The Art of Darkness

Everything’s Coming Up Link Dumps

June 22nd, 2018 by Cobwebs

Blood is Blood – Shirts printed with the blood of gay men as a statement against the faulty science of refusing gay men’s blood for transfusions or other medical purposes.

She Will Not Be Missed – Neat MeFi collection of information about obituaries. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Todd and Annette – The writing prompt about a sweet little old lady and the demon she mistakes for her grandson has continued making the rounds and has new additions.

Mermaid Lamnidae – This digital painting by David Gaillet features a nicely nightmarish mermaid. (Slightly NSFW for eldritch boobs.)

What is Dear David – Collected tweets and background information about writer Adam Ellis’ purported haunting. (via Spooky Moon)

44 Body Horror Movies To Kill Your Appetite – A disgusting roundup.

Bowiebranchia – Carefully curated Tumblr of nudibranchs that match outfits David Bowie wore. It is weirdly appealing. (via xJane)

Get the Look: Annie Graham’s Bloodied Linen Outfits in Hereditary – Come for the demonic influence, stay for the breezy, easy-to-wear fashion.

#DnDgate – After noted dipshit RPGPundit (who also writes as John Tarnowski and Kasimir Urbanski and hates it when you use his real name) attempted to gatekeep D&D, @RichAugust1 reclaimed the hashtag to discuss unusual dungeon entrances. I think this one by @casskhaw may be my favorite: “His skin irises apart, sinew and muscle retracting to a reveal a tear-dropped orifice cross-hatched with fine bones. Despite the pain it causes him, there is no blood, nothing but the faint scent of salt. It will only permit one visitant. Good luck.”

The Thing on the Fourble Board – This episode of Quiet, Please is a highly-regarded classic of horror radio.

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June 18th, 2018 by Cobwebs

“You don’t care,” he called into the void.
‘no’ the void replied.
“The universe is not fair, or kind, or just!”
‘no,’ the void said, ‘but’
“What?”
‘you can do what the universe can not, be what it can not, and care’
MicroSFF

Every plant outside is plotting to turn your body into dirt.
DothTheDoth

A vampire doesn’t produce a reflection in a mirror and whatever creature I am doesn’t register with sensors on automatic sinks and soap dispensers in public bathrooms.
FeralCrone

the three stages of a woman’s life:
– the chosen one
– queen whom all bow before
– crime-solving wood witch
SketchesbyBoze

Ay yo what’s up fam, it’s your boy Fortunato, here with a new uncasking vid. My boy Monty says he’s got a hold of something really special, let’s take a look.
TheFattig

Say a word with enough feeling, enough times, and it becomes. An entity – demon, god, spirit? – of that name is born.
Fuck haunted us with snarled annoyance, so we shared pictures of cats, puppies, and otters, until finally, Aww woke with a cute little sneeze. That’ll protect us.
MicroSFF

They did walk into Mordor. I watched that movie and walking is exactly how they arrived in Mordor. They sure as fuck just simply walked into it. I saw.
edotwoods

Picked up a hitchhiker last night. He said thanks how do you know I’m not a serial killer? I replied the chances of two serial killers being in the same car are astronomical
gonzotrucker

gonna make a game called Murder Simulator but it’s just an RTS where you control a bunch of crows and have them steal french fries and stuff
RainBlackKat

I look up at the night sky.
“That’s a pretty universe, God. You are wearing it well.”
“Thanks,” I hear in a faint whisper, “it has pockets.”
MicroSFF

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The Link Dump of Sleepy Hollow

June 8th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Phoenix’s Favorite Murderess – Interesting article about Winnie Ruth Judd.

When a beloved dog passes in the hereafter, they are given a choice. – The response to this writing prompt probably shouldn’t be read at work unless you want to explain to your co-workers why you’re bawling in your cubicle.

Teletubbies – This illustration is pretty great.

10 Things Bog Mummies Have Taught Us About Iron Age People – Who doesn’t love a good bog body?

The Thing in the Walls Wants Your Small Change – Sweet little short story about something in the walls.

Door of Durin – Redditor Eclipse_007 built a light-up “Mines of Moria” door for his home theater.

The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief – Free knitting pattern for an attractive vintage-y kerchief/shawl.

Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook – A Discworld-inspired cookbook.

The Power of the Vampire Myth – Now You See It looks at the subtext of vampire movies. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Cheap Old Houses – Neat Instagram account of “cheap homes with good bones,” aka “an excellent place to find that haunted house you’ve always wanted to live in.”

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May 22nd, 2018 by Cobwebs

Practice self-care like spiders, hang out in dark places & spend all day preparing a murder net.
DothTheDoth

Here’s a little tip for productivity: Keep your hands in your pockets. Something comes up, you need your hands, boom. There they are.
duchessgoldblat

Stephen King: what if there was an *evil* clown
Mary Shelley: what if a corpse came to life
Edgar Allan Poe: oh no a bird!!!
SketchesbyBoze

I’d be fine with a ghost in the house if the object it moved around was the vacuum.
LizHackett

as a child i thought i’d have to deal with the bermuda triangle a lot more than i have in my adult life
boy_from_school

i appreciate that Montresor doesn’t explain shit to the reader about why he’s bricking a dude up behind a wall, just “because fuck this dude, how bout that”
ryandroyd

Always wear your opera gloves when you attend the opera. Also wear your opera goggles. Know the location of the opera safety shower station. Now you are ready to handle that dangerous and corrosive material, the opera
rajandelman

> I propose a hunt, gentlemen. Our quarry: the most ~*dangerous game*~
>> Man?
> What? No, what the fuck, I meant knife-tigers
>> Oh I thought,,
> The fuck, Chauncey ಠ_ಠ
gaileyfrey

Mad respect for the skeletons at the beginning of every major dungeon out there. They know they aren’t boss level bad guys but they still clatter up to you with their swords out like they’re gonna bop you just as hard, true dedication right there
SamuraiCorndog

if, like a dead child ghost in a Scandinavian horror movie, your soul is ever trapped between realms bc your body has not been found, I WILL help find it, but please don’t be scary about it??? just be chill and not pop up suddenly to scream wordlessly at me

write it on my bathroom mirror in steam like “nicole please find my body/solve my murder so I can move over, this is Sigrid Samisdottir, also you look pretty today” and I will absolutely do my level best to free you

I know you are embittered and obsessed and acting out, and the last thing I want is to tone-police a dead ghost child, but honestly I have not the constitution for wordless screaming and cold little dead hands on the back of my neck.

Nicole_Cliffe

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The Link Dump in the Willows

May 18th, 2018 by Cobwebs

BDSM Alexa Hack – Slightly NSFW for subject matter. Oh brave new world…. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Chocolate Spider Web Drinks – Cute edible drink garnishes (chocolate martinis for the grownups, and chocolate milk for the kids).

Vampires vs. Werewolves – How did I not know Oglaf had a YouTube channel until now?!? (Hat tip to Bruno)

SHOULD YOU FIGHT: GREEK #GODS EDITION – A thread of greatness.

strangeling – Jasmine Beckett-Griffith does unusual, surreal takes on vampires, fairy-tale princesses and other legendary figures. This is the most whimsical little version of Durga that you’ll ever see.

So You’ve Decided to Get a Goth Girlfriend Like Elon Musk – A helpful guide. (Hat tip to ShellHawk)

Ghost Story Thread – Author Cassandra Khaw occasionally does a cool thing where she asks her Twitter followers for an anecdote and then writes a micro-story about it. This time she asked for scary/eerie things that had happened to them. The linked thread is their stories; scroll down her timeline for her responses.

Sweet Preserved Pumpkin – This Oaxacan sweet is definitely not something you can knock off in an afternoon, but it’s an interesting thing to do with a pumpkin.

Laboratory Shot Glasses – These would be adorable for a mad scientist-themed party.

Helpful Packet From The Satanic Panic Of the ’80s – This resource packet (from a local police department!) is both hilarious and infuriating. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Link Dump

May 4th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Pocosin – Lovely short story about witches and opossum gods.

Horror Icons Cake – Very cool cake decorated with thematic elements representing Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger, Leatherface, and Pinhead. There are a couple of other cakes by the same artist here.

20 Horror Cakes for Sugary Nightmares – Whilst searching for a non-Pinterest source for the cake above, I stumbled upon this roundup of amazingly detailed horror-themed cakes.

In-Universe SCProps – ID cards and other small items for SCP cosplay.

My Favorite Murder – True crime comedy podcast in which the hosts discuss interesting murder cases.

things that cannot save you – A carefully curated Tumblr of things that will provide no protection when Cthulhu and his pals come a-callin’. If you were expecting Micky Dolenz to save you from the Elder Gods, think again. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Alternative “Friends” Episodes – I’d watch these.

Meatloaf of Rat – I don’t usually pay much attention to food designed to look disgusting, but I sort of love the bug-eyed look on this rat’s face.

Hades Footwear – All kinds of spiky, steampunky, weird-looking shoes, including some very goth sneakers.

Mysterious Wooden Statue – Neat flashfic about an ancient wooden statue found in a peat bog (includes a link to a news item about the discovery).

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Link Dumps Are Forever

April 27th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Soup-Erb – Amusing ‘toon. (via Pixel Pixie)

The Cauldron – There’s a new “magical cocktail bar” in London that lets you brew your own potions.

Swan Songs – NPR’s podcast All Songs Considered asked their listeners what songs they wanted played at their funeral. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Asian Vampires – A Twitter thread of greatness.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – With the news that the Golden State Killer has probably been caught, this seems like a good time to mention the book that may have led to his arrest.

Historic Tale Construction Kit – Fun interactive site that lets you drag and drop individual elements from the Bayeux Tapestry to make your own variation. (Hat tip to xJane)

Anti Social – Amusing “modern dating horror story.”

Photographing Dreams – These paintings by Zdzisław Beksiński are full of Boschy goodness.

Funeral Potatoes – “We’re trying to market this potato-cheese dish that goes by several regional names; which one should we choose?” “Well, that’s obvious.”

OrcCouture Magazine – Amusing novelty Twitter account. “Try pairing a opalescent live kitten with a stylish cloak this midwinter.”

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April 24th, 2018 by Cobwebs

There’s a dead language you can speak to Alexa & she will open you a personal portal to hell.
DothTheDoth

Asked my 2 year old what her fav part of today’s Halloween party was and she pointed at thin air and said, “that ghost”. May move house.
simonpegg

Gandalf standing in front of the Gates of Moria trying to remember a password makes a lot more sense to me now than it did in 1984.
other_shoe

so many people are afraid to speak their truth cus they don’t wanna be “canceled” or whatever but i’ll come right out and say pretzels are just bread bones
jaboukie

The sun is probably the closest thing we’ll ever have to a true Eldritch Abomination. Hear me out here-
* Older than recorded history; was here longer than any of us and will be here long after we leave. Has a finite beginning and end but is still incomprehensibly ancient
* Burns itself into your vision instantly and can blind you if you look for too long
* Further prolonged exposure can cause cancerous growths
* Non-humanoid shape floating through space; colossal flaming tentacles angrily lash out on occasion
* Sort of just appeared one day and is now surrounded by the corpses of its stillborn children
* People used to sacrifice other people to appease it
* Pretty sure it screams at us sometimes
ndiecity

Chefs seem obsessed with removing more and more of the original structure of foods:

Salmon mousse
Basil foam
Strawberry dust
Parmesan air

Where does it end?

Venison déjà vu
A memory of broccoli
A vicious rumour about carrots

ThereWillBeGin

Reading up on the order of animals that contains cockroaches and termites and now my brain has subbed in the word “blattodea” for “Amadeus” in the song “Rock Me, Amadeus.”
scalzi

Hate when SF novels pretend they’re based on a found manuscript and start off with an “academic” saying “yeah we found this in a cave” when any actual academic paper starts with “this proves professor douchebag wrong suck it dave”
quendergeer

Everyone always talks about the 8 spiders you eat in your sleep every year but no one ever talks about the months long trial the spiders hold before sentencing those 8 spiders to that fate.
NeilaK20

Give me a cup of coffee, a house with a horrifying backstory & a ghost to murder me.
DothTheDoth

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Link Dump at Tiffany’s

April 20th, 2018 by Cobwebs

The New Deal – You’ve gotta really hate a piece of legislation to spend three months embroidering an intricate scorpion demon representing its evils. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Funko Pop: Death – “Death” from Neil Giaman’s Sandman comics will be available as a Funko figure in June.

Host of Ghosts – Cute, easy idea for enlivening (so to speak) cakes and other desserts with li’l poofy ghosts.

Tarantula Burgers – A North Carolina restaurant has a limited-time hamburger topped with a roasted tarantula. Woo; edgy. I hope they’re ethically sourced.

Your Old Lady-Sona – One of many wonderful responses to this prompt.

Snowba Fett and Ariel Fett – Really detailed cosplay of Snow White/Ariel-Boba Fett mashups. The cosplayers (Traci Hines and Amber Arden) frequently riff on the characters, including steampunk and rococo versions. This eyeball flower from Hines’ “Creepy Alice in Wonderland” cosplay is neat, too.

Profile Picture vs. Tagged Photo – It’s oddly comforting that some things never change.

Cabinet of Curiosities Halloween Party – Unusual theme idea.

Beholder Cake – Amazingly realistic cake made for a D&D event.

Good Boy – Amusing ‘toon. (via Pixel Pixie)

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All the Pretty Link Dumps

April 13th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Adopt a HeroRAT – You’ve probably heard of the African pouched rats who have been trained to sniff out landmines and detect diseases like tuberculosis. You can sponsor one and get monthly emails with news about what “your” rat has been up to.

Man-Eating Plant – Tutorial for making a chompy-looking giant carnivorous plant using a foam craft pumpkin as the head.

annieelf – Artist who makes cute polymer clay baby elves, many of which look like vampires or Cthulhu or similar creepy things. (via Spooky Moon)

Bone Dry – Cute stop motion-animated video for The Eels’ new album, done by Anthony Scotts (whose previous work includes Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride). Also I really like the idea of somebody saying, “Get me the best skeleton animator in the world.”

Watermelon Shark – Instructions for carving a watermelon into a shark who helpfully holds fruit salad in his maw.

Kate Clark – This artist sculpts human faces on taxidermy animals. Her artist’s statement says, “They are obviously reconstructed yet they are not monstrous, they are approachable, natural, calm, innocent, dignified.” Uh, no; they are creepy as fuck.

Cemetery Mixtape – Podcast about famous graves, with original songs about them. Tagline: “it’s like unboxing videos, only with graves.” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Velociprincesses – Laura Cooper, who draws the webcomic XP, has a side project where she draws various Disney princesses (including Star Wars princesses) as velociraptors. The Cinderella one cracked me up.

Persephone – This amusing Twitter thread goes a long way toward explaining the current spring weather.

Deadly Grounds Coffee – Their tagline is “coffee to die for,” insert weary rimshot here.

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