The Art of Darkness

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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No Link Dump For Old Men

June 23rd, 2017 by Cobwebs

Dread Singles – Novelty Twitter account with a bit of a Night Vale vibe. Tends to break character more than Night Vale.

26 Dark AF Kitchen Products To Match Your Soul – Clickbaity headline, a couple of interesting products.

Lovecraft Country – Jordan Peele is adapting the novel into a series for HBO.

Beatrix Potter’s Secret Journal – Potter kept a coded journal for years, and a “superfan” was finally able to translate it.

Skull Obsession – Skull-themed clothing and accessories. I love these boots.

100 Best Horror Movies of All Time – A list about which to kibitz.

The Cider That Comes From Beyond the Grave – Malus Immortalis is a limited-edition cider made with apples foraged from a famous Brooklyn cemetery. (via Beth)

Insomnia – Neat illustration.

The Marsh Test – Atlas Obscura has an interesting article on the test used in the 1800s to check for arsenic poisoning.

Riverdale Season Two – This Twitter thread made me giggle.

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Arsenic and Old Link Dumps

June 16th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Bioshock Doll – Really nice “Little Sister,” plus accessories, all handmade.

How a Raven Chose a Man as Her Mate – The title of this video clip is slightly misleading, but it’s a cute look at the “special bond” between the Tower of London’s Ravenmaster and one of his charges.

Under the Knife – YouTube series that “takes a humorous look back into our medical past.” This is a really neat channel. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Flower Dinosaurs – This deep learning cross between a book of dinosaurs and a book of flowers is gorgeous.

Unknown Peoples – Interesting Twitter feed which tweets out short descriptions of mythical races and cultures, such as, “The Culture of the Bog. Their society includes eleven distinct genders. They have been exiled from their homeland.” and “The Northern Tribe. They paint stripes across their horns with teal clay. Their merchants are rumoured to trade ideas for gold.” Might be useful for RPG worldbuilding.

Bokaclava – Pattern for a balaclava that looks like the classic Doctor Who monster Bok if you know who that is, and like a demon sticking its tongue out if you don’t. (Hat tip to Jan)

NerdLacquer – Fandom-themed lip balm and nail polish with names like “Carrie,” “Blavatsky,” and “General Effing Leia.”

Conjuring Arts Research Center – Atlas Obscura explores a library devoted to magic (the Houdini kind, not the Harry Potter kind).

At Home Imagineering – Custom home theater styled after 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and full of steampunky goodness.

Decomposing Daiquiri – A friend posted this, explaining that the ice cubes are made from frozen Zombie. “The drink gradually transforms from a Daiquiri into a Zombie as the ice cube ‘decomposes.'” Fun idea for a party. (Link just goes to a photo.)

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Link Dump of a Wimpy Kid

June 9th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Antler Guy – I love every part of this.

Skull Face – Makeup artist Vanessa Davis creates gorgeous skull-themed makeup effects. (Hat tip to pdq)

Peter Cushing Movies – Long list of movies starring one of our favorite horror icons.

Cook What Thou Wilt – Artist Stuart Faulkner makes Aleister Crowley-themed cooking utensils. I suppose everyone needs a hobby. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Pass the Dormice – A look at the ancient Roman practice of breeding and eating of dormice.

A guide to being an apathetic Byronic aristocrat vampire in the 21st century – A series of helpful suggestions. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Porca Miseria! – Really interesting chandelier that looks like exploding crockery. If you have access to Facebook, there’s a better photo here.

Reader, I shagged him: Why Charlotte Brontë was a filthy minx – An argument that Brontë’s biographer sanitized the “filthy, frustrated, sex-obsessed genius.”

Pigeon Shoes – From Japan, natch. You could use the same general guidelines to do ravens instead of pigeons.

Alien Recut as a Comedy – I love a good genre-swapping trailer. This one reimagines the original Alien as a sci-fi comedy featuring a troublesome kitten.

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The Tell-Tale Link Dump

June 2nd, 2017 by Cobwebs

A Crash Course on Creation Myths – Neat video series.

@ASmallFiction – Twitter feed of micro-fiction which tends toward the dark and creepy.

What Kind Of Head Was This Skull Inside Of? – Fun skull-identification quiz. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Ghost Realtor – A Nathan for You comedy segment involving an unfortunately haunted house.

The Yummy Mummy’s Hand – Neat Halloween food idea.

Tabletop Audio – Great collection of ambient sounds to use as atmosphere for tabletop gaming.

Amigurumi Bat Pattern – Free pattern for an adorable little crocheted bat.

Chimaephera – Series of myth-inspired creatures made from animal bones.

Beauty and the Beast Gender-Swapped – An amusing series of ‘toons.

Licensed to Curse – Attractive set of props based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, including Auror credentials and magic supplies. (via Propnomicon).

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Pretty Link Dumps All in a Row

May 26th, 2017 by Cobwebs

The Dark Crystal Trailer – Netflix is turning the movie into a series. Here’s a first look.

Victor Frankenstein Rant – A tweet of epicness.

Backyard Bat Hanging Sculptures – Pretty handmade copper garden decorations.

A Brief History of Goths – Interesting, short TED-Ed video which traces the word from ancient barbarians all the way through its use as a descriptor for a subculture. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Giblets the Anatomy Bunny – Cute plush bunny with removable organs.

The Medieval Agricultural Year – Interesting look at farming by the seasons.

Morbid Curiosity – Review of a cool-sounding trivia/discussion card game about death.

As Nice As Mice – Etsy shop specializing in li’l felt mice, including several dressed for Halloween. My favorite is “Mouseferatu.” (via Spooky Moon)

Ultima Online Massacre – This carefully-planned mass murder is both hilarious and infuriating.

Highly Evolved Bats – Really interesting discussion of bat anatomy and behavior in speculating how a “human” with bat ancestry instead of primate ancestry might look and behave.

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Link Dump of a Wimpy Kid

May 19th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Junkrat Cosplay – This entire costume is amazing, but the wig that makes it look like the character’s hair is on fire is particularly cool.

A Tenth Life – Sweetly melancholy little tweetstory by @MicroSFF.

The Beauty of Horror – Adult coloring book with intricate, creepy illustrations to color. There’s also a sequel.

How Did Dracula Become the World’s Most Famous Vampire? – Neat animated TED talk on the Dracula phenomenon. The full lesson is here. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Werewolf Myth – The last line made me giggle.

The Calvarium – Fabric, furniture, and other “unique hauntings for life.” (via Shellhawk)

THe Bat Man of Mexico – Interesting article about one man’s quest to encourage bat-friendly tequila manufacture.

Sheep Marketing Ploy – A lovely filk about Fenton, Death Sheep from Hell.

Lego Spider – This big, hairy Lego tarantula is amazing.

Bat Bags – Great roundup of batty handbags.

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