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July 31st, 2015 by Cobwebs

Gothic Life – Site devoted to all things goth. Some pages look like they have the potential to be NSFW.

The Alphabet – David Lynch did an extremely creepy short film involving a little girl reciting the alphabet.

Questions for The Ghost – Amusing comic from Poorly Drawn Lines. (via Pixel Pixie)

BLT Kickstarter – This campaign to publish a collection of seminal punk ‘zine Black Leather Times has been successfully funded; I’m linking to the page so interested parties can get news about publication dates.

S.O.R.S. – BoingBoing has a review of a “futuristic diagnosis game” which seems to involve some kind of creepy conspiracy.

Long John Silver’s Introduces New Golden Fried Abomination From The Deep – The Onion reports.

Dino Pet – Dinosaur-shaped aquarium for dinoflagellates, plankton that bioluminesces.

Carnivorous Plant Macrophotography – These gorgeous detail photos of sundews make them look like plants on some alien planet.

Psychic Capital – A look at occult mysticism in Silicon Valley.

Morbid Motivational Tattoos – Similar artwork would be fun to hang in the office breakroom.

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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Link Dump

July 24th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Epic Bunny’s Adventure – Short film with a standard fantasy-quest storyline, except the hero is a bunny.

Lost Souls Skull Shawl – Attractive lacy skull pattern for a crocheted shawl. Free download. (via Burning Prairie)

Funko Fifth Element Figures – Funko is adding vinyl figures including Zorg, Diva Plavalaguna, Leeloo, and several others to its Pop! line.

Ghost-Loving Castaway Required – If you speak English and Welsh, you can apply to be the caretaker of a remote island reputed to be haunted by 20,000 ghosts.

The Doll Collection – Anthology of horror featuring dolls. Commenter Jan, who brought this to my attention, reviewed it thusly: “Each of the stories has a different flavor of horror to serve and all are extremely well written. I think you’ll find ‘Word Doll’ with its taste of coffee and smell of cigarettes is as nearly perfect as a short story can be. But then there’s the feel of mildew, untanned leather and cooling blood to help your skin crawl when you read ‘Ambitious Boys Like You’. Get it.” (Commenter Jan has a way with words.)

Raven Skull Necklace – Dramatic piece featuring a cast-resin skull.

An Introduction to Black Metal Yoga – Clearly there are a variety of ways to find inner peace. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Tales from the eBay Crypt – A look at the purportedly-haunted items that some people sell there.

Avoid Humans – Web app which aggregates Foursquare and Instagram check-ins and displays places nearby with the fewest number of humans. (via Cat)

Jurassic Park: High Heels Edition – XVP Comedy noticed Jurassic World‘s endless “heroine runs in high heels” scenes and decided to apply the same logic to the rest of the movies. Favorite comment from YouTube: “Style found a way.”

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The Link Dump Over Innsmouth

July 17th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Notes from a Totally Lame Vampire – YA book about a teenage vampire doomed to be 15 forever.

Look Behind You – Fun Halloween song by The Gaslight Troubadours. (Hat tip to pdq)

Final Girls – Web-based conversation game which imagines a group therapy session for Final Girls from various popular horror movies. (Their therapist is “Ellen,” who may look oddly familiar.)

ABCDisgusting – Kickstarter for a children’s alphabet book about gross things, from the same group who did “The Princess Who Saved Herself.”

Tattoos Inspired by Books – Each photo is captioned with a short description of why the owner chose that particular illustration or quote.

Walker StalkerWalking Dead-themed cruise scheduled for next January, with several actors from the series attending. The ship has no scheduled stop at Haiti, which seems like a terrible missed opportunity.

Made From History – Neat educational site devoted to making history more accessible. You can browse short articles on the Roman diet, Dark Age funerals, and propaganda posters from the Spanish Civil War. There are also sister sites devoted to science and media.

Period Thoughts – Tumblr discussion which started out about maxi-pad design and ended as a comic pitch that I would totally read.

Pinterest, You Are Drunk – Some things should remain unpinned.

Kay’s Fudge – This is one of the most useful epitaphs I’ve ever seen. (Hat tip to xJane, and special mention of Cat’s comment, “And look, right there is a marble slab.”)

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Oh No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

July 10th, 2015 by Cobwebs

This concludes yet another Link Dump-o-Rama. Regular posting (and once-a-week Link Dumps) return Monday.

Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo – Fascinating history of women’s tattoo art.

Kkiittttiieess – Series of paintings by Casey Weldon featuring four-eyed cats. I think I prefer these to real cats; they look sorta spidery.

Netrunner – Article about an interesting-sounding card game set in a Gibson-esque milieu.

Gross Science – YouTube series by PBS which relates “Bizarre stories from the slimy, smelly, creepy world of science.”

Skull Ukulele – Make your next luau a little more macabre with this skull-bedecked ukulele.

My Little Pony Haunted Mansion – My Little Pony modder Silverband 7 recreated the “graveyard scene” from Disney’s Haunted Mansion using ponies. It is really rather wonderful.

Blue Q Socks – Novelty socks (mainly women’s, but there are a few for men). I’m partial to these.

Your World Will Never be the Same – “Excerpts from either a memoir by a first-time parent or a post-apocalyptic novel.” The two are eerily similar. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Adorable Circle of Life – Alex Solis’ series of illustrations depicting adorable predators bloodily devouring their adorable prey.

This Artist is Making Haunting Paintings with Google’s Dream Robot – An artist ran some of his surrealist paintings through Google’s new Deep Dream algorithm and it enhanced them in interesting ways.

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Oh No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

July 9th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Xenomorph Hug – This illustration of an Alien cuddling Winnie-the-Pooh is oddly adorable.

Day of the Dead Salt and Pepper Shakers – Attractive shaker set decorated like calaveras.

Charon Spotting – Some guy dressed as an undertaker has been spotted on a lake in Canberra, using a coffin as a stand-up rowboat. I may have found a new hobby.

8 Weird Mysteries of the Internet – A roundup of strange websites and other oddities.

How to Make a Writing Quill – Nice tutorial for DIY quill pens, either as a prop or just because you want to go really old school and write with one.

Neverwear – Prints, T-shirts, and other items based on the work of Neil Gaiman. This new limited edition print is attractive.

Sad Animal Facts – Cute drawings of animals accompanied by a sad fact about each one.

15 Unrivalled Goth Fashion Blogs of 2015 – A blog roundup by Black Rose.

And Then I Vanish – A “surreal motion poem,” along with several stills from the video. If you’re trypophobic I wouldn’t recommend clicking over.

How to Make an Axolotl Cake – I bet you didn’t even know that you needed an axolotl cake. You do now.

10 Silly Hats That People Used To Take Incredibly Seriously – “That’s called a ‘mob cap,’ and it symbolizes a woman’s willingness to beat you to death with a garden rake…”

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Oh No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

July 8th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Viking Ship Fire Pit – ImagineMetalArt, which also fabricates neat things like dragons, made this splendid Viking ship for giving marshmallows a proper funeral.

A Brief History of LA’s “Witch House” – The Spadena House in Los Angeles is a marvelously witchy, and historic, home.

Spiderweb Yarnbombing – Artist Babukatorium covered a tree with a rainbow of spiderwebs.

Heavy Metal Band Name Generator – I’m totally going to start a band called “Johann Sebastian Brain.”

Shakespeare’s Big Four: A Summary – SMBC gets to the gist of the plays.

Punjammies – Loungewear bottoms made in India by women who have escaped human trafficking. These aren’t particularly goth, but they look mighty comfy and they’re for a good cause. (via Burning Prairie)

Scooby-Doo, When Are You? – Fun set of illustrations which imagines how the Scooby gang would dress in various decades. Man, Fred has always been boring.

Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch – The mere fact that there’s a children’s book about Bosch is awesome enough, but this is a story as told by his wildly dissatisfied housekeeper who is damn sick of beehives in boots and pickle-winged fish and that kicks it into awesomeness overdrive.

Marie Antoinette’s Necklace – Tutorial for an attractive “drippy blood” beaded choker.

Every Hitchcock Cameo – Alfred Hitchcock was well-known for making a cameo appearance in every film he directed (including, famously, appearing as the “Before” photo in a newspaper weight-loss advertisement in Lifeboat). This supercut video details them all.

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Oh No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

July 7th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Corpse Brides and Ghost Grooms – Atlas Obscura has a roundup of “marriage after death” cultural traditions.

Soliloquy on B – Patrick Stewart does a Shakespearean turn on Sesame Street. (Bonus appearance with The Count here.)

Jurassic Bits – Spoonflower-printed fabric featuring cartoony iconic images from Jurassic Park. What sets this apart for me is the cartoony Laura Dern digging through the cartoony pile of Triceratops poop.

BEyond Yonder – Site devoted to death midwifery. It includes a virtual school to help others learn to serve in this capacity.

Snark Factory – Etsy shop specializing in jewelry with various snarky messages. I like these earrings.

Tactical Chef Apron – For grilling during the zombie apocalypse. This strikes me as something that would pair well with a Utilikilt.

Exploding Kittens – Successfully-funded Kickstarter for a card game illustrated by Matthew Inman.

Flamethrower Ukulele – Caleb Kraft was inspired by Mad Max’s “Doof Warrior” to build a flame-belching uke.

The Ring Doughnut – Series of doughnut sculptures depicting that creepy dead girl crawling out of a well because why not.

Motifs of the Revival: Bats – Examples of decorative accessories from the Arts & Crafts/Revival design movement.

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Oh No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps

July 6th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Will the link dumps never end?!? Not this week, that’s for darn sure.

Crayola Horrors – Flashbak has a roundup of drawings from weird vintage coloring books.

We Are All Completely Fine – Novella which follows the “final survivors” of various horror movie-esque tragedies as they speak to a therapist who finally seems to believe them.

My Beautiful Monsters – Etsy shop full of extremely squee-worthy plush monsters.

Not all Australian animals are deadly… – A description of one of the exceptions. (Hat tip to xJane) Bonus link: Down in the Reddit thread for this, somebody posted a .gif of the way they move when startled.

The Most Metal Deaths in Middle-earth, Ranked – “Gandalf’s death was so metal he came back to life a different fucking color.”

Sort of Coal Soap – The Danish company that makes charcoal water purifiers also sells pure-black charcoal soap in case you want to goth up your daily shower. They also offer black shampoo.

The Entopod – A design student has created a “starter kit” for eating bugs.

Ask the Past – Blog devoted to “advice from old books,” curated by a historian. She’s recently published a related book.

Bat Sculpture – Lovely steampunky metal bat by Igor Verniy.

Eating Dungeons & Dragons Iron Rations – Long video exploring the “iron rations” that feed adventurers in D&D campaigns. This would be a handy resource for LARPing. (via Propnomicon)

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The Link Dump in Yellow

July 3rd, 2015 by Cobwebs

The Visit – Bittersweet animated short about “an old woman, who, to the horror of her son, is cooking up a meal in the middle of the night for her long-deceased friends.”

How to Tell if You’re Dead – Discussion of various methods used in the past to determine whether someone was dead or just really sleepy. The use of nipple clamps is a new one on me.

Christopher Lee Does the Timewarp – This short clip of Lee reciting the “jump to the left” bit needs to be a ringtone, stat. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Six Most Terrifying Serial Killer Families in History – A peculiar subject for a roundup, but I’ll allow it.

The Spy’s Choirbook – A manuscript of choral music given to Henry VIII has been played and performed live for the first time in 500 years.

Cordial Minuet – Description of a very odd online game that could double as the plot for a horror movie.

Geek Knits – You might dismiss this book as too science-fictiony, but then you would miss the stuffed Bunnicula pattern and the answer to the question, “What would Molly Weasley knit for Arthur?” The author talks about the book here, and has also written Knits for Nerds and Knockdown Knits.

THRESHER – Short horror film created as an entry for the “House of Horrors” competition presided over by Guillermo del Toro.

32 Exposures – Les McClaine, who draws the Jonny Crossbones comic, did this short Lovecraft-esque piece. I like the name of the bar.

Tinplate Studios – Neat Etsy shop full of “unnatural science” props like Feejee Mermaids and preserved krakens.

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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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