The Art of Darkness

Link Dumps of Our Fathers

August 19th, 2016 by Cobwebs

The Paper Magician – First book in a series involving magic-workers who are bound to one particular substance, such as paper, metal, or glass.

Absinthe Salon – Steampunky establishment in Sydney.

Devil’s Trap Skirt – Easy tutorial for a Supernatural-inspired circle skirt.

Mini Graveyard Kit – 25 polymer resin tombstones, gargoyles, and other cemetery decorations for a terrarium or particularly gothy fairy garden.

Skull Walker – This skull scuttles along on mechanical legs, right into your nightmares.

Fuck Yeah Tarot Decks – A curated collection of Tarot art.

What Do Goths Eat for Breakfast? – A guide, of sorts.

The Wand Company – Some neat fantasy and SF props, including a wand which incorporates a universal remote control so you can “magically” control your entertainment system.

In Defense of Villainesses – “she’s never ever cute or soft or scared of you.”

Conan the Salaryman – Amusing novelty Twitter account. “Conan pointed his blade at the intruder. ‘I’ve claimed this room by blood and steel!’ he roared. ‘And the meeting room reservation system!'”

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Blazing Link Dumps

August 12th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Everlasting Gobstopper Pin – Enamel brooch shaped like the Gene Wilder-era Wonka product.

A History of Horror – Short video essay which “proposes a timeline of influential and aesthetically beautiful horror movies around the world since 1895 until 2016.”

Taylor Custom – “Fun and accurate science gifts,” including things like a tortoise pendant whose shell flips up to reveal its innards, lots of human anatomy jewelry, and snake drawer pulls.

Klingon Cuddle Dungeon – This needs to be a thing in the next Star Trek movie.

The Candy Shop – The longer you look at this painting by Nikolai Lockertsen, the creepier it gets.

Boris Karloff’s Guacamole Recipe – As a fan of both Karloff and guacamole, I am intrigued. As a native of Southern California, all I can think is, “Who the hell puts sherry in guacamole?!?!?”

The Mystery of Hieronymus Bosch – Interesting article about the artist and his work.

Christopher Lee Reads Dracula – Audio of Lee reading the book. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Feel Afraid – This comic is sort of adorable.

19 “Spirited Away” Items – Soot Sprite Snacks!

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The Sound and the Link Dump

August 5th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Imperial March in a Major Key – Just as playing cheerful music in a minor key can turn it into something sinister, giving Darth Vader’s theme the reverse treatment makes it sound like “the world’s happiest graduation day celebration.”

Snow White House – This fairy-tale cottage is currently for sale.

Splash Remake – Disney is doing a gender-swapped remake of Splash starring Channing Tatum as a merman. Because what the world really needs is a gender-swapped remake of Splash.

Alnwick Garden – A look at the “poison garden” in England. I want the gates for my own garden.

Butterbeer Cookies – Harry Potter-inspired recipe that sounds yummy.

Mermaid Crowns – There’s some neat DIY inspiration for a Sea Witch-type crown.

The Devil’s Midwife – Since the site is LiarTownUSA I’m certain that this alleged pub sign is ‘shopped, but if this was a real pub they would get all of my business.

Tacky Krampus Sweater – Neat altered sweater done by what amounts to cross-stitching over a knitted sweater rather than knitting by hand.

Cockroach Milk – Researchers have found that the Pacific Beetle Cockroach feeds its babies a protein-rich substance that’s being eyed as a future “superfood” for humans. Yum!

Bat Wing Boots – The wings appear to be a separate piece that are just laced on, so a DIY version might be possible.

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Like Water for Link Dumps

July 29th, 2016 by Cobwebs

15 Weird, Abandoned Places to Explore – These are US-centric, but neat.

Burrow Afghan – Crocheted afghan inspired by Mrs. Weasley.

Haunted Mansion Umbrella – Folding umbrella with a design which mimics the Stretching Portrait room in Disney’s Haunted Mansion. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

My Little Gargoyle – Knitting pattern for a winsome li’l gargoyle.

11 Books That Scared the Master of Horror, Stephen King – King discusses some novels that scared him.

Bulgarian Vampire Tourism – Bulgaria is positioning the archaeological discovery of a “vampire funeral” as a major tourist attraction. (Hat tip to pdq)

Cthulhu in the House – A new board game featuring artwork depicting the most adorable little Old Ones you’ve ever seen.

Garthim Cosplay – An amazing Dark Crystal-inspired costume.

Fevre Dream – A vampire novel by George R.R. Martin. There’s a review here.

This Supercut Will Make You Jump – A collection of 40 jump scares.

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Oh, Look; a Link Dump

July 22nd, 2016 by Cobwebs

What? I said I’d still post occasionally.

Bats in the Night Sky Beanie – Knitting pattern for a hat featuring a bat.

Someone is Making Clothes From Lab-Grown Alexander McQueen Skin – Designer Tina Gorjanc is making vat-grown “human leather” clothing.

The Armoire – Free point-and-click game based on the legend of Bluebeard. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Memento Mori Watches – If you can afford a Swiss watch, these skull-shaped beauties are ideal.

Oak Tree Farms – “Modern Victorian footwear.” Lots of pretty shoes. (via Burning Prairie)

Strange Stories and Stranger Things – Atlas Obscura has teamed with Netflix to do a “truth is stranger than fiction” streaming web series.

Zombie Brain Cupcakes – I like that they’re touted as “all-natural.”

I donate blood… – This is a really excellent reason to donate blood.

Council confirms it has no written policy on dealing with werewolves – It seems like checking with your city council about their official werewolf policy would be an entertaining diversion. (Hat tip to pdq)

Bride of Frankenstein Hoop – Cute felt-and-embroidery retro Bride decoration.

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Another Darn Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

July 15th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Nightmare Before Christmas – This fan art by NENEBUBBLEELOVER is great cosplay inspiration.

Blood Red Lipstick – Replica of a color from 1922.

Kenku Cosplay – This costume of a raven-like D&D character is astonishingly detailed.

From the Library of the Evil Orchid – Great collection of creepy bookplates.

Beetle – Steampunk filigree Volkswagen by metal art shop Vrbanus.

Annie Aube – Needle artist whose work includes a series of scenes from particularly gruesome fairy tales and myths.

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

The 7 Most Ridiculous Ghost Stories from Around the World – An amusing roundup.

Dark Tourism – Article which explores the practice of visiting “sites, attractions and exhibitions which have real or recreated death, suffering or the seemingly macabre as a main theme.”

Darkfin Gloves – Gloves that give you “webbed fingers” which supposedly improve your swimming. I don’t care about that; I just want a pair to wear around and make people nervous.

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Another Darn Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

July 14th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Next Time You’ll Know Better – This take on vampires is awesome.

Handbook for the Recently Deceased – If you want to troll a friend in this fashion, you can actually purchase a book with this cover.

Plush Jumping Spider – Squishable has a rotund Rainbow Jumping Spider, ready for cuddles.

Moody Voodies – Etsy shop specializing in creepy voodoo-type dolls. I love the Wednesday Addams one.

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Cake – Wonderfully lifelike cake that about 50 people sent me links to, because my friends understand me.

Fairy Catching Kit – Cute “habitat” for catching one’s own fairy. It’d be reasonably easy to DIY something similar.

Digitised Manuscripts – The British Library has a huge collection of scans from old manuscripts, such as this Medieval book of hours.

Steotch – A variety of entertaining cross-stitch pieces.

Spider Ribbon Snap Clip – This would be cute with a ribbon rose as the body rather than plain looped ribbon.

Lady Symphonia – Artist who specializes in “dark” photomanipulation. Her deviantART gallery is here. (I especially like this one.)

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Another Darn Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

July 13th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Take On Me in Minor Key – “This sounds like you’re being chased through a haunted house or forest. Ghosts chant in the background. The monster is slowly gaining on you. You dodge an axe swing from a possessed suit of armour. Scooby Doo is there.”

Labyrinth Funko Figures – The Sarah figure includes the ‘ello worm. It is to squee.

Skeleton Banner Pattern – Free knitting pattern for a skeletal torso.

Creepy Phone Cases – These phone cases with teeth and eyeballs are creepy as hell.

Oldschool Gothic – Gallery of 80s goth and deathrock fashion.

Edgar Allan Poe Wedding – Some lovely details.

Haunted Memory Box – Instructions for making and decorating a ridiculously cute little box for spooky mementos.

Chaithulhu – Portrait of Cthulhu as a prim and proper Victorian lady, taking tea. Because why not.

Urban Fairies – Site which collects “sightings” of fairy doors.

9 Ridiculously Creepy Medical Museums Open to the Public – Road trip!

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Another Darn Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

July 12th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Just Your Typical Office – Gorgeous steampunk-themed office makeover.

Brutal Bunnies – So much Medieval illustration was just completely bananas.

“Working” Vortex Manipulator – This little wrist-mounted computer has some great steampunky overtones.

Witch Tattoo Art – Some stunning work.

Ghost Babies – Interesting article about Victorian postmortem photography.

Necronomemoticon – This is funnier than it ought to be. There are also other ways to achieve Cthulhoid typography. (Hat tip to pdq)

Bears – Every cryptozoological mystery solved.

Life After Death Designs – Etsy shop full of neat coffin-shaped items like clocks and makeup holders.

12 Ways To Have The Witchiest Vacation Ever – I hate BuzzFeed lists and their gratuitous gifs, but if you can get past that there are some interesting ideas for vacationing in New Orleans.

Deathflake – Free knitting pattern for a snowflake design featuring a skull in the middle. This may be the most metal name for a pattern I’ve ever heard of.

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Another Darn Week of Link Dumps

July 11th, 2016 by Cobwebs

It’s time once again to clean out the ol’ drafts folder. Buckle up.

WWII Era Vampires – This is a great hook for a story.

DIY Fox Tail – Tutorial for making a cosplay fox tail out of yarn.

I Heart Guts – This site specializes in organ-related merchandise (if you’ve ever wanted a plush spleen, now’s your chance), and they’ve just come out with a new line of merit badge-style patches which celebrate lady bits. I like “Vadge of Honor,” personally. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Coffin Beach Towel – Black beach towel shaped like a toe-pincher coffin. You could probably DIY one of your own with an oversize towel and a pair of scissors.

To the Surface – Photo series of period dresses posed as ghostly figures.

Amigurumi Monsters – A whole bunch of crocheted baby monsters. I particularly like how so many different “personalities” can be created by using the same base body plan and just changing the details.

Fairy Berries – LED lights that fade in and out like fireflies. Pretty landscaping detail for parties.

Worst (Best) Metal Album Covers – A collection of very…special…album covers. (Bonus: Check out Fantomas’ cover of “Charade” in the comments.)

Is the Person Naming These Colors of Yarn Okay? – I agree that “Rotten pistachio cream macaron” and “Too much Aperol Spritz” are fairly unique color descriptions, but there’s also “Poisoned blood,” “Rain in a graveyard,” and “Bats in a dark mood,” which I’d buy just for the names alone.

This to That – Choose the two things you’re trying to glue together, and the site tells you which glue will work best. Handy for crafters.

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