The Art of Darkness

Requiem for a Link Dump

October 19th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Casting Spells – Tutorial for making vintage-look tea stained table napkins printed with faux witches’ spells.

Polly Pocket Addams Family – This li’l custom-made playset is utterly adorable.

Blood Bag Party Cups – These food-safe “blood bag” containers are perfect for a Halloween party.

deathcap – “my therapist suggested I try exploring my anxieties in fiction rather than autobiography, so here is a depressed mushroom.” This series of ‘toons is delightful.

Animal X-rays – These X-rays from the Oregon Zoo look like art prints.

The Simpson’s Too Short Story – This Simpsons filler piece done in the style of Edward Gorey is splendid. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

#31skirtsofoctober – Instagrammer avintagevanity is making a different Halloweeny skirt every day in October.

STET – Part of the impact of Sarah Gailey’s chilling short story is in its brilliant formatting.

Florida Man as Lady Voldemort – Drag queen Florida Man dresses as “Lady Voldemort” to lipsync Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman.” Is a sentence I never thought I’d write. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Nightmare Before Dinner – Zach Neil, creator of Halloween-themed restaurant Beetle House, has written a cookbook. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Link Dump Descending a Staircase

October 12th, 2018 by Cobwebs

belovedlittlelamb – Etsy shop featuring unusual jewelry like earthworm bracelets and bird foot earrings.

Scorpion Chair – This chair by Vyacheslav Pakhomov is simply gorgeous.

Grim Grinning Ghosts – Nice arrangement of the Haunted Mansion theme. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Chicken – I love this behind-the-scenes look at Baba Yaga.

Who is Dead? – An interesting look at the historical difficulty of making sure somebody dead wasn’t really just mostly dead. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Corseted Leather Top Hat Tutorial – If you’re feeling ambitious, this DIY steampunk top hat is amazing.

Plush Beetles – @MothMonarch is going to order a case of adorable Japanese plush beetles if there’s enough interest.

British Museum Blog – The venerable museum’s blog is full of all kinds of neat stuff

Free Halloween Reads – Tor Books is sharing free horror fiction all month.

The History League – Faux-sports team T-shirts featuring logos based on interesting historical events. I especially like the headless-but-feisty “‘Divorcees’ of Henry VIII.”

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The Link Dump of J. Alfred Prufrock

October 5th, 2018 by Cobwebs

How to Plan a Costumed Event Yourself – Want to dress in 18th Century attire and picnic in a graveyard? How about a “Last Dinner on the Titanic” party? Trystan Bass has you covered.

The Positive Death Movement Comes to Life – A look at the people who actually are putting the “fun” in “funeral.” Bonus link with additional comments at MeFi. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Goddess, Worm – Cassandra Khaw considers the silkworm.

Audrey II Puppet – This puppet seen at Maker Faire New York is adorable.

Hold Me, I’m Scared – I would be oddly okay with this.

The Allure of Gothic Horror – A lovely look at the tropes that embody this genre.

Maya Monsters – Artist Monarobot makes and reimagines monsters inspired by Maya glyphs, aesthethic and mythology.

The Damned star Dave Vanian reveals he’s behind Welsh vampire myth – I’ve found a new hobby. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Halloweesus – This needlefelted, slightly Satanic weasel is weirdly adorable.

Humble RPG Book Bundle: Vampire The Masquerade – Humble Bundle is selling the Revised Edition RPG for cheap. (Hat tip to Bruno)

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Behind the Green Link Dump

September 28th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Son of Dracula – Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson were in a 1974 musical comedy about Dracula’s son and his quest to become king of the Netherworld. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Your D&D Stories – This artist makes comics from reader submissions about their D&D games.

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Kids’ Costumes – It’s the blood on the axe that really makes this. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

Potions and Spells Cabinet Knobs – These attractive wooden drawer pulls would be fairly easy to DIY with decoupage.

Faeries, Etc. – Neat Tumblr thread about spooky local folklore.

Christopher Lee and Vincent Price – Price made an appearance for Lee’s “This is Your Life.” I love these two old ghouls.

Thanatology – The “ologies” podcast explores death and dying. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours – A 200-year-old guide to color has been digitized and put online.

Near Death Experience – Amusing ‘toon. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Callum, the Tanner’s Son – Cassandra Khaw has some excellent plot bunnies.

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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Link Dump

September 21st, 2018 by Cobwebs

Spider Web – This filtered photo is my new desktop background.

The Orphans Major Arcana Deck – Kickstarter for a tarot deck featuring spooky Victorian-esque children.

You Might Be the Killer: The Movie – One of Sam Sykes and Chuck Wendig’s epic Twitter conversations has been turned into a movie, which is a sentence that wouldn’t have made any sense ten years ago.

Vintage Bat Cross Stitch – Sadly, the links that this post references no longer work, but the image it includes is detailed enough to serve as a chart.

Bosch Costume – Someone made (and is selling) the “ice-skating bird” demon from Hieronymus Bosch’s Temptation of St. Anthony triptych, and it is delightful.

Giant Eurypterid Body Pillow – Who amongst us has not yearned to cuddle a giant plush aquatic chelicerate? Now’s your chance!

Halloween Stamped Cookies – I really like the icing wash on these; it makes them look oddly antique.

Gothic America – This set of illustrations detailing the creepy flavor of regional America is lovely.

A Proper Selection – This vintage cartoon of a bat is adorable. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Curious Forgotten Lore – Twitter account which pairs weird photos and video clips with amusingly creepy captions.

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All the President’s Link Dumps

September 14th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Attic Boxes – For her birthday, author Cassandra Khaw asked other Twitter users to write microfiction for their followers. @dtmooreeditor opened boxes in his “possibly haunted, certainly storied” attic. (Some other fun ones: @DianaSousaBooks provided D&D characters, @KBSpangler let everyone “learn what That Neighbor You Hate just bought at the too-spooky antique store!”, @EldritchGirl did custom monsters, @mossdogmusic described castles, and @UrsulaV gave everybody fictional heirloom vegetables.)

The Ward – Pilot for a Lovecraftian sitcom. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

What if “Thriller” Actually Happened – A Twitter thread of greatness.

Starter Witch Kits – Sephora will be selling “entry-level witch kits” beginning in October. While I applaud the head-‘splodiness that this will cause many a conservative Christian, it seems wrong on a number of levels.

Autumn Traditions – Sam Sykes and Chuck Wendig, again.

The Kite Maker – Interesting short story about the aftermath of an alien “invasion.”

Toilets with Threatening Auras – Twitter account devoted to toilets that would make you consider just peeing in a wastebasket. I think this one is my favorite.

Imagining a Holiday – Neat documentary on the annual Halloween makeover at Disney’s Haunted Mansion. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Father William – “You are old, Father William; you look almost dead, And your deeds are most fondly remembered, Yet your manservant’s body was found in your shed, Dispatched, disembowelled and dismembered.”

Bargain Bin Blasphemy – Pop album covers “upgraded” to black metal. I think Satan and Garfunkel is my favorite.

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Finian’s Link Dump

August 31st, 2018 by Cobwebs

myNoise – Site that lets you customize background noise. This post discusses some of the neat things it can do.

Rating Polearms – Marvelous Twitter thread which discusses “one of the delightful examples of humans figuring out all over the planet that one of the best ways to kill/deter someone is with a big thing at the end of a long stick. YAY!”

The Spookbox – Twitter account which shares “Halloween novelty songs, horror scores and other spooky tunes.”

Peter Talks to a Spider – Peter Parker chats with a spider pal.

The CrowBox – Build a “vending machine” for teaching wild crows simple tasks. BoingBoing has a little more background here.

@LittleCurses – Twitter account full of marvelous bite-sized horror stories.

DIY Snake Cake Stand – Easy tutorial for a good-looking cake stand. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Sheila Rayyan – Makes cute little ceramic monsters and monster-decorated dishware.

Heart-Shaped Teapots – Shellhawk’s Nest has a roundup of some eerily-realistic anatomical heart teapots by Richard Notkin.

Haunted Hotel – Yet another entertaining Twitter exchange between Sam Sykes and Chuck Wendig.

My Grandma the Poisoner – Interesting read about a woman who may have been killing her relatives with kindness.

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Old McDonald Had a Link Dump

August 24th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Radioactive Phoenix – Haunting artwork. I’m linking to the artist’s Twitter thread about it, since they discuss its subject matter and where to buy prints.

How to Make Instant Pot Goth Quinoa – This how-to video is splendid. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Jane Austen Board Game – Amusing ‘toon.

No Flight Without the Shatter – Sweet, deeply melancholy short story about the end of the world.

The (Edible) Tooth Child – This cake re-creation of Channel Zero’s “Tooth Child” is deeply unsettling. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Throwing Sheyd – What’s better than a Jewish Demonology podcast? A Jewish Demonology podcast with a pun in its title. (Sheyd/שד is “demon” in Hebrew.)

For the approval of the Midnight Society – An amusing Twitter thread.

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein – This picture book about Mary Shelley is intended for children 5-8, but I won’t tell if you don’t.

OSR: Class: Witch Coven – A character class for the GLOG RPG system. You are a goat. I swear this makes sense. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Clown Egg Register – I occasionally suspect that Britain is just a collective hallucination and this kind of tradition does nothing to reassure me otherwise.

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The Link Dump and the Pussycat

August 10th, 2018 by Cobwebs

A Spectre is Haunting Unicode – This sounds like the title of a really nerdy horror story, but it’s actually an overview of the meaningless “ghost characters” that have accidentally been included in Unicode.

Getting Dressed in the 18th Century – Gentleman – A few months ago the National Museums Liverpool Twitter account posted a video of the rigmarole a (wealthy) 18th Century woman had to go through to get dressed. They’ve just posted a companion video showing a man’s dressing routine.

@MorningArrived – “Morning arrived like ten wombats driving a Porsche—three for the pedals, two for the shifter, two for the steering wheel, and three to lean out the windows and scream: “we’re all gonna die!” in the cutest possible way. #badnoir”

Milk Jug Skulls – Tutorial for making good-looking skulls out of plastic milk jugs. (Hat tip to pdq)

The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat – There should be more fairytales with dinosaurs in them.

What does it take to understand spiders? False eyelashes, capes and face paint – Which also sounds like the recipe for understanding drag queens. Anyway, neat article about researching spider behavior. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Bloggess’ Secret Room – Amusing Twitter thread.

Illuminidol – “Idolatry of the 21st Century.” Offers devotional candles featuring pop-culture “saints.”

Terminal 00 – As submitterator Bruno phrased it, “TFW you’re a goth but also a web designer searching for a job.”

“Dead and Breakfast” Lap Desk – Tutorial for a nice-looking gothy lap desk. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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O Link Dump! My Link Dump!

August 3rd, 2018 by Cobwebs

ANATOMIKASCIENCE – Etsy shop specializing in interesting ethically-sourced diaphonized animals. (Hat tip to Anna)

Venus Flytrap Pumpkin Candy Holder – Tutorial for a cute “Audrey II” to help you hand out candy on Halloween. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Knit Dragon Scale Accessories – These gauntlets and tails made by knitting together aluminum scales are neat.

Popnihil Records: A Southern Gothic Tale – Profile of Matthew Moyer, founder of the Popnihil label. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Serious Question for #medtwitter – How would you defibrillate a centaur, anyway?

Blood Milk Jewels – Lots of lovely, gothy items. (Hat tip to pdq)

Magma Drake Specimen Box – Nicely-done box of “artifacts” from a dragon. The artist has several similar curiosities as well. (via Spooky Moon)

@movie_goofs – Twitter account dedicated to pointing out “Movie goofs too subtle for that big movie site.” For instance, “Cabin in the Woods (2012)/Factual errors/In the “monster breakout scene”, none of the monsters which are shown rampaging through the facility actually exist.”

Drunk History: The Real Dracula – Featuring Seth Rogen as Vlad. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Arachnomancy – Short, WTF-inducing clip from a cable TV show called “The Amazing Realm of Prophecy.” If you called up Central Casting and said, “Give me the host for a low-budget cable TV show about divination,” this guy is who they’d send. (Hat tip to pdq)

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