The Art of Darkness

When Link Dumps Attack

June 24th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Twenty Fun Things To Do With a Time Machine – “2. Infest the timestream with time-beavers.”

Plush Manananggal – That Filipino monster that separates in half and flies around dragging its entrails? Somebody made a toy one.

Bowiebranchia – “Nudibranchia or other opisthobranchia compared to the various looks of David Bowie.” This is oddly soothing.

The Evolution of Horror Movie Poster Designs – Neat look at how designs have changed over time. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Monster Corner Bookmark – Video tutorial for making a frowny li’l bookmark to nom on your pages.

Exo Protein Bars – Energy bars made with cricket flour. It’s inexcusable that they don’t offer a chocolate “chirp” flavor.

Dug Stanat – Sculptor whose works put me in mind of Gahan Wilson drawings. There’s some neat spooky stuff.

How would a school for Magic in the USA differ from Hogwarts? – An entertaining Reddit thread.

Washi Tape Spider Web – Easy (and easily removable) wall decoration.

Once Upon a Zombie Dolls – Every time I think the zombie fad has jumped the undead shark, somebody comes up with a new way to exploit it. These are knockoff Disney princess dolls, only zombied. Because why not.

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The Secret Life of Link Dumps

June 17th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Personal Threat Level – Allows you to create a custom “threat level” indicator, suitable for all occasions.

A Sumerian Walks Into a Bar – A history of dirty jokes. (via pdq)

Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire’s newest book, about a boarding school for children who have found their way to faerieland and then been exiled back to the real world. BoingBoing has a review.

Sock Zombie – Video tutorial for making weird little zombies out of leftover socks.

House of MinaLima – London exhibit devoted to the graphic art in the Harry Potter movies.

Perfumes for the Dark – Suggestions for gothy scents.

Fierce Little Dragon – Free crochet pattern for a wee winged dragon.

Henning and Dick – Author Scott Meyer sends out occasional email newsletters. This recent pitch for a fictional TV show amused me vastly.

The Lesser Bot – “The Lesser Bot of Solomon offers you endless pages from a text in the style of Ars Goetia and the Pseudomonarchia Daemonum.” Twitter account which sort of looks like a Markov chain tripped over the Necronomicon. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Nightmare – There’s a new documentary about sleep paralysis (“Old Hag Syndrome”), and Vice interviews the filmmaker.

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Day of the Link Dump

June 10th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Flayed Human Skull Antipasto Platter – The “meat head” is a fairly standard Halloween party dish, but this one is quite nicely done. Also includes a link to a recipe for coal-black bread. (Hat tip to DeVries)

Voodoo Cloaks – A look at the “technicolor” clothing associated with the religion of Voodoo in Benin.

How Forensic Scientists Once Tried to “See” a Dead Person’s Last Sight – Smithsonian has an interesting article about the old belief in optography.

Goth Block – Heavy-duty sunscreen in a black container.

Klements – UK clothing company featuring unusual printed fabrics. I like the bird skeleton on Freaks.

Leatherback Turtle Mouth – The inside of a Leatherback turtle’s mouth looks like something out of a horror movie.

Haunted House Silhouettes – Downloadable patterns for making spooky window decorations. (via Shellhawk’s Nest)

13 Fun Facts About “Scooby-Doo” – A roundup.

Lost American Superstitions – Neat list of “lost” superstitions from early 20th Century America. My grandma subscribed to more than a few of these. (Hat tip to pdq)

Unconventionally Adorable Plush Toys – These knitted and felted creatures by Hiné Mizushima are weirdly cute.

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Rebel Without a Link Dump

June 3rd, 2016 by Cobwebs

High Noon Creations – Etsy shop featuring awesome headwear and accessories. I like the Bird Skull Mask, but I think my favorite is the Snail Shell Helmet.

Monster Body Art – Lara Wirth is a 16-year-old who enjoys turning herself into monsters. Her makeup effects are amazing. (Hat tip to pdq)

Easy Glass Eyeballs – Tutorial for making faux glass eyes. Useful for jewelry, art, or simply creeping people out.

Thingu – This Pingu version of The Thing is oddly compelling.

Skull Doorknobs – These are gorgeous. (via Spooky Moon)

Young Frankenstein Hoopla – Portrait embroidery. It’s all straight stitches, but the effect is wonderful.

If the Ancients Had Buzzfeed – Accurate.

Skelemental – All kinds of gorgeous metal skeletons. Look at this amazing coffee table.

Famous Last Meals – A modest collection of the last meals of criminals who received the death penalty. (via Jes)

The Costume Mercenary – Blog devoted to “photographs, sketches and concept art of pseudo-historical, fantasy, steampunk and scifi costume.” Gorgeous stuff.

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Gilligan’s Link Dump

May 27th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Flez – Etsy shop full of bat-related items. Look at these squee-worthy magnets.

Funko Dark Crystal – Funko just announced a new series of figurines. There’s even a teensy Fizzgig.

Gothic “Beach Reads” – Goth Shopaholic has a roundup of gloomy summer reading.

Lego Abandoned Victorian Houses – Master Builder Mike Doyle created some amazingly-detailed “haunted houses” out of Lego bricks.

Michael is Coming Home – There’s a new, John Carpenter-approved, Halloween movie in the works.

The Dictionary of Victorian London – A phenomenal resource for anyone interested in Victorian London. See also The Cat’s Meat Shop, a sort of blog/appendix.

Who Wants to Live Forever – The Tenors do a gothy cover of Queen.

Living with the Dead – A look at cemeteries with alternate uses. I sort of love the restaurant one. (Hat tip to pdq)

Veggiemancer – Cute animated short in which a young “veggiemancer” accidentally creates a turnip monster.

Merrylin Cryptid Museum – Gaff-maker extraordinare Alex CF has a wonderful fictional museum of oddities. (Hat tip to DeVries)

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Age of Link Dumps

May 20th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Dear Dracula – Cute children’s book about a little boy who writes to Dracula rather than Santa Claus.

The Deadly Pain Medicine Sold by Skeletons – We need more modern pharmaceutical ad campaigns to feature well-dressed skeletons.

Outer Space Vodka – This vodka’s bottle resembles an alien head and would be perfect for a UFO-themed party.

Cicada Recipes – Some ideas for cooking with insects.

Likely Stories – Trailer for an upcoming four-part TV series featuring stories by Neil Gaiman.

The Beauty of Horror – Adult coloring book for horror fans.

Bat Squeaks While Being Tickled – This video of a juvenile fruit bat squeaking happily as he’s being scritched is ridiculously adorable. (Hat tip to DeVries)

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – This ‘toon makes me eager to be a grandparent.

What a Way to Go – A list of unusual causes of death. I’m surprised the list doesn’t include Jim Fixx, but maybe that’s less “unusual” and more “really, really ironic.”

I Hate Fairyland – Series of graphic novels following the adventures of Gert, a forty-year-old woman trapped in a six-year-old’s body who’s been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for nearly 30 years. NPR reviews it here.

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The Four Link Dumps of the Apocalypse

May 13th, 2016 by Cobwebs

The Horror of Blimps – This story has been knocking around the intartubes for years, but it’s funny every time I run across it.

Chocolate Covered Coffee Bean Skulls – These are sort of adorable.

If These Are the Four Houses of America’s Hogwarts, They Are Completely Insane – I like J.K. Rowling, but goddamn is she tone-deaf where cultural appropriation is concerned.

Hoard of Nightmares – A recent commission in Iguanamouth’s ongoing “dragon hoard” series of awesomeness.

15 Fun Facts about Bunnicula – I was unaware that there’s a new animated series based on the book.

Michele Carragher – The blog of the costumer for Game of Thrones. Gorgeous photos, and even some tutorials for things like creating “dragonscale.”

More Vampires Who… – This Tumblr thread amused me vastly.

Beautiful Madness – EPBOT reviews a book subscription box (like Lootcrate for the literary, I guess) which sounds pretty neat.

A Walking Tour of the Shambles – Travelogue of a fictional area of Chicago, written by Neil Gaiman and Gene Wolfe, and illustrated by Gahan Wilson.

My Little Baphomet – Etsy shop full of felted demons and other adorably evil things.

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All the World’s a Link Dump

May 6th, 2016 by Cobwebs

FraterOrion – Artist who makes all kinds of creepy sculpted items, including these Lovecraftian bottles.

Rat Bag – This cute rat-shaped tote bag has sold, but it looks reasonably DIY-able. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Maor Zabar Hats – Etsy shop full of completely bananas headwear featuring spiders or shaped like carnivorous plants. There’s a “featured shop” article on the Etsy blog.

How to Make a Fairy House – Some cute ideas for making miniature garden dwellings.

10 of the Most Disturbing Folk Songs in History – A little something to add to the playlist.

Eldritch T-Swift – “she wears high heels; all my feet are bare. she’s cheer captain, and i live deep under the bleachers, watching, my mandibles gently clicking” (Hat tip to xJane)

17 Bloody Facts About ‘Friday the 13th’ – A roundup.

BoringSidney – Etsy shop specializing in “Unusual hats and headdresses.” The Vampire Squid Fascinator cracks me up.

16 Real Old-Timey Photographs That Will Give you Nightmares – Some odd vintage photos, courtesy of Cracked.

Gothic Charm School – The Lady of the Manners offers advice on how to be a better black-clad freak.

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I Walked with a Link Dump

April 29th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Twin Peaks Full Cast – I don’t think I can summarize this any better than @AmeliaMangan: “Who’s in the new Twin Peaks? EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED. I’m not entirely sure I’M not in it somewhere.”

UniversesSwirls – Etsy shop featuring adorable plush fantasy creatures. This water dragon and night sky spider are mighty winsome.

Biomedical Ephemera, or: A Frog For Your Boils – “Featuring illustrations, history, and totally useless trivia from the diverse realms of nature and medicine.”

136 Creepy Wikipedia Articles – Your time-waster for the day.

The Museum of Unnatural Mystery – Quirky site whose stated intention is, “explore the fringe edges of science and at the same time use those subjects to get people interested in the more mundane aspects of scientific work.” (Hat tip to DeVries)

Cricket Flour – Hey, neat; you can buy powdered cricket on Amazon.

Misty Night on the Bayou – “Lego enthusiast” Patrick Massey made a wonderfully creepy swamp cabin.

Tiny Crochet Pumpkin – Pattern and tutorial for an adorable, wee pumpkin.

Plush Stag Beetles – These are cute, but the price tag makes my eye twitch. The design looks simple enough to DIY.

Snake – A lovely poem by D.H. Lawrence. (via perk)

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Go Set a Link Dump

April 22nd, 2016 by Cobwebs

Horror-Themed VCRs – This is such a weird, niche example of retro art, and yet it somehow works. (Hat tip to Fiend4Halloween)

Titanic Sinks in Real Time – A two-hour-and-41-minute video created as part of an upcoming game project. The video is sprinkled with narrative comments which explain what’s going on in the timeline.

Making a Working Ghost Trap – “Working,” in this case, means, “the door opens and stuff,” not “actually traps ghosts.” It’s a great-looking prop, though.

Government Free VJJ – Campaign to knit uteruses and send them to politicians who are trying to limit women’s reproductive rights. Even if you don’t want to mail your Congressman, why would you pass up a free uterus pattern? (via perk)

Bowie Hamster – “The World’s Most Fashionable Hamster” does Bowie.

OCEARCH – A global shark tracker (available on both Apple and Android) which allows you to see real-time data about tagged sharks.

Labyrinth Board Game – A game based on the movie, with surprisingly detailed pieces, has just been announced.

My Stomach Was in My Butt – The Sampler podcast takes a look at “scary, suspenseful stuff.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

8 Horror-Themed Bars – Bloody Disgusting’s roundup sounds like the perfect recipe for a road trip.

Van Essie – “Rogue taxidermist” who incorporates bits of dead things into fantastical, creepy sculptures. This one is especially impressive.

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