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The Link Dumps of Wrath

January 20th, 2017 by Cobwebs

New Bat Species Discovered – This pretty little bat has its own genus.

Collectable Hieronymus Bosch Figurines – Resin sculptures of details from various Bosch paintings. I…got nothin’. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Dark Birds – Grim, fairytale-like short story by Ursula Vernon.

Sea Monster Moppe – Thrifted Ikea dresser gorgeously made over with vintage sea monster art and a woodburning tool.

Insect Embroideries – Lovely hand-embroidered beetles, bees, and other small critters.

Cuddling Bats – Cute photo of a pile of bats. “Scrunchy spelunkys” is my new favorite description of such a phenomenon.

Winter Tide – Novel which explores Lovecraft from the perspective of a citizen of Innsmouth.

Hogwarts Running Club – Organization which allows you to become a “member” of a Hogwarts house and run in events for charity.

Fairy Tale Fragments – Twitter feed which tweets evocative sentences that sound like something from fairy tales: “There once lived a swan maiden who had a glass coffin,” or “The bloody queen courted the wise old man.”

Your Daily Bat – Daily bat art and free bat facts!

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When a Link Dump Calls

January 13th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Haunted Housework – T-shirt featuring adorable little ghosts spooking up their house.

Dark Crosses – Etsy shop specializing in gothy cross-stitch patterns.

Victorian Criminal Slang – An interesting lexicon.

Eat Your Heart Out, Sorting Hat – EPBOT has some custom Hogwarts House digital banners for use as profile pic frames on Facebook.

How to Tell If You’re in an Anne Rice Novel “1. God has abandoned you. You’re fine with it. Really.” (via Pixel Pixie)

EARrings – Silicon earrings that resemble human ears, in many different flesh tones. The same artist also makes rings shaped like a human finger.

I’m gonna be a vampire. Maybe. – The Bloggess receives spam. Followup posts here and here.

Badass Face Art – Some amazing effects, heavy on the skull imagery. (via Pensive)

Wee Free Men Heading to Cinemas – The Jim Henson Company will be helping to bring Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegles to life. Crivens.

Deathbulge – This ‘toon amused me. (via Shellhawk)

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I Wandered Lonely as a Link Dump

January 6th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Stiffs – Come for the Lee Atwater Invitational Dead Pool, stay for the irreverent obituaries.

Neolithic “Spirit” Masks – Apparently the Stone Age featured Death Eaters.

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection – Currently free on Kindle. (As is the complete Conan the Barbarian.)

Christopher Lee Discusses Peter Cushing – Included in the interview are tidbits regarding Lee and Cushing’s shared fondness for Sylvester and Tweety Pie.

Dungheaps & Dragons – Where does all the effluvia in your standard D&D dungeon go? This RPG aims to find out. The basic idea is described here.

Spider Embroideries – Artist Adam Pritchett embroiders spiderwebs into holes in fabric, then adds spiders around the edges. This would be a brilliant way to fix a hole in a piece of clothing.

Stephen King’s Peanuts – Artist Hal Hefner created this great double homage to Charles Schulz and Stephen King.

JacobinCalendar – “The ORIGINAL twitter based French Revolutionary Calendar.” Accept no substitutes. (Bonjour! Today is Marl day in the Snowy month in the 225th year.)

Abbot & Hast – Publications and tchotchkes for funerary professionals. They sell cute little model hearses and lapel pins with legends like “Embalming Artistry Professional.”

Building the Ultimate Dungeon Master Screen – This DM screen made for a gamer gift exchange is gorgeous.

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Leather Link Dumps of Phobos

December 30th, 2016 by Cobwebs

How to Keep Your Guy From Removing the Neck Ribbon That Keeps Your Head Tied On – Don’t you hate when this happens?

Bruce Campbell Reality Show Now Casting – A horror-themed reality show hosted by Campbell is looking for horror fans to participate. (via Beth)

List of inventors killed by their own inventions – Wikipedia is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

Frankenstuffies – Etsy shop which sells chimeric abominations “lovingly re-assembled by hand from cleaned, recycled and, um, dismembered stuffed animals.”

Hiné Mizushima – Artist who creates felted mashups of flora and fauna, like the Venus Anttrap Beetle and the Florapede.

Skull Handbag – Neat glow-in-the-dark molded latex skull purse.

Wolf Meets Dog – This thoughtful cartoon casts dogs in a fairy-tale light.

7 Monsters That Bigfoot Hunters Are Too Scared to Believe In – A roundup of particularly unlikely-sounding cryptids.

Death Wish Coffee – Highly-caffeinated “extreme” coffee.

The Raven – The Library of Congress has a high-resolution scan of a rare edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” with gorgeous illustrations by Gustave Doré. (Note that there are several scans of blank pages, which can be a little confusing; the library aims to capture the physical book as closely as possible, which means including the blank pages.)

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Link Dump On 34th Street

December 23rd, 2016 by Cobwebs

Ash Dancer – Amazingly detailed graphite sculpture of a human skeleton.

Cryptomancer – RPG created “by hackers for hackers.” It’s your standard fantasy-world setting, but you win by creating and undermining cryptographically secured networks of magical gems.

Mama In Her Kerchief and I In My Madness – A “truly awful Christmas volume” of fictional pre-Santa lore. (Hat tip to pdq)

Whimsy Calling – Etsy shop specializing in absurdly cute clay animals, including dragons, ponycorns, and what may possibly be the cutest bat (with a full moon on his tummy) that I have ever seen.

Crochet Sugar Skulls – Free pattern with tutorial and photos.

Art of Mr. Werewolf – Artist Jakub Rozalski creates wonderful paintings depicting rural Eastern European folk fighting against mecha warriors, werewolves, and demons. His Krampus vs. Santa is awesome.

Ghostfish: Catfished by a Ghost – Five-minute dark comedy.

Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling – Anthology of works which take tired storytelling tropes (Love at First Sight, Damsels in Distress, Yellow Peril, The Black Man Dies First, etc.) and turns them into something fresh.

Monsters – Artist Len Peralta does many geeky works, including some great monsters. He also does custom holiday cards and “pets drawn geeky.”

15 Creepy Vintage Toys – How most of these haven’t already shown up in low-budget horror movies, I have no idea. (Hat tip to pdq)

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The Link Dump on the Hearth

December 16th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Marty Mouse House – A site which follows the adventures of Marty (who, despite the site name, is a rat) and his friends.

The Voynich Manuscript – An authorized edition of the mysterious manuscript, using photos taken for this purpose.

The Raven – Neil Gaiman reads the Poe poem. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Chocolate Frog Ornaments – Jen from EPBOT made these adorable ornaments as party favors for a Potter-themed ball.

Ghost in the Machine – A look at the lore of haunted televisions.

The NecroNomNomNomicon: Cookbook of the Dead – This appears to be a novel rather than an actual cookbook, which is a pity, but I’d buy it for the name alone. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Gold Rush – Porcelain “statement” necklace which looks like a horde of mice swarming your neck. It might be possible to DIY something similar with spray-painted rubber mice.

Christmas Ghost Stories – Article which discusses the tradition of telling ghost stories at Christmas.

Carol of the Brains – A zombie-filled Christmas carol. (Hat tip to Devries)

Razorback – A lovely short story by Ursula Vernon.

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A Link Dump of Mars

December 9th, 2016 by Cobwebs

A Very New Wave Christmas – Set of Christmas ornaments depicting musical icons. I think Siouxsie Lou Who is my favorite.

So You Want to Read Urban Fantasy – Suggestions for gateway books to the genre.

Unsettling Victorian Christmas Cards – I want to know what kind of drugs were involved in somebody thinking, “You know what really says, ‘Christmas?’ Frogs murdering each other.”

Spider Crown Tutorial – Cute accessory for a costume.

Lego Addams Family House – Who do we have to kill to make this proposed design become a reality?

Castle McQuade – Etsy shop specializing in geek-friendly holiday cards and ornaments.

Skull and Crossbones Bun Holder – This wire bun holder is adorable.

Full Body Costume Made of Artificial Human Teeth – Jesus Christ.

Eye of Sauron Holiday Ornaments – These would probably be reasonably easy to DIY if you can’t afford to buy enough to cover your tree. Surely you’d want to cover the whole tree.

‘Way Out – Did you know Roald Dahl hosted a Twilight Zone-type show in the early 60s? I didn’t.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Link Dump

December 2nd, 2016 by Cobwebs

Dear 2016 I Made You This Ornament – Tutorial for making a dumpster fire ornament, which is pretty much a perfect summation of this whole fricking year. (Hat tip to pdq)

The Strange Tale of an X-rated Haunting – This early-60s psychology experiment was sort of adorable.

Progress – Great post about “society” despairing of the modern woman…in 1915.

Disney Halloween Medley – Neat a capella performance.

Creatures of The Cthulhu Mythos – Some great illustrations. Here are Part 2 and Part 3.

Ghostbusters 2016 Proton Pack – Instructable for a DIY version of the new gear.

Munsters House – Preassembled model of 1313 Mockingbird Lane, suitable for HO scale train layouts.

Pranking a Motion-Sensitive Camera – Police in Kansas set up a camera to investigate reports of a mountain lion in the area, and somebody decided to have some harmless fun with it. (Hat tip to xJane)

Selkies and Swan Women – The visual on this is just spectacular.

Gift Shrouds – Gift wrap with spooky designs like bats and spiders. Just in time for the holidays!

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I Am Link Dump, Hear Me Roar

November 25th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Dracula’s Tango – One-hit wonder Toto Coelo followed up their one hit (“I Eat Cannibals”) with this…thing. Shared with me by Pixel Pixie, with the comment, “I suffered through this, so now you have to too.”

Modern Mimics – The D&D monster disguised as random modern items.

Hey Chickadee! – Some super-cute carved acrylic jewelry with Halloween themes.

Tarot of Cocktails – Deck of Tarot-inspired illustrated cocktail recipe cards.

Guro – NSFW. A look at Japanese “erotic horror” art.

cursed images – A Twitter feed of oddness.

Dyed Bat Embryos – Lovely images of bat embryos with dyed skeletons. They look like something a supervillain would keep as a pet.

Antecedents of Igor – Neat, scholarly history of mad scientists’ assistants.

Mémoires Vives – Short film which follows a man’s journey into the afterlife. (via Spooky Moon)

Anatomical Human Heart – A lovely crotchet pattern.

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Link Dumps

November 18th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Octopus Headpiece – “Yarncrafting” idea for designing a tentacular hat.

It’s a studded hairbow, with an eyeball, with a skull – It’s also $45 plus shipping and could be DIYd for a fraction of that.

Floral Anatomy Embroideries – Fiber artist Myfanwy embroiders realistic bones and organs decorated with colorful flowers. They’re quite striking.

Beware the Slenderman – Teaser for an upcoming documentary about everybody’s favorite Creepypasta.

Little-known downsides of immortality – I think about the third one a lot in regard to silphium.

Reimagining a Shadowy Medieval Brotherhood That Probably Didn’t Exist – Interesting look at the (alleged) Rosicrucian fraternity.

Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners – New book about the things Victorians didn’t discuss in polite society.

Medieval Death Bot – Twitter account which tweets real deaths from Medieval coroners’ rolls.

Accorded Neutral Territory Sign – Replica of the sign that hangs in Harry Dresden’s favorite bar.

Winnie the Pooh Does Hastings – A “lost section” of the Bayeux Tapestry.

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