alleged final resting places of VooDoo Queen Marie Laveau and the cruel Delphine LaLaurie. Bottled here with drooping Spanish moss and crumbling marble, sweet olive blossom, 13-year aged black patchouli, and offerings of Bay Rum, Florida water, and tobacco.

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Haute Macabre Three Ravens Company It Wasn't Just a Phase

Our first collaborative endeavor with Three Ravens Company is our debut candle, It Wasn’t Just a Phase. Featuring label art by Jordan Barlow, inspired by the handwriting of Vlad Tepes. These hand crafted candles are made with 100% natural soy wax, and are dye free, GMO free, pesticide free, phthalate free, cruelty free and lead free. Each candle burns for approximately 50 hours, with a recommended burn time of 1-3 hours to fully imbue your environment with this scent. Each candle is encased in a glossy black tumbler with a black lid for storage and scent preservation when not lit.

It Wasn’t Just a Phase contains notes of parchment, leather, vetiver, and frankincense.

This is available in extremely quantities, so please limit your purchase to two maximum per customer.

Psychic Wave Haute Macabre tank

In addition to these new releases, the shop is also restocked with our existing items, including a quantity of our Haute Macabre tank and crop tops, designed by Courtney Riot and printed locally in New Orleans by Inferno Screen Printing. These tops will not be reprinted until Summer of 2018, and this will be your last chance until then to add them to your wardrobe.

Psychic Wave Haute Macabre tank

Please Read: A note on quantities on all items!

Other than the Three Ravens Company Candles and the garments, all of our Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Black Phoenix Trading Post offerings will be available to pre-order for holiday fulfillment later this month, so if you are to miss out on this week’s stock, you will have another opportunity to purchase shortly.

As always, thank you for your endless support!

Click here to visit the Haute Macabre Shop

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Gothtober Day 2 – The Terror Tunnel, by Rick Orner!

by on Oct.02, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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Visit www.gothtober.com and click on DAY 2

Are you up for a haunted attraction involving paranormal activity and partying with the undead? Rick Orner brings to us a P.O.V. simulation of what such a thing might entail. Your car glides on its rails, lurching right, pitching left, each new direction revealing a new spooky tableau!

Do you remember going to the county fair and staring at the terrifying facade of the Haunted House ride? Do you remember it looming over your small frame, it’s metallic edges painted over to resemble decrepit castle stones or rotting wood?

There was always some kind of extra creepy skeleton or Lon Chaney-esque phantom of the opera both beckoning and repelling you to enter the “Bordello of Blood” or “The Ghost Train” or “AmityVille Scareground.”

At age 7 or 8, this was enough to make you want to flail wildly, scream bloody murder, and run in any direction BUT one of these places. But at some point, you’d brave your better sense, get in one of these things and survive, but perhaps not without throwing all your popcorn in the air from being scared so badly. Get that feeling back again as you enter the terror tunnel, maybe have a little cotton candy, or some roasted peanuts.

Dark rides were invented in the late 19th century, often called “pleasure” or “scenic” railways. This is the first one ever designed with Gothtober in mind, we’re thrilled that Rick Orner kept us in the dark, so to speak! please keep all hands and arms inside the vehicle at all times. We don’t want you losing a limb… or do we?

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New Sponsor: Black Cat Clothiers

by on Oct.01, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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Black Cat Clothiers

Please welcome our newest sponsor, Black Cat Clothiers!

Victoria Mier left a successful career in journalism to pursue a more mystical, magickal life, opening Black Cat Clothiers in May 2017. Following the desire to embrace her true self and help others do the same, Victoria set out to dress every witch, boheme and unusual woman in the most deliciously dark vintage garments she could find. With a focus on eco-friendly practices and daily ritual, Victoria strives to help other strange souls feel as magickal as possible with the witchiest garments and a growing, carefully-selected apothecary section.

Black Cat Clothiers

At Black Cat Clothiers, we proudly offer vintage clothing that reflects your lifestyle and your magick. We believe in the power of vintage garments—in their past lives and hidden secrets, in the feelings they create and the power they have. Founded in 2017, the one-woman shop provides a carefully-curated selection of witchy, bohemian and unusual clothing, supplemented by hand-picked apothecary items perfect for altar work or everyday ritual. With these beautiful garments and sacred objects, Black Cat Clothiers hopes to bring even more magick to your life.

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Shop the Black Cat Clothiers online store, and follow Black Cat Clothiers on Instagram & Facebook

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First Day of Gothtober: Pumpkin Heads, by Fonzie!!!

by on Oct.01, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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Go to www.gothtober.com and visit DAY 1 to see “Pumpkin Heads” the movie by FONZIE!

It’s officially pumpkin season! What better way to feel the magic of the squash than with REAL LIVE PUMPKIN HEADS running down your street?!? This sweet friendship film comes to us all the way from Vermont, where the leaves were just starting to change a few weeks ago when this piece was made. Fonzie is the altar ego of Alison McHaffie Bergman, who made this film with her husband (go ukulele!) and some very well-disguised individuals wearing hollowed-out vegetables over their craniums.

FUN FILM MAKER FACT: “As we were shooting our movie, a guy in his car rolled down his window and yelled out “Pumpkin Head!!!” but this piece actually has TWO pumpkin heads, hence the title. 

I asked Alison to share some “Vermontian Fall Finery” with us, and she sent these pictures of some pumpkin innards (omg the innards of one of her film star’s heads!!! So gory!!!), beautiful red leaves, and the Cabot Plains Cemetery, which was established in 1822.

A very Happy Gothtober to Alison and family, thank you for wearing ACTUAL pumpkins on your heads, you really went the distance!



 

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Gothtober Eve 2017

by on Sep.30, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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We’re throwing the last minute ingredients into the cauldron: Marinated marmot meat, a cheet-o with lots of pins stuck in it, canned nightcrawler worms, deep-fried kitten hearts, some dragon gizzards, some pipe organ parts, and a jar of queso! It’s gonna be a GREAT year of dreadful delicacies, tonight at midnight, if you’ll be so inclined, check it out the second it launches, and if you’ll be asleep… well then check out while sipping your pumpkin spiced coffee on the morning of Gothtober 1st! See you on the other side!

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PSA: Haute Macabre Shop Reopens + New Items Added

by on Sep.29, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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The Haute Macabre Shop will be reopening on Monday, October 2, at 11AM CST. We will be offering a limited selection of our Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Black Phoenix Trading Post collections, along with the addition of two new releases that debuted at last month’s Night Market in Salem: The Mummies of Mexico City fragrance and Burying Point Hair Gloss, and also the limited edition release of our first collaboration with Three Ravens Company, the It Wasn’t Just a Phase scented soy candle.

Haute Macabre Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Cemetery Collection: Mummies of Mexico City

The Mummies of Mexico City is our latest addition to our Cemetery Collection, inspired by my visit to the Museo de El Carmen this past June. In an underground crypt beneath a monastery school dating back to the 1600s rest twelve naturally mummified bodies. Going down the staircase leading to the crypt, the temperature begins to drop and the air shifts from the heavy heat to a dry, earthy scent. Confronted by the mummies is the sharp juxtaposition from the angelic and opulent relics of the upper levels of the museum, reminding us of our own earthy boundaries, and that we shall all return to the dust.

Mummies of Mexico City contains notes of  church incense, ornate gold, old lace, and dust. A sacred, secret scent, recalling residual whispers of incense settling into the ancient, forgotten dust.

Haute Macabre will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this fragrance to La Casa del Mestizo, a rescue foundation assisting the displaced animals after the recent devastating earthquake.

Burying Point Hair Gloss

Burying Point Hair Gloss is the accompanying hair gloss to one of our original Cemetery Collection scents, inspired by the oldest cemetery in Salem, bordered by the infamous Witch Trials memorial markers.

Damp clusters of brown patchouli, dried maple leaves, black sage, spikenard, and curled, misshapen mandrake roots scent this combination of Tahitian Moni, Camelina Oil, Argan Oil, and Karanja oil finishing shine.

Burying Point features label art by Bill Crisafi.

Haute Macabre Three Ravens Company It Wasn't Just a Phase

Our first collaborative endeavor with Three Ravens Company is our debut candle, It Wasn’t Just a Phase. Featuring label art by Jordan Barlow, inspired by the handwriting of Vlad Tepes. These hand crafted candles are made with 100% natural soy wax, and are dye free, GMO free, pesticide free, phthalate free, cruelty free and lead free. Each candle burns for approximately 50 hours, with a recommended burn time of 1-3 hours to fully imbue your environment with this scent. Each candle is encased in a glossy black tumbler with a black lid for storage and scent preservation when not lit.

It Wasn’t Just a Phase contains notes of parchment, leather, vetiver, and frankincense.

This is available in extremely quantities, so please limit your purchase to two maximum per customer.

Psychic Wave Haute Macabre tank

In addition to these new releases, the shop is also restocked with our existing items, including a quantity of our Haute Macabre tank and crop tops, designed by Courtney Riot and printed locally in New Orleans by Inferno Screen Printing. These tops will not be reprinted until Summer of 2018, and this will be your last chance until then to add them to your wardrobe.

Psychic Wave Haute Macabre tank

Please Read: A note on quantities on all items!

Other than the Three Ravens Company Candles and the garments, all of our Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and Black Phoenix Trading Post offerings will be available to pre-order for holiday fulfillment later this month, so if you are to miss out on this week’s stock, you will have another opportunity to purchase shortly.

As always, thank you for your endless support!

The Haute Macabre Shop will reopen Monday, October 2, at 11AM CST

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The Nocturnal Reader’s Box — Interview And Giveaway!

by on Sep.27, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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It is 2017 and friends, since I first learned of and became obsessed with their existence three years ago, I have tried a lot of subscription boxes. Candles, jewelry, clothing, food and wine, makeup, perfume, sleep or bath-related–if it exists, I have probably subscribed to it for at least a month before canceling in a snit, disappointed and frustrated.  (Except the wine, if I am being honest here.) I am looking for a certain subscription box experience, you see, and these purveyors of purported monthly gratification were not even coming close to satisfying the needs of my dark heart.

It was in the void of my despair I then encountered The Nocturnal Reader’s Box.

A Subscription Box for fans of Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy Books and Psychological Thrillers, The Nocturnal Reader’s Box is a monthly subscription service that specializes in bringing to their customers new and exciting books from authors, both well-established and lesser known. Each box includes one newly released book, one previously released book, custom artwork, one wearable, and various expertly curated fandom merchandise.. Having subscribed back in May, I have since received three boxes and not a one of them was a dud–which is no mean feat, considering that in the past, my experience has been that I will usually like one thing in a box and everything else is sort of “meh”. Or another criticism I have of “dark” or “horror” genre boxes like this is that the quality of the items is very poor, and most of it is cheap, crappy nonsense. Every item in every Nocturnal Reader’s Box I have received thus far–from bookmarks to coffee mugs, from tote bags to trucker caps, is something I took out of the box, exclaimed at how awesome it was, and actually use. Even the snap back trucker cap. It says Captain Trips on it! How can I not?

And of course, there are the books themselves–all of which I have devoured within days of receiving each box.

unboxing by spoopyhol

If it sounds like I am really hyping them up, that’s because I am. I can’t help it. As a lifelong lover of all things horror and haunted, I could not be more thrilled with the excellence of The Nocturnal Reader’s Box, and I only wish I had discovered them sooner.

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with founders Vincent and Jessica Guerrero about their dark offerings; see below for our Q&A and be sure to leave a comment to be eligible for a giveaway of their now sold out October Nocturnal Reader’s Anniversary Box!

unboxing by book.happy

Haute Macabre: You note yourselves “lovers of everything dark”–let’s drill a little further down into that, shall we? I’d love to hear of your various dark interests, however they developed and whatever they may be, but books in particular, of course!

Vincent Guererro: So I was exposed to horror at a very young age in the form of film and comics. My mother was a horror junkie back in the 80s (and still is today) and we would watch every horror movie that came out. I was about 4 the first time I actually asked my mom to read horror to me, and I was hooked.

I remember horror always being a part of my life growing up. My father used to work as a distributor in grocery stores and would bring home Tales from the Crypt comics that were extras from the month before. Its great to have a community like the one we are building that can get together online in our forum and discuss these types of things. Its amazing how many of our subscribers started adult speculative fiction at the same age as me.

Jessica Guerrero: Growing up I wasn’t exposed to horror as much as Vincent. The only horror that I got was through the films that my older cousin would make me watch. After we were married and our book collections were merged I was introduced to a whole new genre and I haven’t looked back. This was only about 8 years ago, but we read so much (especially now) that I’m pretty far down the literary horror wormhole.

I think what’s really exciting about reading horror is that you can genuinely be frightened, but having my husband next to me at night helps to calm that fear once the lights are out.

unboxing by its_just_jasmin

Why the subscription box route, and can you tie that into the genesis of the Nocturnal Reader’s Box? How do you feel you differ from other horror-themed subscription boxes?

J.G: When researching a box for ourselves, everything that came up was 90% young adult, and no one was dealing in horror fiction. So, we made a box to which we would subscribe, thus, The Nocturnal Reader’s Box.

V.G.: Like Jessica said, we never really set out to start a business. I was in school finishing my MBA, and we figured, what the hell, I don’t want to be stuck in an office forever haha. I used to be subscribed to other horror themed boxes, but those only dealt in film horror, and there was so much out there that wasn’t being represented. Stuff that hadn’t been adapted into film that needed exposure, so it just naturally fell together.

We knew we didn’t want a storefront, and an online marketplace could be fun, but we also felt that we wanted to add something to the subscription industry that felt lacking.

unboxing by somethinonya

How do you choose the books and corresponding items that you include with each box? What have been some of your favorite boxes to curate for Nocturnal Readers thus far?

J.G:  We typically choose the books for each month first. Once those are set, then we can start brainstorming items that go with a central theme. Now that we’re no longer theming our boxes, I’d say the process is a little more natural and we can choose the items based on our subscribers preferences. As far as favorites its a hard choice, but I’d have to say the All Hail the King box, and The Feast.

V.G.:  The publishers that we have worked with have all been amazing. They send us titles and we get to spend most of our time reading and creating designs. We have been able to work with some great authors, including Stephen King.
With the All Hail the King box, we were able to literally talk to him and his agents about creating an exclusive cover for our subscribers. I have loved every box that we put out, minus our first one. It wasn’t bad, it just didn’t live up to what I thought it would.

unboxing by bookish mommy

I myself have thought to curate quality niche boxes but found it a really daunting prospect. What have been some of the challenges you’ve run into, whether anticipated or thoroughly unexpected? Conversely, I’d as someone who desperately wants to see endeavors like this succeed, please share with me some of the more rewarding aspects of this undertaking.

J.G.– There have been months where we’ve had to completely throw out a theme and start from scratch because of one reason or another. Of course, we have a deadline to meet each month and the closer we get to that deadline, the more creative we have to be.

V.G.— For me personally I think my only issue is learning to work with customers. I absolutely love creating this box with my family each month. We honestly get more excited than the subscribers do waiting for them to receive their boxes. When something goes wrong, like with shipping, its not something we can control, but we get a dissatisfied customer, and that’s a bummer. So as far as negatives, that’s a big one.

J.G. & V.G.—The positives are too long to list, and though that seems like a cop-out, its very true. So I will just say that we get to stay home with our daughter, reading and creating every day. Our community is engaging and fun. We have made a bunch of real friends that we’ve been able to actually hang out and get drinks with.

The amazing community keeps us going, we are constantly trying to figure out new ways to connect and to give back, and we are having a blast!

The Nocturnal Reader’s Box has generously offered an October Box to one reader!

What horror novels have haunted you recently? What are your all-time beloved spooky reads? Tell us all about your frightful favorites in the comments, and be sure to follow both Haute Macabre and The Nocturnal Reader’s Box on instagram to be eligible for the giveaway. A winner will be chosen one week from today.

Find The Nocturnal Reader’s Box: website // instagram // facebook // twitter

Image credits: The Nocturnal Reader’ Box, spoopyhol, book.happyits_just_jasmin_, somethinonya, bookish-mommy

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The Nocturnal Reader’s Box — Interview And Giveaway!

by on Sep.27, 2017, under Syndicated from the Web

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Nocturnal Readers 2

It is 2017 and friends, since I first learned of and became obsessed with their existence three years ago, I have tried a lot of subscription boxes. Candles, jewelry, clothing, food and wine, makeup, perfume, sleep or bath-related–if it exists, I have probably subscribed to it for at least a month before canceling in a snit, disappointed and frustrated.  (Except the wine, if I am being honest here.) I am looking for a certain subscription box experience, you see, and these purveyors of purported monthly gratification were not even coming close to satisfying the needs of my dark heart.

It was in the void of my despair I then encountered The Nocturnal Reader’s Box.

A Subscription Box for fans of Horror, Sci-Fi, Fantasy Books and Psychological Thrillers, The Nocturnal Reader’s Box is a monthly subscription service that specializes in bringing to their customers new and exciting books from authors, both well-established and lesser known. Each box includes one newly released book, one previously released book, custom artwork, one wearable, and various expertly curated fandom merchandise.. Having subscribed back in May, I have since received three boxes and not a one of them was a dud–which is no mean feat, considering that in the past, my experience has been that I will usually like one thing in a box and everything else is sort of “meh”. Or another criticism I have of “dark” or “horror” genre boxes like this is that the quality of the items is very poor, and most of it is cheap, crappy nonsense. Every item in every Nocturnal Reader’s Box I have received thus far–from bookmarks to coffee mugs, from tote bags to trucker caps, is something I took out of the box, exclaimed at how awesome it was, and actually use. Even the snap back trucker cap. It says Captain Trips on it! How can I not?

And of course, there are the books themselves–all of which I have devoured within days of receiving each box.

unboxing by spoopyhol

If it sounds like I am really hyping them up, that’s because I am. I can’t help it. As a lifelong lover of all things horror and haunted, I could not be more thrilled with the excellence of The Nocturnal Reader’s Box, and I only wish I had discovered them sooner.

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with founders Vincent and Jessica Guerrero about their dark offerings; see below for our Q&A and be sure to leave a comment to be eligible for a giveaway of their now sold out October Nocturnal Reader’s Anniversary Box!

unboxing by book.happy

Haute Macabre: You note yourselves “lovers of everything dark”–let’s drill a little further down into that, shall we? I’d love to hear of your various dark interests, however they developed and whatever they may be, but books in particular, of course!

Vincent Guererro: So I was exposed to horror at a very young age in the form of film and comics. My mother was a horror junkie back in the 80s (and still is today) and we would watch every horror movie that came out. I was about 4 the first time I actually asked my mom to read horror to me, and I was hooked.

I remember horror always being a part of my life growing up. My father used to work as a distributor in grocery stores and would bring home Tales from the Crypt comics that were extras from the month before. Its great to have a community like the one we are building that can get together online in our forum and discuss these types of things. Its amazing how many of our subscribers started adult speculative fiction at the same age as me.

Jessica Guerrero: Growing up I wasn’t exposed to horror as much as Vincent. The only horror that I got was through the films that my older cousin would make me watch. After we were married and our book collections were merged I was introduced to a whole new genre and I haven’t looked back. This was only about 8 years ago, but we read so much (especially now) that I’m pretty far down the literary horror wormhole.

I think what’s really exciting about reading horror is that you can genuinely be frightened, but having my husband next to me at night helps to calm that fear once the lights are out.

unboxing by its_just_jasmin

Why the subscription box route, and can you tie that into the genesis of the Nocturnal Reader’s Box? How do you feel you differ from other horror-themed subscription boxes?

J.G: When researching a box for ourselves, everything that came up was 90% young adult, and no one was dealing in horror fiction. So, we made a box to which we would subscribe, thus, The Nocturnal Reader’s Box.

V.G.: Like Jessica said, we never really set out to start a business. I was in school finishing my MBA, and we figured, what the hell, I don’t want to be stuck in an office forever haha. I used to be subscribed to other horror themed boxes, but those only dealt in film horror, and there was so much out there that wasn’t being represented. Stuff that hadn’t been adapted into film that needed exposure, so it just naturally fell together.

We knew we didn’t want a storefront, and an online marketplace could be fun, but we also felt that we wanted to add something to the subscription industry that felt lacking.

unboxing by somethinonya

How do you choose the books and corresponding items that you include with each box? What have been some of your favorite boxes to curate for Nocturnal Readers thus far?

J.G:  We typically choose the books for each month first. Once those are set, then we can start brainstorming items that go with a central theme. Now that we’re no longer theming our boxes, I’d say the process is a little more natural and we can choose the items based on our subscribers preferences. As far as favorites its a hard choice, but I’d have to say the All Hail the King box, and The Feast.

V.G.:  The publishers that we have worked with have all been amazing. They send us titles and we get to spend most of our time reading and creating designs. We have been able to work with some great authors, including Stephen King.
With the All Hail the King box, we were able to literally talk to him and his agents about creating an exclusive cover for our subscribers. I have loved every box that we put out, minus our first one. It wasn’t bad, it just didn’t live up to what I thought it would.

unboxing by bookish mommy

I myself have thought to curate quality niche boxes but found it a really daunting prospect. What have been some of the challenges you’ve run into, whether anticipated or thoroughly unexpected? Conversely, I’d as someone who desperately wants to see endeavors like this succeed, please share with me some of the more rewarding aspects of this undertaking.

J.G.– There have been months where we’ve had to completely throw out a theme and start from scratch because of one reason or another. Of course, we have a deadline to meet each month and the closer we get to that deadline, the more creative we have to be.

V.G.— For me personally I think my only issue is learning to work with customers. I absolutely love creating this box with my family each month. We honestly get more excited than the subscribers do waiting for them to receive their boxes. When something goes wrong, like with shipping, its not something we can control, but we get a dissatisfied customer, and that’s a bummer. So as far as negatives, that’s a big one.

J.G. & V.G.—The positives are too long to list, and though that seems like a cop-out, its very true. So I will just say that we get to stay home with our daughter, reading and creating every day. Our community is engaging and fun. We have made a bunch of real friends that we’ve been able to actually hang out and get drinks with.

The amazing community keeps us going, we are constantly trying to figure out new ways to connect and to give back, and we are having a blast!

The Nocturnal Reader’s Box has generously offered an October Box to one reader!

What horror novels have haunted you recently? What are your all-time beloved spooky reads? Tell us all about your frightful favorites in the comments, and be sure to follow both Haute Macabre and The Nocturnal Reader’s Box on instagram to be eligible for the giveaway. A winner will be chosen one week from today.

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