The Art of Darkness

The Link Dump of Sleepy Hollow

June 21st, 2019 by Cobwebs

Rock Eye Peepers – Cute DIY project for garden ornaments that look like rocks giving you the side-eye.

Realistic Harry Potter – An excellent Twitter thread about more plausible reactions to some of the plot points in Harry Potter.

Temples Are Built for Gods – A very sweet response to a writing prompt.

Insect Penis Dildos – This artist makes 3D printed dildos shaped like various insect penises. I don’t even know where to begin with this. (NSFW, obvs.)

Spider Cup – Ceramic mug with a spider in the bottom. The same company has several other designs, including dragons.

Dioramas of Death – A Tokyo woman who works for a cleaning company makes models of rooms where people have died alone.

Dugite Scarf – Free knitting pattern for a snuggly li’l snake scarf.

Goreytelling – A series of short animations based on previously unpublished audio recordings of Edward Gorey. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Person-Eating Puppet Couch – If you’ve got an old sofa you don’t know what to do with, you could turn it into an amazing haunted house prop.

Attack-o’-Lantern – Great idea for pumpkin carving.

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The Link Dump in Winter

June 14th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Crystal Visions – Easy DIY ideas for crystal balls. (Hat tip to xJane)

How the Horror Community is Celebrating Pride Month – My favorite bit is the fact that the producers of The Babadook have fully embraced their accidental status as an LGBTQ icon instead of trying to downplay it.

Rat Silicon Mold – Baking mold for making rat-shaped chocolates, cupcakes, and similar items.

Púca Festival – Ireland is planning a new festival which celebrates it as the birthplace of Halloween. (via Spooky Moon)

Zuul Terror Dog Replica – Spirit Halloween is selling a life-size Ghostbusters terror dog prop.

Monster Etiquette – A guidebook for genteel monster behavior. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Thoughts of a Spiderweb – There’s evidence that some spiders offload some of their thinking and memories to their webs.

The Shortest Story – “Postcard stories from impossible worlds.” Very short stories (sadly not screen reader-accessible, since they’re images). I like this one and this one.

Scooby Doo Origin Stories – This Tumblr thread provides backstories for the Scooby gang and they’re pretty great.

Monster Foot Tutorial – DIY video for realistic-looking cosplay monster feet. (Hat tip to pdq)

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When the Moon Hits Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie That’s a Link Dump

June 7th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Ravens – Pretty photos of birbs, and an amusing punchline.

A Litter of Mimics – These are going in my next D&D campaign.

ArtBrothersGlass – Etsy shop offering lovely stained glass decorations and accessories, including things like bats and human hearts. (Not goth, but I love these astronauts).

Gimli and Legolas – There’s a fan theory that Gimli is an absolute Adonis amongst dwarves and Legolas is butt-ugly by elf standards and this comic and rant are all over that idea.

Horror-Themed Breakfast Cereals – I wasn’t going to post these parody cereals and then I hit “Fiber the 13th.”

Candy Corn Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake – This is lovely and Halloween-y and you should probably take a shot of insulin before even looking at the pictures.

Mossbadger – Offers limited edition garments and textiles like this awesome Garden Bat skirt.

CurseChain – An amusing Twitter thread.

These Colorful Piñatas Bring Medieval Monsters to Life – I assume that if you break one of these open, ichor pours out.

Epitaph – This translated ancient epitaph is incredibly poignant.

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A Little Night Link Dump

May 31st, 2019 by Cobwebs

Abecedarian: Halloween – This site has tons of cool vintage artwork and photos. You can also find things tagged Grim Reaper, Bats, Witches, and lots more.

Modern Witch Tarot – Limited edition tarot deck with lovely artwork.

Lady Crafthole’s Cabinet of Crochet Curiosities – Crochet patterns for things like the Willendorf Venus and the Uffington White Horse.

Necromancer that doesn’t know they’re a necromancer and thinks they’re just a really good emt – Somebody wrote a short story in response to this and it’s pretty great. (Hat tip to pdq)

Ooze, Giant Shark Bowl – This D&D thread with a custom character is delightful.

Hammerhead Mermaid – The #MerMay hashtag on Twitter has tons of great art, but I especially like this creepy shark-maid.

How to Pattern a Plush Beetle – Video tutorial, including pattern, for a big huggable stag beetle.

Live-Tweeting The Toll – I may have to pick up Cherie Priest’s new horror novel entirely on the strength of this thread.

Hand X-Ray Cross-Stitch Pattern – Good-looking pattern for a bony hand. I like their I’m so hip, I’m an acetabulum pattern too.

Norse Goddesses – The artist who gave us pinup posters of Norse gods (Dat Ás) and Greek gods (Oh My Gods) gives us some extremely-badass-and-not-even-faintly-sexualized Norse goddesses.

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Life is Just a Bowl of Link Dumps

May 24th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Glamourie – Book of knitting patterns for fanciful clothing. You can see photos of some of the patterns here.

Genderswapped Lord of the Rings – I love these speculative casting choices.

The Other Arachnids – A very cool roundup of non-spider arachnids.

Good Boy Stats – This Twitter thread of D&D monsters and whether or not they’re “good boys” is awesome, but @bryancamp’s comment “They’re all good boys, Mordenkainen.” is what really sent me over the edge.

Hen Wives, Spinsters, and Lolly Willowes – A look at the more domestic Wise Women.

Chicken Scratch – Custom drawings and calligraphy, including props for LARPing.

Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank – A short but amusing Twitter thread.

Mermaid Horror Stories – I can definitely see mermaids gathered around whatever the undersea equivalent of a campfire is, scaring each other with these.

Ashes to Art – Artist Bea Haines paints with human ashes.

Cute Creature – Great response to the writing prompt, “A creature designed to be ‘cute’, created by a god that does not fully understand what ‘cute’ looks like to humans.”

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Mary Had a Little Link Dump

May 17th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Calavera Flatware – Silverware with a lovely skull design. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Any Thoughts on Elf Sexuality – The answer to this Tumblr Ask is now absolutely my headcanon.

Wingspan – Super cool knitting pattern for a shawl that looks like wings.

House Sitting for Ghosts – A small RPG with a cute premise.

Little Fears – This thread about an RPG campaign sounds really intriguing.

No Spoons Left – I don’t know the original source for this embroidery pattern, but the lines are simple enough that it’d be possible to reproduce it just from the photo.

Lisa Frankenstein – A pleasantly punny T-shirt.

Stress Tardigrade – Like a stress ball, but tardigrade-ier.

Drklght Clothing – Gothy T-shirts and accessories, including a small Disney section that gives no indication of being licensed so get it before the Mouse drops the hammer. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Enduring Legacy of Bunnicula – How the book came to be written, and why its legacy endures.

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Sing a Song of Link Dumps

May 10th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Haunted Dollhouse – This eBay find is super cute. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Nice Prophecies – A tie-in Twitter account for the upcoming Good Omens miniseries.

Clown Monster Hunters – I would watch this series.

If you are reading this, aliens are not real – Neat little bit of microfiction.

Heavy Metal Kitties – Drawings of cats in T-shirts for metal bands like “Rage Against the Meowchine” and “Black Tabby.”

The Snake Artist – Artist Bill Flowers reinterprets famous paintings with snakes like The Birth of Venus and The Last Supper and A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. He’s also a “venomous snake wrangler.” And he’s Australian, which I feel like explains a lot.

Preserving a Loved One’s Tattoos After Death – Profile of a company which will remove and preserve tattooed skin so it can be framed or otherwise displayed.

Macabre Mansion – Lovingly detailed Poe-themed jigsaw puzzle.

Things from Paxton Gate – Cool photos and commentary from a shop that specializes in “natural curios” and “scientific novelties.”

The Addams Family Are Good People – I love this Tumblr thread.

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Valley of the Link Dumps

May 3rd, 2019 by Cobwebs

Rootin’, tootin’, toil n’ shootin’ – This response to “cowboys are witches” is pretty great.

Nightmare Fuel – A newsletter about scary books.

Fashion History – An entertaining Twitter thread.

Bargain – A sweet, demonic short story by Sarah Gailey. There’s also a sequel, Rescue.

A haunted doll mistaking a creepy android to be a bigger, stronger, haunted doll… – I would watch this movie.

How to Be a Grave Digger – A look at the old-fashioned way to dig graves. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Simon Pegg to Adapt Rivers of London – Simon Pegg & Nick Frost’s production company Stolen Picture is adapting Ben Aaronovitch’s “epic fantasy drama” for TV.

Boris Groh – Artist who draws scenes full of wonderfully creepy monsters who are mostly…sort of sheepish and sweet. They can’t help that they look horrifying; they’re just awkward and want to be friends.

Wizards have the same trust in magic that software designers have in software – This post and the accompanying comments are my new headcanon.

DIY Bat Bow Tie – Instructions for making a bat-shaped bow tie.

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Link Dumps Are Forever

April 26th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Cinema Palettes – Interesting Twitter account which pulls out the colors in various movie scenes. If you’ve ever wanted to base a color scheme on The Exorcist or Edward Scissorhands, now’s your chance.

Lovecraft Was the Bad Guy – It’s funny because it’s true.

The Oddment Emporium – Clear your calendar for several hours before falling down the rabbit hole that is this “Cornucopia of Eclectic Delights.”

The VelociPastor – I’m happy to live in a world where a movie with this premise exists. (The tagline in the poster is perfect). Edit: The indefatigable Pixel Pixie points out that Voltaire is in this movie. That makes it even better.

Olde Vampires in College – They’d definitely fit in better there than in high school.

You drop a small piece of food on the floor… – Cute response to a writing prompt.

Incubus – William Shatner once starred in a horror movie done entirely in Esperanto. This sounds like an SNL sketch. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Neil Gaiman Reads Dr. Seuss – Gaiman read the entirety of Fox in Socks for charity.

Snail Tea Cosy – Knitting pattern for an adorably googly-eyed tea cozy.

Can You Pet the Dog? – If you want to know whether or not you can pet the dog in a video game, this Twitter account has the answer.

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The Link Dump of Sam McGee

April 19th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Cats & Catacombs – The team behind the wildly-successful Dungeons & Doggies D&D miniatures are offering a feline version.

6 Bricks Under – A Vienna funeral home has started offering custom mortuary-themed Lego sets and they are amazing. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Godmeat – An interestingly twisted dark fantasy short story.

Slytherin Aesthetic – Hogwarts House moodboards are wildly popular on Tumblr and Pinterest. I like this one mainly for the quote.

Victorian Styles of Humor – An interesting look at what Victorians thought was amusing.

Tattoo – Nicely creepy comic.

Scariest Urban Legends from Each State – I see that Virginia is still represented by Bunny Man Bridge. Sigh.

Noir Princesses – These illustrations of hardboiled Disney princesses are pitch-perfect.

Zombie Fly Fishing – A highly entertaining Twitter thread.

The Scare Floor – Optimizing the Scare Floor from Monsters, Inc.

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