The Art of Darkness

Last Link Dump on the Left

April 3rd, 2020 by Cobwebs

Manos: The Hands of Felt – Someone decided to do an all-muppet version of Manos: The Hands of Fate and I don’t know what to say about it. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

ASMR Ambient Atmosphere Mixes – (For your very specific needs.) Titles include “Haunted campout in a northern forest where strange beasts lurk in the distance and whispers of the unquiet dead keep you awake through the long dark night” and “Man has pleasant vanilla sex with a monster in cheap motel bed.”

Five Monster-Themed Restaurants to Die For – Road trip! (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Hallowedding Quilt – This gorgeous quilt was made as a gift for a Halloween wedding.

The Pestilence Doctor – Gorgeous stylized crow/plague doctor mask. (Hat tip to xJane)

Rejected Princesses – “Women too awesome, awful, or offbeat for kids’ movies.”

Skull Pop-Up Card – Free pattern and instructions for making a cute pop-up skull that would be perfect for greeting cards or party invitations.

Pandemic! – Useful information from the Eldritch Defense Force. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Call of Cthulhu Coloring Book – Chaosium has made this a free download.

Catacombes de Paris – The famous catacombs offer an online virtual visit. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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The Link Dump in the Iron Mask

March 20th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Vampiros Vegetarianos – This portrait of vampires serenely feasting on vegetables is fantastic. I love how their hats/ears/headgear resemble long-eared bats. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Down to a Sunless Sea – Creepy short story by Neil Gaiman.

Angioletti Designs – Etsy shop full of teacups and dishes, many with creepy themes. I quite like the skull tea set.

Bat Cams – Nanananana…never mind. This bat sanctuary has several live cams.

The Masque of the Red Death – Poe’s short story, read by Christopher Lee. Not that it’s especially relevant right now, or anything like that. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

A Parade of Earthly Delights – The Netherlands had a Bosch-themed floating parade.

Laboratory Shot Glasses – These would be adorable for a mad scientist-themed party.

Dark Archives – An investigation into the science and history of books bound in human skin. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Wikipedia Horrors – A thread of creepy Wikipedia pages.

The Two of Us – Boris Karloff and Vincent Price sing on The Red Skelton Hour. It is glorious. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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The Link Dump Zone

March 13th, 2020 by Cobwebs

D&D Cookie Cutters – This cute set of cutters comes with a D20, a Beholder, and several others. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

Black Flowers Blossom – Fiction described by the author as a, “reverse-Lovecraft NSFW monsterfucker novelette.”

Neverending Story Planter Gnomes – Relieve your childhood trauma all over your houseplants!

Horror for Kids – Neat little ‘toon about why some kids like to read scary stories, and why you should let them.

Sexiest Haunted Hotels – I have questions.

Do You Know Darkness? – Kickstarter for what amounts to Goth Trivial Pursuit. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Brides – Gina Torres is set to star in a TV series about three women who were turned by Dracula, now living in the modern world.

Find Your Astrological Demon – A book of Persian mysticism associates demons with astrological signs. I’m quite pleased with Scorpio. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Mini Apothecary – This altered Altoids tin stuffed full of potions is just adorable.

Circus Girl, The Hunter, and Mirror Boy – Short fiction. “As an orphaned sixteen-year-old, Lynette was haunted by the ghost of Mirror Boy, the drowned child who replaced her reflection. Ten years later, she’s built herself a new life, but all that is threatened when Mirror Boy returns, warning of danger. A hunter has come for both of them, and unless Lynette can figure out what’s going on, they will both perish.”

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The Call of the Link Dump

March 6th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Wanderlust and What You Could Become – A lovely, fairy tale-like ‘toon.

Leviathan – Ark of the Apocalypse – Sculpture of a ghostly pirate ship made with found materials.

Rat King Color Wheel – This is a really striking print.

Abandoned Dollhouses – Gorgeously-detailed dollhouses that look like spooky abandoned buildings. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Love is Chill – An excellent illuminated manuscript that you can buy as a print.

Embroidery Tattoos – Lovely tattoos that look like needlepoint. (Hat tip to Bruno)

We’re reassigning the fantasy accents – “Dwarves are from Boston now. Please leave the poor Scots be. They really don’t deserve this.” The whole comment thread is gold.

NAVATE – Art by Lauren K. Cannon. Some lovely fantasy/horror stuff, possibly NSFW for artistic nudity. (Hat tip to pdq)

Why Are You Haunted? – A survey.

17th Century Death Roulette – Spin the wheel to earn yourself an authentic death. I got Rickets. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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The Link Dump of Wildfell Hall

February 14th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Skull Makeup Brush Holder – Nicely-detailed resin skull suitable for holding brushes, pens, and similar items.

Ghost Girl – Arrestingly creepy sculpture by Kevin Francis Gray.

Body Parts Valentines – Some nicely punny Valentine’s Day cards.

Fun Things to Do During the Zombie Apocalypse – “1. Pants all the zombies and watch em waddle around ”

A New App Guides Readers Through Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’ – This is an interesting application of technology.

Steampumpkin – DIY guide to giving cheap plastic pumpkins a steampunk makeover.

Skull Egg Mold – I’ve always thought that molding boiled eggs fell into the same category as fluting mushrooms and ironing bedsheets: Stuff that nobody reasonable has the time for. But these are kind of awesome.

ominous positivity bot – Twitter bot specializing in posts which are positive but vaguely unsettling. “The vampire posing as your Cosmology teacher thinks you are very strong.”

Squash Softies – Use scrap fabric to make cute little pumpkins. Or Halloween tribbles.

Be Mine – A creepy illustration, suitable for Valentine’s Day.

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Fried Green Link Dumps

February 7th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Haunted Mansion Valentines – Some amusing images to clip and share.

FANGS – Sweet little webcomic about a vampire and a werewolf who are dating, done by Sarah Andersen of “Sarah’s Scribbles” fame. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Makeup Wands – Cute set of makeup brushes that look like magic wands.

The Light Witch – A lovely portrait series. (Hat tip to pdq)

Your Sister Adopts the Antichrist – I love this series of ficlets.

Half-Orcs with Doting Parents – A highly entertaining Twitter thread.

Hey There Cthulhu – “A Lovecraftian song.” (Hat tip to xJane)

Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village – “When you see the vicar, run. If you are not dead yet, the vicar is obliged to kill you.”

The Addams vs. The Munsters – I heartily endorse this Twitter thread.

Linnea Quigley’s Horror Workout – The scream queen released a workout video in 1990. It is…a thing. A NSFW thing. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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The Link Dump Who Would Be King

January 24th, 2020 by Cobwebs

From Dracula to The Historian – A look at five Gothic novels which reflected the anxieties of their age.

EDF – The Necronomicon – A briefing video from the Eldritch Defense Force. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

If you hear weird noises in the night – A short, amusing Tumblr exchange.

The Beauty of Human Decomposition in Japanese Watercolor – Vintage Japanese watercolor makes even decomp look fancy. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

White Snake – Lovely snake skeleton made from lace.

Swords – A D&D-themed webcomic.

Sabrina Makeup Palette – NYX Cosmetics is launching a makeup kit inspired by Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Butterfly and Moth Sculptures – Artist Yumi Okita makes lovely oversized moths and butterflies.

Why Mary Shelley Was History’s Greatest Goth Queen – You will never be as goth as Mary Shelley.

Antler Guy – A lovely fic about the adventures of a demon in suburbia.

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A Connecticut Link Dump in King Arthur’s Court

January 17th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Bats – An excellent modification to Lizzo’s “Boys.”

Horror Fiction in the 20th Century – A scholarly tome about the development of the genre. The author talks about it here.

Don’t Date Vampires – This thread makes some valid points.

The Thing That Hides in Your Home – A guide to where in your home The Thing might be lurking.

Fire and Bone – Gorgeously detailed miniature metal animal skulls, suitable for wearing as jewelry or for display. The inestimable Pixel Pixie gifted me with a couple of these and I can attest to their loveliness.

Become a Sealand Noble – The Principality of Sealand sells titles: For a mere $45US you can become a Lord, Lady, Baron or Baroness. Pricier options include Count/Countess, Duke/Duchess, and Sir/Dame (Knighthood).

Vultures – An appreciation thread.

Microorganism Puppets – The tardigrade is kind of cute. The bacteriophage is fucking horrifying.

Greg the Gargoyle – Whimsical little ficlet about an office building with gargoyles.

Artful Ashes – This company swirls cremation remains into decorative glass tchotchkes.

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The Link Dump With Two Brains

January 10th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Night Spirit Studio – Etsy shop full of gothic cross-stitch patterns. I especially like the plague doctor.

Boleskine Rocks for Sale – You can own a piece of Aleister Crowley’s house. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Cthulhu Summer – Neil Gaiman answers a Tumblr ask.

Fruit Bat Quarter – The U.S. Mint is producing a quarter with a fruit bat on the back and I believe I will pay for everything with quarters from now on.

Im at a bar right now and a bunch of RPG heroes just walked in – A Twitter thread of greatness.

Pirate, Punk, and Other Skull Motif Knitting Patterns – A roundup. (via xJane)

Humans Mimicking Mermaids – I sort of love the idea that real mermaids would be spooked.

Not a Deer – Discussion about an Appalachian cryptid. “It was a deer in the way that a graveyard is a playground” is an absolutely dynamite line.

Cassius Warrington – As a proud Slytherin,* I am happy to headcanon this discussion of what might have happened if Cedric Diggory hadn’t been the Hogwarts champion in the Triwizard Tournament.

if two people sleep in a bunk bed do they have to share a monster – This Tumblr thread goes places.

*TERFS fuck off.

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The Link Dump and Sixpence

January 3rd, 2020 by Cobwebs

These Deathless Bones – Pleasantly creepy short story by Cassandra Khaw. CW for animal cruelty.

1 like = 1 fact about the child you can only see out of the corner of your left eye – A Twitter thread of greatness.

I Am a Bride – Short werewolf comic.

Vault of the Wordmonger – Unusual short story “set in a damaged future world where words – locked away for years – are only just starting to re-emerge from deep below the earth.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Witches Moon – Monthly subscription box of spells, herbs, crystals, altar items, and similar items for “the authentic witch.”

WitchyStitcher – Lots of fun, creepy cross-stitch patterns.

A Christmas Carol – The 1971 animated version of Dickens’ classic. (Hat tip to DevriesX)

Zodiac Witches Hat – Cute series of illustrations, also available as acrylic charms.

a Christmas movie I want to see – I would watch the hell out of this.

Star Wars / Labyrinth Crossover Comic – This makes an excellent point. (via Pixel Pixie)

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