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The Secret of the Old Link Dump

September 15th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Taxidermy Automata Art – I suspect that this Kickstarter isn’t going to reach its goal, but it’s a neat idea anyway. (Hat tip to Cat)

Astromythology – New album by The Crüxshadows.

Hallowedding 2017 – Six Flags St. Louis is looking for couples to marry on Friday, October 13.

Goth Beauty Icons – A roundup.

Voynich Manuscript: The Solution – Someone claims to have deciphered the mysterious Voynich Manuscript. However, experts are dubious. (Also Maria DahvanaHeadley once dressed as the manuscript for Halloween, which is awesome.)

Bat’ll Do – This bat-print shift dress is adorable.

Koi Division – There’s a fish-themed Joy Division cover band because of course there is.

Arthur Jermyn – Amusing Twitter thread.

The Last Surviving Sea Silk Seamstress – This is amazing and wonderful and sad.

Ravenwood Castle – Medieval-themed inn in Ohio. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

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Holding Out for a Link Dump

September 8th, 2017 by Cobwebs

25 Easy Day of the Dead DIY Projects – There are some cute craft ideas here.

The Longest Night Masque – Charity masquerade ball based on the Kushiel’s Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey.

Finally, a Horror Board Game Where You Are the Monster Killing the Obnoxious Teens – Kotaku reviews the horror board game Monster Slaughter.

Facts About Christopher Lee – This Tumblr thread is glorious.

Here Be Cats – @minikitty wrote up a D&D campaign for a friend to explain how to take care of her cats while she was away. Her Twitter thread even includes a downloadable form that you can customize yourself.

Elvira Just Launched Her Own Clothing Line – The designs are described as “cleavage-flaunting.”

ApocolypseMeows – Etsy shop full of spooky-themed catnip toys. (via Spooky Moon)

30 Books to Read If You Love Game of Thrones – If you’re getting twitchy from withdrawal, this roundup may help.

Lost Souls Skull Shawl – This free crochet pattern is lovely. (Hat tip to Kathy)

Toad Words – Evocative fairy tale-esque short story by Ursula Vernon.

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The Link Dump at Lilac Inn

September 1st, 2017 by Cobwebs

Mysteries of the Superstition Mountains – A look at some of the mysteries associated with the range, including the Lost Dutchman Mine.

Killer Fashion – A book of “Poisonous Petticoats, Strangulating Scarves, and Other Deadly Garments Throughout History.”

Skull and Raven – This little ‘toon is oddly winsome.

Game of Thrones IKEA Hack – Turning IKEA shearling rugs into GoT capes.

I’m a Falconer – An interesting, personal look at the sport of falconry.

Horror Manga – This made me giggle.

Getting Dressed in the 18th Century – Reenactment video of a wealthy English woman dressing for the day. This looks exhausting.

Dungeons & Dragons Promises to Make Its Adventures More Queer – D&D is formally heading toward more inclusivity. That’s refreshing.

“Victorian Modern” Style – The new hotness in interior decorating is something goths have been doing for years.

Dollhouse Death Scenes are Being Refurbished for Smithsonian Exhibit – The Nutshell Studies are going to be exhibited at the Smithsonian.

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Beverly Hills Link Dump

August 18th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Wooden Feathers – Lovely, mildly creepy, short story by Ursula Vernon.

Make Your Own Tentacle For Under $20 – Honestly who among ust hasn’t wanted their own tentacle? (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Coffin Club – Short documentary about a group of senior citizens in New Zealand who get together once a week to construct and personalize their own coffins. It is upbeat and adorable. (via Anna))

Michael Sheen, David Tennant to Star in Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ – 1) It’s actually Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. 2) I can hear all the geek heads exploding from here.

The Scariest 25 Minutes on U.S. Television – Mental Floss reminisces about “Amelia,” the psyche-scarring third segment in the Trilogy of Terror.

In the future, your body won’t be buried… you’ll dissolve – Interesting article on the process of resomation, an alternative to cremation.

The Warded Man – First book in an entertaining fantasy series which one review noted would appeal to those who “long for old-school orc massacres.”

Event Horizon: Inspiring Hellish Nightmares for 20 Years – A fond look at the cult classic.

The Sea Witch Sets the Record Straight – Ursula may have had a point.

The Eyes Have It – Easy tutorial for adding eyeball patches to the elbows of clothing. Also just try and say “elbow eyeballs” five times fast.

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The Link Dump of the Vanities

August 11th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Join the Search for Geedis – This tickles me in my “obscure, pointless mystery” place.

This Much I Know: Neil Gaiman – A short, very Gaimanesque, interview with the author.

Has the True Identity of Jack the Ripper Been Revealed? – Betteridge’s Law of Headlines states that “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word ‘no’,” and since this article was written to tout an upcoming book it should be taken with a very large grain of salt.

Game of Thrones Beer – Brewery Ommegang has a series of Game of Thrones-themed beers with names like “Fire and Blood” and “Three-Eyed Raven.”

AirBNB Reviews for Castle Dracula – Amusing ‘toon. (via Pixel Pixie)

Funeral Etiquette Every Southerner Should Know – Video of two “etiquette masters” discussing the finer points of American Southern funerals.

False Facts Everyone Believes About the Druids – Interesting article about historical Druids vs. Dungeons & Dragons Druids.

Hookland – Twitter feed with a sort of “Welcome to Scarfolk” vibe. Lots of odd vintage-y photos and strange commentary.

Divining the Future – Merriam-Webster “words at play” article featuring different kinds of divination. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Belzebubs – Entertaining webcomic about a black metal-loving family and their everyday life. There’s a very strong Addams Family-esque “we consider weird things normal” vibe.

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A Fine and Pleasant Link Dump

July 28th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Santa as Disease Vector – A Twitter thread that asks a question nobody ever thinks about. (See also the same author’s thread on making saltwater taffy.)

Cute Rat Photos – Diane Özdamar photographs rats looking particularly adorable in an effort to spruce up their negative image. They are, indeed, adorable.

Sex with Demons Was Totally Chill Until the Church Ruined It – Probably NSFW.

@ravenmaster1 – The Tower of London’s Ravenmaster has a Twitter account.

Stuffed Pizza Skulls – Something else to do with your skull cupcake pans.

Pictures of Death – Article about early postmortem photography.

Donate to Bat World Sanctuary – If the sanctuary out-raises all the other charities in this event, Macy’s will add $100,000 to their total. Spare a buck to save a bat.

Strange Practice – A novel concerning Dr. Greta Van Helsing, physician to the supernatural. The author describes her “Big Idea” here.

Most Bizarre Tales of People Being Possessed – A roundup.

Embroidered Moth Soft Sculptures – The artist is selling a few of her embroidered moths. They’re just lovely.

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The Link Dump of the Ancient Mariner

July 21st, 2017 by Cobwebs

Release the Choctopus – Man About Cake created an astonishing octopus wedding cake. (A cake shaped like an octopus, not a cake for an octopus who’s getting married. Just in case you were confused.)

The Best Demon Illustrations of All Time – Illustrations from the 1863 edition of the Dictionnaire Infernal. I may disagree with the article’s author on what constitutes “the stuff of nightmares;” I’d have half these things as pets. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Tasty Ancient Recipes from Mesopotamia – Interview with the author of a book of ancient recipes.

Against Big Bird, the Gods Themselves Contend in Vain – I aged out of Sesame Street well before 1983, so I had never even heard of this episode. I’m glad to see that the 70s-era Sesame Street vibe (“You can’t tell me that drugs weren’t involved”) lasted into the 80s. This is glorious.

@MagicWeather – Amusing Twitter feed that sounds like the weather channel in Night Vale. “Rain continues tomorrow, with a chance of flooding in some areas, a chance of banshees wailing in others.”

Calls for Cthulhu – A marvelous webseries featuring Cthulhu as the host of a phone-in TV show.

100 Demon Dialogues – Kickstarter for a comic about anxiety and self-doubt, personified by demons.

Barbie Dream Hearse – This candy pink-and-white hearse can be rented for parties.

Traditional Anniversary Gifts – An amusing list by Obvious Plant.

Luau – IMDb describes this early effort by Tim Burton as “a horrifying and touching movie about a tramp’s dream of fame” which is as good a description as any, I guess. Prepare to have your mind slightly boggled. That link goes to Part 1; parts 2 and 3 are here and here. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Link Dump

July 14th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Omni Online – Omni was a seminal SF/F magazine, and there’s plenty of dark-and-spooky stories in its pages.

A Year Gardening the Grave of a Stranger – Atlas Obscura looks at “cradle graves” and the caretakers who garden them.

Dungeons and Doggos! – New webcomic about dogs playing D&D. (Hat tip to xJane)

Dark Stock Photos – Twitter feed of “Extremely fucked up stock photography.”

It’s October – I love this ‘toon’s punchline.

15 Reasons Why Living with Me is Like Having a Poltergeist – Many of us can relate.

Trick or Tarot – Kickstarter for an awesome tarot deck featuring vintage-y artwork. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Miss Alicia – Fruit bats nomming bananas will never not be adorable.

METAL RABBITS OF CHRIST – @BBolander tweeted a marvelous thread about the “bad Christian allegorical novel someone gave me at a young age about Jesus wolves & bears on thrones of skulls” and the link title is how one of her commenters described it. It is accurate.

The Intersection of Science Fiction and Horror – A look at why the two genera are so compatible.

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Link Dumps Never Sleep

July 7th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Lovecrafters Toys – Etsy shop specializing in sex toys such as tentacle-shaped dildos. NSFW, donchaknow.

Octopus Decanter and Glass – I hate to link to Facebook, but this be-tentacled set of glassware is really cool and I can’t find a non-FB link.

Inspirobot – This ‘bot creates randomized inspirational quotes overlaid on random images in a soothing fashion and each and every one is comedy gold.

Dark Halloween Wedding – Photoshoot of an elegant all-black wedding.

9 Spiders and the Stars They Were Named After – I’m so glad that David Bowie has his own spider species. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Beatrix Potter Illustrations – This Twitter thread made me giggle immoderately.

Shirley Jackson’s Sublime First Paragraph in ‘Hill House,’ Annotated – Random House’s copy chief explains why he adores the opening paragraph.

Rat Park – This isn’t exactly goth, but it involves rats and it’s a good description of an interesting experiment.

Can I Pet Your Werewolf? – Kickstarter for an anthology of, “goofy, cute, and sweet” werewolf stories.

Gothic Homemaking – Voltaire has a webseries devoted to goth home decor.

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The Wicker Link Dump

June 30th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Rise – Amusing ‘toon. (via Pixel Pixie)

Elin Thomas – Fiber artist whose works include a collection of mould and lichen. The crocheted “petri dishes” are particularly interesting.

Todd and Annette – Sweet little story based on the writing prompt, “An old and homely grandmother accidentally summons a demon. She mistakes him for her gothic-phase teenage grandson and takes care of him. The demon decides to stay at his new home.”

Famous American Ghosts – An amusing roundup.

Inflatable Coffin Buffet – Coffin-shaped cooler for parties; it’d also be fun to float in a pool. (The vendor has a European site as well.)

A Guide Through the Haunting World of “Folk Horror” – Bandcamp has a roundup of dark, pagany, folk-ish music.

Gothic Toggs – Some attractive clothing. This jacket is certainly imposing.

The Apprehension Engine – An instrument created for horror movie soundtracks, to play “the music of nightmares.”

Falconry – A short primer on taking up the sport.

Hong Kong’s Fortune Teller Shops – Interesting photo series of the oddly office-like shops run by fortune tellers in Hong Kong. These are all clearly Executive Fortune Tellers. (Hat tip to pdq)

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