The Art of Darkness

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

March 26th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Mermaid Lapghan – Instructions for crocheting a cute “mermaid tail” lap blanket.

Gillian Anderson as Morticia Addams – Anderson posed as Morticia for an US Magazine photo shoot in 1997. How peculiar.

Canis Mortuus Familiaris – Artist Jeremy Dower has a series of illustrations featuring ghostly, monstrous dogs. There are ostensibly more at his site, but since it’s all Flash-based it can’t be linked to directly.

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

Anton LaVey Blackhouse Photographs – Some photos of the interior of the Church of Satan HQ in San Francisco. I rather like the octopus mural.

Spaghetti Toes – An artist illustrates some of his three-year-old daughter’s more memorable expressions.

(S)Edition – Wonderful art installation featuring mushrooms with bookish caps.

To Be or Not to Be – There’s a “choose your own adventure” version of Hamlet. Huh.

balderdash! – Webcomic with the subtitle, “or, a tale of two witches.” io9 discusses it briefly here.

Give Out the Coolest Candy on the Block – A roundup of interesting candy available on Etsy. A few items, like the “ghost poop,” would be easily DIY-able. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

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

March 25th, 2015 by Cobwebs

“Miss Argentina” Poppet – Adorable little doll resembling the afterlife receptionist from Beetlejuice, right down to the teensy slit wrists.

Vincent Price Wine Collection – Price’s estate sells four “Master of Menace” wines, including Lenore Chardonnay and Prospero Pinot Noir.

Lacing DIY – Tutorial for adding lacing to a garment. The converted tank top is attractive.

Victorian Sex Words – A helpful guide. (Hat tip to xJane)

Cinderella Costume Change – Really nice quick-change cosplay effect.

Compubeaver – Surprisingly thorough instructions on how to casemod a taxidermied beaver. Words fail me.

Cranky Ladies of History – Anthology celebrating the lives of historical women who broke the rules.

Why You Should Watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer – The Passion of the Nerd makes a solid argument.

Mount Fuji Seen Below a Cookie Monster at Kanagawa – This “adjustment” of one of Hokusai’s most recognizable works amuses me far more than it ought to.

Sky Puppies – Photos of some very squee-worthy bats.

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

March 24th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Bailey Henderson – Sculptor of an ongoing series depicting fantastical creatures like a cockatrice and a rather adorably porky tusked seal. I also like her Octopus Lady illustration; it’s not everyone who can look so serene with a cephalopod perched on their head.

FunKo La Muerte – Attractive calavera-type “action figure.” FunKo has an extensive line of figures, many with a gothy angle, such as Cthulhu, Jack Skellington, Xenomorph, and many others.

Children’s Stories Made Horrific – The Toast recasts various beloved childrens’ stories as hopeless, desperate tales, and they are depressing as hell. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Stayin’ in Black – Wax Audio did a mashup of AC/DC and The Bee Gees which works surprisingly well.

Steampunk Tendencies – Twitter account full of great steampunky photos and inspiration.

The Art of Dying – Kickstarter for some very cool skull-shaped soap, made in hand-carved molds.

Love Potion Necklace – Tutorial for making a vial of “love potion” to wear as a pendant. Obviously, the “potion” could easily be changed to something gothier.

Beauty by H.P. Lovecraft – “Slowly prying your rib cage open to reveal a teeming mass of spiders is considered very flirty.”

Dark City – Creepy series of diorama photos by Francesco Romoli.

Bone Lust – Etsy shop specializing in (ethically sourced) bone jewelry and accessories.

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Duck! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps

March 23rd, 2015 by Cobwebs

You guys should all know the drill by now. I’ve got too many links in my Drafts folder. Time to drop ‘em all on your collective heads.

The Coolest Tattoo Artists in the World – There’s some really amazing work here.

The 10 Best Horror Books You’ve Never Read – Roundup of interesting-sounding lesser gems of horror.

Pop Stars Gone Metal – Some great concept T-shirt designs (sadly not for sale), recasting mainstream artists as metal bands. There are a couple more here. (via Spooky Moon)

Goth Icons Then and Now – Photos of various “classic” goth icons in their heyday and today.

H.P. Lovecat – “Because there exists no method known to man, more terribly suited to expose the cosmic meaningless of existence than pairing the words of H.P. Lovecraft with seemingly delightful and charming pictures of adorable kittens.”

Russian Fairy Tales – Artist Uldus Bakhtiozina takes photos of vignettes based on Russian fairy tales. Some of these would be amazing cosplay ideas.

The Halloween Oracle – Gorgeous set of Halloween-themed divination cards. (via Spooky Moon)

Knitrocious – Etsy shop specializing in disturbing knitwear, like the terrifying clown balaclava.

Inside the World of Longsword Fighting – I sort of love that longsword fighting is becoming a popular sport.

Nihilist Arby’s – Arby’s is a U.S. fast-food chain (although they also have locations in Canada, Turkey, and Qatar; the hell?), but this amusing Twitter feed could just as easily apply to the fast-food restaurant of your choice.

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Beyond the Link Dump

March 20th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Lure Paper Goods – Lots of neat vintage-feel greeting cards and stationery. (Hat tip to Fiend4Halloween)

Apuglogies – Pugs bearing apologies, courtesy of Tragedy Series. I wish I had cause to use the lower-left corner one more often.

SoEffingCute – Etsy shop specializing in geeky underwear bearing slogans like, “You Shall Not Pass,” “Mother of Dragons,” and “Speak, Friend, and Enter.”

Life Lessons from Gomez – A cartoon drawn in honor of Raul Julia’s birthday. “Nurture the passions of your loved ones, even when those passions are weird.”

Amanda Palmer is Pregnant – Neil Gaiman and Palmer recently announced her pregnancy on Twitter.

Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism – Interesting-sounding novel which uses Lovecraftian horrors whilst confronting Lovecraft’s racism instead of eliding it. There’s a review at BoingBoing.

Zombie Bear – You know how I know that the whole “zombie” thing has jumped the dead, decaying, yet-horribly-reanimated-by-eldritch-forces shark? It isn’t Death Troopers. It isn’t the Nerf zombie-fighting gear. It’s this zombie teddy bear that you’re supposed to give as a token of your affection. Would somebody please shoot the zombie craze in the head, double-tap just to make sure, and then bring back vampires? Please?

Pattern Behavior – Vintage sewing pattern illustrations, amusingly captioned.

Floral Skeleton – This flowered sculpture by Cedric Laquieze is really quite creepy.

Lucardis Feist – Lots of lovely goth clothing, including wedding gear.

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The Imitation Link Dump

March 13th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Skull Fried Egg Ring – Amusing mold for making your breakfast a little more macabre.

Tea & Absinthe – “Decadence and Delight for the Elegantly Geeky.” (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Machine Age Lamps – Gorgeous–and commensurately pricey–steampunk light fixtures.

Werner Herzog Inspirationals – The wit and wisdom of Werner Herzog, paired with “inspirational” photos. Man, there’s a Tumblr for everything. (via Burning Prairie)

Ouija Be Mine – Neat little animated papercraft ouija-themed Valentine. Too late for this year; bookmark it for next.

Weirdo Toys – “The Home for Odd, Ugly, and Neglected Toys” (Hat tip to Fiend4Halloween)

Zombie Apocalypse – Whimsical(?) fabric with a zombie motif. There’s a companion pattern panel for making your own stuffed zombie and her undead dog.

Uncanny Art Shop – Etsy store filled with oddly creepy plush toys and not-at-all-oddly creepy candles resembling body parts. No, not those parts. (Hat tip to pdq)

Severus Snape in Chronological Order – Snape’s story is mostly told in out-of-sequence flashbacks. This fan-made cut strings them all together in the correct order, telling Snape’s own story of heartbreak.

Out of Context D&D Quotes – “Is Z-snapping considered a free action?” (via Cat)

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Link Dump Ascending

March 6th, 2015 by Cobwebs

The Occasional Bat – Loads of fabric bats in various styles. (Hat tip to Fiend4Halloween)

Frankenstein Light Switch Plate – Pretty awesome pattern for a 3-D printable “mad scientist’s laboratory” switchplate.

De Herinacio. On the Hedgehog – A “nature video” based on a Medieval bestiary. In Latin with English subtitles.

The Big Idea: Peter Darbyshire – The author discusses his book The Dead Hamlets (a sequel to The Mona Lisa Sacrifice), which sounds like an interesting supernatural series.

Clownville – Photo shoot of particularly creepy clowns. Some NSFW.

Mysterious Forests You’d Love to Get Lost In – Lovely photos of forests that, if you do get lost in them, you might as well resign yourself to your fate because those roads probably lead to Narnia or Poictesme or somewhere else you’re not comin’ back from.

RIP Jerry – Redditor chairmanxiao gave his fish a Viking funeral. As you do.

Adult Wednesday Addams: Wednesday vs. Catcallers – Heh.

Knit Your Own Kama Sutra – Projects for “naughty knitters.” You can see an excerpt here

Somnia Romantica – Etsy shop full of really lovely, dark gothic fashion. (Hat tip to Fiend4Halloween)

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The Link Dump Cometh

February 27th, 2015 by Cobwebs

How to Tell if You Are in a High Fantasy Novel – Another guide from The Toast.

Dapper Monsters – I like the bow tie on the shoggoth.

Zeppelin! – These kids doing xylophone covers of Led Zeppelin songs are jaw-droppingly talented.

Home – This lovely embroidered sentiment with NSFW language made me giggle.

Put a Tentacle On It – Offbeat Home has some attractive octopode decor suggestions.

Monsters in America – Attractive cryptozoological map of the U.S., showing the home ranges of the Jersey Devil, Bigfoot, Mothman, Chupacabra, Shunka Warakin, Caddy, the Honey Island Swamp Monster, and lots of others.

I Raff I Ruse – I’m not entirely sure how to describe this one-panel comic, but it’s sort of like if Lovecraft wrote comedy.

The Bat-Poet – Sweet little book about a poetic bat, illustrated by Maurice Sendak.

The Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle – This may be my favorite grotesque ever. Yes, even better than the Darth Vader one.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – Heh.

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Battle of the Five Link Dumps

February 20th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Little Embroidered Bones – An interview with artist T.C. Hutchinson of tinycup needleworks. I adore all of her little skeletons.

Alex Stoddard – Wonderfully surreal photography, some of it quite creepy. NSFW for artistic nudity. (via Spooky Moon)

The Black Mudpuppy – Webcomic where, to quote its creator, “an Aztec god of the dead is trapped in an axolotl and forced to be a superhero.” We’ve all had days like that.

The Perfection That is Anatomia Humani Corporis – Photos of an astonishingly elaborate hand-bound book. (Hat tip to xJane)

Popular Skullture – A look at the skull motif in pulp magazines, paperbacks, and comic books, back when the image of a skull was still striking and macabre instead of something routinely slapped on baby clothes.

Bat Photos – Stunning closeup photos of bats by researcher Merlin D. Tuttle.

DIY Skull Bookends – Easy tutorial using a cheap plaster skull.

Insect Alphabet – Gorgeous hand-drawn font featuring insects as each letter.

Lord of the Rings Dinner Party – This is a great idea, with many geeky details.

Carmilla – Artist Isabella Mazzanti did a lovely showcase set of illustrations for the Le Fanu novel.

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A Most Violent Link Dump

February 13th, 2015 by Cobwebs

12 Zodiac Signs Reborn as Terrifying Monsters – Today’s horoscope: You will be messily slaughtered.

Vintage Monster Valentines – These Topps Valentines featuring classic monsters are fabulous.

Meet the Family – A collection of antique cabinet cards, surreally altered by artist Colin Batty. You can see some examples and buy prints of individual cards at Peculiarium (about halfway down the page).

Handicorn – Turn your boring old hand into a unicorn with these finger puppets. I love this much more than I should.

Enchanted Forest Mushroom Lights – Instructable for making li’l glowy mushrooms. Be sure to check the comments, where one person shared a pretty blue version.

The Stock Photobomber – Art director Matthew Vescovo amuses himself by photoshopping his image into stock photography.

Origami Vampire Fangs – There are several steps, but origami-wise this is a fairly straightforward design. (Hat tip to xJane)

omgliterallydead – The Instagram account of Skellie, a plastic skeleton that appears to have a better social life than I do.

Texts from Jane Eyre – Mallory Ortberg of The Toast has a book which imagines texts from various literary characters.

Cthulhu Valentines – A very dapper Old One woos his fishy paramour.

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