The Art of Darkness

Alas, A Link Dump

February 24th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Ann Arbor’s Fairy Doors – Ann Arbor, MI is home to a collection of fairy doors.

Light + Paper – Site which sells intricate, delicate paper cutouts, many in the shape of human organs.

LirikasByLirika – Etsy shop specializing in tights, gloves, and other accessories embellished with jewels and applique patches. Dark Forest and Wild Cherries are particularly appealing.

British Retro – Reproduction vintage clothing with fantastic style.

The Scariest Animal That Will Never Hurt You – Yay, whipscorpions! I especially like the photo of the mother carrying around its young. (Hat tip to DeVries)

Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies – Nebula Award Finalist Brooke Bolander’s short story is available online for free.

Useless Creatures (and Why They Matter) – Screwworm flies and cuttlefish are just as worthy of saving as polar bears.

Pet Flytrap – Sells a variety of carnivorous plants (including rare and unusual cultivars), terrarium kits, and supplies. Their sampler pack is a nice way to get started.

Animatronic Cat Ears – Instructions for making moveable cat ears. The same idea could easily be used for horns, antennae, or tentacles.

Fantasy Novel Title Generator – Stumped for a title for that big, fat, derivative fantasy novel you just extruded? Have no fear! This generator pumps out surprisingly plausible titles.

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The Link Dump of Shalott

February 17th, 2017 by Cobwebs

#RejectedSpells – Amusing Twitter hashtag. I like, “Detect Magic Johnson” and “Comprehend Difference Between Your and You’re.”

Geeky Sex Toys – Unicorn horn dildos, Green Lantern cock rings, and much else. NSFW. Duh.

Beauty and Lord Voldemort – A mashup trailer of greatness.

How Fleetwood Mac Invented Goth – Uhm?

Crazy Yearbook Quotes From Students Back in 1911 – Smartasses are eternal. Also Alice Winslow is my spirit animal.

Wisconsin Death Trip – This account of the misfortunes surrounding the town of Black River Falls is a horror movie waiting to happen, although they’ll have to change the town name to something a little less obvious-sounding. (via Beans)

Gregorian Voices – Online Gregorian chant generator. Also available as a free app.

Lore – Podcast about true-life scary stories.

Coexisting With The Fair Folk Who Have Taken Up Residence In/Around/Beneath Your University: A How-To Guide – This ‘toon (and the accompanying notes) are splendid. (Update: Someone was inspired to create a university newsletter.)

The Midnight Screecher – Despite sounding like a sex act, this is a suggested “entertainment” from an 1873 book entitled What Shall We Do To-Night?. I don’t know what that head piece is made out of.

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Pretty Link Dumps All in a Row

February 10th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Sarah Duyer – Artist who creates ceramic works like teapots with spider legs.

Banana Slug Mask – Who doesn’t need a banana slug mask?

Lovecraftian Letters – Huge set of magnetic words featuring H.P. Lovecraft’s unique vocabulary.

Arctic Ambience – Ten hours of sounds including frozen ocean, ice cracking, snow falling, icebreaker idling and distant howling wind, recorded on a polar icebreaking vessel.

That time we looked at buying an empty town where a massacre happened – The Bloggess shares a Twitter Moment.

Halloween Wine Charms – Set of Halloween-themed magnetic drink markers. There are a couple of other styles available too: 1, 2.

Dinosaur Park – “the dinosaur park is like a dog park, but cooler” I love the image of the guy feeding the “birds.”

The Mesmerist – Interesting-sounding YA novel about a teenage sham spiritualist who discovers she actually has the ability to speak with the dead. The same author also wrote Hoodoo, about a boy trying to learn to conjure.

Vintage Gothic Dessert Table – Stunning setup for a wedding reception dessert table; it’d be appropriate for any fancy party.

Ronit Baranga – Sculptor who creates weirdly cute demonic babies, dishware with fingers and mouths, and other mildly unsettling stuff. I think Time for Tea is my favorite.

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A Study in Link Dumps

January 27th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Depicteur – Company which will turn a photo into an oil painting, including fantasy treatments that will make your housepet look particularly majestic.

#dinodinaseries – Photographer Jorge Saenz uses some plastic dinosaur friends in his travel photos, and the results are adorable and wholesome.

The Haunted Dollhouse – Interesting-sounding subscription service in which you build a dollhouse and solve puzzles to unveil a tale of horror.

Calvin and Hobbes Nursery Mural – This is a great mural in its own right, but the same wall-projector technique could be used with other, spookier images.

Horror Europa – A sequel to Mark Gatiss’ “A History of Horror” which explores European horror cinema. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Crispy, Crunchy, Crawly – Article (with recipes) discussing the tradition of eating bugs in Japan.

yo bro is it safe down there in the woods? yeah man it’s cool – Artist Tomislac Jagnjic has awesome titles for his artwork.

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters – Neat coffee-table book about del Toro’s “Films, Notebooks, and Collections.”

Doc Martens Museum Collection – Docs decorated with classic paintings. I am heartbroken that the Bosch ones are sold out.

Mythical Beast Travel Posters – Retro-look travel posters which advertise the mythical creatures of various destinations. These are available as prints and are completely wonderful.

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The Link Dumps of Wrath

January 20th, 2017 by Cobwebs

New Bat Species Discovered – This pretty little bat has its own genus.

Collectable Hieronymus Bosch Figurines – Resin sculptures of details from various Bosch paintings. I…got nothin’. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Dark Birds – Grim, fairytale-like short story by Ursula Vernon.

Sea Monster Moppe – Thrifted Ikea dresser gorgeously made over with vintage sea monster art and a woodburning tool.

Insect Embroideries – Lovely hand-embroidered beetles, bees, and other small critters.

Cuddling Bats – Cute photo of a pile of bats. “Scrunchy spelunkys” is my new favorite description of such a phenomenon.

Winter Tide – Novel which explores Lovecraft from the perspective of a citizen of Innsmouth.

Hogwarts Running Club – Organization which allows you to become a “member” of a Hogwarts house and run in events for charity.

Fairy Tale Fragments – Twitter feed which tweets evocative sentences that sound like something from fairy tales: “There once lived a swan maiden who had a glass coffin,” or “The bloody queen courted the wise old man.”

Your Daily Bat – Daily bat art and free bat facts!

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When a Link Dump Calls

January 13th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Haunted Housework – T-shirt featuring adorable little ghosts spooking up their house.

Dark Crosses – Etsy shop specializing in gothy cross-stitch patterns.

Victorian Criminal Slang – An interesting lexicon.

Eat Your Heart Out, Sorting Hat – EPBOT has some custom Hogwarts House digital banners for use as profile pic frames on Facebook.

How to Tell If You’re in an Anne Rice Novel “1. God has abandoned you. You’re fine with it. Really.” (via Pixel Pixie)

EARrings – Silicon earrings that resemble human ears, in many different flesh tones. The same artist also makes rings shaped like a human finger.

I’m gonna be a vampire. Maybe. – The Bloggess receives spam. Followup posts here and here.

Badass Face Art – Some amazing effects, heavy on the skull imagery. (via Pensive)

Wee Free Men Heading to Cinemas – The Jim Henson Company will be helping to bring Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegles to life. Crivens.

Deathbulge – This ‘toon amused me. (via Shellhawk)

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I Wandered Lonely as a Link Dump

January 6th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Stiffs – Come for the Lee Atwater Invitational Dead Pool, stay for the irreverent obituaries.

Neolithic “Spirit” Masks – Apparently the Stone Age featured Death Eaters.

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection – Currently free on Kindle. (As is the complete Conan the Barbarian.)

Christopher Lee Discusses Peter Cushing – Included in the interview are tidbits regarding Lee and Cushing’s shared fondness for Sylvester and Tweety Pie.

Dungheaps & Dragons – Where does all the effluvia in your standard D&D dungeon go? This RPG aims to find out. The basic idea is described here.

Spider Embroideries – Artist Adam Pritchett embroiders spiderwebs into holes in fabric, then adds spiders around the edges. This would be a brilliant way to fix a hole in a piece of clothing.

Stephen King’s Peanuts – Artist Hal Hefner created this great double homage to Charles Schulz and Stephen King.

JacobinCalendar – “The ORIGINAL twitter based French Revolutionary Calendar.” Accept no substitutes. (Bonjour! Today is Marl day in the Snowy month in the 225th year.)

Abbot & Hast – Publications and tchotchkes for funerary professionals. They sell cute little model hearses and lapel pins with legends like “Embalming Artistry Professional.”

Building the Ultimate Dungeon Master Screen – This DM screen made for a gamer gift exchange is gorgeous.

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Leather Link Dumps of Phobos

December 30th, 2016 by Cobwebs

How to Keep Your Guy From Removing the Neck Ribbon That Keeps Your Head Tied On – Don’t you hate when this happens?

Bruce Campbell Reality Show Now Casting – A horror-themed reality show hosted by Campbell is looking for horror fans to participate. (via Beth)

List of inventors killed by their own inventions – Wikipedia is a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

Frankenstuffies – Etsy shop which sells chimeric abominations “lovingly re-assembled by hand from cleaned, recycled and, um, dismembered stuffed animals.”

Hiné Mizushima – Artist who creates felted mashups of flora and fauna, like the Venus Anttrap Beetle and the Florapede.

Skull Handbag – Neat glow-in-the-dark molded latex skull purse.

Wolf Meets Dog – This thoughtful cartoon casts dogs in a fairy-tale light.

7 Monsters That Bigfoot Hunters Are Too Scared to Believe In – A roundup of particularly unlikely-sounding cryptids.

Death Wish Coffee – Highly-caffeinated “extreme” coffee.

The Raven – The Library of Congress has a high-resolution scan of a rare edition of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” with gorgeous illustrations by Gustave Doré. (Note that there are several scans of blank pages, which can be a little confusing; the library aims to capture the physical book as closely as possible, which means including the blank pages.)

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Link Dump On 34th Street

December 23rd, 2016 by Cobwebs

Ash Dancer – Amazingly detailed graphite sculpture of a human skeleton.

Cryptomancer – RPG created “by hackers for hackers.” It’s your standard fantasy-world setting, but you win by creating and undermining cryptographically secured networks of magical gems.

Mama In Her Kerchief and I In My Madness – A “truly awful Christmas volume” of fictional pre-Santa lore. (Hat tip to pdq)

Whimsy Calling – Etsy shop specializing in absurdly cute clay animals, including dragons, ponycorns, and what may possibly be the cutest bat (with a full moon on his tummy) that I have ever seen.

Crochet Sugar Skulls – Free pattern with tutorial and photos.

Art of Mr. Werewolf – Artist Jakub Rozalski creates wonderful paintings depicting rural Eastern European folk fighting against mecha warriors, werewolves, and demons. His Krampus vs. Santa is awesome.

Ghostfish: Catfished by a Ghost – Five-minute dark comedy.

Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling – Anthology of works which take tired storytelling tropes (Love at First Sight, Damsels in Distress, Yellow Peril, The Black Man Dies First, etc.) and turns them into something fresh.

Monsters – Artist Len Peralta does many geeky works, including some great monsters. He also does custom holiday cards and “pets drawn geeky.”

15 Creepy Vintage Toys – How most of these haven’t already shown up in low-budget horror movies, I have no idea. (Hat tip to pdq)

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The Link Dump on the Hearth

December 16th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Marty Mouse House – A site which follows the adventures of Marty (who, despite the site name, is a rat) and his friends.

The Voynich Manuscript – An authorized edition of the mysterious manuscript, using photos taken for this purpose.

The Raven – Neil Gaiman reads the Poe poem. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Chocolate Frog Ornaments – Jen from EPBOT made these adorable ornaments as party favors for a Potter-themed ball.

Ghost in the Machine – A look at the lore of haunted televisions.

The NecroNomNomNomicon: Cookbook of the Dead – This appears to be a novel rather than an actual cookbook, which is a pity, but I’d buy it for the name alone. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Gold Rush – Porcelain “statement” necklace which looks like a horde of mice swarming your neck. It might be possible to DIY something similar with spray-painted rubber mice.

Christmas Ghost Stories – Article which discusses the tradition of telling ghost stories at Christmas.

Carol of the Brains – A zombie-filled Christmas carol. (Hat tip to Devries)

Razorback – A lovely short story by Ursula Vernon.

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