The Art of Darkness

The Message in the Hollow Link Dump

December 15th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Aziraphale’s Bookshop – Neil Gaiman shared a short video from the set of Good Omens. He confirmed on Twitter that the hat is one of Pratchett’s.

Krampus Hat Pattern – Free crochet pattern for a glorious hat.

The Brief, Wondrous, High-Flying Era of Zeppelin Dining – Interesting look at cooking and dining on the Hindenburg. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Bone Box – Skulls Unlimited has gotten on the subscription box bandwagon and will send you neat things like weasel skulls and owl pellets.

FX To Develop ‘Welcome To Night Vale’ Podcast For TV – I’m not sure how well this will translate to TV, but more power to them. All hail the Glow Cloud.

Frau Perchta and Others – Short Twitter thread about some of the creepier Christmas traditions worldwide. (I don’t know why the illustration of the Mari Lwyd includes a skate egg case in the foreground but I’m oddly okay with it.)

Benrangel Duvet Cover – IKEA duvet cover with a (headless?) skeleton print.

Melting Toht Candle – Your favorite melty Nazi, in handy candle form.

Sharing Things – Sesame Street parodies Stranger Things.

The Blonde Swan – Etsy shop full of very cool hats and headpieces.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Link Dumps

December 8th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Edward Gorey – The Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast looks at Gorey. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Gifts for Crow Lovers – Suggestions for the corvid fancier on your gift list.

Shit Cassandra Saw That She Didn’t Tell the Trojans Because at that Point Fuck Them Anyway – How far could Cassandra see into the future, anyway? (Hat tip to Bruno)

Altered Carbon Release Announcement – Netflix is doing a series based on Richard Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs novels.

The Call of Cthulhu Dr. Seuss Style – This is nicely done. (Hat tip to DeVries)

Lizzie – Upcoming thriller based on the Lizzie Borden murders. Since the plot revolves around Lizzie (Chloë Sevigny) and her maid Bridget (Kristen Stewart) being lovers, this is presumably based on Ed McBain’s novel of the same title.

Go to Hell! – Board game in which you try to get Dante through all 9 circles of Hell. (via Jan)

How the Zombie Fungus Takes Over Ants’ Bodies to Control Their Minds – Everybody’s favorite zombie fungus is even more Lovecraftian than we’d thought.

Chuck Tingle’s Shirts for Buds – Tingle T-shirts and a glorious holiday sweater. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Cockroach Donuts – Instructable for some great-looking Halloween party treats.

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Seen Online

December 5th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Sigh. You know, it’s nice that this bad guy is female! That’s great! But does it have to be a Oh Woe My Lost Child plotline? I am fully capable of being evil for power as much as the next dude!
My grandmothers marched in the streets for the right of women to be banal villains with non-maternal storylines! MAYBE I JUST WANT TO YELL MUAHAHA AND PET MY TAME HYENA, DID YOU THINK OF THAT?!
UrsulaV

you’re on the beach passing by one of those airbrush t shirt kiosks that have a million unlicensed characters on them but you see one with your exact face and name on it and he won’t sell it to you
letshearitforthisclown

An app that matches you with someone else who just saw a specific movie from 6 years ago and also needs to talk about it.
McJesse

Horror is an advent calendar. So many windows through which to gaze into the same abyss.
NamelessNorbert

My son 🙋🏽‍♂️ was SO cute today, he asked me “dad are clouds candy?” 😍 I told him they were water. 💦 Then he asked “dad, what’s Earth’s defense system?” and then I remembered I don’t have a son and he asked again his eyes now obsidian black “what is the defense system father”
OmarNajam

I’ve said this before but it bears repeating: if you truly want to be happy, haunt an old Victorian house on top of an eerie hill.
DothTheDoth

intelligence is knowing Frankenstein wasn’t the monster.
wisdom is knowing Frankenstein WAS the monster.
Dave_Cochran

WELCOME TO DREAD DENNY’S. TODAY ONLY WE WILL SLATHER A FAMILY MEMBER OF YOUR CHOOSING IN BATTER AND FEED THEM INTO THE RAVENOUS MAW OF OUR CUSTOMERS’ GLUTTONY. SCREAM THE SECRET NAME OF THE HAM OMELETTE AND BE SPARED.
PostCultRev

Accidentally played dad instead of dead when I encountered a bear and now it can ride a bike without training wheels.
simoncholland

“Dad, why do Santa’s deer have bells?”
“Remember how we put the bell on the cat because he kept eating birds?”
“Yeah?”
“That. But kids.”
ASmallFiction

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Link Dumps in the Stream

December 1st, 2017 by Cobwebs

Henry Rollins and Nick Cave – This made me giggle.

Vampire’s Kiss & Blood Inside – Short music video-ish film with a cameo by Tim Burton. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Anansi Boys Radio Drama – BBC Radio 4 is doing a six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel.

An army of crows is being trained to clear streets of cigarette butts – 1) This is a pretty cool use of corvids’ natural intelligence. 2) Oh, sure, that’s what they say they’re training the army of crows for, but eventually they’re going to have an army of trained crows and that’s how the war starts. (Hat tip to pdq)

Harmonia – Evocative interactive short story/game. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Grinch Backstory – This Twitter thread is…plausible.

The Social Network Tarot – Tarot cards with themes like, “Fake Account” and “Russian Hacker.” (via Cat)

Lucas the Spider – This animation test features an adorable spider that I really want as a pet. (via xJane)

#HellfireBooks – @UrsulaV told @NeolithicSheep, quote, “Swear to god, you are like if the Foxfire books were set in hell” and the obvious response was to start writing them.

Why Horror VHS Artwork Was So F*cked Up – A “microdocumentary” about the artwork on VHS horror movies.

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A Moveable Link Dump

November 24th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Lady Blackbird – Cool-looking adventure module full of steampunky goodness. There are a number of video playthroughs online if you want a sample of gameplay. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Roasted Facehugger – This is the best Thanksgiving dish imaginable.

Poor Devil – The fact that not only was Sammy Davis Jr. interested in the Church of Satan but that he made a Lucifer-friendly sitcom pilot is somewhat mind-blowing. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Loch Ness Plush – These li’l Nessies made from upholstery fabric are adorable.

Meet Doug Jones, One Of The Biggest Movie Stars You’ve Probably Never Seen – Interview with the actor who played Billy Butcherson, Abe Sapien, the Pale Man, and many other heavily-costumed characters.

Sam Sykes and Chuck Wendig – It’s worth having a Twitter account just to read their exchanges.

15 Mini Horror Stories – rockpapercynic has been writing ultra-short stories prompted by photographs. There are some nice ones collected here.

Fox Letter Grades – I love everything about this “fox rates” Twitter thread. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Edible Body Farm – Death- and decay-themed confections. I think my favorite is the “five stages of decay” cupcake.

What We Do in the Shadows Original Short Film – The short that led to the mockumentary. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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The Link Dump of J. Alfred Prufrock

November 17th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Illustrations from Walt McDougall’s ‘Good Stories for Children’ – These are awesome. I want all of them as pets. (Hat tip to xJane)

70s Dinner Party – I have long suspected that the entire decade of the 70s was an incursion from some alternate universe, and this Twitter feed of 70s-era food does nothing to dispel that notion.

One of America’s Largest Collections of Memento Mori Is for Sale – This will be of interest to a lot of my readers.

Wiccapedia – I have no idea if this “modern day white witch’s guide” is any good, but the title is dynamite.

Something is Wrong on the Internet – “Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatise, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

#FolkloreThursday – Neat hashtag, often featuring original art like The Gurt Dog.

Gorey’s World – The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT will be presenting an exhibit of Edward Gorey’s work. (via Pixel Pixie)

Brimstone Bread – Recipe for black-and-red bread that would be perfect for a party. See also the artist’s main site.

EasyPrintAndCut – Etsy shop full of creepy dollhouse miniatures, many of them downloadable papercraft.

Hilary’s Vanity – Goth clothing and accessories, including some lovely parasols.

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Seen Online

November 15th, 2017 by Cobwebs

him: you’re a riot
me: which one
him: haha it’s an expres-
me: i am the haymarket riot of 1886
him: ok…
me: im not some potato riot
tamizdatum

Everyone forgets Poundfoolish, his less successful younger brother who flunked out of evil clown college.
muskrat_john

I made voodoo dolls of my dogs just so I could still rub their bellies while I’m at work.
drinksmcgee

Fun: watch any old movie and note when you could stop the plot cold with a cell phone.
MJMcKean

Seriously, though, fanart has been, like, 80% of art. It’s just that for a long time Jesus was the only fandom.
SamSykesSwears

EVERY DOG LOOKS LIKE SOMEONE JUST INFORMED IT THAT IT IS A DOG AND THE NEWS IS VERY EXCITING
SICKOFWOLVES

an app called airDnD where traveling nerds can find a role playing group to join for a night
rebeccawatson

A creepy guy in the mall just winked at me and said “Hey doll” so I was like fuck you pig I’m an ACTION FIGURE.
OhNoSheTwitnt

concept: old necromancer grandma brushing down all of her skeleton minions every night before bed with a toothbrush and a shit ton of toothpaste
l-nobby-l

Concept: Werewolves with irregular shifting cycles
“Yeah, I haven’t shifted in, like—” *checks app* “—42 days? So I’m just chaining myself up in the basement every night, you know? A bit annoying, but it saves on mess.”
krfabian

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The Canterbury Link Dump

November 10th, 2017 by Cobwebs

A Mortician’s Tale – Wired reviews a game where you play a funeral director preparing corpses. (Hat tip to Bruno)

WeRateBats – Twitter account similar to WeRateDogs, except for sky puppies.

Opening Lines of New “Odyssey” TranslationThe Odyssey has recently been retranslated into English by Emily Wilson and the beginning is amazing.

Furniture Porn – Well-done parody of an old 90s porn site. Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Fantastic Beasts and How to Rank Them – Are harpies more or less implausible than mermaids? Feel free to leave your own rankings in the comments. (You can rank a few of them online here and see how your choices compare to others’.)

The Necronomnomnom – Kickstarter for “A Cookbook of Eldritch Horror.” (Hat tip to xJane)

Terrifying Japanese Ghosts That Will Haunt Your Dreams – An amusing roundup.

I Illustrated 31 Phobias For Feartober – These are nicely creepy.

Dragon Crochet Pattern – Downloadable pattern for a super-cute dragon.

If Star Wars Were an Icelandic Saga – “That’s no island,” said Víga-Óbívan, “That’s a warship.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

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Sing a Song of Link Dumps

November 3rd, 2017 by Cobwebs

But, what are we to wear? – Links to some vintage fancy-dress ideas. (Hat tip to Bruno)

@SamSykesSwears and @ChuckWendig – This Twitter conversation is a thing of beauty.

Neil Patrick Harris Family Halloween Costumes – A roundup of Harris’ family costumes over the years.

Largest Witchcraft Collection in North America Opens at Cornell – The exhibit will run through August 2018.

Read These (Legit Terrifying) Horror Stories by an Artificial Intelligence – An AI named Shelley has been trained on Reddit’s r/nosleep and now writes short horror stories.

Lepidop-Terror – This moth costume is pretty great.

An October Moment – After a long absence, Somewhere on the Masthead returns with a ghost story.

This is Halloween – Cute little ‘toon. (via Pixel Pixie)

Digital Death – Video described by submitterator Bruno as “A hard science take on ‘Professor, what is a Horcrux?'”

Top Ten Hauntings with a History Twist – Fun Twitter thread.

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Anything Can Happen on Halloween

October 31st, 2017 by Cobwebs

In honor of the very best holiday, please to enjoy this mesmerizingly awful clip from The Worst Witch, starring Tim Curry as The Grand Wizard.

It is spectacular.

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