The Art of Darkness

Link Dump on the Orient Express

October 21st, 2016 by Cobwebs

Fruit Bat Feeding Tree – Livestream of a bat rescue facility’s feeding area.

J.K. Rowling Announces Five More Movies in the Harry Potter Universe – That’s…a lot of movies.

#MakeAHorrorFilmLessScary – This recent Twitter hashtag has some amusing entries.

Creepy Chocolate Chip Cookies – I like the little almond fangs.

Spooky Glowing Skull – Great-looking DIY “quick craft” from EPBOT.

Updated Post on the Bat Dress – Roundup of some gorgeous interpretations of the Victorian “Bat Dress” replica pattern by EvaDress.

Knitted Scale Armor – These aluminum scales knitted into armor are amazing for cosplay. If you want to try your hand at it, there are some tutorials here.

Knick-Knacks of the Damned – Some awesomely creepy ceramic sculptures. (Hat tip to pdq)

The Occult, Witchcraft and Magic – An illustrated history of the occult. There’s a review here.

Creative Halloween Costumes – A roundup of costume ideas.

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My Mother the Link Dump

October 14th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Eye of the Beholder – Upcoming documentary about the art of D&D.

Divine Interventions – NSFW. Religion-themed sex toys. I…got nothin’.

The Magician Longs to See – Indiegogo campaign for a Twin Peaks-themed tarot deck.

Googly Eyed Pumpkin – The project itself is so easy as to really not need instructions, but the article is funny.

Morbid Curiosities – Book which offers glimpses into various “bizarre” collections, such as body parts or sideshow ephemera.

Facehugger Dog Leash – I don’t think I’d be able to countenance shelling out 150 bucks for a leash, but the idea is great.

Emily’s Cartoons – Home of “My Life as a Background Slytherin.” This one particularly cracked me up.

10 Morbid Must-Reads for the Fall Season – Some really interesting titles here.

A Dark Song Review – io9 reviews a “black magic” movie where the people summoning a demon are supposed to be the good guys.

Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom – Described by a fan as a kid’s book that’s smart enough for adults to enjoy, this sounds like a fun read.

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Two Link Dumps Diverged in a Yellow Wood

October 7th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Pressing Questions – An amusing speculation about Medieval witches.

Jack-o’-Lantern Stamps – The U.S. post office has just released a set of four commemorative pumpkiny stamps.

Octopus Ferry Disaster – This is both a great hoax in its own right and also an interesting look at how people can be made to believe false things.

Black Garlic Doritos – Frito-Lay has developed a new variety of Doritos for their Japanese market, available in time for Halloween. I’m all jealous.

What We Do in the Shadows TV Spinoff – Oh, I hope this series makes it beyond the borders of New Zealand.

Newport Jerky Company – In addition to the standard beef and venison jerky, this company offers earthworm, octopus, alpaca, and tarantula. Yum! (via pdq)

HandiCraftKate – Etsy shop featuring gorgeous felted fantasy witch hats and other cosplay items.

Hogwarts Nine Nine – Mashup of Harry Potter and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. I had never heard of the latter (apparently it’s a police sitcom), but even without any knowledge of the source material the choice of images to accompany each quote is inspired. (via xJane)

Ben Lovatt Sells Dead People and Animals for a Living – As you do.

Gute Nacht Lied – German comedian Martina Hill sings her daughter to sleep with Prodigy’s “Firestarter.”

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The Link Dump of Casterbridge

September 30th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Monster Sketch – Marty Feldman’s classic sketch in which he takes a stray monster he found to the vet.

Skull Hat and Scarf – Cute crocheted set.

Erma – The Season Has Come – My sentiments exactly.

Raven: A Pop-up Book – I sort of wonder what Poe would have thought if he’d been told his poem would one day get the pop-up treatment.

Werewolf Slashed Baklava – Neat Halloween-themed dessert.

Microsculpture – Gorgeous insect macrophotography by Levon Biss.

Real Monsters – Anxiety, Depression, and other mental illnesses depicted as part of a bestiary of monsters.

Black Cat Jug Band – Cute printable desk decoration.

The House – Point-and-click game with a horror theme. (Hat tip to DeVries)

H.R. Giger’s Beautiful Monster – A mini-documentary on the design of the Xenomorph from Alien.

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The Link Dump in the Rye

September 23rd, 2016 by Cobwebs

Black Metal Legend Elected to Norwegian Town Council Against His Will – “I’m a pillar of my community.” (via pdq)

Agatha Christie Stamps – The UK is releasing a series of dark-and-gothy postage stamps in honor of Agatha Christie.

The Object Lesson – Animated version of Edward Gorey’s weird little comic…thing. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Channel Zero – The Syfy network has launched a Creepypasta-inspired anthology series.

Dead Bury the Dead – Cut from The Legendary Shack Shakers’ album Southern Surreal, described as “true” southern gothic. (Hat tip to perk)

Dat Ás – Pinup calendar featuring the Norse gods.

Candy Monster Toes – If you actually buy Circus Peanut candy (instead of reacting normally, by shrieking and making the sign of the cross at them), here’s an easy way to make cartoony “monster toes.”

1887 Ladies – Cool collection of comic book heroines illustrated in a steampunk style. (Hat tip to DeVries)

Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party – A new web series by Shipwrecked Comedy, billed as “Midnight in Paris meets Clue.

The Key Armory – Sells “nerdy” key blanks shaped like swords. (via xJane)

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28 Link Dumps Later

September 16th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Build a Giant Tentacle Monster – Fairly easy build for a great yard decoration.

Charmed-BOS – deviantART collection of pages from the Charmed Book of Shadows. These would be great to print out and decoupage into a book as a Halloween prop.

Halloween Pretzels – Easy DIY for party treats.

31 Horror Days – A countdown of weirdly adorable animated gifs featuring horror icons. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Horror Fiction Quiz – Most of my readers could probably pass this with one eye tied behind their back.

Asylum Wreath – Tutorial for an Arkham Asylum-themed wreath.

A Comic About a Vampire and a Friend – Check out the rest of this artist’s Tumblr, too. She likes vampires a lot.

Octopus George – This be-tentacled felted backpack is a thing of squishy beauty.

Buffy – One of artist Craig Drake’s excellent SF/fantasy prints.

Jack Skellington Candy Apples – Cute, reasonably easy (assuming you have a steady hand) DIY candied apples. Check out some of the user’s other videos, like these bat cookies.

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Stranger Link Dumps

September 9th, 2016 by Cobwebs

The 13 Clocks – A story by James Thurber (with intro by Neil Gaiman) described by BoingBoing as, “Grimm’s Fairytales meet The Phantom Tollbooth.”

Haunted Mansion Tiki Mug – Disney will be selling a limited-edition “Mahaloween” tiki mug, perfect for serving zombies.

Love the Unloved – Attractive poster which celebrates the less-attractive creatures of the world.

Beautiful Beaded Dragons – These intricate beaded dragons made by artist Alena Litvin are amazingly detailed.

Salt Bride – Artist Sigalit Landau submerged a wedding dress in the Dead Sea for three months, which allowed it to become covered with salt crystals.

The Worst Stings in the World – Entomologist Justin Schmidt has been stung by a wide variety of insects, resulting in Schmidt’s Pain Scale. Some of the descriptions sound sort of like wine varietals: “Western Yellowjacket: Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W.C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.”

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium – Photo tour of a new steampunk-themed “dessert foundry.” Part 2 of the post is here.

Are there a lot of spiders in NZ, compared to the US. – Spectacular Reddit thread where the whole sub just bought into a concept and ran with it.

Freshly Ground Sprinkles – Although not exactly goth, this DIY project is oddly hilarious.

Twisted History – A grisly look at history’s worst despots, traitors, and murderers.

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Pete’s Link Dump

September 2nd, 2016 by Cobwebs

Lovecraft Movies – IMDB list of movies with a plot by or inspired by Lovecraft.

The Global Werewolf Cultural Divide – A Tumblr thread takes on werewolf problems.

Giant Cockroach Raft – Inflatable raft that allows you to fulfill your dream of swimming around with a giant cockroach. (Everybody has that dream, right?)

The Lost Boys is Being Remade as an Anthology Series for The CW – First the Beetlejuice musical, now this.

Spot Message – This app is being compared to Pokemon Go, except you see dead people. (via pdq)

The Totally Useful Loot Generator – Random loot generator which mixes D&D-esque magic items with low-quality journalism. “You killed the dreaded Dire Chimera! For some reason, it was holding onto‌‌‌‌ ‌‌‌‌a +5 Ectoplasmic Sai that only wants to talk about how Hollywood never does anything but half-assed remakes these days.‌‌‌‌‌‌‌”

Like a Virgin – Happle Tea does Bathory.

Adorable Spiders – A blog of cuteness. They do species identifications, too.

Sabyasachi’s Firdaus Collection – Not exactly goth, but this collection of Indian couture is mind-blowingly detailed.

Goat Story – Horn-shaped coffee mug (with strap), in case you want to look like a Viking in the morning staff meeting.

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The Link Dump in Winter

August 26th, 2016 by Cobwebs

The Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box – Big video playlist of goth music. (via Dark Side of the Net)

Lego Calaveras – UK artist David Hughes makes Day of the Dead skulls from Lego bricks.

A Wild Swan: And Other Tales – Collection of stories which explores “the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed: the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse.”

Who the fuck is my #DND character? – Random character generator for D&D. Roll the stats for “old-fashioned Half-orc Sorcerer from the forked islands who was kidnapped by cultists,” “loud Half-elf Rogue from the base of a volcano who carries a charmed locket that they can’t open,” “motivated Gnome Paladin from a city with towers that rival the clouds who has an irrational fear of cats,” and many others.

Out of Milk – One of Cath Garvey’s many amusing comics. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

People Being Stabbed in Medieval Art and Lovin’ It – The comments on this are entertaining as well.

A Beetlejuice Musical is Coming in Broadway – Oh, god.

Skeleton Scarf – Cute, reasonably inexpensive, skelly scarf.

Octokitten seeks Nom Friend for Tooth Hug. Mantis Declines Indignantly. – The thought balloons on this video are kind of adorable.

The Anticore – Iguanamouth considers reverse manticores.

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Link Dumps of Our Fathers

August 19th, 2016 by Cobwebs

The Paper Magician – First book in a series involving magic-workers who are bound to one particular substance, such as paper, metal, or glass.

Absinthe Salon – Steampunky establishment in Sydney.

Devil’s Trap Skirt – Easy tutorial for a Supernatural-inspired circle skirt.

Mini Graveyard Kit – 25 polymer resin tombstones, gargoyles, and other cemetery decorations for a terrarium or particularly gothy fairy garden.

Skull Walker – This skull scuttles along on mechanical legs, right into your nightmares.

Fuck Yeah Tarot Decks – A curated collection of Tarot art.

What Do Goths Eat for Breakfast? – A guide, of sorts.

The Wand Company – Some neat fantasy and SF props, including a wand which incorporates a universal remote control so you can “magically” control your entertainment system.

In Defense of Villainesses – “she’s never ever cute or soft or scared of you.”

Conan the Salaryman – Amusing novelty Twitter account. “Conan pointed his blade at the intruder. ‘I’ve claimed this room by blood and steel!’ he roared. ‘And the meeting room reservation system!'”

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