This concludes the week’s Link-Dump-a-palooza. We’ll return to regular posting (and once-a-week dumps) on Monday.
Swamp Witch – Fantastic half-submerged sculpture in the Victoria’s Way sculpture garden. There’s another view here and photos of other sculptures here (possibly NSFW depending on your boss’ opinion of statue boobs).
Santa Claws – A silly Christmas fable, illustrated by Gris Grimly.
Faery Wardrobe – This is actually a dollhouse miniature, but the same stenciling techniques could be used to create a full-size piece.
The 8 Creepiest Glitches in Popular Video Games – A roundup from Cracked. They also have a related list of Creepy Video Game Easter Eggs.
Tal Peleg – This artist does amazingly elaborate eye makeup; I love how she incorporates her eyebrow into the mattresses for the Princess and the Pea.
Baby Cthulhu – “He’ll steal your heart and your soul.”
The Thing on the Fourble Board – This episode of Quiet, Please is a highly-regarded classic of horror radio.
Witches’ Song Wall Decoration – I love this idea. (The commercial product is printed on thin vinyl, but it’d be pretty easy to DIY with paint and a stencil.)
Eye Miniatures – Mildly creepy tokens of affection. Wikipedia has more information on the practice. (Hat tip to xJane)
The Course of Their Lives – Fascinating, lengthy article about a medical dissection class.
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31 Abandoned Places – A roundup of lovely photos.
Charles Bradlaugh Caricature – This vintage cartoon from Punch is wonderfully weird and would be an interesting part of a collage or other art project.
Hard Rockin’ Wedding Cakes – A roundup of interesting designs.
Halloween Tattoo – This full-back tattoo is astonishing.
Controlled Burn – I’m not sure what you’d call this wall decoration, but it’s extremely cool. It’d be interesting to try a DIY version with a purchased dollhouse kit.
Hark a Vagrant – Vintage Halloween edition. (Hat tip to xJane)
Cthulhoid Santa with Shoggoth – A felted masterpiece by Amy L. Rawson; it’s the sleigh that really puts it over the top.
Spike No Sparkle – Woof. :::fanning self:::
Mastermind Fillico Water – Skull-decorated water bottles. A similar knockoff could be made with stick-on rhinestones.
Fly Through 17th-Century London – Fascinating animated tour of Tudor London before the Great Fire.
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Revising History – Interesting art project in which a photographer inserts herself in old photos.
Making Quick Fake Feathers – Instructions for making fabric feathers.
The Lindworm – An engaging, obscure fairy tale. Be sure to read to the end.
Addams Family Online – Site devoted to all things Addams.
Pumpkin Tap Kit – Turn a pumpkin into a drinks dispenser (but not a true keg, since it’s not pressurized). This would be a cute addition to a party. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)
The Book of Black – A celebration of everything from the Black Hole of Calcutta to Black Beauty, Black Sabbath, and the Black Dahlia.
Death Metal English – Guide for translating common phrases into Metal. Heh.
Swants Tutorial – Instructions for turning a sweater into pants. Not strictly goth, but: a) It counts if the sweater you start with is gothy; b) It’s too ridiculous not to share. (Hat tip to Burning Prairie)
Scissors Coffin – This (probably felt) scissors case would be easy to DIY.
Skull and Roses Flip-Flops – Pretty design. A bunch of other interesting designs also turn up if you search “day of the dead flip-flops”.
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If you want to sign up for this year’s fake virtual gift swap, today’s the deadline.
C’mon! Join us! It’s fun!
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Insects Covered in Morning Dew – Lovely series of macrophotographs.
Victorian Slang Terms – List of terms you can use at the next steampunk gathering, if you want to be looked at funny.
How to Make Purple Candy Apples – Easy method for making poisonous-looking apples in purple (or any other color).
Wearing History – Blog about historical fashion with lots of unusual little tidbits like how to manipulate long skirts.
Gifts for the Oddity Aficionado – A Pinterest board of greatness. (Hat tip to xJane)
Cabinet of Curiosities – Guillermo del Toro’s “Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions.” FlavorWire has some excerpts.
When the Husband is in Charge of the Wedding Invitation – This made me giggle. (via Cat)
Tim Burton Pokemon – Burton-inspired drawings of creepy mythical Pokemon.
WoodCurve – Marvelous bookcases that look like they were designed by Beetlejuice.
Welcome to Dinovember – “A month-long imagination invasion” in which parents try to convince their kids that their plastic dinosaurs have come to life.
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Once again my eyes are bigger than my Link Dump folder, so this week’s posts will all be link dumps to clear out the backlog. Whee!
Flower-Encrusted Skeletons – These sculptures are marvelously creepy. (The artist is Cedric Laquieze.)
Loch Ness Monster Stuffed Animal – Pattern and great tutorial with lots of easy-to-follow photos for making a big felt Nessie.
Nightmare Before Christmas Tree – Lots of really unique, gorgeous decorations.
Custom Star Chart Giveaway – Wandering Yeti is giving away a “dated” custom star chart.
Star Wars Bedroom – Not goth, but so nicely done that I wanted to mention it anyway. It would be easy to adapt the same ideas to darker themes.
Vampire Hunter – Pistol and bullets in a coffin-shaped case. I particularly love the vampirey bullets. (Hat tip to Cat)
Halloween Carols – Sing these around the neighborhood and see how long it takes anybody to notice.
Crochet Skull Shawl – Lovely, lacy shawl, with included instructions (it’s all in Swedish, but the pattern translation should be reasonably straightforward with the help of Google).
Bella Umbrella – Large selection of umbrellas and parasols, many of them goth-friendly. I particularly like this and this.
Hollow City – The sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
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Diamonds & Dead Things – Ongoing art project which mixes taxidermy and jewelry.
Nightmare Before Christmas Car Accessories – Floor mats, seat covers, and several other NMBC-themed items. (via Cat)
Paleontology Cake – Cute themed cake; the dinosaur skeletons could easily be replaced by coffins for a spookier theme.
Homemade “Shining” Twins Hologram – Reasonably easy method of creating a really spooky effect.
Death Wish Coffee – Highly-caffeinated “extreme” coffee.
Ghost Stories – Indie animation anthology.
Pass the Garum – Cooking blog focusing on the recipes and cuisine of Ancient Rome.
The Box of Crazy – A “found art” codex; the jury is out on whether it’s actually a hoax.
How to Make Human-Size Ghosts – A simple way to make good-looking ghosts from chicken wire.
Picapot Inc. – Great source for all kinds of odd fake creatures, including buzzards, bats, and spiders.
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Oh…dear. Just…lawsey, lawsey, lawsey.
:::clearing throat::: Let me start over.
Artist Erika Deoude believes that even monsters deserve to feel sexy now and then, so she’s put together a pinup calendar featuring blobs in corsets and sasquatches with come-hither looks in their eye. You can see the whole set at The Mary Sue.
She’s also selling prints of individual pages in her Etsy shop, along with lots of other art; I particularly like the Pennywise Valentine and the adorable Lullabeast.
If you’re looking for an offbeat gift for a monster lover, these would certainly be…offbeat.
(Hat tip to xJane)
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You’d better clear your calendar before clicking this link because you’re going to be browsing for a while.
With a tagline of “Stay weird,” The Oddities Blog’s purpose is “to celebrate the weird and wild eccentricities throughout history.” It’s part medical curiosities in the vein of the Mütter Museum, part historical peculiarities, and part your crazy aunt’s attic.
Not only is this material fascinating for its own sake, much of it is a fantastic source of inspiration for art or props. There’s a lovely miniature curiosity collection which would be an amazing display piece or gift; it’d be fun to browse antique shops and thrift stores for treasures to display. There are lots of vintage medical illustrations and unusual woodcuts like this leaf from The Nuremberg Chronicle which would be great as part of a collage or scrapbook. And there are historical oddities like the relic which is purported to be the head of a possessed nun; a prop version would be a marvelous addition to a wunderkammer, particularly if you rigged it so that the eyes would occasionally glow red.
Note that a few of the images are technically NSFW, and more than a few are kind of squicky, so browse accordingly.
(Hat tip to pdq)
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(No prizes, but if you can answer them all without googling you get bragging rights.)
- Which “Scream Queen” made a horror workout video in which a masked killer stalks her exercise buddies, then she shows some out-of-shape zombies the best ways to keep fit?
A) Jamie Lee Curtis
B) Heather Langenkamp
C) Linnea Quigley
D) Debbie Rochon
E) Neve Campbell
- This Japanese river imp has a water-filled depression on top of its head which is its source of power; it can be defeated by bowing to it, forcing it to politely return the bow and spill the water.
- The TV series Being Human (BBC version) takes place in what city?
- This Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett sees Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg pitted against Count Magpyr and his family of vampires.
- The album Sunfighter includes songs about werewolves (“When I Was a Boy I Watched the Wolves”) and cannibalism (“Silver Spoon”); it was recorded by two members of this much more famous band:
A) The Grateful Dead
B) Jefferson Airplane
D) The Who
E) Jethro Tull
- The Scottish were-creatures called Selkies can transform into what animal?
- The first known mermaid stories are about the goddess Atargartis, from which ancient civilization?
- The 1982 movie The Thing opens with a helicopter pursuing what animal?
- In the Voudou religion, who is the supreme deity?
A) Papa Legba
E) Baron Samedi
- In Beetlejuice, what is the name of the Maitland’s case worker?
(Answers below the fold)
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