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The Link Dumps of Madagascar

January 30th, 2015 by Cobwebs

The Hallowig – Knitty has a fairly easy pattern for a knitted wig made with brightly-colored yarn.

Memorial Molar Ring – Odd memento mori-ish sort of ring made with vintage porcelain molars.

California Carnivores – Huge retail carnivorous plant nursery. In addition to selling lots of interesting varieties, the site is a great learning resource.

Nessie Ladle – I love the way the long neck of this ladle peers out of your soup at you.

Viral Fear – A roundup of creepy urban legends which have been spread by the internet.

The Devil’s Bible – The 13th-Century Codex Gigas has been scanned by the World Digital Library and is available online. It’s primarily text, but there are some pretty illuminations. A National Geographic documentary about the manuscript is here.

Improbable Island – Elaborate text-adventure game in which you are charged with destroying a leaking Improbability Device. Be sure to check out the rookie guide.

Housepig – Lots of vintage movie posters, including a lot of horror movies.

Nutter Butter Bats – Super-easy “bats” made using peanut-shaped cookies.

Cthupid – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, these Cthulhoid Cupids will surely win your sweetie’s heart. Or rip it out. One of those.

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Men, Women & Link Dumps

January 23rd, 2015 by Cobwebs

Adagio Teas – Sells “fandoms samplers” with collections referencing “Welcome to Night Vale,” Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, and lots more.

Jewelry Made from Fake Food – Wearable items made from realistic-looking fake food. I like the bacon brooch.

Free Crochet Skull Patterns – Roundup of patterns from various sources.

Mage Studio – Jewelry and accessories made from pretty D&D dice.

Victorian Cliff House – Some old photos of a very precariously-perched, but completely gothy and awesome, mansion in San Francisco. It looks like there’s a restaurant there now. Poop.

KISS Garden Gnomes – I like this makeover much better than the zombie ones.

Fairy Godmother Cabinet – Assemblage artwork made for a “fairy godmother” swap.

Choi Xoo Ang – Artist who creates surreal, really creepy, sculptures. NSFW-ish.

Croshame – Hey, neat; I didn’t know these guys had an Etsy shop. Lots of weird little amigurumi like Baphomet and Sid & Nancy.

Cobra Cake – Despite its intricate appearance this loooong cake is made of halved bundt cakes and Rice Krispie treats, so it’s actually fairly DIY-able.

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Oh, No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

January 16th, 2015 by Cobwebs

This concludes Yet Another Doggone Week of Link Dumps. Regular posting (and once-a-week Link Dumps) return Monday.

DIY Umbrella Spider – This is technically a costume, but I see no reason why it couldn’t be used as standard rain gear. Just use water-resistant fabric instead of the felt and trouser socks.

Beyond the Dark Veil – Attractive book by the curator of The Thanatos Archive which explores post-mortem and mourning photography.

The Day My Kid Went Punk – Oh, cheesy after-school specials, how I miss you.

Hari Kuyo – This Japanese ceremony for honoring broken needles is rather sweet. There’s a bit more detail about the practice here.

Skele-Men – Completely Serious Comics makes me giggle.

Hogwarts-Themed Hotel Room – A London hotel has turned a couple of its rooms into Hogwarts dorm rooms.

GWAR Covers Pet Shop Boys – This is kind of awesome.

Pumpkin Patch – Desktop wallpaper featuring the pumpkin patch from It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The same site has some other interesting free downloads too.

Epic Rap Battles of History – This edition features Jack the Ripper vs Hannibal Lecter.

Dreams of Death – Pretty photo series featuring the insect victims of carnivorous plants.

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Oh, No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

January 15th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Zombie Scrub – “Removes dead skin.” :::rim shot:::

Now You Know – A list of interesting, offbeat sites, like (rain and thunderstorm sounds) and (lets you know in advance if the dog/pet gets injured in whatever movie you’re watching.

Inspector Pancakes Helps the President of France Solve the White Orchid Murders – Kickstarter for “a children’s book most definitely not for children.” It looks adorably horrifying.

Dr. Chase’s Receipt Book – A book of patent advice dating from 1888. This review makes it sound kind of awesome.

Grandma’s Ceramic Figurines Get a Grim Makeover – Artist Tom LaBonty gives cutesy ceramic figurines a very metal makeover.

Knitted Candy Corn – Free pattern for teensy knitted candy corn from Mochimochi Land.

The Vanilla Studio – Amusing menorahs and candlesticks made from toy dinosaurs and other critters. I particularly like the non-kosher Menobster. (Bonus: Check out this sea monster menorah.)

The Greatest Werewolf Art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance – A roundup of interesting images.

Candy Corn Party Mix – This salty/sweet mix would be great for a party.

Weapon: A Visual History of Arms and Armor – I have long adored DK books for their gorgeous photographs, and even if you’re an avowed pacifist this look at the history of weapons is fantastic. Click the “Look Inside” feature to browse some of the pages.

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Oh, No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

January 14th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Frightening Finery – WebUrbanist did a feature on “macabre” jewelry creations.

Miskatonic University T-shirt – The Miskatonic U. Fighting Fishmen are the pride of Arkham.

Ravens are Shitty Houseguests – Myths RETOLD tackles Poe.

7 Deeply Bizarre Horror Shorts to Watch on YouTube – A roundup.

Impossible Magnets – “Souvenirs from places you’ll never visit.” Neat “souvenir” magnets for places like Oz and Jurassic Park.

The Strange Log – Twitter feed “Documenting the strange poetry of changelogs and patch notes.” I think my favorite so far is, “Turkeys no longer bounce when they contact water.”

Witch’s Spell Books – Easy tutorial for making prop books. These would look very cool with taxidermy eyes in place of the googly eyes.

The Gorey Store – Loads of Gorey-themed merchandise. I like the li’l bat necklace.

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

The Etiquette of Courtship – “…many a promising affair has been ruined because a suitor sent his lady a buttercup, meaning ‘That’s the last dance I’ll ever take you to, you big cow,’ instead of a plant with a more tender significance.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

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Oh, No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

January 13th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Threads of the Dead – Etsy shop with interesting gothy clothing. I like the ouija board bikini.

20 Bizarre Hearses Around the World – If by “bizarre” you mean “awesome.” (I’m also fairly sure that several of these are privately owned and driven rather than actually being used to haul around corpses, so the title would more accurately be “hearselike vehicles.”)

Re-covering a Parasol – Steam Ingenious has a tutorial for covering a parasol frame with the fabric of your choice.

Here’s How You Sell a Haunted House – Interview with a real estate agent about selling allegedly haunted homes. My favorite line: “If people fall in love with a home, there are things that they’ll look past,” with the implication, “such as a screaming skull in the attic.”

12 Fetishes That Will Brighten Your Day – Aw, man; I sort of hope there’s porn about the little Zoloft doughball too.

Total Nightmare – Subtitle, “Why I can’t play horror games.” Heh. (There’s a sequel here.)

Facehugger Leash – I have no idea how well this works as an actual dog leash, but it’s certainly striking.

Steampunk LEGO – Coffee-table book full of steampunky Lego designs. It doesn’t provide build instructions, so it’s more just to admire someone else’s creations, but it might at least be a source of inspiration.

Porcelain Creatures – Ukrainian artists Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev create delicate, fanciful porcelain monsters and animals. There are more photos on their Facebook page (a couple of the illustrations there are NSFW).

Dubious Expedition – Fantastic set of fake “specimens” from a Lovecraftian expedition of discovery.

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Oh, No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps

January 12th, 2015 by Cobwebs

My name is Cobwebs (“Hi, Cobwebs!”) and it’s been 28 days since my last week of link dumps. Sometimes I just can’t help myself, you guys.

Got.Black – Social networking site for people who consider themselves part of the Goth/Industrial/EBM subculture.

Stopping Time – A “forever 39″ steampunk-themed party. I really like the candy-filled lightbulb favors.

Why You Should Never, Ever, Ever Get a Tattoo (but Having a Baby is Fine) – This is not so much “funny” as “horrifyingly accurate.” Tattooed moms can compare and contrast.

Dustin Poche’ – Multimedia sculptor who makes gorgeous “fine art” figures, many Halloween-themed. (via Shellhawk’s Nest)

Harry Potter Travel Posters – Vintage-style travel agency posters advertising points of interest from Harry Potter.

American Grotesque – Retrospective of “grotesque, occult, and erotic images by the forgotten Hollywood photographer William Mortensen.” There’s a NSFW look inside here.

Fairy Post Office – Whimsical little art installation residing in a hollow tree.

Poetic Licence – Marvelously gothy shoes. (via Cat)

We’ve Finally Figured Out Ghosts, Everyone – This exchange made me giggle.

Gallery of 3D Tattoos – A couple of these are really eye-bending.

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The Link Dump Runner

January 9th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Plants vs. Zombies Party – Cute kid’s birthday party theme.

Plush Life Size Great Dragon – Yours for only $13,000. Also I want to know how they know it’s “life size.”

The Iron Shoes – Platform shoes meant as a tribute to Game of Thrones. They’re cute, but a bit pricey for something that could be DIY’d with cocktail picks and glue.

Hall of Heroes – Art print featuring 80 ass-kicking women from TV and movies.

Dress Like Twin Peaks – Paste Magazine has put together a brief style guide for capturing various characters’ iconic looks. Yes, even the Log Lady.

What if Hogwarts Had a Mandatory Sex Ed Class – File this under, “Things nobody really needed to think about.”

Ghost Forest Yakisoba – Great recipe for noodles with fish-cake ghosts and violently violet cabbage.

Underwhelming Lovecraft Monsters – “Not-very-scary depictions of H.P. Lovecraft’s most feared cosmic creatures” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Vincent Price Laugh – An excellent sample for a ringtone. (via Jan)

This War of Mine – Interesting-sounding video “war game” in which you don’t wage war, you try to keep a band of civilian survivors safe.

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When the Link Dump Stands Tall

January 2nd, 2015 by Cobwebs

The Raven’s Chamber – Commissioned steampunk cabinet/sculpture which resembles some arcane piece of equipment from a mad scientist’s lab.

All Along the Wall – A spooky holiday comic by Emily Carroll.

Absinthe Fruhstuck – This really should be a real product. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Furry Furniture – The Hass Brothers create interestingly Seussian-looking furniture that appears to be some sort of furry animals.

Sarlacc Bundt Cake – The madeleine “maw” would look great as a carnivorous venus flytrap-looking monster too.

First Bite – Animated vampire tale based on an original 18th Century written account from the Balkans. The vampire in question is decidedly not sexy.

The Nightshade Society – If you’re going to the 2015 Steampunk World’s Fair, there’s a “dark Victoriana” track. – The antidote to disgruntlement. (Not even faintly goth; I was just amused at the idea of gruntlement.)

Victorian Burlesque Dancers – There’s some great costume inspiration in this vintage photos.

Casebook: Jack the Ripper – Site which claims to be “the world’s largest public repository of Ripper-related information.”

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Planet of the Link Dumps

December 26th, 2014 by Cobwebs

The Witches’ Frolic – Scans of a 19th-century book about witches. Some great artwork, perfect for collages and other crafts.

15 Lovecraftian Stories – A roundup of stories “to read once you’ve read all of Lovecraft.”

What if Jaws Was a Disney Movie? – This recut trailer takes liberties with the original material, but it’s still amusing.

Delta Green – Great resource for expanding the Call of Cthulhu RPG.

Make A Christmas Krampus – Too late for this year (and too late when originally published, since Krampus comes on Dec. 5th), but a fun project for next year.

I am Summoned – Odd little comic interlude by Jemma Salume.

8 Sensational Female Murderers from History – A roundup.

The Nervous Tick – Etsy shop specializing in cute(?) li’l tick-shaped brooches.

One Perfect Shot – Twitter account which showcases one perfect frame per movie. If nothing else, it’s an awesome source of Facebook banner images.

8 Miles Wide – Music video for Storm Large’s song. Lyrics NSFW. Caution: Earworm.

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