The Art of Darkness

A Tale of Two Link Dumps

April 21st, 2017 by Cobwebs

Rituals – This ‘toon and its sequel illustrate the problem of rituals that involve planetary alignments.

Haunting of Hill House Miniseries – Netflix is adapting Shirley Jackson’s novel into a 10-episode series.

Death’s Head Watches – A roundup.

Bat Legs – Interesting discussion of the anatomy of bat legs.

Paper Horror Houses – Lovely free downloadables. (Hat tip to WitchArachne)

Strange Remains – “Corpses, bizarre history, and macabre excavations.”

Artful Ashes – This company will swirl cremains into pretty glass globes, so you can use your loved ones as a paperweight I guess.

Ravenous Werewolves – Why werewolves are always hungry.

Ghostwatch on Shudder – The infamous (and hard-to-find) BBC mockumentary that caused a War of the Worlds-style panic in Britain is currently streaming on Shudder.

Ruin Days – This company will anonymously send glitter to your enemies, ranging from a mere envelope full of glitter to a spring-loaded glitter bomb.

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Fear and Link Dumps in Las Vegas

April 14th, 2017 by Cobwebs

So How Does a Centaur Eat, Anyway? – Asking the hard questions.

Vamp Tag – Vampire bats being silly.

This Animator Makes Surreal GIFs from Famous Artwork – A look at artist Kiszkiloszki’s odd little animations. (Hat tip to pdq)

Elder Goths – “When Growing Up Doesn’t Mean Abandoning Your Favorite Youth Culture.” Well, duh.

The Tomato Thief – This lovely short story by Ursula Vernon has been nominated for a Hugo Award this year.

Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers – A prequel to Bubba Ho-Tep.

Ghoul – Iguanamouth responds to an artistic request.

DIY Faux Metal Crowns – Tutorial for making great-looking crowns from cardboard.

The Person Who Discovered Sharks – The ‘toon is amusing. The Twitter thread is hilarious.

The Addams Family Dancing Blitzkrieg Bop – An amusingly edited video. (Hat tip to pdq)

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Island of the Blue Link Dumps

April 7th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Enchanted Rose – Video tutorial for making a great-looking rose in a cloche, similar to the one in Beauty and the Beast. You could make the rose black and venomous-looking and use it as a Halloween prop as well.

The Washing Away of Wrongs – Photographer Robert Shults created a series of images of Texas State University’s Body Farm, documenting the lives of workers and the donor bodies themselves, “without sensationalizing this often gruesome work.” Some photos may be disturbing.

Raul Julia as Dracula – Some publicity shots from a 1977 Broadway play in which Julia replaced Frank Langella as the Count. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

End of an Era – Shellhawk’s Nest is having a sale.

Dream – An entertaining Tumblr post.

Buddhist Beetle Sculpture – Sculpture of a Buddhist deity made from 20,000 beetles. (Hat tip to pdq)

Hairyography – You can buy a calendar of hairy dudes dressed like fairies. It is magical.

Tentacuddle Wrap – Knitted blanket similar to the wraps that give you a mermaid tail, except this gives you tentacles.

Pugtopsy – Snorts of Sorrow – This April Fool’s Day video of a pug-fronted death metal band is…well…it’s something.

Medieval Villagers Mutilated the Dead to Stop Them Rising, Study Finds – Archaeologists have found fairly solid evidence of this hinted-at practice.

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Beauty and the Link Dump

March 31st, 2017 by Cobwebs

Something in the Blood – A new biography of Bram Stoker.

Spider Lamp – I’m annoyed to have to post a Facebook link, but this piece doesn’t appear on the artist’s site or Etsy shop. This steampunky nightlight is lovely.

You’ll Be Safe Here – A lovely image which pays tribute to all of geekdom.

My Backyard Monsters – Weird little crocheted things, many with free patterns. Who doesn’t need a miniature Kodama or a taxidermy deer butt?

Medieval Weapons Ice Tray – I’m not sure how practical these would be for keeping drinks cold, but they’re pretty neat anyway.

Dragons Like You Don’t Usually See Them – Some adorable dragon illustrations.

Road Sign Tarot – An amusing Tumblr exchange. I’d like to see somebody do a real tarot deck like this.

Nautilidae – Knitting pattern for an awesome chambered nautilus.

Bride of Frankenstein Doll – Artist Suzanne Forbes made a dynamite “gothic burlesque” costume for a poseable Bride doll. This would be a great Halloween costume.

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas – Ursula K. Le Guin’s beautifully depressing classic short story.

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Dr. Link Dump and Mr. Hyde

March 24th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Fireproof Faux Human Skulls – Pile a bunch of these in your fireplace to make houseguests nervous. Also available in white.

Fiber – Short story by Seanan McGuire, narrated by a teenage former zombie.

Longswords Are Not “Manly” – An interesting dissection of various types of swords.

Agents of Sin – Some interesting concept art for soldiers paired with various Deadly Sins. Reminds me a bit of Jim Butcher’s Denarians.

Call of Cthulhu Metal Dice Set – Kickstarter for some amazingly intricate dice, complete with teensy tentacles.

Etiquette & superstition: voluntary and involuntary surrender of cream – Instructions on how to pass the cream and also how to steal it if you’re a witch. (Hat tip to pdq)

All the Bats – Amusing ‘toon. I like Steve.

Crying Unicorn Candle – Light the candle, and the ceramic unicorn weeps rainbow-colored tears out of its empty eyesockets like it’s just looked at the Ark of the Covenant.

Tamberlane – Sweet webcomic about a clumsy bat who takes in a baby. There’s a Kickstarter for a print run.

Everything That Will Kill You, from A to Z – A marvelously Gorey-esque video. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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The Link Dump Resists

March 17th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Obsolete Scientific Theories – …that would make good heavy metal band names. Heh.

Hidden Hearts – Winsomely creepy hollowed-out dolls with dioramas inside.

Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain – The first in a series of YA novels about a normal middle-schooler who happens to be a supervillain.

The Chronic Argonauts – H.G. Wells book free online at Project Gutenberg. (Hat tip to DeVries)

10 Best ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Episodes of All Time – A roundup over which to quibble.

Lorica Leggings – There’s a Kickstarter for historically-accurate Medieval armor leggings.

Stay Safe – An amusing comic by Iguanamouth. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Superman vs. Clark Kent – This isn’t really goth but I like it because it makes so much sense.

The Yorick Project – Build notes for hacking Amazon Alexa to speak out of an animated skull.

my dude looks like the babadook – This epic, epic (over 100 tweets so far) thread by Goth Ms. Frizzle is sublime.

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Seen Online

March 14th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Cactus are the most antisocial plant, they grow in the middle of the desert and still like, “Don’t fucking come near me”. #Showerthoughts
rShowerThoughts

Always a bridesmaid, never the voice that mysteriously bleeds from the corner of your bedroom wall.
gothicaseas

Hodor and Groot on a date trying to order food
biorhythmist

I fry all my mythological creatures in gargoyle.
Yeah yeah, I’m leaving.
E_lok44

me: [flashlight under chin] they say a witch cursed this house 100 years ago today!
[100 years ago]
witch: fuck this house
malt_skull

Hobbit cozy mysteries could actually be a thing.
LOBELIA GETS THE SACK
MURDER IN THE MATHOM-HOUSE
A SHORTCUT TO MUSHROOM POISONING
scottlynch78

Archaeologists, 300 years from now, excavating my skeleton:
“what’s that thing that she’s holding?”
“That, I believe, is a grudge”
kchurchie

you find a mad libs book on the ground and find that it’s filled completely with proper, sensible words for the situation at hand. a small child in a perfectly tailored gray suit tugs on your shirt with ice-cold hands and politely asks for it back
korolevx

why do i have to be asleep to eat spiders
painted_eel

Horror movies should include bloopers, so after watching the main film you’ll be able to sleep #Showerthoughts
rShowerThoughts

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A Link Dump’s Purpose

March 10th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Spring Fever – This Hot Topic ad and the accompanying commentary are heartwarming.

The Order of the Thinned Veil – A “society of like-minded individuals who choose to live our lives steeped in the legends, lore and customs of Halloween.” In other words, our kind of people.

The Blackcoat’s Daughter – io9 reviews a promising-sounding horror movie.

CollectedEdition – Etsy shop specializing in lovely 3D-printed metal jewelry, including thorns and insects.

Steampunk Astrolabe Table – Astonishingly, this gorgeous thing is 3D artwork rather than a physical device. I want a real one.

Xenomorph Tiki Mugs – “In space, no one can hear you drink.”

Horrors Beyond Belief! – A reading guide for Emily Carroll’s horror comics.

Help Transcribe Phyllis Diller Jokes – The Smithsonian is crowdsourcing help for transcribing Diller’s enormous card catalogue of over 52,000 jokes. (You need a goth connection? Diller voiced “The Monster’s Mate” in the classic Mad Monster Party.)

Western – Artist Roman Chaliy mixes old-West iconography with the undead, resulting in skeletal gunslingers and other neat images.

Writing Prompt – Most likely based on this legendary Tumblr post, a recent Reddit prompt was, “In the canine world, humans are celestial beings who live for more than 500 years at a time. The caretaker of you and the past seven generations of your family will die soon.” Beware the onion-chopping ninjas infesting the thread. (Hat tip to xJane)

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MicroSFF: Monsters Under the Bed

March 7th, 2017 by Cobwebs

The @MicroSFF Twitter feed is a trove of wonderful, tiny stories.

The author recently said that he was thinking about this tweet:

…and followed up with this marvelous thread:

On a similar note, and not-coincidentally, right after the U.S. election, the account tweeted these gems:

queenofthedorks liked that one so much that she illustrated it.

What I’m saying is that @MicroSFF does monsters-under-the-bed right and you should totally follow them.

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Killer Link Dumps From Outer Space

March 3rd, 2017 by Cobwebs

The Widow’s Jar – Amazingly detailed automaton by Thomas Kuntz. Slightly NSFW. (via Poopisan)

I Love Bat Cookies – Adorable bat-themed cookies, with some proceeds going to help bat conservation.

Vlad – This made me laugh entirely too hard.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Merchandise – To celebrate the upcoming 20th(!!!) anniversary of Buffy, YahooTV has a look at some clothing and other merch. (Oh god I feel old.)

Aethiocarenus burmanicus – This Cretaceous insect is described by Gizmodo as “Quite Possibly the Ugliest Bug Ever Found Trapped in Amber.” I think it looks more like it was drawn by Edward Gorey.

The Tea Dragon Society – A sweet, serene little webcomic about tea dragons. (Which makes sense in context I swear.)

Each night Father fills me with dread – I don’t know where this poem/illustration is from, but I dig it.

Felted Anatomical Specimens – Artist Lana Crooks makes amazingly-detailed anatomical specimens out of silk and wool. (Hat tip to pdq)

Pojo’s Pure Vermont Soap – They sell “normal” soap like goat milk and honey…and also Garlic & Holy Water Vampire Repelling Soap, Silver & Holy Water Werewolf Repelling Soap, zombie-themed SOAPOCALYPSE and some other weird stuff. The vampire soap comes with a money-back guarantee if you’re attacked by a vampire, so there’s that.

The Big Scary Show – Podcast for fans of the “big three ‘H’s (Halloween, Horror, and Haunted Houses).”

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