The Art of Darkness

The Gentleman’s Single-Use Monocle

April 1st, 2015 by Cobwebs

Bear with me, because this sounds like an April Fool’s prank but in fact is not.

Zach Weinersmith, creator of the webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, currently has a Kickstarter project for The Gentleman’s Single-Use Monocle. It’s a simple visual joke, the punchline being that it’s not a condom.

Although we have worked hard to keep the price low, we have also taken care to make sure the monocle is of a better quality than the cheap ones you usually see in novelty shops. Our monocle is mostly plastic, with a metal chain that gives it a pleasant jingle, and color choices that give it a realistic look. The monocle itself is very durable and would be a fine addition to a cosplay costume.

Its wrapper has a clear back so you can show it off without opening it, but he also plans to sell them in multipacks in case you use them. It’d be a mildly amusing addition to a steampunky cosplay ensemble, but if they can be bulk-purchased cheaply enough I’m thinking they’d also be an excellent promotional freebie for vendors at conventions to hand out.

Here’s his Kickstarter video:

This might seem like a simple attempt to cash in on the popularity of steampunk, but if you go over to his site and read the promo ad you’ll see the real reason he’s doing this: “Please do your part to make me right and my wife wrong.”

The Kickstarter runs through April 15.

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“Modern Ten Plagues” Manicure

March 31st, 2015 by Cobwebs

Ten Modern PlaguesThis nail art is six levels of meta. It’s a riff on the biblical Ten Plagues of Egypt, only updated with “modern” plagues. Some of them, like, anti-vaxxers and gun violence, are sound choices; others, like NFL scandals, are a bit more…niche. (I do like the hazmat suit and the drippy blood, though.)

This made me wonder if nail art featuring the original Ten Plagues was a thing, and of COURSE it is. The same business responsible for the Modern Plagues nails, Midrash Manicures, actually sells decals depicting cow skulls, googly-eyed flies, and phlegmatic-looking frogs. A quick google also turns up some neat freehand versions like this one at 10 Blank Canvases and these (found at Marjorie Ingall).

Incidentally, Midrash Manicures has done different “modern plagues” for the past few years; you can see the whole collection here. I’m not sure why iPhones qualify as a plague, but whatever.

Passover begins April 3 and Easter is on April 5, so there’s still time to paint your nails with cutesy little reminders of divine horrors.

Bonus links: If you just can’t get enough plaguey goodness, check out the Ten Plagues Hand Puppets, Masks of the Ten Plagues, and the brilliant Passover Bag of Plagues.

(via Amber Dawn)

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Disney Death Metal

March 30th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Musician Andy Rehfeldt did this marvelous original arrangement of Mary Poppins singing death metal. It is a thing of beauty.

Apparently metal covers of Disney songs are fairly popular. Aggressive Comix has a roundup.

(via Spooky Moon)

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Duck! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

March 27th, 2015 by Cobwebs

That’s all the links for this week. Regular posting (and once-a-week Link Dumps) return Monday.

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

The Haunted Studio – Lewis Barrett Lehrman, “The Painter of Dark,” will paint a custom “haunted” version of your house. He also sells prints of other haunts he’s painted. I like this one.

Apocalypticon – A comedic post-apocalypse novel with a plot that sounds a little like Zombieland.

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

boom-art – Has limited-edition skateboards and surfboards featuring images like the “Maiden and the Unicorn” tapestry and Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights.” Some images are NSFW, so beware.

The Axolotl Song – Any song that manages to work, “neotenic” into a lyric is okay by me. Also axolotls. (via Anna)

Anti-Suffrage Postcards – This isn’t really goth, but occasionally it’s nice to realize that progress toward justice actually happens sometimes.

Pigeon Stories – Amusing Instagram account which explores the hidden lives of London pigeons.

Model Maze from The Shining – Adam Savage built a lovely model replica of the Overlook Hotel’s maze. I’m a little sorry it isn’t snow-covered. (Update: Savage has now published build notes.)

Creepy Art – Tumblr of “creepy art” with one of the most irritating backgrounds I’ve ever encountered. Anyway, this photo by Rachel Baran is neat.

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Duck! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

March 26th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Mermaid Lapghan – Instructions for crocheting a cute “mermaid tail” lap blanket.

Gillian Anderson as Morticia Addams – Anderson posed as Morticia for an US Magazine photo shoot in 1997. How peculiar.

Canis Mortuus Familiaris – Artist Jeremy Dower has a series of illustrations featuring ghostly, monstrous dogs. There are ostensibly more at his site, but since it’s all Flash-based it can’t be linked to directly.

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

Anton LaVey Blackhouse Photographs – Some photos of the interior of the Church of Satan HQ in San Francisco. I rather like the octopus mural.

Spaghetti Toes – An artist illustrates some of his three-year-old daughter’s more memorable expressions.

(S)Edition – Wonderful art installation featuring mushrooms with bookish caps.

To Be or Not to Be – There’s a “choose your own adventure” version of Hamlet. Huh.

balderdash! – Webcomic with the subtitle, “or, a tale of two witches.” io9 discusses it briefly here.

Give Out the Coolest Candy on the Block – A roundup of interesting candy available on Etsy. A few items, like the “ghost poop,” would be easily DIY-able. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

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Duck! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

March 25th, 2015 by Cobwebs

“Miss Argentina” Poppet – Adorable little doll resembling the afterlife receptionist from Beetlejuice, right down to the teensy slit wrists.

Vincent Price Wine Collection – Price’s estate sells four “Master of Menace” wines, including Lenore Chardonnay and Prospero Pinot Noir.

Lacing DIY – Tutorial for adding lacing to a garment. The converted tank top is attractive.

Victorian Sex Words – A helpful guide. (Hat tip to xJane)

Cinderella Costume Change – Really nice quick-change cosplay effect.

Compubeaver – Surprisingly thorough instructions on how to casemod a taxidermied beaver. Words fail me.

Cranky Ladies of History – Anthology celebrating the lives of historical women who broke the rules.

Why You Should Watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer – The Passion of the Nerd makes a solid argument.

Mount Fuji Seen Below a Cookie Monster at Kanagawa – This “adjustment” of one of Hokusai’s most recognizable works amuses me far more than it ought to.

Sky Puppies – Photos of some very squee-worthy bats.

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Duck! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

March 24th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Bailey Henderson – Sculptor of an ongoing series depicting fantastical creatures like a cockatrice and a rather adorably porky tusked seal. I also like her Octopus Lady illustration; it’s not everyone who can look so serene with a cephalopod perched on their head.

FunKo La Muerte – Attractive calavera-type “action figure.” FunKo has an extensive line of figures, many with a gothy angle, such as Cthulhu, Jack Skellington, Xenomorph, and many others.

Children’s Stories Made Horrific – The Toast recasts various beloved childrens’ stories as hopeless, desperate tales, and they are depressing as hell. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Stayin’ in Black – Wax Audio did a mashup of AC/DC and The Bee Gees which works surprisingly well.

Steampunk Tendencies – Twitter account full of great steampunky photos and inspiration.

The Art of Dying – Kickstarter for some very cool skull-shaped soap, made in hand-carved molds.

Love Potion Necklace – Tutorial for making a vial of “love potion” to wear as a pendant. Obviously, the “potion” could easily be changed to something gothier.

Beauty by H.P. Lovecraft – “Slowly prying your rib cage open to reveal a teeming mass of spiders is considered very flirty.”

Dark City – Creepy series of diorama photos by Francesco Romoli.

Bone Lust – Etsy shop specializing in (ethically sourced) bone jewelry and accessories.

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Duck! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps

March 23rd, 2015 by Cobwebs

You guys should all know the drill by now. I’ve got too many links in my Drafts folder. Time to drop ‘em all on your collective heads.

The Coolest Tattoo Artists in the World – There’s some really amazing work here.

The 10 Best Horror Books You’ve Never Read – Roundup of interesting-sounding lesser gems of horror.

Pop Stars Gone Metal – Some great concept T-shirt designs (sadly not for sale), recasting mainstream artists as metal bands. There are a couple more here. (via Spooky Moon)

Goth Icons Then and Now – Photos of various “classic” goth icons in their heyday and today.

H.P. Lovecat – “Because there exists no method known to man, more terribly suited to expose the cosmic meaningless of existence than pairing the words of H.P. Lovecraft with seemingly delightful and charming pictures of adorable kittens.”

Russian Fairy Tales – Artist Uldus Bakhtiozina takes photos of vignettes based on Russian fairy tales. Some of these would be amazing cosplay ideas.

The Halloween Oracle – Gorgeous set of Halloween-themed divination cards. (via Spooky Moon)

Knitrocious – Etsy shop specializing in disturbing knitwear, like the terrifying clown balaclava.

Inside the World of Longsword Fighting – I sort of love that longsword fighting is becoming a popular sport.

Nihilist Arby’s – Arby’s is a U.S. fast-food chain (although they also have locations in Canada, Turkey, and Qatar; the hell?), but this amusing Twitter feed could just as easily apply to the fast-food restaurant of your choice.

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Beyond the Link Dump

March 20th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Lure Paper Goods – Lots of neat vintage-feel greeting cards and stationery. (Hat tip to Fiend4Halloween)

Apuglogies – Pugs bearing apologies, courtesy of Tragedy Series. I wish I had cause to use the lower-left corner one more often.

SoEffingCute – Etsy shop specializing in geeky underwear bearing slogans like, “You Shall Not Pass,” “Mother of Dragons,” and “Speak, Friend, and Enter.”

Life Lessons from Gomez – A cartoon drawn in honor of Raul Julia’s birthday. “Nurture the passions of your loved ones, even when those passions are weird.”

Amanda Palmer is Pregnant – Neil Gaiman and Palmer recently announced her pregnancy on Twitter.

Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism – Interesting-sounding novel which uses Lovecraftian horrors whilst confronting Lovecraft’s racism instead of eliding it. There’s a review at BoingBoing.

Zombie Bear – You know how I know that the whole “zombie” thing has jumped the dead, decaying, yet-horribly-reanimated-by-eldritch-forces shark? It isn’t Death Troopers. It isn’t the Nerf zombie-fighting gear. It’s this zombie teddy bear that you’re supposed to give as a token of your affection. Would somebody please shoot the zombie craze in the head, double-tap just to make sure, and then bring back vampires? Please?

Pattern Behavior – Vintage sewing pattern illustrations, amusingly captioned.

Floral Skeleton – This flowered sculpture by Cedric Laquieze is really quite creepy.

Lucardis Feist – Lots of lovely goth clothing, including wedding gear.

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Attic Panic

March 19th, 2015 by Cobwebs

David F. Sandberg makes amazing short horror films. I mentioned his short Lights Out – Who’s There a while back, but didn’t realize it was the second film in a loose “series” featuring a woman who really, really needs to move out of that apartment. The first in the series was Cam Closer, then Lights Out, after which came Pictured, Coffer, and the latest is Attic Panic, below.

Also be sure to check out his ultra-short See You Soon, in which he manages to scare the crap out of you in a mere 14 seconds.

Watching Sandberg’s stuff alone is a very, very bad idea.

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