The Art of Darkness

Carmen Miranda’s Link Dump is Haunting Space Station Three

August 17th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Mothman Plush – Kickstarter for the most adorable little Mothman (and rounder “Mothball”) you will ever see.

What Cats Know About Humans – A charming Twitter thread. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Dragon Chairs – How do dragons sit on chairs?

Alien Disney Princess – Cassandra Khaw “takes jokes too far,” and they result in the best Twitter threads.

Chalkboard Tombstones – This is a neat idea, and could be easily DIY’d with plywood cutouts and chalkboard paint.

Little Brother and Little Sister – @Vengeful_Doe’s fairytale recaps are always glorious, but this one is particularly glorious.

Skelemental – Gorgeous sculpted metal skeletons, including furniture and accessories. Look at this amazing coffee table. (Hat tip to pdq)

True Facts: Carnivorous Plants – One of Ze Frank’s “True Facts” video series.

Goth Antifascism Patch – I am just crushed that these aren’t available for sale. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Fren Accessories – Little doohickies shaped like various animals which protect the ends of your charging cables. Shapes include axolotls, manatees, and tapirs.

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The Link Dump and the Pussycat

August 10th, 2018 by Cobwebs

A Spectre is Haunting Unicode – This sounds like the title of a really nerdy horror story, but it’s actually an overview of the meaningless “ghost characters” that have accidentally been included in Unicode.

Getting Dressed in the 18th Century – Gentleman – A few months ago the National Museums Liverpool Twitter account posted a video of the rigmarole a (wealthy) 18th Century woman had to go through to get dressed. They’ve just posted a companion video showing a man’s dressing routine.

@MorningArrived – “Morning arrived like ten wombats driving a Porsche—three for the pedals, two for the shifter, two for the steering wheel, and three to lean out the windows and scream: “we’re all gonna die!” in the cutest possible way. #badnoir”

Milk Jug Skulls – Tutorial for making good-looking skulls out of plastic milk jugs. (Hat tip to pdq)

The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat – There should be more fairytales with dinosaurs in them.

What does it take to understand spiders? False eyelashes, capes and face paint – Which also sounds like the recipe for understanding drag queens. Anyway, neat article about researching spider behavior. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Bloggess’ Secret Room – Amusing Twitter thread.

Illuminidol – “Idolatry of the 21st Century.” Offers devotional candles featuring pop-culture “saints.”

Terminal 00 – As submitterator Bruno phrased it, “TFW you’re a goth but also a web designer searching for a job.”

“Dead and Breakfast” Lap Desk – Tutorial for a nice-looking gothy lap desk. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Seen Online

August 7th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Just realized that since we read serial nineteenth-century novels only as whole books, we are basically bingewatching the nineteenth century.

“Bleak House is so long!” Yeah, if you read all seasons in one go, I guess it is pretty long.

KHandozo

I bet octopuses think bones are horrific. I bet all their cosmic horror stories involve rigid-limbs and hinged joints.
CryptoNature

why limit yourself between choosing between a pretty feminine aesthetic or a dark one? if persephone can be the goddess of spring & queen of the underworld at the same time so can you
dracomallfoys

Her camera captured pictures of ghosts.
“Here, how do you like this?” she asked.
“Ugh, I look horrible. Delete it!”
So she did, every time.
MicroSFF

A man walked into my coffee shop, sat across from me with no food or drink, whispered “great tattoo” at me, then left, so what I’m saying was it was not a great day for me to be reading a book about Ed Gein
sadydoyle

All beach bodies are good beach bodies with the exception of the body of the creature that washed up on the beach of Narragansett, Rhode Island in the winter of 1933 and the strange occurrences in the night that followed.
SamSykesSwears

Harry Potter and the Special Rock
Harry Potter and the Don’t Room
Harry Potter and his Furry Crime Dad
Harry Potter and the Hot Cup
Harry Potter and the Warm Bird Club
Harry Potter and the Absolutely Nothing Happens
Harry Potter and the Curse of the Sidequests
Thelaserbearguy

FRIEND: It’s called cauliflower. It’s not ghost broccoli.
ME: [taking a long drag on my cigarette] Listen kid, I know what I saw.
roxiqt

nice heights you got there
it’d be a shame if someone were to
wuther them
NotLikeFreddy

Just a reminder: there’s an Old Babylonian tablet that mentions a family of exorcists who live together in a house. Which is, I think you’ll agree, one of the great sitcom ideas of the ancient world.
PhilipJBoyes

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O Link Dump! My Link Dump!

August 3rd, 2018 by Cobwebs

ANATOMIKASCIENCE – Etsy shop specializing in interesting ethically-sourced diaphonized animals. (Hat tip to Anna)

Venus Flytrap Pumpkin Candy Holder – Tutorial for a cute “Audrey II” to help you hand out candy on Halloween. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Knit Dragon Scale Accessories – These gauntlets and tails made by knitting together aluminum scales are neat.

Popnihil Records: A Southern Gothic Tale – Profile of Matthew Moyer, founder of the Popnihil label. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Serious Question for #medtwitter – How would you defibrillate a centaur, anyway?

Blood Milk Jewels – Lots of lovely, gothy items. (Hat tip to pdq)

Magma Drake Specimen Box – Nicely-done box of “artifacts” from a dragon. The artist has several similar curiosities as well. (via Spooky Moon)

@movie_goofs – Twitter account dedicated to pointing out “Movie goofs too subtle for that big movie site.” For instance, “Cabin in the Woods (2012)/Factual errors/In the “monster breakout scene”, none of the monsters which are shown rampaging through the facility actually exist.”

Drunk History: The Real Dracula – Featuring Seth Rogen as Vlad. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Arachnomancy – Short, WTF-inducing clip from a cable TV show called “The Amazing Realm of Prophecy.” If you called up Central Casting and said, “Give me the host for a low-budget cable TV show about divination,” this guy is who they’d send. (Hat tip to pdq)

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July 24th, 2018 by Cobwebs

ME: Since their transformation is lunar phase dependent a more accurate name would be “when-wolf.”
ARBY’S CASHIER: Again, sir, we closed an hour ago.
AndrewNadeau0

Here’s the question I always have with universal translators in sci-fi: how do they know when to stop translation?
Like say an alien asks about deserts on earth, and the human lists “the sahara desert, gobi desert and kalahari desert”
Alien: You just said “desert” six times.
Foone

“Dad, there’s a monster under my bed!”
“Yes, the bed they used to live under has been razed.”
“But it’s a monster!”
“Maybe, but we are not.”
MicroSFF

Overheard in the French Quarter: “My big fear with becoming a zombie is all the walking.”
Nalo_Hopkinson

Every badger in a waistcoat implies a whole infrastructure of badger tailors and store owners.
benwurgaft

Me: *covers foot with blanket*
Monster 1: *about to grab my foot anyway*
Monster 2: *quickly pulling him back* NO. we have to respect the blanket Franklin
AbbieEvansXO

Every time we read Peter Pan at bed time, I can’t help but do the math on all the money the parents are saving with that dog nannying all three kids
JewelStaite

the best response when someone makes fun of you for reading fiction is to invite them down into your ancient cellar for a glass of wine. they will never suspect what’s coming.
SketchesbyBoze

Thinking about how in Harry Potter there was an evil shop full of death magic on evil street and everyone was just fine with this being a place of business. Wizards are stupid as shit.
gapingmaws

I like how once you get to the Monster’s part of FRANKENSTEIN it’s the Monster being quoted by Victor being quoted by the sea captain and you’re still supposed to believe the sea captain remembered all this and is transcribing it verbatim to his sister

Did the sister not have questions about why her brother wrote a “letter” to her that’s literally novel length

How much was the postage to mail that from the Arctic

arthur_affect

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Days of Wine and Link Dumps

July 20th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Infernal Creatures – Kickstarter for a book of rare vintage occult artwork. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Robot Plant Stand – I want one of these as a pet. The spidery way it moves around is adorable.

Bats in the Night Sky – Knitting pattern for a super-adorable beanie. (via Spooky Moon)

Animals That Look Like Wizards – This thread is spectacular.

Spiderweb Farm – Sells plaques featuring real preserved spiderwebs. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

United Snakes of America – Fun poster of all species of snakes native to the U.S. and Canada.

The Alternative Limb Project – Prosthesis designers who offer unusual artificial limbs. The snake arm is especially interesting.

Animal Adventures: Tales of Dungeons and Doggies – Kickstarter for a set of D&D miniatures featuring dogs as all of the character classes.

Celestarium – Striking shawl pattern based on a real star chart.

Sugar Spooks – Site which showcases the Halloween-themed work of various sugar artists. Some gorgeous, intricate stuff. (via Spooky Moon)

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How Does Your Link Dump Grow?

July 13th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Dance of the Vampires – This is a famous German musical which was never released in English. YouTube user Count Monsparkle has kindly provided a translation. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Sam Sykes/Chuck Wendig, Again – Yet another amusing Twitter conversation, this one beginning, “@ChuckWendig so, you meet a girl and things are going nice and she turns out to worship the Great Old Ones. …dealbreaker?”

Save My Ink – This company will preserve a deceased loved one’s tattoos and tastefully frame the patch of skin for you.

Animatronic Raven DIY Kit – Mr. Chicken’s Prop Shop offers a really nice kit for building a servo-powered raven. They offer a lot of other neat goodies, too. (Hat tip to xJane)

Taxidermy Stuffed Animal Heads – Yes, yes, all taxidermy animals are technically stuffed, smartass. These are the plushy kind of stuffed.

Memento Mori DIY Clock Refurbish – Tutorial for a good-looking clock makeover. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Mending Moth Holes with Moths – These DIY moth patches are supposed to go over holes, but they’re pretty enough to use just for the sake of decoration. Death’s Head moths would be particularly attractive.

Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity – What’s cooler than flying spiders? Electric flying spiders. (Hat tip to pdq)

They Fight Crime! – Amusing random generator. “He’s a fiendish day-dreaming vampire hunter who dotes on his loving old ma. She’s a psychotic winged mechanic who hides her beauty behind a pair of thick-framed spectacles. They fight crime!”

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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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