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The Link Dump in the Woods

July 18th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Flick Candles – Offers scents like “Blueberry Bromance,” “Freshly Signed Divorce Papers,” and “Grandma’s Last Christmas Tree.”

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory – Caitlin Doughty, the mortician behind The Order of the Good Death, has a new book discussing her profession.

The First Splatter Movies – A look at the Grand Guignol theater (NSFW).

St. George’s Church – Locals decided this Medieval church was bad luck and were letting it fall to ruin, so an artist filled it with ghostlike sculptures and turned it into a very cool tourist attraction.

History of the Ouija Board – This article is a little heavy on the breathless woo-woo regarding supernatural influence, but it’s an interesting read. It’s particularly amusing to learn that the board was invented as a sort of spiritualism time-saving device.

FakeRubberSnakes – I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that there’s a site devoted entirely to fake rubber snakes.

Guide to Troubled Birds – A pocket field guide which allows one to “quickly identify psychotic, violent or mentally unstable bird species.” You can see some of the images at Flavorwire. There’s a second volume, I Have Heard My Praises Sung In Screams.

Gemma Correll and Her Merry Band of Misfits – Blog chock-full of amusing drawings, like New Muses and Disney Princesses, Reimagined.

Ghost Photographs – Old photos “improved” by painting ghost costumes on everyone. I am oddly taken with this project.

Find the Invisible Cow – “Because it ain’t gonna find itself.” (via WitchArachne)

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Still Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

July 11th, 2014 by Cobwebs

This concludes the latest Link-Dump-a-Palooza. We’ll return to regular posting (and once-a-week dumps) on Monday.

1930s Wedding – Lovely theme wedding; even the hairstyles are period.

Black Bat Plant – Also called the “Black Bat Flower,” Tacca chantrieri, available from lots of sources besides this one. Gorgeous, Addams-esque black flower.

Movie Characters’ Business Cards – A collection of fictional business cards. I think my favorite might be “Jack Torrance: Ghost Writer.”

Kraken Cowl – A knitting pattern on Ravelry. Looks more like an octopus, but hey; tentacles!

The Teacup Tauntaun – “Rogue taxidermist” Lupa turned a damaged antique ram’s head into a “smaller, fuzzier, cuddlier” Tauntaun intended for the pet trade. I could say that this is a good example of how you can turn random thrift store finds to more whimsical ends, but frankly I just really love the idea of a snuggly Tauntaun.

Three Panel Plays – Good Tickle Brain condenses all of Shakespeare’s plays into three-panel comics.

The Surreal Mind of Igor Morski – Interesting, surreal artwork.

Turkey Vulture – This sweet little ‘toon makes me endlessly happy. (I like this one too.)

Wayward Manor – Neil Gaiman has written a video game about a ghost trying to scare away the living.

Matriarch – This sculpture (and its smaller companion piece “Next of Kin”) by Andrea Hasler appears to be a camping tent made of flesh and innards.

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Still Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

July 10th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Ghost Purse – This site is all Japanese and I have no idea if the same design is available elsewhere, but I love this little ghost trying to look menacing.

Klára Pernicová – Artist who creates interesting pieces like snail and slug headphones (which I would totally wear if they were actually for sale) and human ear hair clips (which are creepy).

Animal Lip Art – These little lipstick animals are adorable.

The D’Morte-Disney Tarot – Splendid illustration of the major arcana featuring characters from classic Disney cartoons.

7 Terrifying Video Games You Can Play for Free – A roundup.

Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party – Hostess with the Mostess showcases party ideas for people with far more time and disposable income than most of us have, but it’s still possible to crib an idea here and there. This Wonderland-themed party is pretty stinkin’ cute.

Skull Nails – Nails with skull-shaped heads. These would be a neat detail on woodworking projects.

Horse Master – “The game of horse mastery.” Free, text-based online game. I don’t care if the last game you played was “David Cronenberg and Phillip K. Dick’s Excellent Adventure,” this one is weirder and more unsettling.

This Day in Murder – A murder for every day of the year.

How to Make Origami Claws – Just in case you need to disembowel somebody during a staff meeting.

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Still Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

July 9th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Spiders Are Adorable – A Tumblr chock-full of spider photos, although some are more adorable than others.

Nightmare Before Christmas Cuckoo Clock – A tad pricey, but the details are wonderful.

Laurie Lipton – Artist who draws lovely, macabre illustrations. I especially like her “Knitter of Bones” (the site is Evil Flash so the image can’t be linked to directly; it’s the bottom image here). She also has a couple of books, here and here

#YummySmiths – Smiths song titles and lyrics replaced with food. I think my favorite is “Girlfriend in a Food Coma.”

Massive Voodoo – Site devoted to the sculpting and painting of miniature models. I love this recent “Theseus and the Minotaur.”

Dinosaur Planter – Cute idea for turning toy dinosaurs into little windowsill planters.

Lost Child Prank – As with many “scare unsuspecting passersby” videos, I’m surprised somebody didn’t get punched.

Making Faces Pottery – Etsy shop with the tagline, “Aesthetically Challenged Mugs.” Sells an array of mugs, vases, and other objects featuring weird, creepy, whimsical faces.

Goth Auctions – I have no idea how reliable this site is, but the concept is interesting.

The Bells – Musician Phil Ochs set Poe’s “The Bells” to music.

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Still Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

July 8th, 2014 by Cobwebs

8 Creepiest Places in U.S. National Parks – Some nicely atmospheric photos.

Plush Octopus Backpack – This backpack by Hello, t’is Jen is impossibly adorable.

Why Horror is Good for You – Interesting article which argues that being scared can teach positive lessons. (via xJane)

Steel Hip Design – Etsy shop full of unique (and, sadly, commensurately pricey) steampunk jewelry. I particularly like the mad scientist necklace.

The Tell-Tale Tats – Edgar Allan Poe-themed temporary tattoos.

In Extremis – Subtitled “Bodies with No Regrets,” this photography project depicts people who have died and apparently faceplanted in the process. It’s certainly…unique. (Hat tip to Sisifo)

How To Tell If You Are In A Jane Austen Novel – “You have five hundred a year. From who? Five hundred what? No one knows. No one cares. You have it. It’s yours. Every year. All five hundred of it.”

Giant Isopod Sausages – Turn a boring cocktail frank into a cute li’l isopod!

Museum Selling Viking Ships – Just in case you ever wanted your own replica Viking ship.

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Still Another Week of Link Dumps

July 7th, 2014 by Cobwebs

It’s time once again to clear out the backlog in my Link Dump folder by dropping them all in your laps. This week will be nothing but Link Dumps. Brace yourselves!

Are You Afraid of Bats? – So. Stinkin’. Adorable.

Tequila Mockingbird – Book full of “cocktails with a literary twist” including “A Rum of One’s Own,” “The Count of Monte Cristal,” and “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita.”

“Leather Bound” Book – Easy tutorial for making a good-looking prop book.

Eeriest Abandoned Amusement Parks – A brief roundup.

Bleak Movies Coloring Book – Amusing “coloring book” which gives dark R-rated movies a positive spin for kids.

Your Organ Grinder – Etsy shop full of felted anatomical jewelry. Who wouldn’t want a gall bladder brooch?

The Artist is Going to Hell – “Vampire Jesus” explains a whole lot.

Baked in Blood – “Black Metal” cookies with names like Blood Ritual and Pervading Evil. Yum!

The Scary Ham – A very surreal anecdote by Ellen Klages.

Moody Night Scene – Neat little haunted house by I Draw Air Conditioners. (Hat tip to Sisifo)

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Night of the Walking Link Dump

July 4th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Preserved Tapeworm Necklace – The shop is called MyParasites, but aside from this single item they appear to carry nothing but generic goth-ish accessories. This is certainly shudder-worthy, though.

Penny Dreadful Animated Guides – Attractive promotional videos for the Showtime series.

Gentleman Octopus – Squee-worthy lampwork pendant featuring a very dapper cephalopod.

Academy of Villains – This is a pretty spectacular dance routine. (Hat tip to Sisifo)

Capuchin Crypt – Some nice photos of the ossuary in Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. How is “Crypt of the Pelvis” not a Sisters of Mercy album title? (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

American Gods Coming to Starz – Neil Gaiman’s novel is being adapted as a series.

Cream and Sugar – Polymer clay sculpture of cute little tea-stealing fairies.

Paper Mache Dragon Trophy – Dan “The Monster-man” was commissioned to create a Maleficent-style dragon head trophy. It is gorgeous. Update: Apparently there was some sort of site disaster and the blog went away. The main page is still up; you can see photos of the Maleficent sculpt here.

Spooksville Bats Dress – Cute acid-green dress with a bat motif. (Hat tip to Cat)

Really Creepy Bundle – Similar to the Humble Bundle, but, y’know…creepier.

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The Texas Link Dump Massacre

June 27th, 2014 by Cobwebs

NailSpin – Etsy store specializing in nail decals, including some neat spooky designs like vintage movie monsters and Poe. (via Spooky Moon)

Legends of Cthulhu – This Kickstarted set of retro-look Lovecraftian action figures is marvelous.

Online Papier Mache Workshops – Scott Stoll, papier mache artist extraordinaire, is offering an online course (he also teaches a meatspace class in Michigan).

White Lines on a Green Field – Fun “magical realism” short by Catherynne M. Valente. (Hat tip to Sisifo)

As You Wish – Cary Elwes has published a book about the making of The Princess Bride.

Dracula Untold – Upcoming movie exploring Dracula’s backstory.

Spider Dance – Ballet dancer Milena Sidorova “becomes” a spider.

Digital Periodicals – Hic Dragones is releasing old penny dreadfuls like Varney the Vampyre as serialized e-books.

Things to Do with Cremains – List of unusual things to do with someone’s ashes besides just sticking ‘em in an urn.

Warning: Possible Goth Triggers – A Tumblr of goth wonderfulness. This one made me giggle. (via Pixel Pixie)

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Attack of the Killer Link Dump

June 20th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Spoiler Alert – A roundup of horror movies with twist endings.

Roots – Gorgeous ceiling light made of pewter wire. (Hat tip to Sisifo)

Dracula’s Grave Discovered – Or, as the Roadtrippers site phrased it, “Researchers finally discover, plan to open Dracula’s grave. We’re all going to die.”

Skull-a-Day Kickstarter – Noah Scalin is publishing a book of his 365 original Skull-a-Day pieces.

The Parasitological Museum of Meguro – There’s a museum in Japan devoted to parasites. I don’t recommend viewing these images if you’re snacking. (Hat tip to pdq)

WaterstonesOxfordSt – The Twitter feed of this bookseller is a surreal delight; Failbook captures a typical set of tweets.

Bejeweled Skull Cakes – I’ve mentioned Conjurer’s Kitchen previously; these cakes made to look like the relics of saints are just astonishing.

Yetis and Friends – Etsy store full of adorable plush mounted Yeti trophy heads.

Midnight Planetarium – Gorgeous wristwatch depicting planetary motion. I don’t even want to guess what this costs.

Cinder – SF-ish take on Cinderella, in which the heroine is a cyborg. There are two sequels so far: Scarlet (Little Red Riding Hood), and Cress (Rapunzel).

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The Blair Link Dump Project

June 13th, 2014 by Cobwebs

“Vampire” Pumps – Cute costume heels.

Monkey Brains Bowl – Sadly, you have to supply your own monkey brains. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Slow Motion Tattoo – Interesting slow-motion look at the process of tattooing.

Russian Optimism – Kickstarter for an illustrated book of Russian nursery rhymes (including their English translation). As the project creator says, with riotous understatement, “Russia has a very dark culture.”

The Might of Cthulhu – This made me giggle.

The Stinky Candle Company – If you’ve ever wanted a scented candle that smells like onion or car exhaust or urine (that one’s called “Rest Stop”), this is the place.

Drowned Doll – Unusual ear plugs featuring small porcelain doll parts “drowned” in resin. This pair has been sold, but the concept seems DIY-able.

Schadenfreezers – Popsicles with depressing “jokes” on the stick. It’s a fake product created by a couple of advertising guys for their own amusement.

Ear Worms – Ear buds that look like cheerful little worms crawling out of your ears.

Fordite – This isn’t particularly goth, it’s just really neat. Fordite, or “Detroit Agate” looks like a mineral, but it’s the product of layered spray-painting.

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