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Dirty Rotten Link Dumps

June 26th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Lawn Dragons – Etsy shop Flamingo Incognito upcycles plastic lawn flamingos into dapper dragons.

Texts from Edgar Allen Poe – “you know like how when a bird looks at you so much that you can’t leave the house” (Also, unlike most sites, The Toast’s user comments are nearly as good as the post itself.)

Bat-Crocodile Wars – A clip from a BBC documentary showing crocodiles hunting flying foxes, “enhanced” with special effects.

Allison Road – Brief look at an upcoming horror video game that’s being compared to the Silent Hill series.

The Other Girls – ‘Toon from Perry Bible Fellowship.

Trilobite Cookies – Easy instructions for making little chocolatey arthropods using one of those gun-shaped cookie press thingies.

Modest Medusa – Entertaining webcomic about a young medusa from the mystical land of Yeld who accidentally winds up in the real world. (Hat tip to DeVries)

Triceratops Dog Costume – Horned headpiece that allows you to turn your dog into a ceratopsian. I adore this action shot from a customer, particularly the “are you serious?” side-eye.

Chorus – This rather creepy video featuring a disturbing “mouth” was part of a motion graphics exhibition. (Hat tip to pdq)

10 Myths About Spiders – Some common myths debunked.

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The Canterbury Link Dumps

June 19th, 2015 by Cobwebs

The Belfry – Purveyor of “oddities and collectables” like vintage wall charts and odd taxidermy. Anybody who has a stone marten wearing an eyepatch is okay by me. (Hat tip to Sisifo)

Period Panties – Harebrained has a collection of panties featuring images like the ghostly twins (and bloody elevator) from The Shining, a zombie with the slogan “Dawn of the Red,” and a pissed-off werewolf entitled “Bleeder of the Pack.” (via Tanya)

H.P. Lovecraft Answers Your Relationship Questions – “Dear Abby” should be more like this. (via pdq) Bonus link: “I can’t even.”

Twilight in 30 Seconds – Another installment in Angry Alien’s “Bunnies in 30 Seconds” series. (Hat tip to DeVries)

19th Century Escort Cards – Unusual collection of cards with pickup lines designed to convince women to let men walk them home. Scandalous!

How Books Are Made – Interesting short video detailing traditional bookbinding. (I dislike linking to Facebook on principle, but couldn’t find the same video elsewhere. There’s a much longer one on YouTube which is pretty neat.) (via Bruno, who commented, “This video is better than therapy”) Update: Found a non-FB source.

Rejected Poster Designs for The Shining – Several movie poster ideas by Saul Bass, with Stanley Kubrick’s notes on why he didn’t like them. (via Beans)

Exploring the Darker Side of Fashion – Fashion exhibition featuring designs themed around “love and loss.”

Breakfast – Velociraptors were similar to cats. (The channel name is “We Have a Dinosaur,” so I assume this is the first video in a series.)

Lego Haunted Mansion – This suggested Lego design didn’t gain enough supporters by the deadline, which makes me sad.

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Finian’s Link Dump

June 12th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Miss Fiendish – Etsy shop specializing in gothy platform heels. (Hat tip to Jes)

Keyboard Mash – On the internet, nobody knows you’re….

Everyday Sigils – A collection of magickal sigils devoted to things like remembering to take out the trash. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Snail Painting – Filth Wizardy shows you how to use garden snails and food coloring to create “art.”

The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs – YA novel about, to quote submitterator Cookie, “two lovely children who keep their taxidermied mother in the basement.” Like you do.

William Basso – Wonderfully creepy art. He has a sale on certain prints going on at the moment.

Dripping Blood Necklace – Choker beaded to resemble blood leaking from a cut throat. I like the use of transparent thread to help the illusion. (Hat tip to xJane)

Snarlbear – Webcomic about Daisy, a young girl from our world who is transported to the Rainbow Dimension and encounters elves and unicorns. Only way, way darker than that description would suggest.

Loved to Death – All kinds of neat Victorian-ish decor and jewelry. (Hat tip to Fiend4Halloween)

Vampires are Pretty Well-Groomed – …considering they did it all without a mirror. A discussion thread on Reddit.

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DuBarry Was a Link Dump

June 5th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Black Ghost Playing Cards – Attractive deck of black Bicycle cards. There’s a neat Sideshow Freaks design, too.

Mad Max: Protector – Wonderful parody ad in which Imperator Furiosa is a spokeswoman for tampons. It is deeply splendid.

Brain Specimen Coasters – Set of stackable glass coasters, each with a different cross-section of brain printed on it.

There’s a Special Kind of Wolf Spider That “Purrs” – Not really, since it doesn’t make the sound itself (it generates the buzz by vibrating leaves), but now all I can think of is how awesome a cat-sized spider that purrs would be.

Squishable Mothman – This is clearly a very snuggly cryptid. The same company has a squishable Cerberus, Yeti, Werewolf, and several others.

Bag of Defective Unicorns (Still Magical) – Give the gift of defective unicorns!

Tiny Hamster is a Giant Monster – Amusing video featuring Hamzilla. There is, somewhat astonishingly, a related book.

Click-clack the Rattlebag – New “exclusive online” short story by Neil Gaiman.

Murder as a Fine Art – Victorian-era thriller featuring Thomas de Quincey as an amateur detective. There’s also a sequel, Inspector of the Dead. BoingBoing has a short review of the latter here.

Skull Fury Ankle Boots – Cute boots with silver skull buckles.

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Still Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

May 29th, 2015 by Cobwebs

This concludes yet another Link Dump Extended Dance Remix. Regular posting (and once-a-week Link Dumps) return Monday.

Creepy Rabbit Mask – This spooky thing is the work of artist Nymla, who sells masks in her Etsy shop. As somebody commented in the Reddit thread about this, “I want to chase after boy scouts on their camping trips while wearing this.”

Steampunk Teardrop Trailer – This trailer built by Dave Moult has lots of attractive details.

Haitian Tarot – Photographer Alice Smeets teamed with a group of Haitian artists to translate tarot cards into photos. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Bat Mask – Latex vampire bat-ish mask. Wear it to the grocery store or whilst lounging around the house.

Bettie Page Necrotic Shearling Pump – Cute heels with a skull design.

Uncanny Creatures – Etsy shop specializing in unsettling-looking stuffed animals, many with teeth. Wilson the Bat is cute. And vaguely unsettling.

A Creepy and Elegant Gothic Wedding – This recent feature on Offbeat Bride has some good ideas for a goth wedding or party.

Batgirl – An animated gif of greatness. (As submitterator pdq phrased it, “WORST cat.”)

The Last Halloween – A webcomic by Abby Howard “Where it’s Halloween and there is a girl and some monsters and she has to fight them.” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

19 Reasons Being Afraid Of Bats Makes You A Total Wuss – Yes, it’s clickbait. Yes, the commentary is lame. But wookit the widdle bats! I want to snorgle their teeny bellies! (Bonus link: Eeeeeee!)

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Still Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

May 28th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Laser Cut Velvet Leggings – This intricate lace pattern is quite striking and surprisingly inexpensive.

5 Inches from Limbo – Photographer Annie Collinge finds weird vintage dolls at thrift stores, then dresses up people in similar clothing and takes their picture. It’s really rather creepy.

Ben & Jerry’s Horror Ice Cream – A set of (sadly, not available in real life) ice cream “concept” flavors based on horror movies.

Centaurs, Man – Jemma Salume meditates on mythical human/animal hybrids. Favorite line: “Do we need to bust out the Punnett Squares?”

Catlin T. McCormack – Artist who creates intricate crocheted skeletons and other “bony” things.

Goth Screenshots – Tumblr devoted to computer system messages and alerts with a morose, nihilistic bent. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Vintage Button Emporium – All kinds of lovely vintage and antique buttons.

Young, Black and Victorian – Neat photo roundup of Victorian women of color.

Frankenstein Flowerpots – Technically, they’re Frankenstein’s monster flowerpots. Whatever; you can plant flowers in his noggin. The same artist also makes brain bowls.

Biophilia – Lovely mosaics made from insects.

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Still Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

May 27th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Penny Dreadful Tarot Cards – Tarot deck featuring creepy artwork similar to the cards used by Vanessa Ives in the Showtime series.

6 Archaeological Discoveries Scarier Than Any Horror Movie – A rather breathless roundup from Cracked. The severed-hand pit is neat.

The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales – A collection of folktales that are significantly…earthier…than Grimm. There’s a review at Salon.

French Perfume Maker Bottles Scent of the Departed – For one brief moment I thought this somehow involved cremated remains and wondered, “How does that work?” but the truth is both more prosaic and weirder. This company claims that it can extract the unique scent of a departed loved one and turn it into a perfume. (Hat tip to pdq)

Be Witching – Odd little pen-and-paper game in which you compete to become Witchqueen of the ball.

Spooky Sandwiches – The li’l “Spider Sliders” are cute.

Octopus Fork Necklace – Attractive necklace made from repurposed forks. There’s a matching brooch.

Parcel of Terror – Monthly subscription service which offers “an assortment of handmade items that represent the horror genre in all its forms.”

Goth Chic Accessories – Etsy shop full of interestingly spooky items like a Raven Skull USB Drive, Addams Family Cufflinks, and an astonishing Skull Shaving Brush.

Edison’s Talking Dolls – In 1890, Thomas Edison used miniature phonographs to create talking dolls. Some of their recordings have been recently digitized, and they are creepy as all get-out. Commenter Janice points out that these would make excellent ringtones.

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Still Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

May 26th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Snowball’s Chance in Hell – Free knitting pattern for fingerless arm-warmers with a design that gradually morphs a snowflake into a skull.

Scary Spider – Little Flash thingie that lets you play with a virtual spider and drop insects for it to eat. Play with the Options sliders to animate it in different ways.

The Best Horror Films You Haven’t Seen – A roundup from Dread Central.

Button Clock – This simple DIY clock is made from a round cookie-tin lid and mismatched buttons. If, like me, you have a stash of Halloween-themed buttons, this would be a great way to display a few of them.

Synthesis – Attractive cyberpunk-themed deck of playing cards.

Unicorn Hoof Boots – For the creepiest cosplay you ever imagined. The same Etsy seller has several other hoof styles too.

21 Grams – Designer dildo containing the ashes of a loved one. Something something le petit mort something….

Eruption of Vesuvius – A video reconstruction of the eruption that destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Old and Interesting – Neat site about domestic life in the past.

Lobster Claws – Wear these as gloves. Act casual.

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Still Another Week of Link Dumps

May 25th, 2015 by Cobwebs

You know that part of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” where the brooms just keep on dumping buckets of water? That’s my relationship with my Drafts folder.

Peter Dinklage Sings About Dead Game of Thrones Characters – The performance was part of a benefit for Red Nose Day.

saucy Jacky – One of several “Persona-Bots” by Triumph PC, this is a chatterbot which pretends to be Jack the Ripper. (Hat tip to DeVries)

Mountains of Mouthness – If you’ve always wanted to make animated mountains yell your tweets across a valley at each other, this is your lucky day.

Gold Spider – Neat photo of a spider which was covered in gold as prep for being examined under a scanning electron microscope. I also loved this comment. (via pdq)

Here Be Dragons – Full album by The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble. Via Richard, who noted, “If Cthulhu comes back, here is the soundtrack.”

Unicorn Wine Holder – I’m not sure if I like the product title or the sculpture better.

AtmosFEAR – Creators of neat “digital decorations” that let you make a TV or computer monitor look like a morphing portrait, a window with spooky things on the other side, a haunted fireplace, and several other effects.

Cthuloops – Amusing T-shirt.

Meddling with Nature – How can you not love a taxidermist whose gallery includes a category called, “Tabletop Beauties?”

Zombie Puns – Series of illustrations featuring very groan-worthy puns.

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My Fair Link Dump

May 22nd, 2015 by Cobwebs

Memento Mori: The Dead Among Us – Paul Koudounaris, who runs the Empire de la Mort site, has a new book which explores sacred sites around the world where the dead are displayed.

Oh, Good, Sony’s Remaking The Craft – Because it was just crying out for a remake.

Voodoo Delicious – Etsy shop full of interesting cast-resin items; my favorites are the repurposed teacups which now have a resident octopus, imp, or mystery tentacle.

Psychic Reader – The second panel of this Partially Clips ‘toon seems weirdly plausible.

Can’t Sleep, Doctors Will Hear Me – I sort of want to request a sleep study just so I can mess with the doctors too.

Book O’Clock – Striking wall clock with books marking the hours. You could use titles with the appropriate numbers, as here, or just show off some of your favorite works.

Skeleton Car Decals – These are the ubiquitous “family members” car decals, only everybody’s a calavera.

Love & a Sandwich – Sells cute little furry “monsters,” including pairs of custom best friend monsters with matching bows.

Spider Suncatcher – Beaded spiders are a common find, but I quite like the “crackle” bead this one uses as an abdomen.

Mouse Butterflies – Series of paintings by Lisa Ericson, featuring a fictional species of mouse/butterfly hybrids. I’m sad these aren’t real, because they’d be adorable pets.

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