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~ le mysterieux carnival ~

greetings fellow carnival ghouls and ghosts, witches and goblins, mistresses and masters! Welcome to Le Mysterieux Carnival.  We at Hyacinth Noir have prepared for you a macabre journey sure to leave you enchanted.  From Day of the Dead inspired crafts and whimsical treats, to bewitching literary verses that will haunt your soul, we hope you enjoy your visit

we’d also like to extend a thank you to Frosted Petunias and Incipient Wings for hosting this spooky venture

hyacinth’s noir silver ticket

hyacinth noir carnival booth of the macabre and beautiful

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Day of the Dead Calavera Earrings

~ these lovely statement earrings are simple and fun to make; made of polymer clay, they’re lightweight and quick to cure ~

day of the dead calavera earrings


polymer clay (1 brick in white, green, yellow and fuscia)
liquid sculpey (or other polymer clay bonder)
rolling pin or pasta machine
x-acto knife
baking tile
clay cutter for flower (the one used here is by lisa pavelka)
earring findings
split jump rings (2)
flat-nose pliers


step 1:

soften white polymer clay and roll out to ¼” thickness using a rolling pin or pasta machine.  Roll white first, as the other colors may stain utensils and bleed onto the clay.  Using a pre-drawn pattern or freehand, carefully cut out your skull shape with the x-acto knife — think light bulb.  Smooth edges with your fingers and set aside.  Repeat for second earring

step 2:

roll out green clay using the same technique.  With a clay cutter or freehand, create your two flower shapes and set aside.  Roll out a pea-sized amount of yellow clay and shape into a ball.  Cut the ball in half and use each for both flower centres

step 3:

roll out fuscia clay and freehand heart and lip shapes using the x-acto knife.  Making different sizes and shapes creates visual interest, so don’t worry if your pieces aren’t perfectly matching

step 4:

taking liquid sculpey or other bonder, dab a tiny amount on the back of all pieces to be stacked on top of other clay.  This includes the flower and flower centre.  Once the bonder is on, press the shapes gently onto the clay, placing where you please.  If too much bonder is applied and it squeezes out the edges, don’t worry.  Liquid sculpey will dry clear

step 5:

take a mechanical pencil tip (or something of that size that won’t mark up your clay) and punch a hole in the top of your skull.  Make sure the size is adequate to fit a jump ring once the piece is baked

steps 1 through 5; the creation of clay cut-outs and flowers

step 6:

bake your clay as directed, typically 15 minutes at 275 degrees.  Once it’s done, remove gently and lay on surface to cool

step 7:

once it’s cooled, use a split jump ring and twist so it goes through your pre-made hole.  Use flat-nose pliers to open and close the jump ring and attach to earring finding

now your earrings are ready to wear!  Enjoy!

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day of the dead skeleton mistress

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Hyacinth Noir – Le Mysterieux Carnival Literary Issue

~ soft faery lights shine upon aged-yellow parchment that rustles through the fallen leaves; the soft whisperings of spectres chill the air and candle fires flicker with energies ~ 

through the waning veil, ghosts whisper stories of whimsy and the macabre

< not appropriate for children; adult warning >

~ Lycanthropy, by Zendrix Berndt ~

His jaw unhinging

Give me the death crack of his spine

Whispering shafts of midnight


Give me the shoots of bamboo tongue

Cross-haired cloudy and toe-curling menace


Make these ebony walls ooze sweat

Pour sinister swirling silver streaks

Spilling humid hunger for


As a cathedral shredding the nocturnal shroud clawing


Bodies imploding

Pelvis disjointed and aching with

Nightshade and wolf’s bane

Hemlock and hymnals

Too rich for even the organ to play

Tune too heavy for even the organism to carry



Cardiac arrhythmia

Irregular syncopation

Organic orgasm opens the mouth

The fanged jowls creaking in lacteal howls

Drink him in

There can only be one predator tonight

He an anomaly, a mirage, a shadowed visage veiled in twinkling vespers

Tear the faun flesh into masticated manhood folds

Forgiveness lurks in the twinge

Little Death

He is change, he is no good, he is abomination

Coarse razor talon teeth twist forked fingers

He is wolf, he is man, he is monster

Rip me into the pieces of ecstasy that paint his sky a darker blood moon bloom hue

Becoming the beast beneath the beating

I am changing, I am no good, I am abomination

Soft naked lips locked curling smile smoldering cinnamon

Drink me in

I am wolf, I am man, I am monster

Make me his insides; my own impure and infernal

Fan the flaming legs fan folded fully furnace flaring feeling fleeting forest fire fragrance

Flakes of humanity sink deep into the soiled sheets


Make me write, this creature

Cultivating, collecting, accumulating, within

Werewolf writing about him breaking


Jaw unhinging

Silhouette against the man-skin drum-moon


~ October 22, 2003. 11:55 pm, by Michelle Kopp ~

Cold coffee poured fresh in the morning

A New Orleans killer targeting women in
virginal white corsets.
They are lying and lead fruitless lives
sleeping with vampires whose seed devours.

She opened her bloody legs to God

A woman sketching naked bodies
across a canvas of blood while
her lover is writing poetry of
death and loss and pain.

Holiday whores swallow seven white seas

Silver dragons encountering elves with
arrows and bows of glistening bone.
The world they are fighting for is
crimson with blood, obsidian with darkness.

Blood pooled at her head, her chest, and again at her stomach

Mortal Gods walking among us
and she will know what it
will feel like to be fucked by them.

Lasting mark — a bloody palm against white wall, a rotting foetus

Horrific video games she cannot bear playing
Freddy’s claws, Jason’s machete
and an atrocious chainsaw massacre
they are honouring with a movie.
What lives are worth remembering if
mass multimedia corporations aren’t
reaping from the profits of death and blood?

God recreated Adam a wife because Lillith was feministic

And the poet sits while
her lover sketches Inuit clothes
because she enjoyed the carpenter’s tale.


~ The Craft, by Richard Ballon ~

I have an ember, soft and green,
that lights this windblown palace.
An urn for stars, a cup
to share your mouth, only at my word.

I shall stand and strike the spark.

The flint skips a beat.
The dry leaves crack,
as an unwelcome wind
cools the stone.
In the palm of my hand
its lackluster eye
steals the shine
of my own.

– Lock the door, I say. Something is amiss.

But it is you by the door,
before I could weave the condition,
the refrain.

– Don’t touch that cup, I say.

You reply with a voice
so weak, so timid,
I need you now.
You say with my voice,
I need you now,
and drink for us.

The flint turns to putty
in my hand.

What magic this love,
as the urn gives birth
to a new constellation


< literary issue also available here >

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Halloween Rest in Peace and Pumpkin Graveyard Double Chocolate Cupcakes

~ these chocolatey cupcakes are moist and delicious, as well fun to make; little goblins and ghouls will devour them at costume parties ~

RIP and pumpkin graveyard double chocolate cupcakes

chocolate cupcakes:

2 eggs
½ cup oil
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups flour
½ cup sugar
¼ cup cocoa
1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line the muffin pan with paper liners (Halloween-inspired Peanuts and skull cupcake liners used here).  In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt and chocolate chips. Add eggs, oil, milk and vanilla, and mix well with a whisk.  Fill the cupcake liners ¾ the way full and bake for 25 minutes.  Remove from the pan and allow to cool on a rack before icing.  Makes 12-18 cupcakes

buttercream frosting:

½ cup solid vegetable shortening
½ cup butter of margarine, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups (~1 lb) confectioner’s sugar, sifted
2-4 tbsp milk

in a large bowl, cream the shortening and butter with an electric mixer, and then add the vanilla extract. In stages of 1 cup, add the confectioners’ sugar, beating well on medium speed (be sure to scrape the sides and the bottom of the bowl often). When the sugar has been added and mixed well, the frosting will appear dry. Add in the milk and continue to beat at medium speed until the consistency is light and fluffy. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth until needed; makes approximately 3 cups. When refrigerated in an airtight container, the frosting can be stored for 2 weeks


pepperidge farms monaco milk chocolate cookies
buttercream frosting
wilton frosting (icing) colours (black)
disposable decorating (piping) bags and attachments
black and orange sprinkles
oreo cookie crumbs
candy pumpkins

rest in peace: frost the cupcakes with the buttercream frosting and sprinkle oreo cookie crumbs on top.  Colour approximately 1/2 cup of the frosting with the black colour until the desired darkness is reached.  With a decorating bag and attachment, pipe “RIP” on the Monaco cookies with the black frosting, and insert the cookie into the cupcake after it is frosted

pumpkin graveyard: frost the cupcakes with the buttercream frosting and sprinkle oreo cookie crumbs, and black and orange sprinkles on top.  Add a candied pumpkin into the frosting

pepperidge farm monaco milk chocolate cookies

RIP and pumpkin graveyard double chocolate cupcakes

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RIP macabre graveyard

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we hope you’ve enjoyed wandering through the mysterious and bewitching booths at hyacinth noir

~ as a reward for your bravery, each comment you dare leave will register you to win this lovely autumn harvest necklace.  Strung with pearl, genuine czech crystal and tiger jasper and finished with a carved carnelian leaf, it will serve as a reminder of your journey here.  please leave your email along with your comment and a winner will be chosen at random on 8 October ~

autumn harvest necklace