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September 19th, 2014 by Cobwebs

creaturesfromel – Marvelously surreal sculptures of animals. I think this little winged rat might be my favorite. The artist sells some of her work on Etsy.

Squash Softies – Use scrap fabric to make cute little pumpkins. Or Halloween tribbles. (via Old Fashion Halloween)

31 Creepy Items Every Horror Fan Should Own – I have to admit that the snow globe is splendid. (Hat tip to WitchArachne)

Sag es mit deinem Projekt – Cute “goth” ad for German home improvement chain Hornbach.

Deathwish – I want an organization like this to exist in real life.

Skull Boiled 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.

21 Punny Skeleton Comics That Will Tickle Your Funny Bone – The effect is cumulative. (Hat tip to pdq)

Shirrstone Shelter – Spooky Moon has a feature on some lovely, surreal dolls.

The Year According to Tumblr – It’s the year according to me, too. (Hat tip to xJane)

Blood Fondue Bar – If you’ve got access to a chocolate fountain, this is an interesting party idea.

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The Wicker Link Dump

September 12th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Nerf “Zombie Strike” Machete – Nerf has expanded into the zombie-hunting market. This might be a nice costume prop. (There are quite a number of other items in the Zombie Strike line, including swords, bombs, and crossbows.)

Mythic Articulations – Etsy shop specializing in 3D-printed skeletons of mythical creatures. (Hat tip to xJane)

Ghost Underground – Artist Livio Scapella’s series of marble sculptures look like veiled ghosts.

Sugar Skull Rum – (That link goes to a press release about the product; the official site is here, but it’s currently just a shell.) I have no idea what the rum tastes like, but the bottles are pretty. (via Cat)

Some cute kid-friendly fabric designs from Spoonflower: Chibi Great Old Ones, Monsters, There Once Was a Shark That Swallowed a Cephalopod, and Unusual Specimens.

Fiori Couture – Designer of really interesting corsets and accessories. Their Facebook page seems to have a lot more photos of their designs than the main site; I especially love the steel mermaid corset. (via WitchArachne)

The Gaslight Grill – Steampunk-esque London restaurant which specializes in “vintage” afternoon tea.

Good Omens on BBC Radio – Gaiman and Pratchett’s novel is being adapted for radio and will be broadcast this December.

Cheese “Cemetery” – This party cheese plate (complete with Brie casket!) is perfect for a Halloween party. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Author Claims to Have Identified Jack the Ripper – Yeah; let me point you to the important bit of this article (emphasis mine): “Jack the Ripper, one of the most notorious serial killers in history, has been identified through DNA traces found on this shawl, according to a book to be published Tuesday.” Uh-huh.

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Guardians of the Link Dump

September 5th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Edgar Allan Poe Sweater – Some people wear Christmas sweaters. This is a Halloween sweater.

Cabinets of Wonder – Neat book about wunderkammer.

John Brosio – Painter of weird, often unsettling scenes. The site gallery is somewhat annoying to navigate; you can see examples of his work collected here. (My favorite is the guy with the giant squid. You can just see him thinking, “Dammit, again?”)

The Frosted Petticoat – Etsy shop full of unusual, very detailed, chocolate in the form of things like gears and buttons. (via Cat)

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman’s wonderful book has been adapted as a graphic novel, with each chapter illustrated by a different artist. That link is Vol 1; here’s Vol 2. There’s an excerpt from the first chapter here.

Creepy Carnival Bat Ride – Online class for creating a Halloween decoration themed like a spooky carnival ride. (Hat tip to Kathy)

Great Moments in Dystopian Knitwear – An amusing roundup of knitted garments in dystopian movies. (via Burning Prairie)

Unicorn Princess Shoes – The “horn” heel is…certainly unique.

Best Friends – I love this illustration by Khoa Le of a “pet” who just wants to sit on its owner’s lap.

“Rocky Horror” Makeup Collection – MAC Cosmetics is releasing a 21-piece collection themed around RHPS.

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Another Darn Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

August 29th, 2014 by Cobwebs

This concludes the latest Link-Dump-a-Go-Go. Regular posting (and once-a-week link dumps) will return on Monday.

27 Places Straight Out of Nightmares – a.k.a. “Goth Vacation Suggestions.”

Human Skull Lyre – This is pretty metal.

Thrift Store Finds: Halloween Makeover – Some great suggestions for giving thrifted metal candlesticks, trays, and other items a spooky makeover. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

50 Scooby Doo Background Paintings – I want a bunch of these blown up and framed.

The Great Big Book of Horrible Things – A “definitive chronicle” of history’s 100 worst atrocities.

Werewolf – This sounds like a fun party game.

Fairies – Amazingly detailed “fairies” made of taxidermy insect parts. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Louis Armstrong Sings Death Metal – An amusing mashup.

Baby Bat Playing with Toys – This li’l rescue bat playing with a mobile will melt your heart.

Fencing Language in The Princess Bride – Westley and Inigo weren’t just making stuff up.

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Another Darn Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

August 28th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Supermanatee (and Friends) – Artist Joel Harris has a whole series of superhero-costumed manatees, and they are all blorpily marvelous. They’re available as prints and T-shirts.

Know Your Double – A field guide to doppelgangers.

Tattoos Inspired by Books from Childhood – I particularly like the Gorey ones.

Harry Potter Wedding Cake – This is just astonishingly detailed.

Hardback Reading Lamp – DIY project for turning a hardback book into a bedside reading lamp. If you’ve loved a book to death until its pages are falling out, this is a neat way to breathe new life into the cover.

Andreas Scheiger – Sculptor whose series Evolution of Type includes several “dissected” letters (plus a few more that look like fossils).

Unlock Some Inspiration – Decorating ideas using antique keys.

The Perfect Cake for Your Last Day of Work – The next time there’s a going-away party I may have to try this.

Make Your Own Hippogriff – Sadly, this tutorial uses fabric rather than alchemy.

DrFaustusAU – This artist’s faux-Seussian renderings of movies like Silence of the Lambs and The Evil Dead are splendid.

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Another Darn Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

August 27th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Spotter’s Guide to Rare and Unusual Patronuses – They can’t all be stags and otters.

The Pleasure’s All Mine – A history of “perverse” sex.

Smelling Death – Interesting article about “crime scene cleaners.”

Bosch’s 600-Year-Old Butt Music – One of the tortured sinners in Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights” has musical notes inscribed on his ass. Somebody transcribed them.

AlexanderJansson – Artist who creates weird, whimsical illustrations. (Hat tip to Cat)

Cthulhu Lulu – Knit your own tentacled beanie.

Life Before Death – Intriguing photo series featuring people before and after they die.

Leather Bat Bow – Neat hair bow/bowtie.

The Game Over Tinies – Series of cartoons in the style of The Gashleycrumb Tinies, only celebrating the deaths of various video game characters.

Nightmare Before Christmas/Haunted Mansion Tarot – Hey, neat. In 2001 Disneyland did a promotional event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of NMBC’s release, and each guest who attended received a deck of tarot-ish cards. They’re occasionally available on Amazon or eBay for astoundingly high prices. There are some better images of the individual cards here.

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Another Darn Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

August 26th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Owl Door – I have no idea where this is from but I love the carved door.

Light-up Wand Tutorial – Great instructions for making a Harry Potter-esque wand that lights up.

Game of Phones – tumblr1 made a mini Iron Throne for her iPhone to rest on. It is sort of wonderful.

Dragon Drink Dispenser Stand – This metal dragon is pricey, but it’d be an awesome investment for future Halloween parties. (via Poopisan)

Charlie the Flying Fox – This injured flying fox being fed grapes is adorkable. (The skins have been peeled off the grapes, so he probably thinks he’s bat royalty.)

Schadenfreude Mints – “As delicious as other people’s misery.”

Ghost Friend – Heh.

Coffin Hill – This horror graphic novel sounds intriguing.

Disenchanted – Humorous fantasy about an undead king trying to get rid of a cursed sword.

Eerie Reaper – Fabric with a subtle skull-and-black-cat design. I like the Eerie Encyclopedia too. (via Old Fashion Halloween)

25 Disney Villain Tattoos to Die For – I…I don’t know if I could sleep with a guy who had a giant Ursula chest tattoo.

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Another Darn Week of Link Dumps

August 25th, 2014 by Cobwebs

You guys. I have so many links my my Link Dump folder. So. Many. So guess what you get all week?

Flying Foxes Are Real And They Are Terrifying – If by “terrifying” you mean “utterly snorgle-able.”

Witchlings Tarot – Deck full of whimsical, pastel-colored witches by Paulina Cassidy. You can see the full deck here.

Necrometrics – “Death tolls across history.”

The Extinction Parade – Short story by Max Brooks (author of World War Z) about the vampires’ response to zombies. (via xJane)

40 Creepiest Photos Ever – Some of these seem to be modern, staged photos. Some are weird old vintage stuff.

Anatomical Lingerie – Underwear with the appropriate innards printed on the front. (via Beans)

Candy Corn Vases – Easy DIY for Halloweening up glass bottles.

Carousel Dogs – This isn’t goth, but the artistry is just stunning.

Lego Princess Bride – Scenes from the movie recreated in Lego.

Goth Gardening – Blog devoted to…just what you’d expect it to be devoted to.

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28 Link Dumps Later

August 22nd, 2014 by Cobwebs

Paranormal Ghost Prank – Since these guys apparently “prank” each other like this regularly it’s questionable how much of the guy’s fear is genuine. Still, given the relative simplicity of the setup it’d be fairly effective.

USB Squirming Tentacle – I want to get a USB hub and have a dozen of these all writhing at once.

Hand-painted Raven Scarf – This is just gorgeous. Given the detail, it’s not a bad price, either. (via Burning Prairie)

Bat Napkin Rings – Attractive, understated design. They’re pleasingly inexpensive, but could also be DIY’d by gluing bat-shaped buttons to plain napkin rings. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Wake the Dead – Cute kids’ book about a little boy who makes so much noise he…y’know.

Let’s Mummify Barbie! – This is a great, hilariously creepy, educational activity for kids.

Concrete Skull Lamp – xJane sent me this link with the comment, “expensive, but likely DIYable.” A definite yes to both.

Full Mash – Beer company with labels like, “Apparition,” “Seance,” “Nevermore,” and “Illuminati.” Handy for Halloween parties.

A Woman’s Work is Never Done – Project by textile artist Eliza Bennett, in which she embroiders her own hands. I realize that slipping a needle under the top layer of skin doesn’t really hurt, but these photos just squick me right the hell out.

Hanging Bats Salt and Pepper Shakers – These seem to be exclusive to Jo-Ann Fabric, so I don’t know if they’re available outside of the U.S. They’re pretty cute, though.

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The Old Dark Link Dump

August 15th, 2014 by Cobwebs

It’s Just Wood – Nice little meditation on the liberation that comes from knowing how to make things.

Sock Holder – Splendid addition to a laundry room.

Peter Dinklage – This is oddly compelling.

Death Wooed Us – Interesting photography project which “catalogues places where people have taken their own lives and the views that may have been the last things these people saw.”

Floral Skull Shower Curtain – This “beautiful death” shower curtain is a bit pricey, but lovely. It’s also available on the Society6 site as a print.

Rafael Silveira – Painter of surreal art with a comic-book vibe.

Monika Horčicová – Sculptor who creates macabre but oddly soothing pieces from cast-resin skeletons.

Stones and Bones – Project by illustrator DZO featuring intricate drawings on animal skulls and smooth rocks.

Death Eater Mask – Nice tutorial from EPBOT.

Boo! Cubes – Ice cube/gelatin molds shaped like li’l three-dimensional ghosts.

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