The Art of Darkness

All the Small Link Dumps

March 5th, 2021 by Cobwebs

Gratitude to Pixel Pixie for once again supplying half of these links.

Campaigns and Companions – A delightful book of D&D illustrations featuring animals.

The Edible Museum – Anatomically accurate human hearts, brains, and fingers, plus toads and beetles and other delights, all made of chocolate. ((Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Trivial Pursuit: Horror Edition – This version of the game features questions about classic horror movies and books.

MacFizzet Hall – A lovingly-detailed Edward Gorey-themed dollhouse. ((Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Adopte ton Pouple – Etsy shop full of tentacular goodness. I especially love the octopus fishnet stockings.

Escape the Mütter – Virtual escape room inside the Mütter Museum. ((Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

We, the Girls Who Did Not Make It – A ghost story. CW for allusions to torture and rape.

SunSpots by Adria – Etsy shop featuring “strange and unusual” stained glass suncatchers. ((Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Statler the Bat – This 33-year-old fruit bat is living his best life.

Man Builds a Skeleton Guitar Made from the Remains of his Deceased Uncle – Although this is probably a hoax, the guitar is still super cool. A similar one made with a plastic skeleton would be a great prop. ((Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Raiders of the Lost Link Dump

January 29th, 2021 by Cobwebs

(Special thanks to Pixel Pixie for supplying fully half of the links in this list.)

The Addams Family renting out rooms in their huge mansion cheaply to broke college students. – This whole thread is delightful.

Ramses and the Pharaohs Gold – Egypt has approved a Pharaonic exhibition for five cities in the U.S. and Europe. Road trip! (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Ancient Baking – Seamus Blackley posts frequent Twitter threads about baking bread using ancient techniques and period-appropriate ingredients.

Haunted Mansion Snow Village – Department 56 has a lovely miniature house based on the Disneyland mansion as part of its Halloween collection. They also have a neat Addams Family collection. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Virtual Visits – List of museums, historic landmarks, and other places to visit online.

Memento Mori D20 – D20 dice made from real human bone. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Dog Sheet Ghost – This little wooden carving of a Very Good Dead Dog is just adorable.

How Lovecraft Pronounced Cthulhu – An interesting bit of linguistic sleuthing. Also, this is yet another thing that I’m going to blithely ignore Lovecraft about. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Crocheted Isopod – The cuddliest li’l wood louse you ever saw.

MacFizzet Hall – Amazing dollhouse based on works by Edward Gorey. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Link Dumps

December 25th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Letters to Satan Claus – KBSpangler live-tweeted this completely bonkers send-up of Hallmark Christmas movies.

Bird Lamps – These lamps resembling ravens playing with lightbulbs are great. I believe that there are also mice and other creatures, but the website was apparently designed by a Yorkie on crack and I didn’t hang around to be sure.

Praying Mantis Crochet Pattern – Pattern for a surprisingly detailed mantis.

Rest in Pieces – An “oddity shop,” heavy on the animal bits. This shop was brought to my attention by the inimitable Pixel Pixie, who sent me a link to the buffalo scrotum. (When I asked what I was supposed to do with this information, the response was, “Get two. Make earrings.”)

Nick Cave Says No One Has Bought His Erotic Wallpaper – The fact that this headline doesn’t even break the top 100 weird headlines for the year says a lot about 2020.

Please link me to a SCARY/BATSHIT/WILD long-form article – This thread has some great recommendations.

Little Dragon Puppet – Video tutorial for a cute little dragon which sits on your hand.

Finding Fiends – Entertaining webtoon about a guy who does a YouTube show about cryptids and his roommate, The Mothman. There are additional entries on the artist’s Tumblr, like this one.

Yip Yips – Free crochet and knit patterns for the Yip Yip muppets.

Collector’s Item – Peter Lorre and Vincent Price did a pilot for a TV series about two crime-solving antique dealers. Part 2 | Part 3 (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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A Link Dump Sang in Berkeley Square

December 4th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Holiday Mask Caddy – An amusing DIY project, right down to the fabric of the masks.

Gil Wizen – Entomologist who sells gorgeous prints of insects, along with ethical mounts of things like tarantula molts.

Stages of Decomposition Embroidery – Nicely detailed, slightly macabre embroidery.

Ghost Girl Greetings – Cute and spooky wrapping paper and greeting cards. They’re running a promotion for the next couple of days for saving 13% on their website with code ODDHOLIDAY.

Mixtape: Disco Dracula – A rather mindboggling playlist. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Barnhouse Settlement Embroidery – Really neat embroidered representation of an overhead view of the Barnhouse Neolithic settlement in Orkney.

The Repair Shop Gothic – Amusing short story: “What if The Repair Shop was in the business of bringing things back to life…that were better left dead.”

Memento Mori Hair Fork – Gorgeous copper hair accessory featuring a traditional gravestone decoration. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Who is the Sexiest Satan? – A thread of greatness.

Horror Deconstructed – An interesting look at how horror “works,” and how to apply it to your RPGs. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Spider Stitches – Gorgeous embroidered patches of arachnids and other creepy-crawlies.

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A Modern Link Dump

November 13th, 2020 by Cobwebs

The Selling – Horror comedy about a real estate agent trying to sell a haunted house. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Mary Wollstonecraft seeing her statue for the first time – Susan Harrison sums it up for everybody.

Terrifying Aliens – Cool SFIA video about aliens who are somewhat less benign than E.T. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Happy – A new song by Danny Elfman. (Warning: There are flashing lights in the video.)

Five Amazing But Sadly Forgotten Animated Halloween Specials! – I remember watching a nonzero number of these, but even I somehow missed the Scrabble one. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Knit a Jackalope – It’d be easy enough to add wings if you wanted a Wolpertinger instead.

Naples’ Cult of the Souls of Purgatory – Neat Atlas Obscura piece about the Cemetery delle Fontanelle. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

1 like = 1 British candy Amusing Twitter thread.

Victorian Farm – MeFi thread about the BBC series Victorian Farm and several similar documentaries about modern people living as though they were in some past historical period, using only the technology and materials which would have been available at the time. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Animal X-rays – The Oregon Zoo did a fun thread of the spooky scary skeletons that live inside some of their animals. Looking at a beaver’s tail, you just know that a lot of dinosaur reconstructions are wrong.

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House of Link Dumps

October 30th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Webbed – Indie game in which you play an Australian spider on a quest to save her boyfriend. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Demiurgus Dreams – Etsy shop full of lovely miniature sculptures, including dragons and ghosts.

Remastered Bride of Frankenstein Score – I find it a bit twee that the score is being remastered onto vinyl, but this is still pretty neat. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Eyeball Cake – Cute, easy cake decorated with Oreo eyeballs.

Earn $20K EVERY MONTH by being your own boss – Amusingly creepy short film. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Curbside – There really is an xkcd for everything.

Tim Burton Bringing The Addams Family Back to TV – He’d better not fuck this up. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Resident Alien – Trailer for a new series starring Alan Tudyk.

Monster Swim – Bobby “Boris” Pickett had exactly one (1) hit and rode its coattails for the next 50 years. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Halloween Projects from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories – A roundup.

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Sex, Link Dumps, and Videotape

October 16th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Sandworm Mood Light – The Beetlejuice merch you didn’t know you needed. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Traces – Artist Valerie Hammond did a series of creepy mixed-media pieces featuring flowers and vines and ghostly hands.

Creatures of the Fae Playing Cards – Deck of standard cards with attractive hand-drawn illustrations.

Watermelon Shark – Instructions for carving a shark who will helpfully hold fruit salad in his maw.

Children of the Stones – A 10-part audio drama based on a spooky TV series of the same name.

Geeki Tikis – Makes pop-culture tiki mugs, including horror icons.

Elvira: Don’t Cancel Halloween – A music video of greatness. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Origin Story – Odd, melancholy little story about the last of the fairies, who works in a charnel house.

NMBC Tarot Deck – Novelty tarot deck with lovely illustrations. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

MousesHouses – Artist Maggie Rudy makes delightful little dioramas featuring mice and other animals.

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The Link Dump in the Willows

October 9th, 2020 by Cobwebs

11 Sinister Haunted House Stories for Fans of Shirley Jackson – A roundup.

Curator’s Crypt – The Poe Museum has a cool YouTube channel. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Read Spooky Stories for Kids – @Literature_Lady is working with a school to put together a read-aloud library for their online students. You can volunteer to video yourself reading a kid-friendly scary story.

Menagerie Wine Pourers – Bottle toppers which make it appear that the wine is pouring out of the figure’s mouth. Several spooky designs, including skulls and ghosts. You can see the zombie pourer in action here. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

Bat Brooches – Lovely bat-themed vintage jewelry.

Emmitt and the Columbarium – A comic about the San Francisco Columbarium and the man who spent 26 years restoring it.

Live-Tweeting Frankenstein – The same person who did hilarious live-tweets of Dracula and Carmilla is back again.

Horror Novel Recommendations – A roundup

Star Trek: Generations Ending – This isn’t even faintly spooky, but it cracked me up.

The Halloween Shirt Company – Great vintage-look T-shirts with Halloween themes. This one is my favorite. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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The Link Dump of Cthulhu

September 18th, 2020 by Cobwebs

DIY Candy Slide – Hand out candy on Halloween while still social distancing. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Dark Histories – Podcast of “our darkest moments, deepest mysteries and strangest happenings.”

Metal Like Blood in the Dark – A robotic fairy tale by T. Kingfisher.

Vlad Dracula Cookies – These are pricey for cookies, but I have to admit that they’re very well-done. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Bloody Disgusting’s Fall Reading Guide – A reading list for the spooky season.

Treat Town – Since Halloween is canceled, this site allows you to indulge in some virtual trick-or-treating. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

southern gothic bot – Novelty Twitter account. “The spinster’s house was lush that spring, full of doors and sleeping creatures.”

Masks of Nyarlathotep Gamer Prop Set Unboxing – I love gamer props, and this set is very cool. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Grave Secrets – “An adventure with zombies. And vampires. And romance. And croquet.” The author discusses the book here.

The York Ghost Merchants – A shop in York makes adorable little ghost figurines. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Last Link Dump on the Left

September 4th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Monsterologist – All kinds of great patches, buttons, T-shirts, and other items with cryptozoology/paranormal themes. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Horror Plot Generator – Amusing novelty Twitter account. “While grieving the death of their uncle, a babysitter suspects their ex-husband has been replaced by a jabberwock.”

Grim Reaper Doll – The most kawaii Reaper you have ever seen.

Fleur Fatale T-shirt – Attractive botanical chart of poisonous flowers. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Edgar Allan Poe Digital Collection – UT Austin’s Ransom Center has digitized their Edgar Allan Poe collection and made it available online.

Viola Bloom, Viola Bloom – Creepy horror comic by Adam Ellis.

How to Make an ApotheScary Cabinet – Video tutorial for a lovely cabinet makeover. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Monster Standup Comedy – I want to see a whole series of these ‘toons.

Funny Story – A Twitter thread of greatness.

Kill John Wilkes Booth – Reddit user BuiltByBlatt made a wonderfully detailed faux-vintage penny arcade game. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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