The Art of Darkness

The League of Extraordinary Link Dumps

February 16th, 2018 by Cobwebs

You Have Been Murdered By Clerks – The Medieval Death Bot’s explanation about why so many murders were by “clerks.”

Weeds – A lovely short comic about “A garden. And a curse.” The second half is here.

Let’s Make Halloween Pompoms – Yes, let’s. Instructions for making cute li’l ghosts, skulls, and eyeballs. These would be a great accent for a hat or sweater.

The Edible Museum – Chocolates shaped like fossils, creepily-realistic human hearts, toads, and other unusual shapes. (Hat tip to Cat)

Sylvia Plath – Lovely, thoughtful thread about the tragedy of Plath’s suicide.

The World’s Tiniest Dragon – The response to this writing prompt is adorable.

Man Redefines Horror By Building a Singing Furby Organ – If there isn’t some future Phantom of the Opera-type thing starring this organ, somebody is missing a bet. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Dark Galadriel – This method for creating “scale mail” armor with round sticker labels is brilliant.

Familiar Witchcraft – Kickstarter for enamel pins with a witchy aesthetic.

Spider Cupcakes – Easy-to-make cupcake topper idea.

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Gulliver’s Link Dump

February 9th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Alfred E. Crowley – This made me giggle.

The Price – A proof-of-concept animation for Neil Gaiman’s short story.

Game of Thrones Wine – Wines “inspired” by the series. Fun for a viewing party.

Death and the Dog – If you can read this bittersweet little ‘toon without getting some “dust in your eyes” I don’t want to be your friend.

Ian Malcolm Amigurumi – This is spectacular.

Skull Tie-Dye Shirt – Tutorial for making a surprisingly detailed tie-dye skull T-shirt.

Fighting in Ballgowns – A really great thread on how to fight in a fancy dress.

Dead People Suck – An interview with comedian Laurie Kilmartin, who inadvertently live-tweeted her father’s death and wrote a “guide for survivors of the newly departed.”

Miss Monster – Cool custom masks and other items. I love this panther.

Tortured Candles – Super-easy idea for making creepy Hellraiser-esque candles.

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The Link Dump of the Dawn Treader

February 2nd, 2018 by Cobwebs

“Superhero Plans” Insurance Coverage – A discussion of yet another pitfall of living in the Marvel universe.

How to Change: Your Duvet Cover – This Twitter thread is remarkably accurate.

The Ghost Stories We Tell Around Photon Fires – Evocative ghost story with a science fiction setting.

Dark Shadows Streaming on Amazon – The entire labyrinthine series is now available online.

Balanced Breakfast – I’d eat this cereal.

3,500 Occult Manuscripts Will Be Available Online – Author Dan Brown has made a donation to Amsterdam’s Ritman Library which will allow them to digitize thousands of obscure occult manuscripts and make them available free online. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Umberto Mulignano – Instagram feed for an artist who uses polymer clay to create gorgeous dragons and other fantastical creatures.

My Naym is Floof – An amusing LOTR riff on this.

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

Knife Block – Amusing Twitter thread about the advantages of storing kitchen knives in a drawer.

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There Will Be Link Dumps

January 26th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Frankenstein 200 – To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, ASU’s Center for Science and Imagination has launched a free, interactive, multiplatform experience for kids which combines online activities with hands-on activities in January and February at museums and science centers across the US.

@butterflyjasmine49 – Instagram feed of a makeup artist who incorporates dead insects in her designs. The mealworm eyelashes are certainly…interesting.

The Dream Collector – In the 60s and 70s photographer Arthur Tress asked children about their nightmares and then re-created them in staged photos.

Someone Realized An HP Lovecraft Poem Maps Perfectly to Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” – And the results are beautiful. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Scream Scene – Podcast which reviews horror movies in chronological order.

The Hydraulic Emperor – Short story by Arkady Martine. As Tracy O’Brien put it, “If you’ve checked every used bookstore you’ve ever been in for that one particular volume you’re sure you’ll never find, you should read this story.”

Strawberry Finch – Amusing tweet.

Alternate Beginning for IT – There was a joke opening made for the 2017 film that’s made it onto DVDs as an extra “deleted scene.”

Raising the Dead – A fascinating look at recovering a body from a deep underwater cave.

Fossilized Spider Tracks – Ancient evidence of cuddly spider feets.

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Ali Baba and the 40 Link Dumps

January 19th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Earworm – Amusing Nedroid ‘toon.

Leonora Carrington – The “lost, last surrealist” was written out of history from the 50s till the 2000s. She re-emerged to global accolade before her death at age 94.

Beauty and the Beast – Photographer and prop-maker Червона Ворона created an amazing paper-mache “Beast” and did a gorgeous photoshoot.

Sarlacc Pit Baby Lounger – Allow your infants to “snuggle in awesomeness without the fear of being digested over a thousand years!”

r/iamthenight – Subreddit devoted to cute bats.

Simon Stålenhag – This artist’s evocative portfolio hints at a strange, dystopian future. Prepare to scroll forever, though. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

Steampunk Chair – This steampunk wheelchair makeover is gorgeously detailed.

The Sausage Princess – Ursula Vernon looks at some of the weirder fairy tales.

The Tombstone House – This house built from the gravestones of Civil War soldiers is certainly…unique.

Mosquito Foot Microphotography – This photo of a mosquito’s foot at 800X magnification looks like a lost H.R. Giger illustration.

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Leather Link Dumps of Phobos

January 12th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Mushroom Costume – This photo was presented without comment so I don’t know its origins. I love the bracket fungus detail on the one leg.

Emma – Winning entry in the 2017 15 Second Horror Film Challenge. You can see them all here.

1 like=1 nightmare – This is a marvelously creepy thread.

Twilight Zone Reboot – Jordan Peele will be the executive producer of the series reboot on CBS.

The Evolution Store – All kinds of cool bones, preserved animals, and other oddities.

Family Ghosts – Each episode of this podcast explores a family secret.

Inal Bersekov – Tattoo artist who specializes in amazingly photorealistic tattoos. You can see more examples of his work on his Instagram feed.

Sin in Soft Focus – A look at movie history in the decade before the Motion Picture Production Code censorship guidelines were enforced.

Forgotten Fairy Tales – It’d be fun to recount these with a straight face and try to convince people that they’re some of the more obscure Grimm tales.

Stumbling on Skeletons in Old Odd Fellows Lodges – Cue the “skeletons in their closet” jokes.

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The Days of Wine and Link Dumps

January 5th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Coffin Spider – I like this illustration a lot.

Cryptkins – Adorable vinyl figures of cryptids like Nessie and the Chupacabra. Cthulhu is also in there for some reason.

Batbats – This Twitter thread is wonderful.

Portals of London – Site devoted to creating “a catalogue of London’s inter-dimensional gateways,” such as the Woolwich Anomaly It has a bit of an SCP Foundation vibe, and similarly doesn’t provide any indication that it’s a work of fiction.

Bill Domonkos – Artist who creates surreal, often creepy, gifs. (Hat tip to pdq)

Tattoos – Helpful guide for avoiding bad tattoos.

Millennial Greek Myths – These are chillingly accurate.

Life-Size Thestral DIY – It looks like the prop skeleton mentioned in the post is by Home Accents.

Making Sigils with Letter Shaping – Interesting method for making customized sigils.

Vampire – Heh.

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The Time Traveler’s Link Dump

December 29th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Goblin Market – One of the tasks you can perform in SFZero’s “game.” I really like the idea of getting together a group of friends and putting on a real-life Goblin Market. This (admittedly hard-to-read) description of one interaction is particularly great.

Vampire Carols – I like this Twitter thread and recommend that we all plan to go caroling next year.

Archaeology, Death Positivity and Public Engagement – Death & the Maiden looks at the intersection of archaeology and death.

The Door in the Kitchen – Spooky horror comic by Abby Howard.

Furry Monster Christmas Tree – It’s a bit late for this cute DIY project for 2017, but you can always get a jump on 2018.

Greenfire Farms – This farm sells many unusual breeds of chicken. 1) There’s an heirloom chicken breed called “Deathlayer,” which is probably the most metal poultry name ever. 2) They have the gothy Ayam Cemani breed at a price that curdles your blood but doesn’t freeze your marrow, making it alllllmost worth considering. 3) Somebody needs to come talk me down out of my let’s-raise-heirloom-chickens tree right now.

A History of Women Who Burned to Death in Flammable Dresses – Being fashionable used to mean being flammable.

Undated color photograph, c. 1970 – This Twitter thread describing “found photos” is splendidly creepy.

Stryx – Italy briefly had a televised Satanic variety show. Grace Jones was involved. The 70s were a truly weird time.

The Bayeux Tapestry – all of it, from start to finish – “A complete guide to the story as depicted on the famous Bayeux Tapestry.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

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The Message in the Hollow Link Dump

December 15th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Aziraphale’s Bookshop – Neil Gaiman shared a short video from the set of Good Omens. He confirmed on Twitter that the hat is one of Pratchett’s.

Krampus Hat Pattern – Free crochet pattern for a glorious hat.

The Brief, Wondrous, High-Flying Era of Zeppelin Dining – Interesting look at cooking and dining on the Hindenburg. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Bone Box – Skulls Unlimited has gotten on the subscription box bandwagon and will send you neat things like weasel skulls and owl pellets.

FX To Develop ‘Welcome To Night Vale’ Podcast For TV – I’m not sure how well this will translate to TV, but more power to them. All hail the Glow Cloud.

Frau Perchta and Others – Short Twitter thread about some of the creepier Christmas traditions worldwide. (I don’t know why the illustration of the Mari Lwyd includes a skate egg case in the foreground but I’m oddly okay with it.)

Benrangel Duvet Cover – IKEA duvet cover with a (headless?) skeleton print.

Melting Toht Candle – Your favorite melty Nazi, in handy candle form.

Sharing Things – Sesame Street parodies Stranger Things.

The Blonde Swan – Etsy shop full of very cool hats and headpieces.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Link Dumps

December 8th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Edward Gorey – The Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast looks at Gorey. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Gifts for Crow Lovers – Suggestions for the corvid fancier on your gift list.

Shit Cassandra Saw That She Didn’t Tell the Trojans Because at that Point Fuck Them Anyway – How far could Cassandra see into the future, anyway? (Hat tip to Bruno)

Altered Carbon Release Announcement – Netflix is doing a series based on Richard Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs novels.

The Call of Cthulhu Dr. Seuss Style – This is nicely done. (Hat tip to DeVries)

Lizzie – Upcoming thriller based on the Lizzie Borden murders. Since the plot revolves around Lizzie (Chloë Sevigny) and her maid Bridget (Kristen Stewart) being lovers, this is presumably based on Ed McBain’s novel of the same title.

Go to Hell! – Board game in which you try to get Dante through all 9 circles of Hell. (via Jan)

How the Zombie Fungus Takes Over Ants’ Bodies to Control Their Minds – Everybody’s favorite zombie fungus is even more Lovecraftian than we’d thought.

Chuck Tingle’s Shirts for Buds – Tingle T-shirts and a glorious holiday sweater. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Cockroach Donuts – Instructable for some great-looking Halloween party treats.

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