The Art of Darkness

I Saw Three Link Dumps

November 30th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Dating Ghosts – Another Chuck Wendig/Sam Sykes thread of greatness.

Southern Weather Discovery – You can pore through historical logbooks from Antarctic sledging expeditions and ship voyages and help climate scientists at the same time.

Rogue Taxidermy – There’s a woman-led art scene which produces pieces resembling what would happen “if Disneyland and a natural history museum got together.” (Hat tip to Cat)

The Lady Hero’s Journey – This McSweeney’s piece is all too accurate.

The extraordinary life and death of the world’s oldest known spider – This article about a 43-year-old spider is fascinating. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Color in Elizabethan Dress – A list of the names of cloth colors commonly used in the 16th and early 17th centuries. Goose Turd Green sounds particularly accurate.

The Hidden Message of ‘Addams Family Values’ – An interview with some of the cast.

Monster Rap – I had no idea that Bobby “Boris” Pickett had attempted to parlay his hit with “Monster Mash” into an entire career. This is quite a thing. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

She Still Loves the Dragon – Odd, melancholy short story by Elizabeth Bear.

Welcome to the Witch Capital of Norway – Interesting article about Vardø, Norway (linked through MetaFilter for the comments). (Hat tip to Bruno)

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Link Dumps

November 23rd, 2018 by Cobwebs

Beetle Coin Pouch – Cute little coin purses shaped like Stag and Hercules Beetles.

The Bela Session – Full release of Bauhaus’ first studio session from January 26 1979, where “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

Moth Couples Costume – This is pretty great.

10 Scary Short Stories You Can Read Online Now – A roundup.

The Silence Under Your Bed – Interactive horror anthology about “the strange, the spooky, the macabre.”

Stanley – This adorable little skeleton (and friends) by heathersketcheroos is charming. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

ABCs of D&D – Cute children’s book for teaching the alphabet. There’s also 123s of D&D to teach numbers.

Skin Like Porcelain Death – A nicely creepy short story involving porcelain dolls.

Someone write me a book… – I would absolutely read this book.

I Scream Sundae – This DIY costume is amazing. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

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A Link Dump to Remember

November 16th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Local Haunts – Kickstarter for an anthology of comics featuring “small town legends, family ghost stories, and fears that span across cultures.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

Helpful Ghost – This Twitter thread is charming.

The Absinthe Enthusiasts Hiding Bottles in the Swiss Woods – I sort of love the idea of geocached absinthe. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Edgar Allan Poe Votive Candle – Devotional candles featuring secular icons are a bit overdone these days, but the ones by this company are very nice.

Bread and Milk and Salt – Sarah Gailey writes very creepy stories.

The Pumpkin Came at Midnight – Subtitle: “An Erotic Abduction.” This short work of fiction is apparently what the Great Pumpkin gets up to in his off hours. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The recipient of all those letters about Frankenstein writes back – Alexandra Petri tweeted, “just once I want to read the letter that the epistolary horror novel framing device guy gets BACK after sending 100 pages of nested narratives to his bewildered sister” and then followed up with a column imagining just that.

Adapted Austen – This thread of animal photos with Jane Austen quotes is much funnier than it should be.

Exploring Victorian London – Some amazing resources. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Curious Case of LoLo Moreno – Award-winning short horror film.

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The Best Little Link Dump in Texas

November 9th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Lost Film Adaptation of The Tell-Tale Heart Discovered – A long-lost, intact copy of the short film was discovered in an attic. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Books That Made Dracula – Bram Stoker’s reference materials for Dracula have been found at the London Library, complete with notes he made.

Top 10 HallowSCREAM BOOvies – A YouTube watchlist. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Inktober 2018 – For this year’s #inktober artistic challenge, @genicecream polled followers on what details to add to a cozily spooky house.

What We Do in the Shadows Promo Spots – FX is launching a series based on the mockumentary of the same name. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society – A while back the estimable Ursula Vernon speculated about a human maiden who dallied with fae men and didn’t pine away afterwards. Then she wrote this amusing short story about it.

This is the Church You Go To – A hilarious thread of church architecture. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Dress Up for Halloween, Medieval Style – The British Library’s Medieval Manuscripts blog has some tips.

Cauldron Cake – This is one of those decorating ideas that looks like it might be juuuuust within the realm of possibility for someone who isn’t a professional baker, but will probably end in tears for most of us. There’s a short “making of” video here. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

A Few Small Haunted Houses – This artwork is wonderfully evocative.

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Link Dump of Capricorn

October 26th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Sutter Cane’s Perilous Peninsula – Neat little “one page dungeon” adventure location for RPGs, featuring places like “Yokel Shacks” and “Dilapidated Mansion.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

Hero Forge – This company allows you to customize D&D miniatures and then have them 3D printed for you.

Loot Fright – LootCrate has spun off a horror subscription box.

If I Encounter One More Trade Name For a Gemstone or Other Attractive Mineral I Will Puke – This isn’t exactly goth, but if you’re interested in gemstones for either crafting or metaphysical purposes, it’s a really interesting read.

Stoning Our Neighbors to Death Makes the Corn Grow High, and Elitist Liberals Should Stop Attacking This Traditional Value – In the “too true to be funny” department….

Dragons of Wales – The @dragonsofwales Twitter feed is full of delightful little dragon illustrations, and you can purchase calendars and other items in their Etsy shop.

Vampire Fang Collection – Tutorial for an easy prop.

Submitterator Extraordinaire Pixel Pixie went on a tear and sent me several noteworthy videos this week:
Visiting the Edward Gorey House – Stuck in Vermont tours the house Gorey lived in for the last 14 years of his life.

Professor Peabody’s Last Lecture – This episode of Night Gallery stars Rob Reiner and a lot of green yarn.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Jeff Goldblum starred as Ichabod Crane in a low-budget TV movie and it is just as Jeff Goldblum-y as anyone could hope.

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Requiem for a Link Dump

October 19th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Casting Spells – Tutorial for making vintage-look tea stained table napkins printed with faux witches’ spells.

Polly Pocket Addams Family – This li’l custom-made playset is utterly adorable.

Blood Bag Party Cups – These food-safe “blood bag” containers are perfect for a Halloween party.

deathcap – “my therapist suggested I try exploring my anxieties in fiction rather than autobiography, so here is a depressed mushroom.” This series of ‘toons is delightful.

Animal X-rays – These X-rays from the Oregon Zoo look like art prints.

The Simpson’s Too Short Story – This Simpsons filler piece done in the style of Edward Gorey is splendid. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

#31skirtsofoctober – Instagrammer avintagevanity is making a different Halloweeny skirt every day in October.

STET – Part of the impact of Sarah Gailey’s chilling short story is in its brilliant formatting.

Florida Man as Lady Voldemort – Drag queen Florida Man dresses as “Lady Voldemort” to lipsync Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman.” Is a sentence I never thought I’d write. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Nightmare Before Dinner – Zach Neil, creator of Halloween-themed restaurant Beetle House, has written a cookbook. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Link Dump Descending a Staircase

October 12th, 2018 by Cobwebs

belovedlittlelamb – Etsy shop featuring unusual jewelry like earthworm bracelets and bird foot earrings.

Scorpion Chair – This chair by Vyacheslav Pakhomov is simply gorgeous.

Grim Grinning Ghosts – Nice arrangement of the Haunted Mansion theme. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Chicken – I love this behind-the-scenes look at Baba Yaga.

Who is Dead? – An interesting look at the historical difficulty of making sure somebody dead wasn’t really just mostly dead. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Corseted Leather Top Hat Tutorial – If you’re feeling ambitious, this DIY steampunk top hat is amazing.

Plush Beetles – @MothMonarch is going to order a case of adorable Japanese plush beetles if there’s enough interest.

British Museum Blog – The venerable museum’s blog is full of all kinds of neat stuff

Free Halloween Reads – Tor Books is sharing free horror fiction all month.

The History League – Faux-sports team T-shirts featuring logos based on interesting historical events. I especially like the headless-but-feisty “‘Divorcees’ of Henry VIII.”

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The Link Dump of J. Alfred Prufrock

October 5th, 2018 by Cobwebs

How to Plan a Costumed Event Yourself – Want to dress in 18th Century attire and picnic in a graveyard? How about a “Last Dinner on the Titanic” party? Trystan Bass has you covered.

The Positive Death Movement Comes to Life – A look at the people who actually are putting the “fun” in “funeral.” Bonus link with additional comments at MeFi. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Goddess, Worm – Cassandra Khaw considers the silkworm.

Audrey II Puppet – This puppet seen at Maker Faire New York is adorable.

Hold Me, I’m Scared – I would be oddly okay with this.

The Allure of Gothic Horror – A lovely look at the tropes that embody this genre.

Maya Monsters – Artist Monarobot makes and reimagines monsters inspired by Maya glyphs, aesthethic and mythology.

The Damned star Dave Vanian reveals he’s behind Welsh vampire myth – I’ve found a new hobby. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Halloweesus – This needlefelted, slightly Satanic weasel is weirdly adorable.

Humble RPG Book Bundle: Vampire The Masquerade – Humble Bundle is selling the Revised Edition RPG for cheap. (Hat tip to Bruno)

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Behind the Green Link Dump

September 28th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Son of Dracula – Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson were in a 1974 musical comedy about Dracula’s son and his quest to become king of the Netherworld. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Your D&D Stories – This artist makes comics from reader submissions about their D&D games.

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Kids’ Costumes – It’s the blood on the axe that really makes this. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

Potions and Spells Cabinet Knobs – These attractive wooden drawer pulls would be fairly easy to DIY with decoupage.

Faeries, Etc. – Neat Tumblr thread about spooky local folklore.

Christopher Lee and Vincent Price – Price made an appearance for Lee’s “This is Your Life.” I love these two old ghouls.

Thanatology – The “ologies” podcast explores death and dying. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours – A 200-year-old guide to color has been digitized and put online.

Near Death Experience – Amusing ‘toon. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Callum, the Tanner’s Son – Cassandra Khaw has some excellent plot bunnies.

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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Link Dump

September 21st, 2018 by Cobwebs

Spider Web – This filtered photo is my new desktop background.

The Orphans Major Arcana Deck – Kickstarter for a tarot deck featuring spooky Victorian-esque children.

You Might Be the Killer: The Movie – One of Sam Sykes and Chuck Wendig’s epic Twitter conversations has been turned into a movie, which is a sentence that wouldn’t have made any sense ten years ago.

Vintage Bat Cross Stitch – Sadly, the links that this post references no longer work, but the image it includes is detailed enough to serve as a chart.

Bosch Costume – Someone made (and is selling) the “ice-skating bird” demon from Hieronymus Bosch’s Temptation of St. Anthony triptych, and it is delightful.

Giant Eurypterid Body Pillow – Who amongst us has not yearned to cuddle a giant plush aquatic chelicerate? Now’s your chance!

Halloween Stamped Cookies – I really like the icing wash on these; it makes them look oddly antique.

Gothic America – This set of illustrations detailing the creepy flavor of regional America is lovely.

A Proper Selection – This vintage cartoon of a bat is adorable. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Curious Forgotten Lore – Twitter account which pairs weird photos and video clips with amusingly creepy captions.

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