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A Link Dump Grows in Brooklyn

October 11th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Squirming Mommy Munchers – One of Bogleech’s wonderful Weird Biology series, this one about caecilians.

BareBumShop – Etsy shop specializing in soap and bath bombs, many of them with spooky themes.

ao3 tags – A delightful Twitter account that logs interesting tags from Archive of Our Own works. I especially like, “non-consensual knife play, also known as stabbing,” “Slightly canon compliant if canon had a demon tossed into it,” and “let perry the platypus say fuck.”

Christmas with Krampus – Kickstarter for Krampus-themed wrapping paper, ornaments, and greeting cards.

The Fisher of Bones – Sarah Gailey’s novelette is available for free online.

Death of the Firstborn Egyptians – A cute animation and catchy tune about one of the Biblical plagues. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie, who finds the best stuff)

The Best Places Around the World to See Bats (by the Millions) – I am all in for bat tourism.

20 Years Later, and the Women of Angel Still Deserve More – “The deaths of Darla, Fred, and Cordelia Chase were a waste.” Damn straight, they were.

31 Days ‘Til Halloween – After a long absence, Dave Lowe is blogging again and is counting down the days to Halloween with spooky sketches.

Calamityware Now What? Series – Calamityware has a kickstarter for a new set of designs. (Hat tip to Bruno)

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An Exaltation of Link Dumps

September 27th, 2019 by Cobwebs

TKC Cozy Pawz – Etsy shop specializing in pet costumes. I think the tarantula might be my favorite.

Spooky Hugs! – This short animation about a trick-or-treating ghost is almost disgustingly wholesome. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Graveyard – A cocktail I found when I was googling “the graveyard book” and hit the wrong autosuggest link. It sounds horrifying.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is on Netflix – And @vandroidhelsing does a short liveblog.

Halloween Treats and Dessert Recipes – A roundup of party sweets.

Houses with Chicken Legs – Adorable little ‘toon.

The Poirot Murders – An exercise in reframing Hercule Poirot as the actual murderer in his mysteries. (Hat tip to Bruno, who sent this link with the comment, “that rpg blog is at it again”)

The amount of times I could have been that white girl in the horror movie – This thread is hilarious.

I’m Engaged – This may be the best way to turn down pushy men who want a woman’s number that I’ve ever seen.

Greek Mythology – An amusing Tumblr collection. (The “kerberos” bit is wrong, but we’ll ignore that because it’s funny.)

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Blood and Link Dumps

September 20th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Good Omens Holiday Exchange – A Secret Santa-type exchange, where the gifts are fiction or artwork.

Human Choice Cuts – This “butcher’s guide” poster for how to do cannibalism right is delightful. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Pristine – A webcomic about tattoos.

BirdArtBulgaria – Etsy shop full of cosplay masks, helmets, and other goodies.

D1sarmon1a – Some gorgeous lipstick/lip art designs. I especially love the li’l bats.

Staked Heart Hand Pies – Cute idea for a Halloween party.

Shaun Keenan – This artist has created a series of “Dinosaurs of the Wild West” that are just wonderfully evocative. I especially like the undertaker’s “helper.” (The main link is to a Tumblr post about his work instead of his actual site because the site isn’t user-friendly.)

The Night – Toni “Hey Mickey” Basil performs in “cult vampire” film Rockula. I…don’t even know where to start with this. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Far Side Website is Updated – For the first time in over 20 years, Gary Larson’s site has been updated with new art and a “coming soon” message. Oh please, oh please….

Hellmouth – A crossover comic will bring Buffy and Angel back together.

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I Wandered Lonely As a Link Dump

September 13th, 2019 by Cobwebs

DrFaustusAU – This artist does amazing SF/horror art in the style of Dr. Seuss. I think If I Ran a Thuggee Cult might be my favorite.

BBC America Reveals Cast for The Watch – Casting has finally been announced for the first series of The Watch, based on the Discworld novels. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Skeleton Corpsing How-To – This nice DIY began with a skeleton/spider prop, but you could probably make your own from plastic skeleton parts.

Eye Pies – These little individual pies that stare back at you would be great as part of a Halloween party menu.

The Christmas Vampire – I heartily endorse this family tradition.

Skeleton Army – This sweet little ‘toon is just perfect.

Not a Mourning Person – Mug and spoon set featuring Disney’s Haunted Mansion gravedigger (and dog). The shovel-shaped spoon is delightful. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

John Grimshaw – Thread of fake “artifacts,” art, and general weirdness, including a really nice unicorn skull.

Here’s a Story About Changelings – Three sweet stories about non-neurotypical “fairies.”

Giant Edible Eyeballs – (Okay, technically, any eyeball is edible, but you know what I mean.) These are wonderfully squicky.

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The Link Dump of Monte Cristo

September 6th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Ouija Tour – A house tour of the chairman of the Talking Board Museum. That’s…that’s a lot of talking boards. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

How to Make a Pumpkin Head – Instructions to make a good-looking DIY papier-mache pumpkin for all of your Headless Horseman needs.

Cranberry Bogs – It’s the last paragraph that really makes this special. (Hat tip to pdq)

Gwendolyn Wood – Artist with some delightfully batshit repeating patterns like “opossums and roses” and “rats and peonies.” A few of her designs are also available as fabric.

Miskatonic High – Horror comic in which “five teens take on H.P. Lovecraft’s monsters and their small-town high school…they’re just not sure which is worse.” (Hat tip to xJane)

Please, Stop Printing Unicorns – A fictional “op-ed from the future” about bioprinters. Many of the comments play along with the premise and are worth a read.

Precious Mutants – I love a good thrift-store makeover, and these horrifying Precious Moments figurines are especially fine. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Mercedes McCambridge – This thread about the actress who played the voice of the devil in The Exorcist is fascinating.

A Leash of Foxes, Their Stories Like Barter – Short story by horror/fantasy writer Cassandra Khaw, who explains why she wrote it here.

Terrible Maps – Amusing novelty Twitter account which features things like, Map of Earth if there was no land and Map of Roman Air Bases in 2nd Century AD.

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A Murder of Link Dumps

August 30th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Famous Poems Rewritten as Limericks – I do like “The Raven” a lot.

Ugly Halloween Sweaters – I don’t know who could possibly call these gorgeous things “ugly.” I would wear the hell out of all of them.

Death is Annoyed – Amusing ‘toon.

Cobra Cake – Unlike a lot of decorated cakes, this snake made of Bundt sections and molded Rice Krispie treats seems achievable by mere mortals.

Romanov Costume Ball – These colorized photos from the 1903 Romanav fancy-dress party has some fantastic cosplay inspiration.

Cheese Graveyard – Super-easy idea for a Halloween party snack.

The Twisted Hatter – Several cool crochet hat designs, including a gorgeous kraken in Halloween colors.

American Gothic Venn Diagram – Southern vs. Midwest vs. Pacific Northwest.

vampires who adopt each other into very specific family roles – An amusing Tumblr thread about “chronological” age vs. “acts like” age.

Evolution – Not really goth, but a rather nice poem.

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A Link Dump Built for Two

August 23rd, 2019 by Cobwebs

The Babadook Pop-Up Book – The filmmakers have a kickstarter for a second edition printing of the pop-up book. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Allergic to Cats – I love this webtoon.

Spring-Heeled Jack – Wonderful sculpture of an underappreciated cryptid. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Vampire Masquerade Ball Gown – Look! Look at this gorgeous thing!

Siren School – Amusing ‘toon involving sirens learning to lure sailors to their doom.

Rib and Spine Costume – Really neat “costume” made of ribbon. I could see this being used as an accent for a dress.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are About to Hunt Some Ghosts – Pegg and Frost will be doing a comedy series about paranormal investigators for Amazon Prime. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Trash Blessings – Lovely set of artwork based on the admirable characteristics of urban fauna we often see as undesirable.

The House Wins in the End – Nicely creepy short story about what happens after you survive a haunted house.

Astrology is Fake, But – This series is hilarious and I have never been so proud to be a Scorpio.

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Link Dump Written in a Country Churchyard

August 16th, 2019 by Cobwebs

The World’s Greatest Villain – I would definitely read a comic book series based on this response to a writing prompt.

Horror Movie Daycare – This short from College Humor is an oldie but a goodie.

a hypothetical d&d party – What happens after the fairytales end.

Knitted Brain – This anatomically correct human brain knitted by a psychiatrist is amazing.

Skeleton – A pleasantly creepy story by Ray Bradbury.

hamlet, act 1, sc. 5 – This made me cackle.

The Cremation of Sam McGee – An entertainingly dramatic reading of the Robert W. Service poem.

Ask Your Father – Amusing webtoon.

Monsters of the Month – Illustrations of various weird little monsters. I especially like the Scorpkin.

Swedish Funeral Candy – I think we should bring back the concept of “funeral favors” immediately.

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The Link Dump of the Ancient Mariner

August 9th, 2019 by Cobwebs

The Six Types of Middle-Earth Names – “this is what the fanbase means when we say tolkien was a creative genius with language”

We Aren’t the Doc Brown Species – I completely approve of this take on how aliens would view humans.

Fae Harry Potter – I really like this headcanon about how the Hogwarts houses came into being.

Fungus Cross-Stitch – This message is both terrifying and awesome.

True Facts About the Fruit Bat – One of zefrank’s excellently-researched documentaries. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Vampire and Friend – This little ‘toon is delightful.

Dark Mori – There’s a variant on Mori Girl fashion centered around dark colors. As someone in this Twitter thread commented, it’s essentially ComfortGoth.

Recipes with Stories – This short Twitter thread and responses are entertaining.

For He Can Creep – “A dark fantasy about Jeoffry, a cat who fights demons, a poet, who is Jeoffry’s human confined to an insane asylum, and Satan, who schemes to end the world.”

@calkearns – This artist draws wonderfully demonic versions of cartoon animals like Snoopy.

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The Link Dump of J. Alfred Prufrock

August 2nd, 2019 by Cobwebs

Monster Standup Comedy – Amusing webtoon.

Cowgoth – I am here for this new subculture.

Florida Gothic – A collection of nicely creepy ficlets. Sequels are here and here

Crowley Brown – A Good Omens take on this Peanuts cartoon. There’s a followup here.

A Cleric Who is the Team Mom – I need this in my next D&D campaign.

Storiarts – Clothing and accessories featuring the work of famous authors, including H.P. Lovecraft, Shakespeare, and Bram Stoker. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

New Wizard: Baboonist – A splendid idea for a new D&D character class. (As submitterator extraordinaire Bruno phrased it, “Like a necromancer, but tropical.”)

Gender of the Day – Novelty Twitter account which “lets us outsource our feelings about gender to a bot, which I think should free up a lot of mental space for other things.” Today’s gender is a gleeful, skeletal naga.

Vulture Appreciation – Everyone should love these guys.

Prank Candles – Scented candles which smell nice until they burn for a while, then turn unexpectedly stinky.

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