The Art of Darkness

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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Whiskey Tango Link Dump

July 8th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Suffragetto – A look at a vintage “suffragettes vs. police” board game. (via pdq)

Whoops I think I broke it… – Small collection of tutorials for making props (with entertaining photo captions). I particularly like the Thing in a Jar.

Demon Daycare – Site which allows you to “drop off” your personal demons for a while.

Seymour’s Custom Doll House – Rather sparsely furnished but lovingly detailed spooky mansion.

Vampire Lore – This made me giggle.

Rachnera Cosplay – NSFW-ish. It’s a shame the spider body isn’t robotic, but even just standing still it’s pretty amazing.

Weta – Igunamouth takes a look at one of my favorite bugs.

12 Killer Facts About Shaun of the Dead – A roundup.

At the Mountains of Madness – Animated short film of the Lovecraft story. (Hat tip to DeVries)

Catherine, Called Birdy – Fictional diary of a 14-year-old girl in the year 1290. Good read for kids in the 10-12 age range.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Link Dumps

July 1st, 2016 by Cobwebs

Elf Spotting Certificate – A recent John Oliver segment mentioned the Icelandic Elf School, where you can earn an honest-to-goodness certificate in Elf Spotting. Just in case you don’t want to go to Iceland and spend thousands of dollars, “Last Week Tonight” has kindly created a free downloadable certificate which is every bit as effective.

Addams Family Baby Crib – The prop crib used for “Pubert” in Addams Family Values is up for auction right now. There are a couple of good photos that would be useful for reference in DIYing your own.

Science Chamber of Horrors – “Presenting the freakiest and most terrifying aspects of science, scientists, and nature.” (via pdq)

Black Bath Bombs – The copy is a little breathless, but these gothy bath bombs are pretty neat.

Netflix Acquires “The Shambling Guide” – Mur Lafferty’s urban fantasy The Shambling Guide to New York City has been picked up by Netflix. Could be fun.

Tinkercast – Etsy shop which sells tights covered with silicon scales. Bored Panda has photos of several different styles.

Feisty Pets – Stuffed animals that snarl when you squeeze them. (Hat tip to Goth Gardening)

How Do I Get a Reincarnation Permit? – I’m mainly just tickled that China has a Buddha database.

Thimbleweed Park – Ars Technica reviews a game that they compare favorably to some of LucasArts’ best stuff.

How to Choose the Pet Bug That’s Right for You – Suggestions for selecting a creepy-crawly playmate. Now I really want a giant millipede.

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When Link Dumps Attack

June 24th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Twenty Fun Things To Do With a Time Machine – “2. Infest the timestream with time-beavers.”

Plush Manananggal – That Filipino monster that separates in half and flies around dragging its entrails? Somebody made a toy one.

Bowiebranchia – “Nudibranchia or other opisthobranchia compared to the various looks of David Bowie.” This is oddly soothing.

The Evolution of Horror Movie Poster Designs – Neat look at how designs have changed over time. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Monster Corner Bookmark – Video tutorial for making a frowny li’l bookmark to nom on your pages.

Exo Protein Bars – Energy bars made with cricket flour. It’s inexcusable that they don’t offer a chocolate “chirp” flavor.

Dug Stanat – Sculptor whose works put me in mind of Gahan Wilson drawings. There’s some neat spooky stuff.

How would a school for Magic in the USA differ from Hogwarts? – An entertaining Reddit thread.

Washi Tape Spider Web – Easy (and easily removable) wall decoration.

Once Upon a Zombie Dolls – Every time I think the zombie fad has jumped the undead shark, somebody comes up with a new way to exploit it. These are knockoff Disney princess dolls, only zombied. Because why not.

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The Secret Life of Link Dumps

June 17th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Personal Threat Level – Allows you to create a custom “threat level” indicator, suitable for all occasions.

A Sumerian Walks Into a Bar – A history of dirty jokes. (via pdq)

Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire’s newest book, about a boarding school for children who have found their way to faerieland and then been exiled back to the real world. BoingBoing has a review.

Sock Zombie – Video tutorial for making weird little zombies out of leftover socks.

House of MinaLima – London exhibit devoted to the graphic art in the Harry Potter movies.

Perfumes for the Dark – Suggestions for gothy scents.

Fierce Little Dragon – Free crochet pattern for a wee winged dragon.

Henning and Dick – Author Scott Meyer sends out occasional email newsletters. This recent pitch for a fictional TV show amused me vastly.

The Lesser Bot – “The Lesser Bot of Solomon offers you endless pages from a text in the style of Ars Goetia and the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum.” Twitter account which sort of looks like a Markov chain tripped over the Necronomicon. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Nightmare – There’s a new documentary about sleep paralysis (“Old Hag Syndrome”), and Vice interviews the filmmaker.

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