Photography by THE WITCHING HOUR PHOTOGRAPHY Model: Kassi Stein Gown: El Costurero Real She was raised knowing what decadence was. It surrounded her in the form of  beautiful things—satin sheets and silk drapes and couches covered with brocade, gowns designed especially for...
Imagine this: A nubile dancer named Salome struts before a lustful king. She wields her bejeweled half-dressed body like a weapon. Her desire? To gain the head of John the Baptist, which floats before her as a glowing apparition. Imagine...
Feature Image: Marcelle Lender Dancing the Bolero in “Chilpéric” (1895–96), by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec   Truth with a capital T is dead—let’s get that carcass out of the way first. No one book or person holds the answer to the meaning of...
Portrait of Oscar Wilde (1882), by Napoleon Sarony IanDagnall Computing / Alamy Stock Photo If we were in Paris (we really should be in Paris!), I would say, “Let’s buy cups of steaming hot chocolate and flaky, buttery croissants at our...
A Cup of Chocolate (1844), by Charles Beranger © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images At nine o’clock the next morning his servant came in with a cup of chocolate on a tray, and opened the shutters. Dorian was sleeping quite peacefully,...
BY SARA CLETO AND BRITTANY WARMAN Illustration: The Nightingale from Tales by Hans Christian Andersen (1911), by Heinrich Lefler and Joseph Urban     Despite their reputation for being short, sweet, and simple, fairy tales can be magnificently enchanting, even decadent. Their lavish...
The Peacock Skirt (1893), by Aubrey Beardsley If you’re anything like me, you might have increased in mass over the past eighteen months. While the frightening reality of a pandemic raged, one little comfort we could indulge in was eating...
We wanted to tell you about Brazilian authoress Marcia Soligo's stunning The Portals of Tartae saga. First is The Land with the Two Moons, which was released in 2019 and sold thousands of copies worldwide. The second, The Language of Trees, was just...
This collection of poetry is about time and consciousness. In one way, time is merely a human construct that does not exist except as we have imagined it, so that we can function in our daily lives. In another...
We wanted to tell you about this new tome in Sharon Lynn Fisher's The Faery Rehistory Series, The Warrior Poet, which stars our one true love W.B. Yeats. Swoon. We've always thought he was the dreamiest. Here is the alluring synopsis: They searched for each...