Hello friends! I hope you’ve enjoyed a lovely summer and even if your vacation plans haven’t gone as you’d liked or maybe if you’ve not even been able to leave the house much at all, I hope you have at least been able to read a good book or two.

As we reach mid-August, I have come to the realization that I’ve still got a lot of summer reading left to get through and not a lot of time before the leap to chilly, spooky autumnal titles, so I thought I might share my reading plans and priorities for over the next month or so over on YouTube.

Here’s a list of the books I’ll be discussing if you are one of those people who likes to look at the menu ahead of time (me too, I’m those people!)

Be Scared of Everything by Peter Counter
A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa
The Hole by Hiroko Oyamada
Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric Larocca
In That Endlessness, Our End by Gemma Files
Scream: Chilling Adventures in the Science of Fear by Margee Kerr
Cursed Bunny by Bora Chung
The Scent of Lemon & Rosemary: Working Domestic Magick with Hestia by Raechel Henderson
Sensor by Juni Ito


Can I be real and vulnerable (and maybe a little whingey and cringey and needy and annoying) with you all for a minute here? It’s weird and sad how the things that I put so much work into—blog posts, articles, interviews, videos—get almost nothing in the way of likes or shares or engagement on social media. But then I post something tremendously dumb, that takes zero effort, some silly meme (frogs and night soup, for example) and it blows up. I don’t mean to sound whiny or critical, but…that kinda sucks. For me and everyone who creates something and puts it out there! I can’t be the only one who experiences this?

Those of you who do peek in on my efforts—I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And of course, if you have no interest in my writings, this isn’t meant to guilt you or force you to do something you don’t want to do! But likes and comments and feedback (it doesn’t even have to be glowing!) can be so helpful and supportive and I’d really appreciate it. If you could head over to YouTube and maybe give it a thumbs up, and leave a little comment, that would be so nice! I have been blogging and writing online forever and I’ve quite used to the feeling of shouting into the void but every once in a while I guess I start feeling a little…lonely? Not seen? I don’t know. It’s a mortifying feeling to sit with and to talk about.

To be honest, I’m really embarrassed to have written that. I hate that I’m bothered by it! But…I am. For a long, long time now. My middle sister says “Try not to hate your feelings, if you can help it. Allow yourself to experience them, And move on from them when it feels like it’s time.” So…that’s what I am doing, I guess. Thanks for having read this, if you read this. I appreciate you!

Lise says

I’ve read haute macabre for like…10 years, and also followed your blog for quite some time. I appreciate all the inspiration you have given me through the years, and Im always surprised that I dont see more comments. have a lovely day!

S. Elizabeth says

Aw, yay! I was a long-time reader of Haute Macabre before I came on as a staff writer, and it was so cool to be able to do that! As I am sure you've noticed, the blog is no longer updating over there, but they're keeping all the posts up in an archive format so that people can continue to read them. They're focusing their energies on the shop right now and that's cool, because I think they're doing quite well! Sadly, people just don't read blogs as much anymore. So I am always excited for comments, where ever I happen to be writing, because that means that maybe there are a few people out there who still appreciate blog posts!

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