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Stuff I Found While Looking Around

January 17th, 2017 by Cobwebs

It’s time for another bunch of random stuff I want to share but can’t hang a whole post on. Some of them have no attribution, so if you happen to know the source for any of these please leave a note in the comments. (Click to view larger.)

Fairy Shoes

Fairy Shoes

These cute fairy-wing shoes are by Sophia Webster.

Vampire Onesie

Vampire Baby Onesie

Available from TeePublic, amongst other vendors.

Pumpkin Gown

Pumpkin Gown

I’ve featured Nez of DarkSpectre’s work previously. There are additional photos of this gown on her Facebook page.

Frankenstein

How Frankenstein Should Have Ended

God, yes. Tweeted by @zdarsky.

Baby Spider

Baby Spider Costume

I can’t find an original source–all roads lead to Pinterest–but this would be a fairly easy costume to DIY if you have a baby you don’t know what to do with.

Hearsecycle

Hearsecycle

My pal Empress Pam encountered this in the wild and sent me a photo. I assume it’d be popular for biker funerals.

Cactopi

Cactopi

This is a sculpture by Ed Kroupa, but I really want one as a pet.

Beware Sign

“Beware” Sign

This shows up a lot in compilations of funny “beware of dog” signs, but it would also be a great “beware of monster” prop. It’d be easy to DIY with foam board.

Bat Dolls

Bats

This is a sculpture by Scott Radke (whose site is annoying as hell to navigate). It’d be fun to do a similar Halloween decoration using baby dolls and felt.

Lemon Cross-Stitch

Lemon Cross-Stitch

This made me giggle. The pattern is available on Etsy.

Count Squirrel

Count Squirrel

Found by my pal Richard, who commented, “I’m not sure which I find more theologically disturbing: The idea of Squirrel vampires or that Squirrel Jesus was crucified.”

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When a Link Dump Calls

January 13th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Haunted Housework – T-shirt featuring adorable little ghosts spooking up their house.

Dark Crosses – Etsy shop specializing in gothy cross-stitch patterns.

Victorian Criminal Slang – An interesting lexicon.

Eat Your Heart Out, Sorting Hat – EPBOT has some custom Hogwarts House digital banners for use as profile pic frames on Facebook.

How to Tell If You’re in an Anne Rice Novel “1. God has abandoned you. You’re fine with it. Really.” (via Pixel Pixie)

EARrings – Silicon earrings that resemble human ears, in many different flesh tones. The same artist also makes rings shaped like a human finger.

I’m gonna be a vampire. Maybe. – The Bloggess receives spam. Followup posts here and here.

Badass Face Art – Some amazing effects, heavy on the skull imagery. (via Pensive)

Wee Free Men Heading to Cinemas – The Jim Henson Company will be helping to bring Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegles to life. Crivens.

Deathbulge – This ‘toon amused me. (via Shellhawk)

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I Wandered Lonely as a Link Dump

January 6th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Stiffs – Come for the Lee Atwater Invitational Dead Pool, stay for the irreverent obituaries.

Neolithic “Spirit” Masks – Apparently the Stone Age featured Death Eaters.

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection – Currently free on Kindle. (As is the complete Conan the Barbarian.)

Christopher Lee Discusses Peter Cushing – Included in the interview are tidbits regarding Lee and Cushing’s shared fondness for Sylvester and Tweety Pie.

Dungheaps & Dragons – Where does all the effluvia in your standard D&D dungeon go? This RPG aims to find out. The basic idea is described here.

Spider Embroideries – Artist Adam Pritchett embroiders spiderwebs into holes in fabric, then adds spiders around the edges. This would be a brilliant way to fix a hole in a piece of clothing.

Stephen King’s Peanuts – Artist Hal Hefner created this great double homage to Charles Schulz and Stephen King.

JacobinCalendar – “The ORIGINAL twitter based French Revolutionary Calendar.” Accept no substitutes. (Bonjour! Today is Marl day in the Snowy month in the 225th year.)

Abbot & Hast – Publications and tchotchkes for funerary professionals. They sell cute little model hearses and lapel pins with legends like “Embalming Artistry Professional.”

Building the Ultimate Dungeon Master Screen – This DM screen made for a gamer gift exchange is gorgeous.

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Leather Link Dumps of Phobos

December 30th, 2016 by Cobwebs

How to Keep Your Guy From Removing the Neck Ribbon That Keeps Your Head Tied On – Don’t you hate when this happens?

Bruce Campbell Reality Show Now Casting – A horror-themed reality show hosted by Campbell is looking for horror fans to participate. (via Beth)

List of inventors killed by their own inventions – Wikipedia is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

Frankenstuffies – Etsy shop which sells chimeric abominations “lovingly re-assembled by hand from cleaned, recycled and, um, dismembered stuffed animals.”

Hiné Mizushima – Artist who creates felted mashups of flora and fauna, like the Venus Anttrap Beetle and the Florapede.

Skull Handbag – Neat glow-in-the-dark molded latex skull purse.

Wolf Meets Dog – This thoughtful cartoon casts dogs in a fairy-tale light.

7 Monsters That Bigfoot Hunters Are Too Scared to Believe In – A roundup of particularly unlikely-sounding cryptids.

Death Wish Coffee – Highly-caffeinated “extreme” coffee.

The Raven – The Library of Congress has a high-resolution scan of a rare edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” with gorgeous illustrations by Gustave Doré. (Note that there are several scans of blank pages, which can be a little confusing; the library aims to capture the physical book as closely as possible, which means including the blank pages.)

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Link Dump On 34th Street

December 23rd, 2016 by Cobwebs

Ash Dancer – Amazingly detailed graphite sculpture of a human skeleton.

Cryptomancer – RPG created “by hackers for hackers.” It’s your standard fantasy-world setting, but you win by creating and undermining cryptographically secured networks of magical gems.

Mama In Her Kerchief and I In My Madness – A “truly awful Christmas volume” of fictional pre-Santa lore. (Hat tip to pdq)

Whimsy Calling – Etsy shop specializing in absurdly cute clay animals, including dragons, ponycorns, and what may possibly be the cutest bat (with a full moon on his tummy) that I have ever seen.

Crochet Sugar Skulls – Free pattern with tutorial and photos.

Art of Mr. Werewolf – Artist Jakub Rozalski creates wonderful paintings depicting rural Eastern European folk fighting against mecha warriors, werewolves, and demons. His Krampus vs. Santa is awesome.

Ghostfish: Catfished by a Ghost – Five-minute dark comedy.

Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling – Anthology of works which take tired storytelling tropes (Love at First Sight, Damsels in Distress, Yellow Peril, The Black Man Dies First, etc.) and turns them into something fresh.

Monsters – Artist Len Peralta does many geeky works, including some great monsters. He also does custom holiday cards and “pets drawn geeky.”

15 Creepy Vintage Toys – How most of these haven’t already shown up in low-budget horror movies, I have no idea. (Hat tip to pdq)

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Bringing Mary Home

December 19th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Shadowboy was recently introduced to Bluegrass by his viola teacher, and encountered this song at a concert. It’s an example of the “vanishing hitchhiker” urban legend which inspired Jan Harold Brunvand’s seminal collection of such legends.

The song itself is a fine bit of Bluegrass, with a chillingly understated final line.

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The Link Dump on the Hearth

December 16th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Marty Mouse House – A site which follows the adventures of Marty (who, despite the site name, is a rat) and his friends.

The Voynich Manuscript – An authorized edition of the mysterious manuscript, using photos taken for this purpose.

The Raven – Neil Gaiman reads the Poe poem. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Chocolate Frog Ornaments – Jen from EPBOT made these adorable ornaments as party favors for a Potter-themed ball.

Ghost in the Machine – A look at the lore of haunted televisions.

The NecroNomNomNomicon: Cookbook of the Dead – This appears to be a novel rather than an actual cookbook, which is a pity, but I’d buy it for the name alone. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Gold Rush – Porcelain “statement” necklace which looks like a horde of mice swarming your neck. It might be possible to DIY something similar with spray-painted rubber mice.

Christmas Ghost Stories – Article which discusses the tradition of telling ghost stories at Christmas.

Carol of the Brains – A zombie-filled Christmas carol. (Hat tip to Devries)

Razorback – A lovely short story by Ursula Vernon.

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Vincent Price’s Dracula

December 12th, 2016 by Cobwebs

The fabulous Pixel Pixie shared this with me, commenting, “This is pretty horrible. You should watch it,” which neatly sums up our friendship.

As a bonus, she also shared Price doing the Monster Mash. Yowza.

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A Link Dump of Mars

December 9th, 2016 by Cobwebs

A Very New Wave Christmas – Set of Christmas ornaments depicting musical icons. I think Siouxsie Lou Who is my favorite.

So You Want to Read Urban Fantasy – Suggestions for gateway books to the genre.

Unsettling Victorian Christmas Cards – I want to know what kind of drugs were involved in somebody thinking, “You know what really says, ‘Christmas?’ Frogs murdering each other.”

Spider Crown Tutorial – Cute accessory for a costume.

Lego Addams Family House – Who do we have to kill to make this proposed design become a reality?

Castle McQuade – Etsy shop specializing in geek-friendly holiday cards and ornaments.

Skull and Crossbones Bun Holder – This wire bun holder is adorable.

Full Body Costume Made of Artificial Human Teeth – Jesus Christ.

Eye of Sauron Holiday Ornaments – These would probably be reasonably easy to DIY if you can’t afford to buy enough to cover your tree. Surely you’d want to cover the whole tree.

‘Way Out – Did you know Roald Dahl hosted a Twilight Zone-type show in the early 60s? I didn’t.

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Seen Online

December 6th, 2016 by Cobwebs

If I’m ever being followed in a car, I’m gonna go to a fast food drive-thru and test their commitment.
rShowerThoughts

When Frankenstein Jr. was kidnapped, his father cunningly just waited for the kidnappers to send him all the bits.
OhLookBirdies

There’s a foster home for body parts in my neighbourhood and it’s raising a lot of eyebrows.
DurtMcHurtt

A baby werewolf would be great, as one day a month, your baby would turn into a puppy!
ShowerThoughts

People always slam elevator music and that’s very hurtful to those of us who have spent years learning to play the elevator.
Tmoney68

Late at night leave some broken, muddy planks outside an undertakers with a note: “Your puny coffins cannot hold me. I shall return.”
thewritertype

If you’re about to be turned into stone by Medusa, strike a hilarious pose and at least lighten things up for the next guy.
badbanana

I get home and realize where my house stood a shark now sits dressed as a house with its mouth open
Shark:[nervously makes house noises]
upsidedowntrash

If the movie “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” took place in Australia, those kids would have died real fucking quick.
rShowerThoughts

“The Monster Mash” is my favorite song about a scientist making excuses to his wife for coming home late and smelling of monster.
rolldiggity

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