The Art of Darkness

The Link Dump of Shadow Ranch

September 22nd, 2017 by Cobwebs

Free Haunt Soundtrack – Sam Haynes is giving away free copies of their album “Ghost Stories” until October 1.

Creepy Paranormal Documentaries That Will Make You Question Everything – Well, probably not everything.

The Glow – This “Jack O’ Lantern Experience” has locations in Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Nashville. (Hat tip to Cat)

Valhalla Vigor – Norse/Viking jewelry and accessories. These raven skull hair bands are neat.

Jamie Lee Curtis to Star in “Halloween” Finale – Curtis is reprising her role as Laurie Strode in what Universal is calling the last film in the franchise. I somehow doubt that last bit.

Spider Paws – Some spiders have kittenlike paws and they are adorable.

Bad D&D Plot Hooks – Amusing Twitter account. “The search for a fabled talking skull comes to a confusing conclusion when a sage tells the PCs, in one sense, they all have talking skulls.”

All That is Left – Ned Flanders-themed band Okilly Dokilly performs a “Heavy Nedal” song inspired by a Simpsons storyline and I don’t even know what’s real any more. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Batsies – Absurdly cute drawings of a li’l pink bat. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

This and Nothing More – Kickstarter for an edition of works by Edgar Allan Poe illuminated by Matt Hughes, “who blends Gothic and Art Nouveau styles for haunting illustrations.” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie, who finds awesome stuff and occasionally throws it all at me at once)

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The Secret of the Old Link Dump

September 15th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Taxidermy Automata Art – I suspect that this Kickstarter isn’t going to reach its goal, but it’s a neat idea anyway. (Hat tip to Cat)

Astromythology – New album by The Crüxshadows.

Hallowedding 2017 – Six Flags St. Louis is looking for couples to marry on Friday, October 13.

Goth Beauty Icons – A roundup.

Voynich Manuscript: The Solution – Someone claims to have deciphered the mysterious Voynich Manuscript. However, experts are dubious. (Also Maria DahvanaHeadley once dressed as the manuscript for Halloween, which is awesome.)

Bat’ll Do – This bat-print shift dress is adorable.

Koi Division – There’s a fish-themed Joy Division cover band because of course there is.

Arthur Jermyn – Amusing Twitter thread.

The Last Surviving Sea Silk Seamstress – This is amazing and wonderful and sad.

Ravenwood Castle – Medieval-themed inn in Ohio. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

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Holding Out for a Link Dump

September 8th, 2017 by Cobwebs

25 Easy Day of the Dead DIY Projects – There are some cute craft ideas here.

The Longest Night Masque – Charity masquerade ball based on the Kushiel’s Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey.

Finally, a Horror Board Game Where You Are the Monster Killing the Obnoxious Teens – Kotaku reviews the horror board game Monster Slaughter.

Facts About Christopher Lee – This Tumblr thread is glorious.

Here Be Cats – @minikitty wrote up a D&D campaign for a friend to explain how to take care of her cats while she was away. Her Twitter thread even includes a downloadable form that you can customize yourself.

Elvira Just Launched Her Own Clothing Line – The designs are described as “cleavage-flaunting.”

ApocolypseMeows – Etsy shop full of spooky-themed catnip toys. (via Spooky Moon)

30 Books to Read If You Love Game of Thrones – If you’re getting twitchy from withdrawal, this roundup may help.

Lost Souls Skull Shawl – This free crochet pattern is lovely. (Hat tip to Kathy)

Toad Words – Evocative fairy tale-esque short story by Ursula Vernon.

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The Link Dump at Lilac Inn

September 1st, 2017 by Cobwebs

Mysteries of the Superstition Mountains – A look at some of the mysteries associated with the range, including the Lost Dutchman Mine.

Killer Fashion – A book of “Poisonous Petticoats, Strangulating Scarves, and Other Deadly Garments Throughout History.”

Skull and Raven – This little ‘toon is oddly winsome.

Game of Thrones IKEA Hack – Turning IKEA shearling rugs into GoT capes.

I’m a Falconer – An interesting, personal look at the sport of falconry.

Horror Manga – This made me giggle.

Getting Dressed in the 18th Century – Reenactment video of a wealthy English woman dressing for the day. This looks exhausting.

Dungeons & Dragons Promises to Make Its Adventures More Queer – D&D is formally heading toward more inclusivity. That’s refreshing.

“Victorian Modern” Style – The new hotness in interior decorating is something goths have been doing for years.

Dollhouse Death Scenes are Being Refurbished for Smithsonian Exhibit – The Nutshell Studies are going to be exhibited at the Smithsonian.

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Seen Online

August 22nd, 2017 by Cobwebs

Alligators can live up to 100 years, which is why there’s an increased chance that they will see you later.
Pundamentalism

I want my house to be tidy enough so that if someone drops by unexpectedly it doesn’t look like we’re six days into battling a poltergeist.
LizHackett

I don’t have a resting bitch face. My bitch face is always on duty, ever vigilant. My bitch face will rest when its work is done.
awesomonster

if i die on a hill it’s gonna be the bottom of that hill. i’m not climbing up a hill to die
futurecreaturre

*Heaven*
God: you may ask me 1 question
Me: Why aren’t there lowercase and uppercase numbers?
God: what?
Me: I wanna write loud numbers
LeBearGirdle

As your goth financial advisor I urge you to bury all of your possessions & then on your death bed whisper their location to a stranger.
DothTheDoth

I know that “rainbow bridge” thing people say when a pet dies originated in a poem, but I can’t help but think, “Mittens went to Asgard.”
Jenny_Trout

“Dad where do babies come from?”
“Son, when birds & bees mate, they make us afterward. We’re birdbees, son. Abominations. And we’re hunted.”
Home_Halfway

why did everyone play the recorder in fourth grade what were they training us for
dariatbh

I feel like I missed an amazing opportunity to make my wedding registry be only haunted dolls.
LizHackett

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Beverly Hills Link Dump

August 18th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Wooden Feathers – Lovely, mildly creepy, short story by Ursula Vernon.

Make Your Own Tentacle For Under $20 – Honestly who among ust hasn’t wanted their own tentacle? (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Coffin Club – Short documentary about a group of senior citizens in New Zealand who get together once a week to construct and personalize their own coffins. It is upbeat and adorable. (via Anna))

Michael Sheen, David Tennant to Star in Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ – 1) It’s actually Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. 2) I can hear all the geek heads exploding from here.

The Scariest 25 Minutes on U.S. Television – Mental Floss reminisces about “Amelia,” the psyche-scarring third segment in the Trilogy of Terror.

In the future, your body won’t be buried… you’ll dissolve – Interesting article on the process of resomation, an alternative to cremation.

The Warded Man – First book in an entertaining fantasy series which one review noted would appeal to those who “long for old-school orc massacres.”

Event Horizon: Inspiring Hellish Nightmares for 20 Years – A fond look at the cult classic.

The Sea Witch Sets the Record Straight – Ursula may have had a point.

The Eyes Have It – Easy tutorial for adding eyeball patches to the elbows of clothing. Also just try and say “elbow eyeballs” five times fast.

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The Link Dump of the Vanities

August 11th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Join the Search for Geedis – This tickles me in my “obscure, pointless mystery” place.

This Much I Know: Neil Gaiman – A short, very Gaimanesque, interview with the author.

Has the True Identity of Jack the Ripper Been Revealed? – Betteridge’s Law of Headlines states that “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word ‘no’,” and since this article was written to tout an upcoming book it should be taken with a very large grain of salt.

Game of Thrones Beer – Brewery Ommegang has a series of Game of Thrones-themed beers with names like “Fire and Blood” and “Three-Eyed Raven.”

AirBNB Reviews for Castle Dracula – Amusing ‘toon. (via Pixel Pixie)

Funeral Etiquette Every Southerner Should Know – Video of two “etiquette masters” discussing the finer points of American Southern funerals.

False Facts Everyone Believes About the Druids – Interesting article about historical Druids vs. Dungeons & Dragons Druids.

Hookland – Twitter feed with a sort of “Welcome to Scarfolk” vibe. Lots of odd vintage-y photos and strange commentary.

Divining the Future – Merriam-Webster “words at play” article featuring different kinds of divination. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Belzebubs – Entertaining webcomic about a black metal-loving family and their everyday life. There’s a very strong Addams Family-esque “we consider weird things normal” vibe.

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The Link Dump of Heaven

August 4th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Scary Stories Paperback Box Set – The most terrifying part of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and its sequels wasn’t the stories, it was the creepy-ass artwork by Stephen Gammell. A new boxed set featuring the original art has just been released.

Goth Court – A life-action party game about “eldritch justice in a small claims court that settles petty disputes between goths and norms.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe – Kickstarter for an interesting-sounding graphic novel.

Why Harry Potter should have carried an M1911 – This Reddit comment is peak Redneck American, but “Dirty Harry” Potter would be a fun action movie.

Packing – Odd, evocative, melancholy little short story.

Monks Knitting Pattern – Tewkesbury Abbey has a free knitting pattern for mini-monks. You can see some examples in their Twitter feed.

So this conversation happened between a couple of writers I like on Twitter – This is what the internet was made for. (via Shellhawk)

Anatomy of Animals – Kickstarter for a collection of “animal anatomy” ‘toons from the webcomic Sheldon. I cannot agree with their depiction of tardigrades.

Meeping Angel – You know that Weeping Angel/Beaker mashup? Somebody did a cosplay version.

Riker Creatures – Adorable furry sculptures of wildlife. The latest set–sadly sold out–were baby fruit bats: Scruffs, Pekoe, and Loki. Hopefully the artist will make more soon. (Hat tip to WitchArachne)

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A Fine and Pleasant Link Dump

July 28th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Santa as Disease Vector – A Twitter thread that asks a question nobody ever thinks about. (See also the same author’s thread on making saltwater taffy.)

Cute Rat Photos – Diane Özdamar photographs rats looking particularly adorable in an effort to spruce up their negative image. They are, indeed, adorable.

Sex with Demons Was Totally Chill Until the Church Ruined It – Probably NSFW.

@ravenmaster1 – The Tower of London’s Ravenmaster has a Twitter account.

Stuffed Pizza Skulls – Something else to do with your skull cupcake pans.

Pictures of Death – Article about early postmortem photography.

Donate to Bat World Sanctuary – If the sanctuary out-raises all the other charities in this event, Macy’s will add $100,000 to their total. Spare a buck to save a bat.

Strange Practice – A novel concerning Dr. Greta Van Helsing, physician to the supernatural. The author describes her “Big Idea” here.

Most Bizarre Tales of People Being Possessed – A roundup.

Embroidered Moth Soft Sculptures – The artist is selling a few of her embroidered moths. They’re just lovely.

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The Link Dump of the Ancient Mariner

July 21st, 2017 by Cobwebs

Release the Choctopus – Man About Cake created an astonishing octopus wedding cake. (A cake shaped like an octopus, not a cake for an octopus who’s getting married. Just in case you were confused.)

The Best Demon Illustrations of All Time – Illustrations from the 1863 edition of the Dictionnaire Infernal. I may disagree with the article’s author on what constitutes “the stuff of nightmares;” I’d have half these things as pets. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Tasty Ancient Recipes from Mesopotamia – Interview with the author of a book of ancient recipes.

Against Big Bird, the Gods Themselves Contend in Vain – I aged out of Sesame Street well before 1983, so I had never even heard of this episode. I’m glad to see that the 70s-era Sesame Street vibe (“You can’t tell me that drugs weren’t involved”) lasted into the 80s. This is glorious.

@MagicWeather – Amusing Twitter feed that sounds like the weather channel in Night Vale. “Rain continues tomorrow, with a chance of flooding in some areas, a chance of banshees wailing in others.”

Calls for Cthulhu – A marvelous webseries featuring Cthulhu as the host of a phone-in TV show.

100 Demon Dialogues – Kickstarter for a comic about anxiety and self-doubt, personified by demons.

Barbie Dream Hearse – This candy pink-and-white hearse can be rented for parties.

Traditional Anniversary Gifts – An amusing list by Obvious Plant.

Luau – IMDb describes this early effort by Tim Burton as “a horrifying and touching movie about a tramp’s dream of fame” which is as good a description as any, I guess. Prepare to have your mind slightly boggled. That link goes to Part 1; parts 2 and 3 are here and here. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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