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I Walked with a Link Dump

May 1st, 2015 by Cobwebs

A Natural History of Dragons – The first in a series of “Memoirs by Lady Trent,” a sort of Victorian travelogue mockumentary, except with dragons. The sequels are The Tropic of Serpents and Voyage of the Basilisk.

Sailor Moon Tarot – This set of the Major Arcana is really well done.

Crab Centipede – This shellfish arrangement would be the BEST centerpiece for a Halloween party. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Night Terrors – Indiegogo campaign for an augmented reality horror game that uses your phone to make the action seem to be happening in your own house.

Gardens with a Magickal Theme – Suggestions for witchy plantings.

Spiders vs. the Sun – From Randall Munroe’s “What If?” series. Favorite footnote: “Spiders are quantized.”

9 Terrifying Old Movies That Put Modern Horror To Shame – A roundup (on Cracked, so be prepared to get lost in a thicket of links and waste several hours). The Man Who Laughs really is creepy as hell.

Finelineworkshop – Etsy shop full of gorgeous leatherwork creations, including some of the most adorably “monstrous” storage boxes you’ll ever see. Bored Panda has a roundup of those.

Feelers – Animated typeface meant to resemble wiggly tentacles. I like the still version, but think that the animation would have to be slowed way down to be readable.

Frock Flicks – A costume movie review podcast. “Because stretch velvet isn’t historically accurate.”

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Link Dump

April 24th, 2015 by Cobwebs

40 Mysterious Victorian Tattoos – I’m not sure how these qualify as “mysterious;” to me, a mysterious tattoo is one you wake up with and don’t remember getting. Whatever; a couple of the photorealistic ones are quite lovely.

Pets – Photographer Bettina Güber takes photos of toy animals in situations that make them seem alive and mischievous. Who wouldn’t want a teensy elephant stomping around the house? There’s also a second series, More Pets.

To Fall Out of Love, Do This – Questions to decrease intimacy.

tcustom – Very cool keychains, pendants, and other items featuring intricately-carved anatomy, paleontology, wildlife, and even viruses.

Modern Curses – Gemma Correll has some excellent updates for the modern era.

Criminal Crafts – Amusing DIY book with projects like carving a gun out of a bar of soap.

Lithium (Smooth Jazz Version) – An a capella cover of the Nirvana song.

Chocolate Megalodon Teeth – Cast from a real fossil tooth, available in milk, dark and white chocolate.

Hedgehog Rolls – Instead of hedgehogs, these could be any little spiky monster of your choosing; you could also use commercial frozen dinner rolls if you don’t feel like making your own.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – This made me giggle.

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Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Link Dump

April 17th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Elwood the Rainbow Unicorn Mug – Anything drunk from this pudgy stoneware unicorn is bound to taste fantastic. There’s also a matching cereal bowl and piggy bank. (via I Have Seen the Whole of The Internet)

Monster Issues – These cute illustrations explore some of the problems that monsters face.

Alternate Universe Harry Potter – This lovely little piece imagines a slightly different world where Petunia Dursley took in Harry and “raised a young man who had eyes of his very own.”

Rocky Horror Remake Planned – This ain’t broke, and doesn’t need fixing.

Cthulhu Engagement Ring – Custom-made ring with much tentacle-y goodness.

Dark – Tokyo Milk’s line of goth-friendly bath and body products with names like Arsenic and Clove Cigarette.

Floral Penis Throw Pillow – At first glance, it’s an innocuous floral pattern. And then you look closer and it’s nothing but dicks. The site has the same pattern on several other products. (NSFW. Duh.)

Ellen Jewett – Sculptor who merges plants in animals in lovely, surreal designs.

Teeters’ Taxidermy Studio – This is some of the most wonderful squirrel taxidermy I’ve ever seen.

Fake Self-Help Books – The guy who does Pleated Jeans made up some realistic-looking fake book covers and snuck them into his local bookstore.

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Tales of the Brass Link Dump

April 10th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Kissing Mice – Free pattern for adorable little amigurumi mice.

The Neurotic Owl Tarot – Kickstarter for a Tarot deck featuring oddly winsome little animals. The artist is posting some of the images here.

Vincent Price Sings “The Monster Mash” – This is an audio recording with a still photo instead of a video, but it’s still fun. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie) Bonus link: Check out this Vincent Price/Monster Mash Tattoo Sleeve.

The Phantasmagoria: An Ancestry Of Fear – A discussion of scary “magic lantern” slideshows from the 1800s.

The Peanuts Gang Meets H.P. Lovecraft – I’ve seen artwork of Peanuts/Lovecraft mashups before, but this is the first time I’ve seen actual comic strips.

Cats in Hats – Book of knitting and crochet patterns for, y’know, cat hats. Because what every cat really wants is a hat.

The eTomb – Design concept for a tombstone with “digital remains” of the deceased. Besides being a solution to a problem that doesn’t actually exist, this would be hacked for the lulz in about three seconds. (Hat tip to Sisifo)

Labyrinth Knocker Earrings – Cute handmade earrings and pendants made in the shape of the door knockers from Labyrinth.

Nothing But Dinosaurs – For all your retail dinosaur needs.

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew – Handy readers’ companion for 19th-Century British literature, explaining the rules and customs of Victorian life: Whether a duke outranks an earl, why the middle class avoided eating cheese, and the difference between a gig and a curricle.

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Mysteries of the Unseen Link Dump

April 3rd, 2015 by Cobwebs

Princeless – Comic series about a princess who can save her own darn self.

Medusa – Arresting knitted cap. There’s no pattern for this one, but Ravelry has one that’s fairly similar.

Steampunk Easter Eggs – Attractive DIY from EPBOT. There’s still time to make these if you hurry.

#VeryRealisticYA – “The two teens saving the world are not romantically attracted to each other.” “Hot immortal vampire/werewolf/magical dude doesn’t go to high school because WHY WOULD YOU.”

Cool Places to Buy Weird Shit in Los Angeles – A helpful roundup for locals, but several places have online presences so the rest of us can play along.

Horror-Themed Easter Eggs – A little heavy on the zombies, but the NMBC-themed ones are cute.

Cave Evil – Review of an interesting-sounding board game. (Beware: Page suffers from “spooky” = “hard to read” syndrome.)

Medieval Game Room – This game room was decorated to look like a Medieval European tavern, and there are some really nice details.

25 Animal Hybrids That Will Give you Nightmares – Yes, it’s clickbait; yes, it was probably ripped off from some Worth1000 contest; yes, pretty much everyone who reads this site, instead of having nightmares, would adopt most of these photoshopped beasts as pets. But at least everything is on one page instead of being a slideshow and the Batypus is pretty cute.

Afraid – I love the Savage Chickens.

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Duck! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

March 27th, 2015 by Cobwebs

That’s all the links for this week. Regular posting (and once-a-week Link Dumps) return Monday.

Door of Durin – Redditor Eclipse_007 built a light-up “Mines of Moria” door for his home theater.

The Haunted Studio – Lewis Barrett Lehrman, “The Painter of Dark,” will paint a custom “haunted” version of your house. He also sells prints of other haunts he’s painted. I like this one.

Apocalypticon – A comedic post-apocalypse novel with a plot that sounds a little like Zombieland.

The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief – Free knitting pattern for an attractive vintage-y kerchief/shawl.

boom-art – Has limited-edition skateboards and surfboards featuring images like the “Maiden and the Unicorn” tapestry and Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights.” Some images are NSFW, so beware.

The Axolotl Song – Any song that manages to work, “neotenic” into a lyric is okay by me. Also axolotls. (via Anna)

Anti-Suffrage Postcards – This isn’t really goth, but occasionally it’s nice to realize that progress toward justice actually happens sometimes.

Pigeon Stories – Amusing Instagram account which explores the hidden lives of London pigeons.

Model Maze from The Shining – Adam Savage built a lovely model replica of the Overlook Hotel’s maze. I’m a little sorry it isn’t snow-covered. (Update: Savage has now published build notes.)

Creepy Art – Tumblr of “creepy art” with one of the most irritating backgrounds I’ve ever encountered. Anyway, this photo by Rachel Baran is neat.

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Duck! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

March 26th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Mermaid Lapghan – Instructions for crocheting a cute “mermaid tail” lap blanket.

Gillian Anderson as Morticia Addams – Anderson posed as Morticia for an US Magazine photo shoot in 1997. How peculiar.

Canis Mortuus Familiaris – Artist Jeremy Dower has a series of illustrations featuring ghostly, monstrous dogs. There are ostensibly more at his site, but since it’s all Flash-based it can’t be linked to directly.

Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook – A Discworld-inspired cookbook.

Anton LaVey Blackhouse Photographs – Some photos of the interior of the Church of Satan HQ in San Francisco. I rather like the octopus mural.

Spaghetti Toes – An artist illustrates some of his three-year-old daughter’s more memorable expressions.

(S)Edition – Wonderful art installation featuring mushrooms with bookish caps.

To Be or Not to Be – There’s a “choose your own adventure” version of Hamlet. Huh.

balderdash! – Webcomic with the subtitle, “or, a tale of two witches.” io9 discusses it briefly here.

Give Out the Coolest Candy on the Block – A roundup of interesting candy available on Etsy. A few items, like the “ghost poop,” would be easily DIY-able. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

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Duck! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

March 25th, 2015 by Cobwebs

“Miss Argentina” Poppet – Adorable little doll resembling the afterlife receptionist from Beetlejuice, right down to the teensy slit wrists.

Vincent Price Wine Collection – Price’s estate sells four “Master of Menace” wines, including Lenore Chardonnay and Prospero Pinot Noir.

Lacing DIY – Tutorial for adding lacing to a garment. The converted tank top is attractive.

Victorian Sex Words – A helpful guide. (Hat tip to xJane)

Cinderella Costume Change – Really nice quick-change cosplay effect.

Compubeaver – Surprisingly thorough instructions on how to casemod a taxidermied beaver. Words fail me.

Cranky Ladies of History – Anthology celebrating the lives of historical women who broke the rules.

Why You Should Watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer – The Passion of the Nerd makes a solid argument.

Mount Fuji Seen Below a Cookie Monster at Kanagawa – This “adjustment” of one of Hokusai’s most recognizable works amuses me far more than it ought to.

Sky Puppies – Photos of some very squee-worthy bats.

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Duck! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

March 24th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Bailey Henderson – Sculptor of an ongoing series depicting fantastical creatures like a cockatrice and a rather adorably porky tusked seal. I also like her Octopus Lady illustration; it’s not everyone who can look so serene with a cephalopod perched on their head.

FunKo La Muerte – Attractive calavera-type “action figure.” FunKo has an extensive line of figures, many with a gothy angle, such as Cthulhu, Jack Skellington, Xenomorph, and many others.

Children’s Stories Made Horrific – The Toast recasts various beloved childrens’ stories as hopeless, desperate tales, and they are depressing as hell. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Stayin’ in Black – Wax Audio did a mashup of AC/DC and The Bee Gees which works surprisingly well.

Steampunk Tendencies – Twitter account full of great steampunky photos and inspiration.

The Art of Dying – Kickstarter for some very cool skull-shaped soap, made in hand-carved molds.

Love Potion Necklace – Tutorial for making a vial of “love potion” to wear as a pendant. Obviously, the “potion” could easily be changed to something gothier.

Beauty by H.P. Lovecraft – “Slowly prying your rib cage open to reveal a teeming mass of spiders is considered very flirty.”

Dark City – Creepy series of diorama photos by Francesco Romoli.

Bone Lust – Etsy shop specializing in (ethically sourced) bone jewelry and accessories.

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Duck! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps

March 23rd, 2015 by Cobwebs

You guys should all know the drill by now. I’ve got too many links in my Drafts folder. Time to drop ’em all on your collective heads.

The Coolest Tattoo Artists in the World – There’s some really amazing work here.

The 10 Best Horror Books You’ve Never Read – Roundup of interesting-sounding lesser gems of horror.

Pop Stars Gone Metal – Some great concept T-shirt designs (sadly not for sale), recasting mainstream artists as metal bands. There are a couple more here. (via Spooky Moon)

Goth Icons Then and Now – Photos of various “classic” goth icons in their heyday and today.

H.P. Lovecat – “Because there exists no method known to man, more terribly suited to expose the cosmic meaningless of existence than pairing the words of H.P. Lovecraft with seemingly delightful and charming pictures of adorable kittens.”

Russian Fairy Tales – Artist Uldus Bakhtiozina takes photos of vignettes based on Russian fairy tales. Some of these would be amazing cosplay ideas.

The Halloween Oracle – Gorgeous set of Halloween-themed divination cards. (via Spooky Moon)

Knitrocious – Etsy shop specializing in disturbing knitwear, like the terrifying clown balaclava.

Inside the World of Longsword Fighting – I sort of love that longsword fighting is becoming a popular sport.

Nihilist Arby’s – Arby’s is a U.S. fast-food chain (although they also have locations in Canada, Turkey, and Qatar; the hell?), but this amusing Twitter feed could just as easily apply to the fast-food restaurant of your choice.

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