The Art of Darkness

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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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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The Link Dump in the Willows

May 18th, 2018 by Cobwebs

BDSM Alexa Hack – Slightly NSFW for subject matter. Oh brave new world…. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Chocolate Spider Web Drinks – Cute edible drink garnishes (chocolate martinis for the grownups, and chocolate milk for the kids).

Vampires vs. Werewolves – How did I not know Oglaf had a YouTube channel until now?!? (Hat tip to Bruno)

SHOULD YOU FIGHT: GREEK #GODS EDITION – A thread of greatness.

strangeling – Jasmine Beckett-Griffith does unusual, surreal takes on vampires, fairy-tale princesses and other legendary figures. This is the most whimsical little version of Durga that you’ll ever see.

So You’ve Decided to Get a Goth Girlfriend Like Elon Musk – A helpful guide. (Hat tip to ShellHawk)

Ghost Story Thread – Author Cassandra Khaw occasionally does a cool thing where she asks her Twitter followers for an anecdote and then writes a micro-story about it. This time she asked for scary/eerie things that had happened to them. The linked thread is their stories; scroll down her timeline for her responses.

Sweet Preserved Pumpkin – This Oaxacan sweet is definitely not something you can knock off in an afternoon, but it’s an interesting thing to do with a pumpkin.

Laboratory Shot Glasses – These would be adorable for a mad scientist-themed party.

Helpful Packet From The Satanic Panic Of the ’80s – This resource packet (from a local police department!) is both hilarious and infuriating. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Link Dump

May 4th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Pocosin – Lovely short story about witches and opossum gods.

Horror Icons Cake – Very cool cake decorated with thematic elements representing Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger, Leatherface, and Pinhead. There are a couple of other cakes by the same artist here.

20 Horror Cakes for Sugary Nightmares – Whilst searching for a non-Pinterest source for the cake above, I stumbled upon this roundup of amazingly detailed horror-themed cakes.

In-Universe SCProps – ID cards and other small items for SCP cosplay.

My Favorite Murder – True crime comedy podcast in which the hosts discuss interesting murder cases.

things that cannot save you – A carefully curated Tumblr of things that will provide no protection when Cthulhu and his pals come a-callin’. If you were expecting Micky Dolenz to save you from the Elder Gods, think again. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Alternative “Friends” Episodes – I’d watch these.

Meatloaf of Rat – I don’t usually pay much attention to food designed to look disgusting, but I sort of love the bug-eyed look on this rat’s face.

Hades Footwear – All kinds of spiky, steampunky, weird-looking shoes, including some very goth sneakers.

Mysterious Wooden Statue – Neat flashfic about an ancient wooden statue found in a peat bog (includes a link to a news item about the discovery).

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Link Dumps Are Forever

April 27th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Soup-Erb – Amusing ‘toon. (via Pixel Pixie)

The Cauldron – There’s a new “magical cocktail bar” in London that lets you brew your own potions.

Swan Songs – NPR’s podcast All Songs Considered asked their listeners what songs they wanted played at their funeral. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Asian Vampires – A Twitter thread of greatness.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – With the news that the Golden State Killer has probably been caught, this seems like a good time to mention the book that may have led to his arrest.

Historic Tale Construction Kit – Fun interactive site that lets you drag and drop individual elements from the Bayeux Tapestry to make your own variation. (Hat tip to xJane)

Anti Social – Amusing “modern dating horror story.”

Photographing Dreams – These paintings by Zdzisław Beksiński are full of Boschy goodness.

Funeral Potatoes – “We’re trying to market this potato-cheese dish that goes by several regional names; which one should we choose?” “Well, that’s obvious.”

OrcCouture Magazine – Amusing novelty Twitter account. “Try pairing a opalescent live kitten with a stylish cloak this midwinter.”

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All the Pretty Link Dumps

April 13th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Adopt a HeroRAT – You’ve probably heard of the African pouched rats who have been trained to sniff out landmines and detect diseases like tuberculosis. You can sponsor one and get monthly emails with news about what “your” rat has been up to.

Man-Eating Plant – Tutorial for making a chompy-looking giant carnivorous plant using a foam craft pumpkin as the head.

annieelf – Artist who makes cute polymer clay baby elves, many of which look like vampires or Cthulhu or similar creepy things. (via Spooky Moon)

Bone Dry – Cute stop motion-animated video for The Eels’ new album, done by Anthony Scotts (whose previous work includes Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride). Also I really like the idea of somebody saying, “Get me the best skeleton animator in the world.”

Watermelon Shark – Instructions for carving a watermelon into a shark who helpfully holds fruit salad in his maw.

Kate Clark – This artist sculpts human faces on taxidermy animals. Her artist’s statement says, “They are obviously reconstructed yet they are not monstrous, they are approachable, natural, calm, innocent, dignified.” Uh, no; they are creepy as fuck.

Cemetery Mixtape – Podcast about famous graves, with original songs about them. Tagline: “it’s like unboxing videos, only with graves.” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Velociprincesses – Laura Cooper, who draws the webcomic XP, has a side project where she draws various Disney princesses (including Star Wars princesses) as velociraptors. The Cinderella one cracked me up.

Persephone – This amusing Twitter thread goes a long way toward explaining the current spring weather.

Deadly Grounds Coffee – Their tagline is “coffee to die for,” insert weary rimshot here.

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The Link Dump of the Black Lagoon

April 6th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Time Travel Organizations – I would watch the hell out of a TV show with this premise.

Empathy Cards For Serious Illness – I think my favorite is, “When life gives you lemons, I won’t tell you a story about my cousin’s friend who died of lemons.”

Civilizations at the End of Time: Dying Earth – A look at the far future, and the end of the Earth. (Or, as submitterator Bruno described it, “gothic futurism.”)

Zombie Outbreak Writing Prompt – This is a brilliant idea.

She Who Hungers, She Who Waits – Evocative, creepy short story about parasitic goddesses and sacrifice.

The Secret Sexual World of America’s Renaissance Faires – I don’t think anybody who’s ever been to a RenFaire would be surprised that they’re popular with the BDSM crowd but it apparently surprised this author.

The Beautiful Men of Goth and Post-Punk – A photo roundup.

Hiding Easter Eggs – I have accepted Sarah Gailey’s thread about the holiday ecosystem as headcanon.

The Box of Astaroth – Artist Dan Baines makes wonderfully spooky miniature “ritual cabinets.”

The House with a Clock in Its Walls – A movie based on the classic children’s horror novel will be released in September. Oh, hooray! Starring Jack Black. Dammit, dammit, dammit, dammit.

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The Yellow Link Dump of Texas

March 17th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Fright-Rags – Horror movie T-shirts and novelties.

Obituary – Although work on this cartoon seems to have faltered–the last blog post is from 2016–this Graveyard Book-esque pilot is cute.

Cultural Werewolf Divide – Amusing discussion about Old World vs. New World werewolves.

Werewolves and their “Time of the Month” – And speaking of werewolves, I want to read a book based on this idea.

Dracula: A Chamber Musical – Link to a download site where you can view this “fairly unknown (but successful) Canadian musical from the 90s.” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Mermaid Babies – I have accepted this progression from “fish” to “mermaid” as headcanon.

Myrntai – Artist who draws lovely, creepy ink ravens and other creatures.

1 like = 1 cryptid I just made up – A Twitter thread of greatness. I especially like Old Mags.

The Sound of His Voice Like the Colour of Salt – Lovely, creepy short story about a houseful of ghosts.

The Moth Radio Hour – This episode of the podcast includes segments on Neil Gaiman and London’s Highgate Cemetery. (Hat tip to Bruno)

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I am Joe’s Link Dump

March 9th, 2018 by Cobwebs

A Guide to the Hidden Language of Gifting Spooky Animals – “Magpies: I would commit civilized murders in your name.”

Sign in a Toy Store – There’s a horror story in here somewhere.

mysouldesign – Etsy shop specializing in lovely jewelry and accessories made of vintage fabric and beads, including spiders and human hearts. (Hat tip to Cat)

Tómarúm – Swedish photographer Christine Linde creates creepily atmospheric photos inspired by Scandinavian folklore.

Sirens – Emily Wilson, who recently did a modern translation of The Odyssey, has an interesting thread about her translation decisions regarding Odysseus’ encounter with the Sirens.

But then what does he eat? And how does he process it? – MetaFilter looks at centaur anatomy. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The City of Brass – Entertaining retelling of one of the stories from 1,001 Nights. There’s another story here.

Loch Ness Monster Stuffed Animal – Pattern and good tutorial for making a big felt Nessie to cuddle.

The Parasitological Museum of Meguro – There’s a museum in Japan devoted to parasites. I don’t recommend viewing these images if you’re snacking.

Passover Cocktails for Each of the Ten Plagues – I love that somebody took the effort to match drinks to plagues.

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All the World’s a Link Dump

March 2nd, 2018 by Cobwebs

The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington – Lovely short work of speculative fiction.

One Bird’s Treasure – I like to think that crows use this kind of vocabulary.

The Sandman Universe – Neil Gaiman is launching a new Sandman imprint.

A Song About an Anglerfish – There should be more songs about anglerfish, tbh.

Addams Family Lego Mansion – You can vote to help make this prototype a reality.

The Call Girl of Cthulhu – This seems to be a comedy rather than porn, which seems like an almost criminal waste of a title.

Insanely Creepy Dolls – (Facebook link; sorry.) Small photo album of dolls that you’d rather not wake up to find standing next to your bed.

Concept – “That scene in every 90s high school movie where someone shows the new kid around the cafeteria (‘that table is the nerds, those are the jocks, the goths, the cheerleeders’ etc) except it’s a medieval tavern and each table has a different d&d class.” Heh.

Messed Up Things That May Have Happened in New Orleans History – A modest roundup.

#GlamourToads – A hashtag of very photogenic toads.

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