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Oh No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

November 27th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Regular posting and once-a-week link dumps will return on Monday. But you already knew that.

Ghost Nail Art – Neat manicure idea featuring a 3D ghost face and hands.

Off to Battle – Michael Tapson and his daughter created Halloween costumes based on their “vision of a machine-animal hybrid and the little girl it protects.” The costumes are amazing and the implied backstory is tremendous. You can see an earlier video of the “Beast” costume on Tapson’s channel.

HorrorNaments – Christmas ornaments depicting things like bloody axes and vampire bats. (via Spooky Moon)

Mummy Cat – Sweet children’s book about a cat who was mummified with his queen, waking up once a century to see if she’s come back yet. io9 has some pages.

Angela Kirkpatrick – Profile of a jeweler who makes modern memento mori and other memorial keepsakes.

Gifts with Meaning – Suggestions for charities you can donate to in lieu of giving someone yet another necktie. Mentioned here because one of the options is sponsoring one of those giant rats that are trained to find land mines. Who wouldn’t want the gift of a giant land mine-sniffing rat?

Friday the 13th Wedding – This all-black wedding is gorgeous.

Selections From H.P. Lovecraft’s Brief Tenure as a Whitman’s Sampler Copywriter – “This eerie candy will test the sanity of all but those who possess the strongest of constitutions.” (via Burning Prairie)

Momentous – A PostSecret-like site which allows you to share “that day when everything changed” (for better or for worse) with the world.

Shirley Jackson’s House Hunters – I’d watch it.

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Oh No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

November 26th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Where’s the Jump? – “Our aim is to provide a comprehensive database of all jump scares from major horror and thriller movies along with a short description of the scene and the time in the movie it occurs.”

Is This the Most Beautiful Dragon Penis Yet? – BoingBoing looks at a design by Bad Dragon. NSFW (although honestly if I have to tell you that a link with “dragon penis” in the title might be NSFW, the problem lies with you, not me).

A Day in the Life of a HeroRAT – The giant rats trained to sniff out land mines are impossibly cute.

Coffin Surprise Cookies – These take a bit of effort, but the result is great.

Krampus Candy Canes – I’m not really seeing the connection with Krampus, but they’re scarlet-and-black candy canes so they’re pleasantly gothy anyway. (via Cat)

@sadtopographies – Instagram feed of depressing place names, like Gloomy Lake and Heartache Rd.

Skull Shawl Pattern – Free crochet pattern for a lacy, skull-filled shawl.

Battle Axe Hair-Sticks – This is a 3D printable file rather than an existing product; I’m mentioning it as a potential DIY with regular hair sticks and thin plastic.

Hogwarts Textbooks Skirt – This skirt with appliqued textbooks could be adapted to the book titles of your choice.

Be a Doll – Company which creates customized action figures of real people based on photos you provide.

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Oh No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

November 25th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Steampunk Mask and Hat – Nice tutorial with lots of photos.

The Teen Girls Who Talked to the Dead – Atlas Obscura takes a look at the Fox Sisters.

Silicone Mermaid Tail – This tutorial is fairly complicated and expensive, but if you hanker for a realistic-looking tail and can’t afford to buy one this may be an alternative.

Behind You – Artist Brian Coldrick has a delightfully creepy Tumblr of drawings inspired by horror stories. “Each page is simply a character with someone, or something, behind them and one line of text.”

Blockhead’s Revenge – John Carpenter does Charlie Brown. This is a couple of years old, but apparently has been revived via the recent Charlie Brown movie.

Reelscary – Site which lists movies by scariness, and invites public votes to help with rankings.

The Final Connection – Author John M. Ford once wrote a song about death to the tune of “The Rainbow Connection.”

Dia de los Daleks – This is sort of an unlikely mashup, but I don’t hate it.

Enigma Cafe – This steampunk-themed restaurant has some lovely decorating ideas.

Plush Tardigrades – Great googly moogly you guys; the same company that makes the giant isopod plush has adorable tardigrades, perfect for snorgling. (Hat tip to Bill)

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Oh No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

November 24th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Die-O-Ramas – Artist Abigail Goldman uses model railroad miniatures to create teensy little crime scenes.

Monster Book Cover – Cute fanged book cover that looks pretty easy to reproduce.

Haunted Mansion Earrings – This particular item has sold, but since they’re made with rolled paper beads they’d be reasonably straightforward to DIY.

Vincent Price’s Pumpkin Pie – This isn’t scary, but hey; Vincent Price. There’s still time to make this for (American) Thanksgiving.

Lord of the Rings Party – Lots of great pictures, but worth a click for the Eye of Sauron piƱata alone.

Cartoon Closets – Series of fashion suggestions themed around various cartoon characters. There used to be a whole Tumblr devoted to these, which has apparently since gone to The Land Where Tumblrs Are Eternally Blessed, but lots of them turn up in a Google image search.

Cereal Killers – It’s an old, tired joke, but this series of illustrations (and marketing slogans) by Kate Willaert are pretty cute.

SheenasBellaBows – Hats, bows, and other hair accessories in goth, Lolita, and steampunk styles. I quite like the brain in a jar hat.

Glowing Ghosts – Fairly easy nail art featuring ghosts made with glow-in-the-dark polish.

Anthropodermic Bibliopegy – A look at the practice of binding books in human skin.

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Oh No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps

November 23rd, 2015 by Cobwebs

I actually do things besides surf the web all day for links to drop on your heads. I swear.

Scary for Kids – This site claims that it’s geared toward kids, and it’s probably okay for the 10+ set, but a number of the images and stories strike me as too creepy for younger children.

Horror-Themed Bento Boxes – I could probably pull off the fingers-and-noodles one. The rest look decidedly like too much work. (via Rattus)

Spider Shoes – Gorgeous pair of arachnotastic customized shoes. You could probably do a lot of the detailing with Sugru and hot glue.

Tentacle Ear Cuff – This wrap-type earring and related ring are attractive and surprisingly inexpensive.

Ms. Purdy’s Hats – Large selection of goth-friendly hats and fascinators.

Book Ring Pillow – This would be an interesting wedding detail if you don’t mind murdering a book. There’s a similar project here, which makes the divot for the rings using a decorative punch.

Killhouettes – Victorian-style silhouettes depicting murders and other macabre goodness.

“Choose Your Own Adventure” Invitations – Creative wedding invitation.

Middle Earth Transit Posters – It’d be fun to hang something like this up around your local metro station and see how long it takes somebody to notice.

DIY Wrist Cuffs – Tutorial for easy ruffled cuffs.

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Bridge of Link Dumps

November 20th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Seakae – For Inktober, artist Chuck Knigge gave his wife a D&D Monster Manual and drew characters based solely on her descriptions. I think my favorite is the Rug of Smothering: “This is a magic carpet, but evil.” (via xJane)

Universal’s Monster Plan – Universal plans to revive its “golden age” monster franchise, with new movies featuring Dracula, the Mummy, the Bride of Frankenstein, and more.

Frivolous Forest – Etsy shop full of the most adorably weird needle-felted critters you’ve ever seen.

Blood Moon Tarot – Artist Sam Guay has begun work on a tarot series.

Alien Next Door – Picture book which depicts the xenomorph from the Alien franchise as being a helpful, friendly critter. Geyser of Awesome has several sample pages.

8 Things Nobody Tells You About Owning Your First Haunted House – An amusing roundup. (via Beth)

LED Potion Desk Lamp – Neat color-changing “potion bottle” lamp from ThinkGeek.

Calling the Quarters – A collection of four short role-playing games “based around the ideas of witchcraft, feminism, and telling stories together.”

Atelier Iwakiri – Artist who makes lovingly-detailed leather bags which resemble various animals. The site and Facebook page are both in Japanese, so I can’t tell you anything about pricing and shipping, but the photos are fun to browse.

Used Wax Strip Fortune-Telling – The strips left over after a bikini wax are not tea leaves, and this is why Rome fell. (Hat tip to pdq)

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The Men Who Stare at Link Dumps

November 13th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Darkplace – The Toast discusses a horror parody series which is now available on YouTube.

Lego Ghostbusters Firehouse – This complex kit will be available in January.

14 Two-Sentence Horror Stories Guaranteed To Terrify Introverts – “You hear a noise coming from the living room. It’s someone calling you.”

Blackheart Lingerie – Lots of cute, gothy underwear. (via Jes)

New Wave Tarot Cards – Limited-edition Tarot set featuring 80s New Wave musicians. Flavorwire has closeups of some of the cards.

Illusion Dress – If you’ve got a black background to stand against, this is a pretty neat costume idea.

Nuanced Bumper Stickers – “My other car is substantially similar to this one. Thank you for your interest in my other car.”

Mysterium – Interesting-sounding board game in which one player is a ghost, trying to help the others solve their murder. BoingBoing has a short review here.

At Home with Horror – An interview with Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and his collection of horror paraphernalia.

Candy Wrapper Woven Purse – This is certainly a…unique…way to use up leftover Halloween candy.

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Chitty-Chitty Link Dump

November 6th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Crocheted Hobbes Scarf – Etsy pattern for a scarf “inspired by” Calvin’s stuffed tiger. If you’d like to keep a friendly tiger close at hand, a scarf seems like a good choice.

Peacock Spider Costume – I don’t like to post Facebook-only stuff, but I can’t find the video anywhere else and it’s too delightful to not share. An entomologist shows off his Halloween costume. (via pdq)

Marbled Candy Apples – Instructions for making candied apples with an attractive swirly candy coating.

Dracula-Inspired Halloween Wedding – I like this. It’s all refined and elegant and then you hit the drag queen dressed as Frank N. Furter.

Raven’s Brew Coffee – Sells coffee with neat labels and fanciful titles like Deadman’s Reach, Wicked Wolf, and Three Peckered Billy Goat.

Our Announcement – Amusing baby announcement done in the style of a horror movie trailer.

Witchcraft Magic: An Adventure In Demonology – Holy carp you guys; did you know that Vincent Price recorded a whole album devoted to witchcraft and demonology? It’s available as an MP3 on Amazon. Dangerous Minds discusses it here.

The Scariest Story Ever Told – Spoooooooky. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Reverse Trick-or-Treating – I’ve seen this gag before, but it cracks me up every time.

Crocheted Jerusalem Cricket – People in the western half of the U.S. should be familiar with these Geiger-esque critters; this crocheted version should be easier to cuddle without worrying about the ouchy mandibles.

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Oh No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps! Day 5

October 30th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Thank you for your kind indulgence. Regular posting, and once-a-week link dumps, resume next week.

And…Happy Halloween, everybody!

Spiderweb Cookie Pizza – The recipe is for a pumpkin spice topping, but if the words “pumpkin spice” make you cringe just omit the spice and use fruit puree (or jam, and reduce the sugar a bit) instead of the pumpkin.

Halloween Wine Labels – Some good-looking printable labels for wine bottles, free for download.

Harry Potter and the Night He Won’t Remember – Roundup of Potter-inspired cocktail recipes.

Netflix and Thrill – A list of “scary and strange” movies to stream for Halloween.

Full Moon Sugar Cookies – Easy DIY for iced cookies with flappy bats.

666 Old Cemetry Lane – Intrepid commenter xJane excitedly pointed me to this real estate listing in Ireland, and she and I both got legitimately angry when we read the full description and realized it was a fake. I was ready to start job-hunting in Ireland.

Which Wine Goes with Skittles? – Wine app Vivino has put together a helpful chart for pairing wine with Halloween candy.

Sword Corn Holders – Corn skewers that turn an unassuming ear of corn into an…unassuming sword. (It turns out that novelty corn holders are more popular than I’d realized; there are unicorns, sharks, dinosaurs, and many others.)

16 Pictures of Bats Just in Time for Halloween – Bats are so stinkin’ cute.

Web Cupcake Topper – Melted marshmallows make great-looking cobwebs.

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Oh No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps! Day 4

October 29th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Halloween Ghost Meringues – These fluffy little ghosts are cute as cookies, but would also look nice massed on top of a cake.

Not-your-grandma’s Vampire – An excellent rant on “modern” vampires.

Halloween Playlist – Shudder, the new streaming movie service, has put together a spooky Halloween music playlist on Spotify.

Googly Eye Monster Costume – This dress is certainly…arresting.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Room Service – A review of the Harry Potter-themed rooms in London’s Georgian House Hotel. There are some good suggestions for decorating in a subtly Potteresque style.

Tiny Hamster’s Halloween – We all need more trick-or-treating rodents in our life.

NMBC Decorating – Some fairly ambitious interior decorating featuring papier-mache(?) sculptures and black light. (Hat tip to Fiend4Halloween)

Skull Shotglass – These crystal shotglasses with a skull interior make “name your poison” particularly appropriate.

Boo-Boos – Adhesive bandages that make small scrapes look like horrible injuries.

Edward Scissorhands Palette – Sugar Pill has a limited-edition makeup collection inspired by the film.

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