The Art of Darkness

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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The Link Dump in the Woods

July 18th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Flick Candles – Offers scents like “Blueberry Bromance,” “Freshly Signed Divorce Papers,” and “Grandma’s Last Christmas Tree.”

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory – Caitlin Doughty, the mortician behind The Order of the Good Death, has a new book discussing her profession.

The First Splatter Movies – A look at the Grand Guignol theater (NSFW).

St. George’s Church – Locals decided this Medieval church was bad luck and were letting it fall to ruin, so an artist filled it with ghostlike sculptures and turned it into a very cool tourist attraction.

History of the Ouija Board – This article is a little heavy on the breathless woo-woo regarding supernatural influence, but it’s an interesting read. It’s particularly amusing to learn that the board was invented as a sort of spiritualism time-saving device.

FakeRubberSnakes – I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that there’s a site devoted entirely to fake rubber snakes.

Guide to Troubled Birds – A pocket field guide which allows one to “quickly identify psychotic, violent or mentally unstable bird species.” You can see some of the images at Flavorwire. There’s a second volume, I Have Heard My Praises Sung In Screams.

Gemma Correll and Her Merry Band of Misfits – Blog chock-full of amusing drawings, like New Muses and Disney Princesses, Reimagined.

Ghost Photographs – Old photos “improved” by painting ghost costumes on everyone. I am oddly taken with this project.

Find the Invisible Cow – “Because it ain’t gonna find itself.” (via WitchArachne)

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Still Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

July 11th, 2014 by Cobwebs

This concludes the latest Link-Dump-a-Palooza. We’ll return to regular posting (and once-a-week dumps) on Monday.

1930s Wedding – Lovely theme wedding; even the hairstyles are period.

Black Bat Plant – Also called the “Black Bat Flower,” Tacca chantrieri, available from lots of sources besides this one. Gorgeous, Addams-esque black flower.

Movie Characters’ Business Cards – A collection of fictional business cards. I think my favorite might be “Jack Torrance: Ghost Writer.”

Kraken Cowl – A knitting pattern on Ravelry. Looks more like an octopus, but hey; tentacles!

The Teacup Tauntaun – “Rogue taxidermist” Lupa turned a damaged antique ram’s head into a “smaller, fuzzier, cuddlier” Tauntaun intended for the pet trade. I could say that this is a good example of how you can turn random thrift store finds to more whimsical ends, but frankly I just really love the idea of a snuggly Tauntaun.

Three Panel Plays – Good Tickle Brain condenses all of Shakespeare’s plays into three-panel comics.

The Surreal Mind of Igor Morski – Interesting, surreal artwork.

Turkey Vulture – This sweet little ‘toon makes me endlessly happy. (I like this one too.)

Wayward Manor – Neil Gaiman has written a video game about a ghost trying to scare away the living.

Matriarch – This sculpture (and its smaller companion piece “Next of Kin”) by Andrea Hasler appears to be a camping tent made of flesh and innards.

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Still Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

July 10th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Ghost Purse – This site is all Japanese and I have no idea if the same design is available elsewhere, but I love this little ghost trying to look menacing.

Klára Pernicová – Artist who creates interesting pieces like snail and slug headphones (which I would totally wear if they were actually for sale) and human ear hair clips (which are creepy).

Animal Lip Art – These little lipstick animals are adorable.

The D’Morte-Disney Tarot – Splendid illustration of the major arcana featuring characters from classic Disney cartoons.

7 Terrifying Video Games You Can Play for Free – A roundup.

Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party – Hostess with the Mostess showcases party ideas for people with far more time and disposable income than most of us have, but it’s still possible to crib an idea here and there. This Wonderland-themed party is pretty stinkin’ cute.

Skull Nails – Nails with skull-shaped heads. These would be a neat detail on woodworking projects.

Horse Master – “The game of horse mastery.” Free, text-based online game. I don’t care if the last game you played was “David Cronenberg and Phillip K. Dick’s Excellent Adventure,” this one is weirder and more unsettling.

This Day in Murder – A murder for every day of the year.

How to Make Origami Claws – Just in case you need to disembowel somebody during a staff meeting.

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Still Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

July 9th, 2014 by Cobwebs

Spiders Are Adorable – A Tumblr chock-full of spider photos, although some are more adorable than others.

Nightmare Before Christmas Cuckoo Clock – A tad pricey, but the details are wonderful.

Laurie Lipton – Artist who draws lovely, macabre illustrations. I especially like her “Knitter of Bones” (the site is Evil Flash so the image can’t be linked to directly; it’s the bottom image here). She also has a couple of books, here and here

#YummySmiths – Smiths song titles and lyrics replaced with food. I think my favorite is “Girlfriend in a Food Coma.”

Massive Voodoo – Site devoted to the sculpting and painting of miniature models. I love this recent “Theseus and the Minotaur.”

Dinosaur Planter – Cute idea for turning toy dinosaurs into little windowsill planters.

Lost Child Prank – As with many “scare unsuspecting passersby” videos, I’m surprised somebody didn’t get punched.

Making Faces Pottery – Etsy shop with the tagline, “Aesthetically Challenged Mugs.” Sells an array of mugs, vases, and other objects featuring weird, creepy, whimsical faces.

Goth Auctions – I have no idea how reliable this site is, but the concept is interesting.

The Bells – Musician Phil Ochs set Poe’s “The Bells” to music.

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Still Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

July 8th, 2014 by Cobwebs

8 Creepiest Places in U.S. National Parks – Some nicely atmospheric photos.

Plush Octopus Backpack – This backpack by Hello, t’is Jen is impossibly adorable.

Why Horror is Good for You – Interesting article which argues that being scared can teach positive lessons. (via xJane)

Steel Hip Design – Etsy shop full of unique (and, sadly, commensurately pricey) steampunk jewelry. I particularly like the mad scientist necklace.

The Tell-Tale Tats – Edgar Allan Poe-themed temporary tattoos.

In Extremis – Subtitled “Bodies with No Regrets,” this photography project depicts people who have died and apparently faceplanted in the process. It’s certainly…unique. (Hat tip to Sisifo)

How To Tell If You Are In A Jane Austen Novel – “You have five hundred a year. From who? Five hundred what? No one knows. No one cares. You have it. It’s yours. Every year. All five hundred of it.”

Giant Isopod Sausages – Turn a boring cocktail frank into a cute li’l isopod!

Museum Selling Viking Ships – Just in case you ever wanted your own replica Viking ship.

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Still Another Week of Link Dumps

July 7th, 2014 by Cobwebs

It’s time once again to clear out the backlog in my Link Dump folder by dropping them all in your laps. This week will be nothing but Link Dumps. Brace yourselves!

Are You Afraid of Bats? – So. Stinkin’. Adorable.

Tequila Mockingbird – Book full of “cocktails with a literary twist” including “A Rum of One’s Own,” “The Count of Monte Cristal,” and “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita.”

“Leather Bound” Book – Easy tutorial for making a good-looking prop book.

Eeriest Abandoned Amusement Parks – A brief roundup.

Bleak Movies Coloring Book – Amusing “coloring book” which gives dark R-rated movies a positive spin for kids.

Your Organ Grinder – Etsy shop full of felted anatomical jewelry. Who wouldn’t want a gall bladder brooch?

The Artist is Going to Hell – “Vampire Jesus” explains a whole lot.

Baked in Blood – “Black Metal” cookies with names like Blood Ritual and Pervading Evil. Yum!

The Scary Ham – A very surreal anecdote by Ellen Klages.

Moody Night Scene – Neat little haunted house by I Draw Air Conditioners. (Hat tip to Sisifo)

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