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The Amityville Link Dump

April 18th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Head in a Jar Prank – Instructions for creating a marvelously realistic-looking “head in a jar” for stashing in the fridge. (Hat tip to Jean-Robert)

Life-Size Filet Skeleton – Crochet pattern for a life-size skeleton afghan. The same design could be made smaller, and also looks suitable for cross-stitch.

Creepy Website Masterpost – A collection of “dark corners” of the internet. (Hat tip to Sisifo)

Metal Cats – “Hardcore Metal” musicians posing with their cats. (via Beth)

Winter’s Knight – Sony is making a gritty origin story for Santa Claus. I have nothing to add to this.

Fetish Wear in the 1920s – The look was surprisingly modern. (Slightly NSFW, but not nearly as much as you’d expect.)

Frozen Garden – Small collection of upscale jewelry featuring bugs (and occasionally flowers, but bugs are more interesting). I especially like the caterpillar brooch.

Sassy Pig Druscilla – I’m deeply curious about the thought process that led to a collectible figurine of a goth pig. There are also Bride of Frankenstein and Witch versions available for equally puzzling reasons. (via Cat)

The Book of Life – A first look at Guillermo del Toro’s Romeo and Juliet story set during the Day of the Dead.

Two-Headed Skeleton Sock Monkey – In argyle, no less. (Hat tip to pdq)

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Dawn of the Link Dump

April 11th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Law and the Multiverse – Interesting site which explores the legal ramifications of comic book tropes, such as whether mutants would be a protected class and what happens legally when a character comes back from the dead.

Conspiracy Theory Generator – Handy source of high-quality bafflegab.

Derbyshire Mummified Fairy Kickstarter – The guy who did the “dead fairy” hoax has a Kickstarter to create an instructional DVD and kit. (Hat tip to Cookie)

There be Monsters – Lovely illustration featuring a typeface comprised of Medieval monsters. Prints are discounted until April 13.

Partially Clips – The last line made me giggle.

The Curioddities Cabin – Etsy shop featuring “wet specimen” preserved creatures, like bats (Hat tip to Sisifo)

The National Garment Cutter Book of Diagrams – Dressmaking pattern book from 1888, online at the Library of Congress.

Lace Braid Roses – File this hairstyle under “things I will never, EVER have time for.” Still, it’s pretty if you have the time and determination.

100% Soft – Artist Truck Torrence makes adorably cutesy artwork, many featuring horror-movie villains. I particularly love his Bad Guys, Villains, Miscreants & Low-lifes Campout.

DeadAlive – Astoundingly gorgeous sculpted chess set by artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster. (Other parts of the site are NSFW.)

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Killer Link Dumps From Outer Space

April 4th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Stone – Creepy fan-made short film featuring the weeping angels from Doctor Who.

Little Cherry Cake Company – Bakery which creates amazingly detailed, whimsical cakes. There are several spook-themed ones in their gallery.

DIY Halloween Village – This is a forehead-smackingly great idea: Make a miniature Halloween village by painting “Christmas village” buildings black. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Verillas – Expensive but gorgeous steampunk gear.

25 of the Cutest Bat Species – Proposed subtitle: “Bats you will feel compelled to snorgle on their wee bellies.” (Hat tip to WitchArachne)

Hotel Casanus – For reasons it’s best not to consider, there’s a lodge in Belgium shaped like a giant rectum. The comments at the link are entertaining.

rachelliles352 – Artist who makes amazing hand-painted sneakers featuring themes from the Haunted Mansion, Beetlejuice, NMBC, and many others.

Funny Wedding RSVPs – I’m kicking myself for not doing something like this at my own wedding.

Nevermore Corset – Great Poe-themed design.

Calamityware – Tranquil-looking blue willow china plate patterns, each featuring some extraordinary catastrophe like flying monkeys or crashing airplanes. Two of the designs have been turned into real plates via successful Kickstarter campaigns.

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The Link Dump of Emily Rose

March 28th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Brute Force Studios – Creators of gorgeous steampunk leather items (including intricate corsets) and other pretty things.

The Hungry Little Hunter – A Little Golden Book cover parody featuring the Predator. There’s also an “Aliens” Facehugs for Everyone. The artist has a bunch of similar video game-themed work in his Etsy shop.

Medieval Magic Wedding – There’s some great inspiration here.

Goat Simulator – This is utterly bananas. (Favorite comment from the BoingBoing thread where I found this: “That video should come with a trigger warning. My dad was killed by an axe-wielding goat with an adhesive prehensile tongue.”)

Ringwraith Cloak – Attractive LOTR-inspired design.

Serial Bowls – Set of cereal bowls decorated with photos of famous serial killers. They apparently used to be carried by Urban Outfitters, but have been discontinued.

Moist Production – Artist Jason Freeny makes wonderful sculptures and other artwork, many involving “dissections” displaying the interior anatomy of Care Bears, Lego minifigs, and cartoon characters. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

Dracula citrina – Variety of orchid that looks like monkeys on sticks.

Sleep Paralysis in the Works of Edgar Allan Poe – A neat essay on references to this condition in Poe’s works.

Pinstrosity – Site devoted to failed Pinterest projects.

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House of 1000 Link Dumps

March 21st, 2014 by Cobwebs

Fairy Hunter – This awesome artwork from Davesrightmind depicts one of the natural predators of fairies.

Head in a Jar – Easy, striking kid’s costume, which appears to be inspired by this how-to guide. xJane, who sent the link, plans to make a Marie Antoinette version for herself.

Horror Fiction – A good roundup of vintage-y, free, fiction.

Creepy Skull Slouch Hat – Crochet pattern for a hat full of li’l skulls.

Steampunk “Thing” – Lovely sculpture which reimagines the Addams Family “Thing” as a clockwork hand.

8 Hilariously Nonthreatening Monsters from Japanese Folklore – A list of creatures who are somewhat less horrifying than ghostly long-haired little girls.

Armor Corsets – Although these look like they’d be rather ouchy to sit down in, they’re undeniably lovely.

Freya Jobbins – Artist who makes sculptures out of doll parts. A little NSFW; really damn creepy.

Colorized History – There’s a whole subReddit devoted to colorizing old photos. LEAP provides a small sample.

Skull Cake – Easy way to make understated skull-and-crossbones designs in icing. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Link Dump

March 14th, 2014 by Cobwebs

MYX – Lampshades made of fibrous substrate upon which you grow mushrooms. Well, it’s…original. (Hat tip to Cookie)

Lestat Returns – Anne Rice has announced a new vampire novel, Prince Lestat.

Deep Dark Fears – A growing collection of cartoons providing a whole bunch of new things to worry about.

Star Wars Tarot – A fun, fan-made deck. I love these Star Trek Tarot prints, too.

Dragon Faucet – Attractive antique brass faucet fixture.

Old School Creepy – SubReddit of creepy vintage photos.

NMBC Mayor Lamp – Great repaint of a thrift-store lamp.

Something Wicked This Way Comes to be Remade – Nooooooo……

Victorian/Gothic Mansion with Spaceship Attic – Something something best of both worlds something.

Nicki Hitz Edson – Artist who makes amazing crocheted masks. Her Medusa and dragon are my favorites.

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So I Married a Link Dump

March 7th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Blueprint of the Addams Family House – Good-looking print of the house plans; apparently based on this drawing by Mark Bennett.

Frightfully Good Halloween Fonts – The Graphics Fairy has a nice roundup of spooky fonts, free for download. (Hat tip to xJane)

ShoeBakery – Specializes in custom shoes that look like desserts.

Plush Giant Isopod – Who doesn’t want to cuddle with an adorably realistic giant bug? Also available through Amazon because why not. (via Cat)

What Will You Leave Behind? – Art installation by Nino Sarabutra, featuring 100,000 small porcelain skulls on the floor. You’re supposed to walk on them barefoot as you go through the gallery. Supposed to be meditative; mainly looks ouchy.

Knitted Snail Tea Cozy – Ahem. Squee.

Ouija Coffee Table – Instructable for making a really nice ouija board coffee table. Includes a download of the stencil used.

Dr. Woo’s Tattoos – These are restrained, monochrome, and amazing.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Interior Design Proscriptions – Poe wrote an essay on interior design. I like his style.

“Face” Mask – (NSFW for gore.) I’ve mentioned Sandra Holmbom (“PsychoSandra”) previously. One of her new makeup effects makes it look like you’re wearing a domino mask made of your own skin.

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The Philadelphia Link Dump

February 28th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Pushing Daisies Might Become a Broadway Musical – Huh.

Metal Albums with Googly Eyes – A Tumblr of greatness. (Hat tip to Tanya)

From Hummingbird Heads to Poison Rings – Collectors Weekly has a great look at estate jewelry.

The Naughty Victorian Hand Book – David Malki of Wondermark “reviews” a book that’s essentially just one joke, but it’s an awesome joke. NSFW-ish.

This is a Trent Reznor Song – A splendid parody by Freddy Scott.

Cuttlefish Bottle Opener – Expensive, but a thing of beauty. Man, 3-D printing really is the wave of the future.

Vincent Price Stamp Petition – If you’re a U.S. citizen, you can sign a petition to honor Vincent Price with a Halloween postage stamp.

The Raven – The Library of Congress has a high-resolution scan of a rare edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” with gorgeous illustrations by Gustave Doré. (Note that there are several scans of blank pages, which can be a little confusing; the library aims to capture the physical book as closely as possible, which means including the blank pages.)

Rule of Cuteness #7 – “A Thing, Accompanied By A Smaller Version Of That Thing, Is Always Cute.” Especially when the things in question are jumping spiders.

The Family Jewels – Reproduction Medieval jewelry with “naughty” subjects. NSFW-ish, depending upon your boss’ tolerance for winged vaginas. (Hat tip to WitchArachne) Edit: It looks like that section of the site is down; there are photos of similar pilgrims’ badges here.

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The Ipcress Link Dump

February 21st, 2014 by Cobwebs

Red Wedding Cake – Mind-blowingly detailed Game of Thrones-themed cake.

Michael Keaton Confirms Beetlejuice 2 – Awww yeah.

Forensic Scientists Create the Face of Crystal Skull Vodka – A forensic artist with a sense of whimsy decided to do a facial reconstruction on a Crystal Skull Vodka decanter. The result is uncomfortably Gollum-y.

Baby Bats Playing – Orphaned baby bats play in the sun. I am dead from the cute. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Red Light Properties – Overview and excerpt of an indie comic about realtors who specialize in exorcising haunted houses and then re-selling them.

Snow Queen Cosplay – This rhinestone-laden costume, loosely based on Elsa from Frozen, is just stunning. Be sure to check out the rest of the artist’s cosplay costumes too.

Human Type – Creepily realistic letters with eyeballs and beard stubble.

Strange Dolls – Short documentary on artist Beth Robinson’s Strange Dolls. (Hat tip to Cat)

True Blood Forsaken – A True Blood-themed lipstick/nail polish duo. There’s also a Bad Things nail polish set.

Rosa Corazón – A great sugar skull repaint of a My Little Pony doll by Daisy Church. (Hat tip to Burning Prairie)

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The Palm Beach Link Dump

February 14th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Steampunk Cthulhu Wall Lamp – This sculptural lamp by Karl Dupere-Richer is just astonishing.

Painted Ants on Porcelain – Artist Evelyn Bracklow paints realistic ants crawling all over vintage porcelain dishes. The results are rather skin-crawly.

LampaDani – Italian artist who makes gorgeous glass lamps. I love this fantastical tree.

Haunted Mansion Valentines – The “Wanna Corrupt My Mortal State?” one made me giggle.

Wax Harryhausen – Since the skeletal warriors from Jason and the Argonauts are my all-time favorite Harryhausen creatures, I find this sculpture particularly marvelous.

Literary Fun Fact – This SMBC strip explains a lot.

Rise of the Werewolf Cats – New boutique breed of cats that resemble werewolves. (via Beans)

Rosemary’s Baby Gets TV Reboot – It’s going to be a miniseries starring Zoe Saldana. Huh. (This article technically contains spoilers, but the movie is over 30 years old so I think the statute of limitations has run out. Also Darth Vader is Luke’s father.)

Chewie and Han – Characters drawn in the style of Tim Burton.

18 Terrifying Old Costumes – These vintage costumes are certainly…arresting.

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