The Art of Darkness

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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Days of Wine and Link Dumps

July 20th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Infernal Creatures – Kickstarter for a book of rare vintage occult artwork. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Robot Plant Stand – I want one of these as a pet. The spidery way it moves around is adorable.

Bats in the Night Sky – Knitting pattern for a super-adorable beanie. (via Spooky Moon)

Animals That Look Like Wizards – This thread is spectacular.

Spiderweb Farm – Sells plaques featuring real preserved spiderwebs. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

United Snakes of America – Fun poster of all species of snakes native to the U.S. and Canada.

The Alternative Limb Project – Prosthesis designers who offer unusual artificial limbs. The snake arm is especially interesting.

Animal Adventures: Tales of Dungeons and Doggies – Kickstarter for a set of D&D miniatures featuring dogs as all of the character classes.

Celestarium – Striking shawl pattern based on a real star chart.

Sugar Spooks – Site which showcases the Halloween-themed work of various sugar artists. Some gorgeous, intricate stuff. (via Spooky Moon)

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How Does Your Link Dump Grow?

July 13th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Dance of the Vampires – This is a famous German musical which was never released in English. YouTube user Count Monsparkle has kindly provided a translation. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Sam Sykes/Chuck Wendig, Again – Yet another amusing Twitter conversation, this one beginning, “@ChuckWendig so, you meet a girl and things are going nice and she turns out to worship the Great Old Ones. …dealbreaker?”

Save My Ink – This company will preserve a deceased loved one’s tattoos and tastefully frame the patch of skin for you.

Animatronic Raven DIY Kit – Mr. Chicken’s Prop Shop offers a really nice kit for building a servo-powered raven. They offer a lot of other neat goodies, too. (Hat tip to xJane)

Taxidermy Stuffed Animal Heads – Yes, yes, all taxidermy animals are technically stuffed, smartass. These are the plushy kind of stuffed.

Memento Mori DIY Clock Refurbish – Tutorial for a good-looking clock makeover. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Mending Moth Holes with Moths – These DIY moth patches are supposed to go over holes, but they’re pretty enough to use just for the sake of decoration. Death’s Head moths would be particularly attractive.

Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity – What’s cooler than flying spiders? Electric flying spiders. (Hat tip to pdq)

They Fight Crime! – Amusing random generator. “He’s a fiendish day-dreaming vampire hunter who dotes on his loving old ma. She’s a psychotic winged mechanic who hides her beauty behind a pair of thick-framed spectacles. They fight crime!”

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Everything’s Coming Up Link Dumps

June 22nd, 2018 by Cobwebs

Blood is Blood – Shirts printed with the blood of gay men as a statement against the faulty science of refusing gay men’s blood for transfusions or other medical purposes.

She Will Not Be Missed – Neat MeFi collection of information about obituaries. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Todd and Annette – The writing prompt about a sweet little old lady and the demon she mistakes for her grandson has continued making the rounds and has new additions.

Mermaid Lamnidae – This digital painting by David Gaillet features a nicely nightmarish mermaid. (Slightly NSFW for eldritch boobs.)

What is Dear David – Collected tweets and background information about writer Adam Ellis’ purported haunting. (via Spooky Moon)

44 Body Horror Movies To Kill Your Appetite – A disgusting roundup.

Bowiebranchia – Carefully curated Tumblr of nudibranchs that match outfits David Bowie wore. It is weirdly appealing. (via xJane)

Get the Look: Annie Graham’s Bloodied Linen Outfits in Hereditary – Come for the demonic influence, stay for the breezy, easy-to-wear fashion.

#DnDgate – After noted dipshit RPGPundit (who also writes as John Tarnowski and Kasimir Urbanski and hates it when you use his real name) attempted to gatekeep D&D, @RichAugust1 reclaimed the hashtag to discuss unusual dungeon entrances. I think this one by @casskhaw may be my favorite: “His skin irises apart, sinew and muscle retracting to a reveal a tear-dropped orifice cross-hatched with fine bones. Despite the pain it causes him, there is no blood, nothing but the faint scent of salt. It will only permit one visitant. Good luck.”

The Thing on the Fourble Board – This episode of Quiet, Please is a highly-regarded classic of horror radio.

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The Link Dump of Sleepy Hollow

June 8th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Phoenix’s Favorite Murderess – Interesting article about Winnie Ruth Judd.

When a beloved dog passes in the hereafter, they are given a choice. – The response to this writing prompt probably shouldn’t be read at work unless you want to explain to your co-workers why you’re bawling in your cubicle.

Teletubbies – This illustration is pretty great.

10 Things Bog Mummies Have Taught Us About Iron Age People – Who doesn’t love a good bog body?

The Thing in the Walls Wants Your Small Change – Sweet little short story about something in the walls.

Door of Durin – Redditor Eclipse_007 built a light-up “Mines of Moria” door for his home theater.

The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief – Free knitting pattern for an attractive vintage-y kerchief/shawl.

Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook – A Discworld-inspired cookbook.

The Power of the Vampire Myth – Now You See It looks at the subtext of vampire movies. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Cheap Old Houses – Neat Instagram account of “cheap homes with good bones,” aka “an excellent place to find that haunted house you’ve always wanted to live in.”

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The Link Dump in the Willows

May 18th, 2018 by Cobwebs

BDSM Alexa Hack – Slightly NSFW for subject matter. Oh brave new world…. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Chocolate Spider Web Drinks – Cute edible drink garnishes (chocolate martinis for the grownups, and chocolate milk for the kids).

Vampires vs. Werewolves – How did I not know Oglaf had a YouTube channel until now?!? (Hat tip to Bruno)

SHOULD YOU FIGHT: GREEK #GODS EDITION – A thread of greatness.

strangeling – Jasmine Beckett-Griffith does unusual, surreal takes on vampires, fairy-tale princesses and other legendary figures. This is the most whimsical little version of Durga that you’ll ever see.

So You’ve Decided to Get a Goth Girlfriend Like Elon Musk – A helpful guide. (Hat tip to ShellHawk)

Ghost Story Thread – Author Cassandra Khaw occasionally does a cool thing where she asks her Twitter followers for an anecdote and then writes a micro-story about it. This time she asked for scary/eerie things that had happened to them. The linked thread is their stories; scroll down her timeline for her responses.

Sweet Preserved Pumpkin – This Oaxacan sweet is definitely not something you can knock off in an afternoon, but it’s an interesting thing to do with a pumpkin.

Laboratory Shot Glasses – These would be adorable for a mad scientist-themed party.

Helpful Packet From The Satanic Panic Of the ’80s – This resource packet (from a local police department!) is both hilarious and infuriating. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Link Dump

May 4th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Pocosin – Lovely short story about witches and opossum gods.

Horror Icons Cake – Very cool cake decorated with thematic elements representing Jason Voorhees, Freddy Kruger, Leatherface, and Pinhead. There are a couple of other cakes by the same artist here.

20 Horror Cakes for Sugary Nightmares – Whilst searching for a non-Pinterest source for the cake above, I stumbled upon this roundup of amazingly detailed horror-themed cakes.

In-Universe SCProps – ID cards and other small items for SCP cosplay.

My Favorite Murder – True crime comedy podcast in which the hosts discuss interesting murder cases.

things that cannot save you – A carefully curated Tumblr of things that will provide no protection when Cthulhu and his pals come a-callin’. If you were expecting Micky Dolenz to save you from the Elder Gods, think again. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Alternative “Friends” Episodes – I’d watch these.

Meatloaf of Rat – I don’t usually pay much attention to food designed to look disgusting, but I sort of love the bug-eyed look on this rat’s face.

Hades Footwear – All kinds of spiky, steampunky, weird-looking shoes, including some very goth sneakers.

Mysterious Wooden Statue – Neat flashfic about an ancient wooden statue found in a peat bog (includes a link to a news item about the discovery).

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Link Dumps Are Forever

April 27th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Soup-Erb – Amusing ‘toon. (via Pixel Pixie)

The Cauldron – There’s a new “magical cocktail bar” in London that lets you brew your own potions.

Swan Songs – NPR’s podcast All Songs Considered asked their listeners what songs they wanted played at their funeral. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Asian Vampires – A Twitter thread of greatness.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark – With the news that the Golden State Killer has probably been caught, this seems like a good time to mention the book that may have led to his arrest.

Historic Tale Construction Kit – Fun interactive site that lets you drag and drop individual elements from the Bayeux Tapestry to make your own variation. (Hat tip to xJane)

Anti Social – Amusing “modern dating horror story.”

Photographing Dreams – These paintings by Zdzisław Beksiński are full of Boschy goodness.

Funeral Potatoes – “We’re trying to market this potato-cheese dish that goes by several regional names; which one should we choose?” “Well, that’s obvious.”

OrcCouture Magazine – Amusing novelty Twitter account. “Try pairing a opalescent live kitten with a stylish cloak this midwinter.”

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All the Pretty Link Dumps

April 13th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Adopt a HeroRAT – You’ve probably heard of the African pouched rats who have been trained to sniff out landmines and detect diseases like tuberculosis. You can sponsor one and get monthly emails with news about what “your” rat has been up to.

Man-Eating Plant – Tutorial for making a chompy-looking giant carnivorous plant using a foam craft pumpkin as the head.

annieelf – Artist who makes cute polymer clay baby elves, many of which look like vampires or Cthulhu or similar creepy things. (via Spooky Moon)

Bone Dry – Cute stop motion-animated video for The Eels’ new album, done by Anthony Scotts (whose previous work includes Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride). Also I really like the idea of somebody saying, “Get me the best skeleton animator in the world.”

Watermelon Shark – Instructions for carving a watermelon into a shark who helpfully holds fruit salad in his maw.

Kate Clark – This artist sculpts human faces on taxidermy animals. Her artist’s statement says, “They are obviously reconstructed yet they are not monstrous, they are approachable, natural, calm, innocent, dignified.” Uh, no; they are creepy as fuck.

Cemetery Mixtape – Podcast about famous graves, with original songs about them. Tagline: “it’s like unboxing videos, only with graves.” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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

Persephone – This amusing Twitter thread goes a long way toward explaining the current spring weather.

Deadly Grounds Coffee – Their tagline is “coffee to die for,” insert weary rimshot here.

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