The Art of Darkness

The Walrus and the Link Dump

July 3rd, 2020 by Cobwebs

Corset Vests – Innova Corsetry makes lace-up vests as well as regular corsets.

IKEA Monster Instructions – Set of amusing illustrations for assembling monsters like KRUGR and VÖRHEES.

Mexican Gothic – A gothic horror novel set in 1950s Mexico. The Bloggess is doing this for her virtual book club this month.

Crystal Web Necklace – Tutorial for making a collar-style spiderweb necklace.

Miniature Historical Interiors – Artist Chris Toledo makes astonishingly realistic miniature rooms.

Pinhead Reads Frankenstein – The Hellraiser actor does a reading of the classic novel. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Cthulhu Mask Tutorial – Pattern and video tutorial for making a gorgeous leather Cthulhu mask. (via Spooky Moon)

Assassin’s Cabinet – Neat little stock of poisons hidden inside of a book.

Lost Souls Skull Shawl – Free pattern for an attractive crocheted shawl.

Jurassic Bits – Spoonflower-printed fabric featuring cartoony iconic images from Jurassic Park. What sets this apart for me is the cartoony Laura Dern digging through the cartoony pile of Triceratops poop.

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What Rough Link Dump

May 22nd, 2020 by Cobwebs

James and the Giant Peach, with Taika and Friends – Taika Waititi and celebrity guests are doing a ten-episode reading of the Roald Dahl book to support Partners in Health.

Dark Galadriel – This method for creating “scale mail” armor with round sticker labels is really ingenious.

Grim Grinning Ghosts – Disney’s “Dapper Dans” singers perform the Haunted Mansion’s “Grim Grinning Ghosts.” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Tango Macabre – Free skeleton-themed TrueType font which, unlike many skeleton-themed fonts, has the advantage of actually being readable.

Peter Dinklage and Jason Momoa Are Teaming Up for a Vampire-Themed Buddy Comedy – [John Mulaney voice]: Now we don’t have time to unpack all of that.

Knox – Audio serial: “In 1930s Manhattan, a PI who can perceive horrific supernatural phenomena investigates a strange and sinister murder.” (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Nice Knockers – This Labyrinth-inspired cosplay is sort of brilliant.

Let’s Make Halloween Pompoms – Yes, let’s. Instructions for making cute li’l ghosts, skulls, and eyeballs. These would be a great accent for a hat or sweater. You could even make a brooch or earrings out of ’em.

DIY Spider Pumpkin – The glittery spiders would look cute on a brooch, too.

Paranormal Places Travel Patches – Kickstarter for patches celebrating places like Skinwalker Ranch and Loch Ness. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Link Dump

May 15th, 2020 by Cobwebs

HBO Hellraiser Series – A series based on the movie franchise is in development. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Marginalia Hero – A lovely game where you are a Medieval peasant fighting animals in a medieval bestiary, with art based on illuminations.

Photos of Adorable Bats – Sky puppies!

The Food Timeline – Really neat–but pretty western-centric–timeline of food history.

Jackalfruit – This is a D&D monster and you can’t convince me otherwise.

Labyrinth Knocker Earrings – Cute handmade earrings and pendants made in the shape of the door knockers from Labyrinth.

Graveyard Keeper – “Build and manage a medieval graveyard while facing ethical dilemmas and making questionable decisions.”

Shaun of the Dead Eats the Zombie Genre’s Brain – A look at how the movie is both a love letter to zombie films and also a kind of critique of the misanthropy at their heart.

Medusa – Free knitting pattern for a snakey cap.

A Virtual Tour of the Mütter Museum A video tour of the spectacular Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians in Philadelphia. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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The Link Dump Around the Corner

May 1st, 2020 by Cobwebs

COVID-19 and Zombies – Interesting discussion about how the human reaction to a zombie outbreak in fiction differs from how it would work in reality. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Bad Seed Teevee – Nick Cave has launched a YouTube channel.

Build a Magical Moon Garden – Everyone needs a garden to wander gothily through at night. (Hat tip to xJane)

Help Transcribe Primary Documents – If you’ve got some time on your hands and enjoy looking at historical documents, you can help digitally transcribe them.

Tomb of Queen Meresankh III – Very cool virtual tour. (via Pixel Pixie)

Hamlet Monovlogues – Hamlet adaptation where Hamlet is a vlogger and all of his soliloquies are breakdowns he uploads to YouTube.

The Dungeons of Drezzar – Amazing miniature D&D dungeon built into a set of dresser drawers. (Hat tip to Bruno)

I Do the Rock – So…Tim Curry had a hit single in 1979. How ’bout that.

Museums hold Twitter showdown to find world’s creepiest exhibit – This is what the internet was made for. (Hat tip to xJane)

Make Your Own Bat Colony – A fun activity sheet.

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Love in the Time of Link Dumps

April 17th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Special thanks in this link dump to Pixel Pixie, who submitted fully half of the content this week.

Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site – As submitterator extraordinare Pixel Pixie put it, “Shipwrecks are totally goth, right?” They certainly are.

ASMR Videos – Pleasantly creepy ‘toon.

Five MORE Monster-Themed Restaurants to Die For! – A sequel to the roundup posted a couple of weeks ago. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Patchwork Plague Doctor Mask – Instructions for making a weirdly adorable mask.

Vampire Boyfriend – Hilarious collection of cartoons. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Reasons why I would be the worst main character in a horror movie – I sort of love the idea of stuff like this happening in a horror movie and the main character just shrugs.

Disney Haunted Mansion Rain & Thunderstorm – Ten hours of relaxing (haunted) thunderstorm sounds. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

This is my house. – Sweet little ficlet about a haunted house with new occupants.

Bargaining with the Fae – Amusing ‘toon.

Powers of Darkness – This “lost version of Dracula” is, as my favorite submitterator Pixel Pixie put it: “It boils down to the first Icelandic translator of Dracula decided to write erotic fan fic instead.”

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Last Link Dump on the Left

April 3rd, 2020 by Cobwebs

Manos: The Hands of Felt – Someone decided to do an all-muppet version of Manos: The Hands of Fate and I don’t know what to say about it. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

ASMR Ambient Atmosphere Mixes – (For your very specific needs.) Titles include “Haunted campout in a northern forest where strange beasts lurk in the distance and whispers of the unquiet dead keep you awake through the long dark night” and “Man has pleasant vanilla sex with a monster in cheap motel bed.”

Five Monster-Themed Restaurants to Die For – Road trip! (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Hallowedding Quilt – This gorgeous quilt was made as a gift for a Halloween wedding.

The Pestilence Doctor – Gorgeous stylized crow/plague doctor mask. (Hat tip to xJane)

Rejected Princesses – “Women too awesome, awful, or offbeat for kids’ movies.”

Skull Pop-Up Card – Free pattern and instructions for making a cute pop-up skull that would be perfect for greeting cards or party invitations.

Pandemic! – Useful information from the Eldritch Defense Force. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Call of Cthulhu Coloring Book – Chaosium has made this a free download.

Catacombes de Paris – The famous catacombs offer an online virtual visit. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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The Link Dump in the Iron Mask

March 20th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Vampiros Vegetarianos – This portrait of vampires serenely feasting on vegetables is fantastic. I love how their hats/ears/headgear resemble long-eared bats. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Down to a Sunless Sea – Creepy short story by Neil Gaiman.

Angioletti Designs – Etsy shop full of teacups and dishes, many with creepy themes. I quite like the skull tea set.

Bat Cams – Nanananana…never mind. This bat sanctuary has several live cams.

The Masque of the Red Death – Poe’s short story, read by Christopher Lee. Not that it’s especially relevant right now, or anything like that. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

A Parade of Earthly Delights – The Netherlands had a Bosch-themed floating parade.

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

Dark Archives – An investigation into the science and history of books bound in human skin. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Wikipedia Horrors – A thread of creepy Wikipedia pages.

The Two of Us – Boris Karloff and Vincent Price sing on The Red Skelton Hour. It is glorious. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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The Link Dump Zone

March 13th, 2020 by Cobwebs

D&D Cookie Cutters – This cute set of cutters comes with a D20, a Beholder, and several others. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

Black Flowers Blossom – Fiction described by the author as a, “reverse-Lovecraft NSFW monsterfucker novelette.”

Neverending Story Planter Gnomes – Relieve your childhood trauma all over your houseplants!

Horror for Kids – Neat little ‘toon about why some kids like to read scary stories, and why you should let them.

Sexiest Haunted Hotels – I have questions.

Do You Know Darkness? – Kickstarter for what amounts to Goth Trivial Pursuit. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Brides – Gina Torres is set to star in a TV series about three women who were turned by Dracula, now living in the modern world.

Find Your Astrological Demon – A book of Persian mysticism associates demons with astrological signs. I’m quite pleased with Scorpio. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Mini Apothecary – This altered Altoids tin stuffed full of potions is just adorable.

Circus Girl, The Hunter, and Mirror Boy – Short fiction. “As an orphaned sixteen-year-old, Lynette was haunted by the ghost of Mirror Boy, the drowned child who replaced her reflection. Ten years later, she’s built herself a new life, but all that is threatened when Mirror Boy returns, warning of danger. A hunter has come for both of them, and unless Lynette can figure out what’s going on, they will both perish.”

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The Call of the Link Dump

March 6th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Wanderlust and What You Could Become – A lovely, fairy tale-like ‘toon.

Leviathan – Ark of the Apocalypse – Sculpture of a ghostly pirate ship made with found materials.

Rat King Color Wheel – This is a really striking print.

Abandoned Dollhouses – Gorgeously-detailed dollhouses that look like spooky abandoned buildings. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Love is Chill – An excellent illuminated manuscript that you can buy as a print.

Embroidery Tattoos – Lovely tattoos that look like needlepoint. (Hat tip to Bruno)

We’re reassigning the fantasy accents – “Dwarves are from Boston now. Please leave the poor Scots be. They really don’t deserve this.” The whole comment thread is gold.

NAVATE – Art by Lauren K. Cannon. Some lovely fantasy/horror stuff, possibly NSFW for artistic nudity. (Hat tip to pdq)

Why Are You Haunted? – A survey.

17th Century Death Roulette – Spin the wheel to earn yourself an authentic death. I got Rickets. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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The Link Dump of Wildfell Hall

February 14th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Skull Makeup Brush Holder – Nicely-detailed resin skull suitable for holding brushes, pens, and similar items.

Ghost Girl – Arrestingly creepy sculpture by Kevin Francis Gray.

Body Parts Valentines – Some nicely punny Valentine’s Day cards.

Fun Things to Do During the Zombie Apocalypse – “1. Pants all the zombies and watch em waddle around ”

A New App Guides Readers Through Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’ – This is an interesting application of technology.

Steampumpkin – DIY guide to giving cheap plastic pumpkins a steampunk makeover.

Skull Egg Mold – I’ve always thought that molding boiled eggs fell into the same category as fluting mushrooms and ironing bedsheets: Stuff that nobody reasonable has the time for. But these are kind of awesome.

ominous positivity bot – Twitter bot specializing in posts which are positive but vaguely unsettling. “The vampire posing as your Cosmology teacher thinks you are very strong.”

Squash Softies – Use scrap fabric to make cute little pumpkins. Or Halloween tribbles.

Be Mine – A creepy illustration, suitable for Valentine’s Day.

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