The Art of Darkness

The Lion, the Witch, and the Link Dump

October 13th, 2017 by Cobwebs

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – I somehow completely missed the fact that there was a remake of this, starring Doug Jones as Cesare. Jones also plays Count Orlok in an upcoming remake of Nosferatu.

Charlotte Dower, Monster Under Her Bed – This response to a writing prompt is wonderful.

Dead Friends – Sweetly macabre animated short. (Hat tip to DeVries)

My friend told me a story he hadn’t told anyone for years. – Neil Gaiman relates a story.

The Little Vampires – Odd little webcomic. (via WitchArachne)

Hipster Nativity Set – I have no words.

Dethskulpt – Super-creepy handmade ceramic mugs. (via Spooky Moon)

Whores of Yore – NSFW Twitter account celebrating vintage “jilts, cracks, prostitutes, nightwalkers, whores, she-friends, kind women & others of the linnen-lifting tribe.”

Stranger Things: The Game – Neat 8-bit game based on the series.

AnnaSiivonen – Etsy shop specializing in interesting metal jewelry, including neat spider earrings.

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The Link Dump of the Rising Sun

October 6th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Something True – Podcast which explores “incredible and bizarre true stories from the footnotes of history.” The one about the rocket scientist who was fired for his obsession with the occult is pretty great. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Vampire Mom – This illustration is weirdly sweet.

A New “Hocus Pocus” Movie Is Officially In Development – It’s being developed for the Disney Channel instead of theatrical release. Still, neat.

Pool Noodle Vine Arch – Tutorial for a great-looking Halloween yard prop.

Jaguar Hearse – I’ve always loved the modified Jaguar from Harold and Maude, so it’s nice to see this reproduction.

Tiny Lizard Dragon – This li’l penny-hoarder is the cutest. (The art is by Iguanamouth and I would link directly to her site but I loathe her Tumblr theme to distraction and thus you get a reblog instead.)

tender d&d – Twitter bot which provides “nice and gentle D&D characters.” For example, “Cecil, the tiefling cleric born into a family of hamster breeders.”

Little Soaps of Horrors – Etsy shop full of very cool handmade soap. (Hat tip to pdq)

Hieronymus Bob – This made me giggle.

Let’s Sacrifice Toby – Some splendid retro-look T-shirt designs that look like a cross between Stephen King and a Little Golden Book.

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The Clue of the Broken Link Dump

September 29th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Trick or Treat Giveaway 2017 – Halloween Artist Bazaar is holding an art basket giveaway.

Mythology Bot – Twitter bot which tweets fragments of the Motif-index of folk-literature. It’s kind of a surreal feed, but it might be handy for D&D inspiration.

Terry Gilliam’s Lost Animations from Monty Python and the Holy Grail Are Now Online – The official Python YouTube channel is sharing animations that didn’t make it into the movie.

Silvia Wild Creations – Etsy shop featuring cute little needle-felted creatures, including a bunch of adorable spiders.

Simpsons Coraline Parody – Neil Gaiman will be lending his voice to this year’s Simpsons Treehouse of Horror.

Morticia Gloves – Free crochet pattern for some pretty spiderweb gloves.

Nessie on the Net – Livestreams from cameras at Loch Ness. You can use your coffee break to try to catch a glimpse of Nessie, and even if you don’t succeed it’s fun to watch the sheep.

Metallic Skull Candle – These taper candles are attractive.

LOTR Drug Wars – Twitter thread espousing an interesting fan theory.

Vampire Bat Wipertag – This fits over a car’s rear windshield wiper and makes it look like the bat is flitting back and forth. The company offers several other Halloween-related tags.

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The Link Dump of Shadow Ranch

September 22nd, 2017 by Cobwebs

Free Haunt Soundtrack – Sam Haynes is giving away free copies of their album “Ghost Stories” until October 1.

Creepy Paranormal Documentaries That Will Make You Question Everything – Well, probably not everything.

The Glow – This “Jack O’ Lantern Experience” has locations in Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Nashville. (Hat tip to Cat)

Valhalla Vigor – Norse/Viking jewelry and accessories. These raven skull hair bands are neat.

Jamie Lee Curtis to Star in “Halloween” Finale – Curtis is reprising her role as Laurie Strode in what Universal is calling the last film in the franchise. I somehow doubt that last bit.

Spider Paws – Some spiders have kittenlike paws and they are adorable.

Bad D&D Plot Hooks – Amusing Twitter account. “The search for a fabled talking skull comes to a confusing conclusion when a sage tells the PCs, in one sense, they all have talking skulls.”

All That is Left – Ned Flanders-themed band Okilly Dokilly performs a “Heavy Nedal” song inspired by a Simpsons storyline and I don’t even know what’s real any more. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Batsies – Absurdly cute drawings of a li’l pink bat. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

This and Nothing More – Kickstarter for an edition of works by Edgar Allan Poe illuminated by Matt Hughes, “who blends Gothic and Art Nouveau styles for haunting illustrations.” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie, who finds awesome stuff and occasionally throws it all at me at once)

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The Secret of the Old Link Dump

September 15th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Taxidermy Automata Art – I suspect that this Kickstarter isn’t going to reach its goal, but it’s a neat idea anyway. (Hat tip to Cat)

Astromythology – New album by The Crüxshadows.

Hallowedding 2017 – Six Flags St. Louis is looking for couples to marry on Friday, October 13.

Goth Beauty Icons – A roundup.

Voynich Manuscript: The Solution – Someone claims to have deciphered the mysterious Voynich Manuscript. However, experts are dubious. (Also Maria DahvanaHeadley once dressed as the manuscript for Halloween, which is awesome.)

Bat’ll Do – This bat-print shift dress is adorable.

Koi Division – There’s a fish-themed Joy Division cover band because of course there is.

Arthur Jermyn – Amusing Twitter thread.

The Last Surviving Sea Silk Seamstress – This is amazing and wonderful and sad.

Ravenwood Castle – Medieval-themed inn in Ohio. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

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Holding Out for a Link Dump

September 8th, 2017 by Cobwebs

25 Easy Day of the Dead DIY Projects – There are some cute craft ideas here.

The Longest Night Masque – Charity masquerade ball based on the Kushiel’s Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey.

Finally, a Horror Board Game Where You Are the Monster Killing the Obnoxious Teens – Kotaku reviews the horror board game Monster Slaughter.

Facts About Christopher Lee – This Tumblr thread is glorious.

Here Be Cats – @minikitty wrote up a D&D campaign for a friend to explain how to take care of her cats while she was away. Her Twitter thread even includes a downloadable form that you can customize yourself.

Elvira Just Launched Her Own Clothing Line – The designs are described as “cleavage-flaunting.”

ApocolypseMeows – Etsy shop full of spooky-themed catnip toys. (via Spooky Moon)

30 Books to Read If You Love Game of Thrones – If you’re getting twitchy from withdrawal, this roundup may help.

Lost Souls Skull Shawl – This free crochet pattern is lovely. (Hat tip to Kathy)

Toad Words – Evocative fairy tale-esque short story by Ursula Vernon.

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The Link Dump at Lilac Inn

September 1st, 2017 by Cobwebs

Mysteries of the Superstition Mountains – A look at some of the mysteries associated with the range, including the Lost Dutchman Mine.

Killer Fashion – A book of “Poisonous Petticoats, Strangulating Scarves, and Other Deadly Garments Throughout History.”

Skull and Raven – This little ‘toon is oddly winsome.

Game of Thrones IKEA Hack – Turning IKEA shearling rugs into GoT capes.

I’m a Falconer – An interesting, personal look at the sport of falconry.

Horror Manga – This made me giggle.

Getting Dressed in the 18th Century – Reenactment video of a wealthy English woman dressing for the day. This looks exhausting.

Dungeons & Dragons Promises to Make Its Adventures More Queer – D&D is formally heading toward more inclusivity. That’s refreshing.

“Victorian Modern” Style – The new hotness in interior decorating is something goths have been doing for years.

Dollhouse Death Scenes are Being Refurbished for Smithsonian Exhibit – The Nutshell Studies are going to be exhibited at the Smithsonian.

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Beverly Hills Link Dump

August 18th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Wooden Feathers – Lovely, mildly creepy, short story by Ursula Vernon.

Make Your Own Tentacle For Under $20 – Honestly who among ust hasn’t wanted their own tentacle? (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Coffin Club – Short documentary about a group of senior citizens in New Zealand who get together once a week to construct and personalize their own coffins. It is upbeat and adorable. (via Anna))

Michael Sheen, David Tennant to Star in Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ – 1) It’s actually Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. 2) I can hear all the geek heads exploding from here.

The Scariest 25 Minutes on U.S. Television – Mental Floss reminisces about “Amelia,” the psyche-scarring third segment in the Trilogy of Terror.

In the future, your body won’t be buried… you’ll dissolve – Interesting article on the process of resomation, an alternative to cremation.

The Warded Man – First book in an entertaining fantasy series which one review noted would appeal to those who “long for old-school orc massacres.”

Event Horizon: Inspiring Hellish Nightmares for 20 Years – A fond look at the cult classic.

The Sea Witch Sets the Record Straight – Ursula may have had a point.

The Eyes Have It – Easy tutorial for adding eyeball patches to the elbows of clothing. Also just try and say “elbow eyeballs” five times fast.

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The Link Dump of the Vanities

August 11th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Join the Search for Geedis – This tickles me in my “obscure, pointless mystery” place.

This Much I Know: Neil Gaiman – A short, very Gaimanesque, interview with the author.

Has the True Identity of Jack the Ripper Been Revealed? – Betteridge’s Law of Headlines states that “Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word ‘no’,” and since this article was written to tout an upcoming book it should be taken with a very large grain of salt.

Game of Thrones Beer – Brewery Ommegang has a series of Game of Thrones-themed beers with names like “Fire and Blood” and “Three-Eyed Raven.”

AirBNB Reviews for Castle Dracula – Amusing ‘toon. (via Pixel Pixie)

Funeral Etiquette Every Southerner Should Know – Video of two “etiquette masters” discussing the finer points of American Southern funerals.

False Facts Everyone Believes About the Druids – Interesting article about historical Druids vs. Dungeons & Dragons Druids.

Hookland – Twitter feed with a sort of “Welcome to Scarfolk” vibe. Lots of odd vintage-y photos and strange commentary.

Divining the Future – Merriam-Webster “words at play” article featuring different kinds of divination. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Belzebubs – Entertaining webcomic about a black metal-loving family and their everyday life. There’s a very strong Addams Family-esque “we consider weird things normal” vibe.

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A Fine and Pleasant Link Dump

July 28th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Santa as Disease Vector – A Twitter thread that asks a question nobody ever thinks about. (See also the same author’s thread on making saltwater taffy.)

Cute Rat Photos – Diane Özdamar photographs rats looking particularly adorable in an effort to spruce up their negative image. They are, indeed, adorable.

Sex with Demons Was Totally Chill Until the Church Ruined It – Probably NSFW.

@ravenmaster1 – The Tower of London’s Ravenmaster has a Twitter account.

Stuffed Pizza Skulls – Something else to do with your skull cupcake pans.

Pictures of Death – Article about early postmortem photography.

Donate to Bat World Sanctuary – If the sanctuary out-raises all the other charities in this event, Macy’s will add $100,000 to their total. Spare a buck to save a bat.

Strange Practice – A novel concerning Dr. Greta Van Helsing, physician to the supernatural. The author describes her “Big Idea” here.

Most Bizarre Tales of People Being Possessed – A roundup.

Embroidered Moth Soft Sculptures – The artist is selling a few of her embroidered moths. They’re just lovely.

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