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The Link Dump of Hill House

August 28th, 2015 by Cobwebs

The Best Pumpkin Beers – Thrillist has a review of 21 pumpkin beers.

Dead 7 – It somehow escaped my notice that the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC were teaming up to make a wild west zombie movie. Huh. (via WitchArachne)

Nightfall Miniatures – Etsy shop specializing in BDSM dollhouse furniture. Where else are you going to find itty-bitty butt plugs?

Black Harry Potter Characters – “There’s an unspoken rule in literature: Characters are white unless explicitly described otherwise.” This has some great artwork that shows that shouldn’t be the case.

Shark Blanket – Pattern for a crocheted blanket that makes the wearer look like they’re being devoured by a shark.

Centaur – This made me guffaw.

Japanese Statues Made with Dead Bugs – Amazingly intricate statues covered with preserved beetles.

The Pogues Whiskey – Venerable punk band The Pogues is launching its own Irish whiskey label. I believe its best use would be in the Fairytale of New York cocktail.

Delta of Venus – NSFW! (Really; even the intro page is NSFW.) Site devoted to vintage erotica, from Victorian lesbian porn to 50s pinups.

Cecilia’s Sugar Art – Etsy shop featuring amazingly lifelike sugar-sculpture tarantulas, spring hammock spiders, and other creatures. The artist also sells polymer clay versions of some items.

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The Remains of the Link Dump

August 21st, 2015 by Cobwebs

Lou Lou P’s Delights – Bakery which produces all sorts of wonderful baked goods like internal organ-shaped macarons and–be still, my heart–a sculpted-sugar naked mole rat.

Snake Back Strap Dress – Attractive gown featuring a golden snake down the spine.

Elvira Will Return in Animated Television Series – Change that to “will probably return.” Cassandra Peterson was at the Boston Comic Con and announced that she was working on an animated Elvira series. No other details or timing, though.

Shark Bite You Earrings – Cute polymer clay earrings that make it look like a teensy shark is nomming your earlobe.

Canis Picta – Etsy shop specializing in pop-art prints and home decor, including some fun spooky stuff like spiderweb wall clocks, pumpkin throw pillows, and NMBC duvets.

We Hope That Helps – A couple of guys created a generic “Customer Service” Facebook profile and respond insultingly to complaints on various companies’ Facebook pages.

Unreal Estate – Series of glow-in-the-dark art prints of famous fictional buildings like Bag End and Ghostbusters HQ. I’m linking to an article about the pieces rather than the actual store/site because several of the links seem to be borked.

Electric Love Potato – A desktop assistant in the form of “an inappropriately large digital potato that throbs, looms and chirrups in the corner of your display for as long as you let it run.” BoingBoing discusses it here.

Scales of the Luckdragon – Neat handmade “dragon scale” necklace.

Jack Sparrow’s Favorite Socks – Free knitting pattern for stripey socks with a (reasonably) subtle skull-and-crossbones design on the cuff.

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Zounds! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

August 14th, 2015 by Cobwebs

This concludes the latest Link-Dump-o-Rama. Regular posting (and once-a-week link dumps) will return on Monday.

Nuclear Snail Studios – YouTube channel with lots of helpful advice for post-apocalyptic costuming. (via Propnomicon)

Velociprincesses – Laura Cooper, who draws the webcomic XP, has a side project where she draws various Disney princesses as velociraptors. The Cinderella one cracked me up.

The Mystery of Lewis Carroll – Spoiler alert: There is no real mystery. This is just a biographical overview of Dodgson’s life.

Why Bats Matter – The next time someone expresses distaste for bats, show them this. (Hat tip to xJane)

@samuelpepys – Twitter account which is currently tweeting the diarist’s entries from 1662 in real time.

Food Chain Friends – Set of plush toys. “They’re friends. They eat each other. It’s a complicated relationship.”

Kutuleras – Etsy shop full of the most adorably weird amigurumi, including many Cthulhu-themed ones. I’m not sure which one I like better: The Pikacthulhu or the brass-monocled steampunk version.

Les Poupées de Paris – Sid and Marty Krofft, of Saturday morning kids’ show fame, had a touring “dirty puppet show” in the 60s. I’m speechless. (NSFW for puppet nudity.)

Aurora Monster Scenes – retroCRUSH looks at the controversial model kits advertised by Aurora in the 70s. I fondly remember the ads for these in the back of comic books. There’s also a book about the models.

At the Funeral – Mark Twain’s advice for good manners at a funeral.

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Zounds! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

August 13th, 2015 by Cobwebs

CHYRZA – A “flash-fiction horror story” game in which you explore a surreal desert watched over by a frightening pyramid. There’s a review here. (The author, Kitty Horrorshow, is also responsible for the creepy text game hornets.)

Harry Potter-Inspired Recipes – Roundup of recipes from various sites; there are some great ideas for Potter-themed party food.

Skull Playing Cards – You can never have too many skull-decorated things.

Real Monstrosities – This Tumblr full of bizarre animals is obviously deeply confused about the difference between “monstrous” and “awesome.” (via Bill)

Pumpkin Prouty – Etsy shop specializing in spooky nesting dolls with themes like the Addams Family, NMBC, and classic slasher villains.

Human Pelts – A look at the practice of preserving tattooed skin after death.

Digita Vaticana Oculus – The first fruits of the effort to digitize the Vatican Library’s collection is now online: 500 manuscripts and 600 incunabula. Business Insider has some images and more information about the project.

Newly-Discovered Peacock Spider – This new species has a gorgeous blue mask and an adorable mating dance.

Stefano Prina – Rings and decorative accessories made with taxidermy eyes.

8 Creepy Internet Characters that Became Urban Legends – A roundup from Urban Ghosts.

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Zounds! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

August 12th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Watermelon Shark – Instructions for carving a “shark” from a watermelon, who helpfully holds fruit salad in his maw.

Spider Cup – Teacup with a ceramic spider in the bottom.

Mexrrissey – Tribute band which performs songs by Morrissey and The Smiths in Spanish with a mariachi twist. Here’s Everyday Like Sunday on Soundcloud.

Intimate Vestiges – Art installation featuring creepily anatomical design elements, like a throw rug composed of fingers. I sort of dig the eyeball curtains, though. (via Rattus)

With Sonar-Reflecting Leaves, Plant Lures Bats to Poo in it – This is…kinda what it says on the tin. A pitcher plant has evolved to encourage bats to roost in it rather than to eat insects directly.

A Brief Disquisition on the Existence of Butt-cooties – “Gentlemen, kindly avert your eyes.”

Catastrophe – Lovely ring composed of pearls carved into the shape of skulls.

Elder Scrolls Basement – Gorgeous rec-room makeover.

Final Notes – Set of blank notebooks inscribed, “My Legacy,” “Epitaph Ideas,” and “Deathbed Requests.”

The Avengers 2015 – deviantART member theDURRRRIAN did a wonderful series of illustrations which reimagine the characters from Avengers: Age of Ultron as dark fantasy warriors.

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Zounds! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

August 11th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Meet the Hijab Lolita – Interview with Alyssa Salazar, who combines her love of Japanese-style Lolita garb with her religiously-required hijab.

To Drive Away the Vampires – Collection of folk music by Epirot, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Albanian, and Serbian musicians. (Hat tip to pdq)

You Approach a Dark Manor – “Haunted house” ‘zine in which each page depicts a different room imagined by a different artist.

A Mischievous Thorn in the Side of Conservative Christianity – Interesting look at how the two founders of the Satanic Temple are battling religion in politics.

Rites of Passage – Series of illustrations by Winnie Truong featuring skull-themed hairstyles.

How Bats Work – Stuff You Should Know’s podcast on bat physiology. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Deck of Cards That Made Tarot a Global Phenomenon – Atlas Obscura has an interesting article about the origins of the Rider-Waite tarot deck.

T. rex Tricycle – Custom bike built to resemble a T. rex skeleton.

Monster Lego Minifigs – Lego’s latest series of collectible minifigs is due out in September, and they’re all monster-themed.

Eczema Angel Orifice – A compilation of the best of Porpentine’s weird text adventure games. There’s a discussion of them here.

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Zounds! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps

August 10th, 2015 by Cobwebs

A commenter once asked how I manage to find all of the stuff for these link dumps. I believe that the most succinct answer is, “Because I spend too damn much time online.”

Andrew Eldritch Interview – A “classic interview” which claims to be the source of all the Sisters of Mercy goth jokes.

The Birthday Skeleton – This comic about a Tooth Fairy-esque nocturnal visitor is sublime. (via Pixel Pixie)

Thick and Thin Designs – Etsy shop specializing in reusable acrylic cupcake toppers, such as ravens, zombies, and tentacles.

Death in the Afternoon – Ernest Hemingway’s absinthe cocktail. (The article is a little old; “real” absinthe is now legal in the U.S.)

3Doodler – This is pretty neat. It’s a pen which lets you “draw” 3D shapes using heated plastic filaments.

The Ash – Lovely digital photo that appears to be burning roses. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Ten Epic DIY Halloween Decorations – This site and I have a difference of opinion on what qualifies as “epic,” but the snake wreath is cute.

Funko Munsters Figures – Funko is adding vinyl figures of Herman, Lily, Eddie, and Grandpa to its Pop! line.

Geek Chic Wedding – Some really cute wedding details, including lots of Harry Potter stuff. I particularly like the dragon “hoarding” the wedding cake.

Snakes Invade Great Moments in Art History – Series of paintings which add snakes to various classic works of art. I think “The Birth Of Snake Venus” is my favorite.

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Far from the Madding Link Dump

August 7th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Frockasaurus – Etsy shop specializing in alt clothing and cosplay stuff. I particularly like their damask skirt with a subtle Cthulhu design.

Jackalope Tracking Patch – Embroidered patch from the fictional Cryptozoology Tracking Society, featuring everyone’s favorite antlered rabbit. There are also Jersey Devil and Flatwoods Monster versions. (via Rattus)

Meet the Living People who Collect Dead Human Remains – Interesting article about people who collect bones and other human remains.

Why I Staged My Wedding Photos in a Coffin – The answer could just as easily be, “Why not?” but this article goes into some of the other reasons. (Hat tip to Jes)

Combat Kitchenware – Skillets with sword-hilt handles. This was a successfully-funded Kickstarter, but the associated website seems to be down so I’m just linking to the campaign page.

Walking Dead Beer – The Terrapin Brewing Company is releasing an officially-licensed Walking Dead “Blood Orange IPA.”

Goth Box – Kickstarter for a monthly subscription package of gothy stuff.

“Goodnight, Mommy” Trailer – I don’t usually bother with horror movie trailers, but this looks like it could be pretty decent.

Mermaid Tail Blanket – Pattern for a cute crocheted “mermaid tail” blanket.

Unicorns Are Jerks – Coloring book which exposes “the cold, hard, sparkly truth.” The same artist also has coloring books entitled, Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace, Dinosaurs With Jobs, and Mer World Problems (“You have to leave the sea kingdom to get tacos”).


p.s. – I’m going to be dragged, kicking and shrieking, away from the computer for a week. Due to the magic of advance scheduling blog posts will continue as usual, but if you email and I don’t respond I’m not ignoring you. (Or am I? Muwahahahaha.)

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Like Water for Link Dumps

July 31st, 2015 by Cobwebs

Gothic Life – Site devoted to all things goth. Some pages look like they have the potential to be NSFW.

The Alphabet – David Lynch did an extremely creepy short film involving a little girl reciting the alphabet.

Questions for The Ghost – Amusing comic from Poorly Drawn Lines. (via Pixel Pixie)

BLT Kickstarter – This campaign to publish a collection of seminal punk ‘zine Black Leather Times has been successfully funded; I’m linking to the page so interested parties can get news about publication dates.

S.O.R.S. – BoingBoing has a review of a “futuristic diagnosis game” which seems to involve some kind of creepy conspiracy.

Long John Silver’s Introduces New Golden Fried Abomination From The Deep – The Onion reports.

Dino Pet – Dinosaur-shaped aquarium for dinoflagellates, plankton that bioluminesces.

Carnivorous Plant Macrophotography – These gorgeous detail photos of sundews make them look like plants on some alien planet.

Psychic Capital – A look at occult mysticism in Silicon Valley.

Morbid Motivational Tattoos – Similar artwork would be fun to hang in the office breakroom.

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The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Link Dump

July 24th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Epic Bunny’s Adventure – Short film with a standard fantasy-quest storyline, except the hero is a bunny.

Lost Souls Skull Shawl – Attractive lacy skull pattern for a crocheted shawl. Free download. (via Burning Prairie)

Funko Fifth Element Figures – Funko is adding vinyl figures including Zorg, Diva Plavalaguna, Leeloo, and several others to its Pop! line.

Ghost-Loving Castaway Required – If you speak English and Welsh, you can apply to be the caretaker of a remote island reputed to be haunted by 20,000 ghosts.

The Doll Collection – Anthology of horror featuring dolls. Commenter Jan, who brought this to my attention, reviewed it thusly: “Each of the stories has a different flavor of horror to serve and all are extremely well written. I think you’ll find ‘Word Doll’ with its taste of coffee and smell of cigarettes is as nearly perfect as a short story can be. But then there’s the feel of mildew, untanned leather and cooling blood to help your skin crawl when you read ‘Ambitious Boys Like You’. Get it.” (Commenter Jan has a way with words.)

Raven Skull Necklace – Dramatic piece featuring a cast-resin skull.

An Introduction to Black Metal Yoga – Clearly there are a variety of ways to find inner peace. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Tales from the eBay Crypt – A look at the purportedly-haunted items that some people sell there.

Avoid Humans – Web app which aggregates Foursquare and Instagram check-ins and displays places nearby with the fewest number of humans. (via Cat)

Jurassic Park: High Heels Edition – XVP Comedy noticed Jurassic World‘s endless “heroine runs in high heels” scenes and decided to apply the same logic to the rest of the movies. Favorite comment from YouTube: “Style found a way.”

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