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I Walked with a Link Dump

April 29th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Twin Peaks Full Cast – I don’t think I can summarize this any better than @AmeliaMangan: “Who’s in the new Twin Peaks? EVERYONE WHO EVER LIVED. I’m not entirely sure I’M not in it somewhere.”

UniversesSwirls – Etsy shop featuring adorable plush fantasy creatures. This water dragon and night sky spider are mighty winsome.

Biomedical Ephemera, or: A Frog For Your Boils – “Featuring illustrations, history, and totally useless trivia from the diverse realms of nature and medicine.”

136 Creepy Wikipedia Articles – Your time-waster for the day.

The Museum of Unnatural Mystery – Quirky site whose stated intention is, “explore the fringe edges of science and at the same time use those subjects to get people interested in the more mundane aspects of scientific work.” (Hat tip to DeVries)

Cricket Flour – Hey, neat; you can buy powdered cricket on Amazon.

Misty Night on the Bayou – “Lego enthusiast” Patrick Massey made a wonderfully creepy swamp cabin.

Tiny Crochet Pumpkin – Pattern and tutorial for an adorable, wee pumpkin.

Plush Stag Beetles – These are cute, but the price tag makes my eye twitch. The design looks simple enough to DIY.

Snake – A lovely poem by D.H. Lawrence. (via perk)

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Go Set a Link Dump

April 22nd, 2016 by Cobwebs

Horror-Themed VCRs – This is such a weird, niche example of retro art, and yet it somehow works. (Hat tip to Fiend4Halloween)

Titanic Sinks in Real Time – A two-hour-and-41-minute video created as part of an upcoming game project. The video is sprinkled with narrative comments which explain what’s going on in the timeline.

Making a Working Ghost Trap – “Working,” in this case, means, “the door opens and stuff,” not “actually traps ghosts.” It’s a great-looking prop, though.

Government Free VJJ – Campaign to knit uteruses and send them to politicians who are trying to limit women’s reproductive rights. Even if you don’t want to mail your Congressman, why would you pass up a free uterus pattern? (via perk)

Bowie Hamster – “The World’s Most Fashionable Hamster” does Bowie.

OCEARCH – A global shark tracker (available on both Apple and Android) which allows you to see real-time data about tagged sharks.

Labyrinth Board Game – A game based on the movie, with surprisingly detailed pieces, has just been announced.

My Stomach Was in My Butt – The Sampler podcast takes a look at “scary, suspenseful stuff.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

8 Horror-Themed Bars – Bloody Disgusting’s roundup sounds like the perfect recipe for a road trip.

Van Essie – “Rogue taxidermist” who incorporates bits of dead things into fantastical, creepy sculptures. This one is especially impressive.

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Love in the Time of Link Dumps

April 15th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Oddity Mall – Clearinghouse of weird stuff available to buy online.

Silence Tally Mark Day – If you’re a Whovian, this would be amusing to do on April 23.

The Strange Case of Mr William T. Horton – Public Domain Review looks at a largely-forgotten artist whose works are reminiscent of Aubrey Beardsley. I adore the one captioned “Giving heed to seducing spirits,” since it mainly just looks like a woman who’s annoyed because an octopus is clinging to her head. (Hat tip to pdq)

Kara’s Rat World – World Rat Day was April 4, so here are some adorable rats to celebrate.

Georgina Ryland – Makeup artist who does detailed eye makeup effects. The li’l ghost at the end of the photoset looks reasonably easy to replicate.

Eldritch Crib – Gorgeously tentacular carved wooden crib.

The Biology of B-Movie Monsters – Giant ants vs. the Cube-Square Law and much more.

Nevertold Casket Company – A Seattle-based shop specializing in unique, spooky antiques and tchotchkes. Sadly, they don’t have an online shop, but you can drool over their photos.

The 10 Most Horrific Methods of Execution Throughout History – A roundup.

Vampire Bunny Plush Tutorial – Who doesn’t need more vampire bunnies in their life?

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A Clockwork Link Dump

April 8th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Costurero Real – Etsy shop specializing in gorgeous costume pieces, including patterned like butterflies and moths. This moth cape is gorgeous.

Trust in Me – Siouxsie and the Banshees’ cover of Kaa’s song from Disney’s The Jungle Book.

The Crusades and Lovecraft’s Monsters – Series of illustrations by Robert Altbauer which mimic the style of Medieval manuscripts but add Cthulhoid monsters.

Lego Exorcist – Lego builder Vitroleum is re-creating scenes from famous horror movies. So far he’s got The Exorcist and Scream. (I think Father Merrin is a 12th Doctor minifig, which makes it especially amusing.)

Chicken Conquistador – “My mom loves chickens and Dia De Los Muertos and I love my mom, so I made this painting for her.”

If the Apocalypse Comes, Play D&D – Geek & Sundry made D&D character sheets for various Buffy characters.

Nursery Needlepoint – Since it comes from a webcomic site I think this was just supposed to be a joke; however, I see no reason why it couldn’t be used as a real embroidery pattern. I like the juxtaposition of the imagery and the text.

10 Strange Attempts To Start Internet Mysteries – The headline makes this sound like these “mysteries” are deliberate attempts to spawn a hoax, but they mainly just seem to be weird internet stuff whose meaning nobody can really figure out.

Mutated Lab Rat – Cute li’l three-eyed plush toy. (Bonus link: There’s also a plush naked mole rat, which makes me inexplicably happy.)

Hard Candy Jewels – Tutorial for making “gems” out of candy. These would be great for decorating a pirate-themed cake.

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Link Dump at Tiffany’s

April 1st, 2016 by Cobwebs

3D Rendered Photo Urn – A Japanese–of course it’s Japanese–company will turn a photo of a deceased person into a 3D topper for their cremation urn. (via Spooky Moon)

The Suicide Note as Literary Genre – Interesting meditation on the literary value of famous suicides’ final notes.

Wishbone – Cute platform pumps decorated with bones. (via Jes)

MAKE’s Guide to Backyard Forts, Treehouses, and Other Fun Playspaces – Series of DIY projects, because everybody needs a backyard fort.

Death and Rebirth in the Animal Kingdom – Lovely, grotesque illustrations depicting animals decomposing as part of the “circle of life.” (Hat tip to xJane)

Decomposing Bodies Power Ethereal Cemetery Lanterns – Interesting concept design for a cemetery featuring lamps powered by decomp gases.

Floofs of D&D – Series of illustrations featuring cats as various Dungeons & Dragons characters.

Baby Cthulhu Print Skirt – Cute print skirt featuring li’l Elder Gods. (via rattus)

The Mysterious Secrets of Uncle Bertie-s Botanarium – Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement has a new, fantastical podcast.

Simone’s Robots – This isn’t goth, but it’s awesome. Simone Giertz is the self-appointed “Queen of Shitty Robots.”

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Link Dumps

March 25th, 2016 by Cobwebs

FreshComfy – Thai silk scarves printed with illustrations from books like Alice in Wonderland and Jane Eyre.

Road Kill Toys – Decomposing plush toys. Choose from Splodge the Hedgehog, Smudge the Squirrel and Grill the Armadillo.

Shamrock Skull – Neat DIY T-shirt made using Skull-A-Day’s free stencil.

Awkward Metal Band Photos – Oh, lawsey, lawsey, lawsey.

Cards with Hard-to-Find Messages – Cartoonist Jim Benton shares some helpful greeting cards.

How To…Decorate Your Easter Egg Like It’s 60,000 BC – A look at decorated eggs, some from the Stone Age, with designs that could be adapted for modern Easter eggs.

Ghost Post – Disney has a new Haunted Mansion-themed subscription box.

Weird Al: 5 Songs to Scare the Neighbors – Weird Al Yankovic shares “a sampling of tunes that most people wouldn’t particularly appreciate hearing through their bedroom wall at two o’clock in the morning.”

How to Make Spider Silk Thread – A tutorial. I’m assuming the first step is, “Have a lot of time on your hands.”

Monster Doll Tutorial – Instructions for making cuddly little freeform monsters that would be perfect for kids.

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Another Darn Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

March 18th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Regular posting (and once-a-week link dumps) return on Monday. But you knew that.

Crazy Walls – “Cataloguing the walls that obsessives in movies and TV shows cover in newspaper clippings, photos, string, maps, post-its, etc.” (via Bill)

Alice in Wonderland Shoes – A few of these are a bit cutesy, but I love the tea party heels.

13 Things You Only Know if You Were a Goth in the 80s – An amusing roundup for those of us of a certain age.

Violent Delights – Lovely goth clothing and accessories.

Bats Are Terrifying: Here’s Proof – (Spoiler: Bats aren’t terrifying.)

Tentacle Pot Pies – Easy idea for decorating individual pot pies with tentacles and/or spider legs.

7 Artists Whose Work Will Give You Nightmares – A rather horrifying roundup.

Spooky Tesla Spirit Radio – Instructions for making a “spirit radio” of your own.

The Other Other Gods – Poem about Lovecraftian gods who get less love.

Goth Single Ladies – A mildly amusing video by College Humor.

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Another Darn Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

March 17th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Victorian Gothic Gothic – “There is mist on the moor. There is always mist on the moor. Seasons have no meaning here.”

Thorn Bracelet – Easy instructions for making a leather bracelet that looks like a thorny vine.

7 Famous Death Masks – A roundup.

Bat Costume – Shagpoke Studios makes custom creature costumes and accessories. This bat costume they recently did for the Vancouver Parks Board is awesome.

Incredible Photographic Recreations of Hieronymus Bosch Paintings – Photographer Lori Pond has recreated real-life figures and scenes from some of Bosch’s paintings.

Skin – Horror novel by Patrick Logan, the first in the “Insatiable” series (sequels include Crackers and Flesh), featuring a Wendigo-ish-sounding monster.

Steampunk Mr. Potato Head – Cute mod at Instructables.

Murder Pamphlets – Online collection of the lurid “true crime” pamphlets that were popular in the 19th Century.

Spooky Knit Patterns – Some free patterns from Lion Brand Yarn. (You have to register at the site to access them, which is why the link goes to some photos at CRAFT.) I like the witch-finger gloves.

Potion Jars – Adorable little prop jars made of old pill bottles covered with polymer clay.

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Another Darn Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

March 16th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Twin Peaks Gothic – “Every weekend, there is a Milford wedding. You never hear what happened to the last bride. ”

Gravestone Dog Toy – Cute plush gravestone with mildly-inexplicable candy corn bats. There’s a haunted house version, too. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

DIY Palmistry Hand – Tutorial for turning a thrifted mannequin hand into a pretty display piece.

Hillary White – Artist whose portfolio includes a bunch of portraits featuring movie villains cuddling adorable animals. Geyser of Awesome has collected several examples. Godzilla snuggling fawns is a perfect combination for those of us old enough to remember this, but I think she really missed a trick giving lambs to Jason Voorhees instead of Hannibal Lecter.

50 Little Goth Problems – “Accumulating a Victorian-esque collection of artful clutter is all well and good until it comes to dusting it all.”

Blood Lollipops – Easy instructions for making lollipops that look like they have swirls of blood inside.

Kabbalah Vodka – Russian vodka which riffs on the old belief that Jewish religious rites required the blood of infants by including a hand-blown glass baby in the bottle.

Medusa’s Web – Tim Powers has a new “secret history” novel, this one involving Rudolph Valentino’s death. He discusses his inspiration here.

Crocheted Owl Pellet – The site this post links to doesn’t appear to exist any more so I don’t know if there was a pattern, but this awesome owl pellet with teensy crocheted bones can serve as inspiration if nothing else.

Cult of Weird – A “museum of oddities and obscurities” with categories like “From the Grave” and “Weird Crime.”

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Another Darn Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

March 15th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Glyn Smith – Bleaq showcases some of the illustrator’s dark, vintage-feeling works. (via Beans)

Return Home – New serialized podcast drama which has been compared to Lost and Twin Peaks.

Greatest Openings in Horror – Shock Till You Drop has a new series which explores the greatest film openings in horror history.

The Badgermin – It’s a theramin made from a taxidermied badger. More than anything in the world, I would like to know what train of thought ends with “a theramin made from a taxidermied badger.”

A History of the World in 100 Objects – Neat online exhibit by the British Museum.

Halloween Spider Surprise Cake – Easy idea for a Halloween cake, although I still think it’d be more fun to do with live tarantulas. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Halloween Labels for Bottles – Easy idea for making labels using embossed scrapbooking stickers.

How to Create an Antique Mirror Effect – Great tutorial for bestowing spooky vintage character on a modern mirror.

Roadkill Carpet – Soft, snuggly carpet with a tufted-yarn, bloodily mangled “fox” squished across one corner. Fairly pricey, but possible inspiration for a latch-hook version.

Games for Halloween – Partial text of a 1912 book with lots of suggestions for period parlor games.

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