The Art of Darkness

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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The Night of the Link Dump

August 8th, 2014 by Cobwebs

BACK – A western/fantasy webcomic “about the end of the world. Not post apocalyptic just the end of it all.” There’s an alternate Tumblr feed.

Christopher McKenney – This photographer calls himself a “horror surrealist.” His works are both lovely and really unsettling.

Les Vampires Oracle Cards – “Ancient Wisdom and healing messages from the Children of the Night.” Doll-like vampires with beestung lips help divine your future. There are other decks by the same artist: Oracle of the Shapeshifters and Oracle of Shadows and Light.

Zombie Apocalypse Engagement Photo Shoot – Fun themed photo shoot.

31 Days of Halloween Parties – Site with a couple of years’ worth of party ideas; it hasn’t been updated since 2012, but there are some useful links.

55 Words – I sort of love the idea of dinosaur ghosts.

Eye Heart Spleen – Pretty photo series of flowers arranged to look like human organs.

Improved Thrift Store Paintings – Artist Chris McMahon buys cheap paintings and “improves” them with monsters. They are utterly wonderful. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – There is going to be a Harry Potter spin-off movie. Color me unsurprised.

Biology of Mermaids – Famed oceanographer Karl Banse has written a “serious” (in the sense of humor written with a straight face, rather than actual belief) scientific treatise on mermaids. A PDF of the full paper is here.

p.s. – I’m going to be dragged, kicking and shrieking, away from the computer for a week. Due to the magic of advance scheduling blog posts will continue as usual, but if you email and I don’t respond I’m not ignoring you. (Or am I? Muwahahahaha.)

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The Princess Link Dump

August 1st, 2014 by Cobwebs

Entangled – Lovely sculpture depicting two hearts entwining each other with their tentacles. As they do.

WTF, Evolution? – I just love the concept of a bat extruder.

Bruce Campbell Will Star in “Evil Dead” TV Series – Neat.

Isaac Cordal’s Cement Skeletons – The artist leaves miniature cement skeletons, dressed as housewives and businessmen, tucked away on the streets of Chiapas, Mexico. (Hat tip to pdq)

21 Best (Worst) Halloween Pun Costumes – It’s Buzzfeed, but it’s funny. (Hat tip to Cookie)

Bone Music – Interesting article about Soviet-era bootleg music pressed onto X-ray plates.

Dress-up Bigfoot – Clothe your cryptids.

Friday the 13th Engagement Photo Shoot – I want to know who made the awesome “Camp Crystal Lake” sign. (Update: It’s been pointed out to me that the text notes the bride made the sign. Next time I will try reading for comprehension. Thanks, angelus!)

Monsters of Grok – “Band” T-shirts honoring scientists and other great thinkers.

Martín De Pasquale – These digitally-manipulated photos are both clever and rather creepy.

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Silent Link Dump

July 25th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Cross-Stitched Microbes – Etsy shop Wally’s Wall Stuff has some great cross-stitch designs; I particularly like the Wash Your Hands reminder.

Our Neighbor’s House – io9 has an exclusive excerpt from Emily Carroll’s horror comic collection Through The Woods.

“Rat Queens” to be a Cartoon – I don’t read a lot of comics so I’d never heard of this series, but it sounds pretty awesome. A branch of Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop is turning it into a cartoon.

The Odyssey in Legos – This amazing mega-Lego installation features most of the high points of The Odyssey.

Texts from Cephalopods – “It is a well-established fact in marine biology that the octopus is the drunk texter of the cephalopod family.”

Extreme Wine Pairings – Just in case you were wondering whether red or white went better with grasshoppers.

Caleb Brown’s Surreal Paintings – Brown depicts a near-future world where humanity is threatened by giant insects and flying sharks. I for one welcome our new otter overlords.

Urban Bugs – Splendid “lookbook” of beetles dressed in various fashion brands.

Listen to Bats Sing – Wolves aren’t the only children of the night who make music.

Left No Ball Unchased – Neat Atlas Obscura article about pet epitaphs. The Kliban-esque tombstone for the cat “Woodstock” is especially wonderful. (Also I just now discovered that Atlas Obscura has a Morbid Monday feature. Awesome.)

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