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The Link Dump Cometh

February 27th, 2015 by Cobwebs

How to Tell if You Are in a High Fantasy Novel – Another guide from The Toast.

Dapper Monsters – I like the bow tie on the shoggoth.

Zeppelin! – These kids doing xylophone covers of Led Zeppelin songs are jaw-droppingly talented.

Home – This lovely embroidered sentiment with NSFW language made me giggle.

Put a Tentacle On It – Offbeat Home has some attractive octopode decor suggestions.

Monsters in America – Attractive cryptozoological map of the U.S., showing the home ranges of the Jersey Devil, Bigfoot, Mothman, Chupacabra, Shunka Warakin, Caddy, the Honey Island Swamp Monster, and lots of others.

I Raff I Ruse – I’m not entirely sure how to describe this one-panel comic, but it’s sort of like if Lovecraft wrote comedy.

The Bat-Poet – Sweet little book about a poetic bat, illustrated by Maurice Sendak.

The Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle – This may be my favorite grotesque ever. Yes, even better than the Darth Vader one.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal – Heh.

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Battle of the Five Link Dumps

February 20th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Little Embroidered Bones – An interview with artist T.C. Hutchinson of tinycup needleworks. I adore all of her little skeletons.

Alex Stoddard – Wonderfully surreal photography, some of it quite creepy. NSFW for artistic nudity. (via Spooky Moon)

The Black Mudpuppy – Webcomic where, to quote its creator, “an Aztec god of the dead is trapped in an axolotl and forced to be a superhero.” We’ve all had days like that.

The Perfection That is Anatomia Humani Corporis – Photos of an astonishingly elaborate hand-bound book. (Hat tip to xJane)

Popular Skullture – A look at the skull motif in pulp magazines, paperbacks, and comic books, back when the image of a skull was still striking and macabre instead of something routinely slapped on baby clothes.

Bat Photos – Stunning closeup photos of bats by researcher Merlin D. Tuttle.

DIY Skull Bookends – Easy tutorial using a cheap plaster skull.

Insect Alphabet – Gorgeous hand-drawn font featuring insects as each letter.

Lord of the Rings Dinner Party – This is a great idea, with many geeky details.

Carmilla – Artist Isabella Mazzanti did a lovely showcase set of illustrations for the Le Fanu novel.

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A Most Violent Link Dump

February 13th, 2015 by Cobwebs

12 Zodiac Signs Reborn as Terrifying Monsters – Today’s horoscope: You will be messily slaughtered.

Vintage Monster Valentines – These Topps Valentines featuring classic monsters are fabulous.

Meet the Family – A collection of antique cabinet cards, surreally altered by artist Colin Batty. You can see some examples and buy prints of individual cards at Peculiarium (about halfway down the page).

Handicorn – Turn your boring old hand into a unicorn with these finger puppets. I love this much more than I should.

Enchanted Forest Mushroom Lights – Instructable for making li’l glowy mushrooms. Be sure to check the comments, where one person shared a pretty blue version.

The Stock Photobomber – Art director Matthew Vescovo amuses himself by photoshopping his image into stock photography.

Origami Vampire Fangs – There are several steps, but origami-wise this is a fairly straightforward design. (Hat tip to xJane)

omgliterallydead – The Instagram account of Skellie, a plastic skeleton that appears to have a better social life than I do.

Texts from Jane Eyre – Mallory Ortberg of The Toast has a book which imagines texts from various literary characters.

Cthulhu Valentines – A very dapper Old One woos his fishy paramour.

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The Wedding Link Dump

February 6th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Knitting Wizardry – Book of knitting projects with a “magic” theme.

Plush Valentine’s Day Stegosaurus – Who wouldn’t want a stegosaurus for Valentine’s Day? Nobody interesting, that’s for sure.

Natura Morta – Photographer Maria Ionova-Gribina takes lovely photos of dead animals surrounded by flowers.

Why Amelia Bedelia is Literally the Most Terrifying Character Ever – I’ve always assumed there was a lost first book entitled, “Amelia Bedelia and the Frontal Lobotomy,” but this works too.

Night Vale Girl Scout – Great cosplay of a girl scout from the fictional troop in Welcome to Night Vale.

H.P. Lovecraft Beers – Narragansett Brewery is releasing a line of Lovecraft-themed beers. (via Shellhawk)

Lana Crooks – Artist who makes lovely, macabre anatomical sculptures from felted wool. The Death’s Head moth is especially striking. (via Cat)

How to Make Cuneiform Tablet Cookies – For the archaeology buff on your gift list.

Urban Druid – There’s a whole potential post-apocalyptic backstory here. It’d be an unusual cosplay idea or an addition to an RPG milieu.

Is That a Spider on Your Dress or Are You Happy to See Me? – I’m not sure this is an either/or question. Really interesting concept dress featuring a robotic spider. (Hat tip to cookie)

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The Link Dumps of Madagascar

January 30th, 2015 by Cobwebs

The Hallowig – Knitty has a fairly easy pattern for a knitted wig made with brightly-colored yarn.

Memorial Molar Ring – Odd memento mori-ish sort of ring made with vintage porcelain molars.

California Carnivores – Huge retail carnivorous plant nursery. In addition to selling lots of interesting varieties, the site is a great learning resource.

Nessie Ladle – I love the way the long neck of this ladle peers out of your soup at you.

Viral Fear – A roundup of creepy urban legends which have been spread by the internet.

The Devil’s Bible – The 13th-Century Codex Gigas has been scanned by the World Digital Library and is available online. It’s primarily text, but there are some pretty illuminations. A National Geographic documentary about the manuscript is here.

Improbable Island – Elaborate text-adventure game in which you are charged with destroying a leaking Improbability Device. Be sure to check out the rookie guide.

Housepig – Lots of vintage movie posters, including a lot of horror movies.

Nutter Butter Bats – Super-easy “bats” made using peanut-shaped cookies.

Cthupid – Just in time for Valentine’s Day, these Cthulhoid Cupids will surely win your sweetie’s heart. Or rip it out. One of those.

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Men, Women & Link Dumps

January 23rd, 2015 by Cobwebs

Adagio Teas – Sells “fandoms samplers” with collections referencing “Welcome to Night Vale,” Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, and lots more.

Jewelry Made from Fake Food – Wearable items made from realistic-looking fake food. I like the bacon brooch.

Free Crochet Skull Patterns – Roundup of patterns from various sources.

Mage Studio – Jewelry and accessories made from pretty D&D dice.

Victorian Cliff House – Some old photos of a very precariously-perched, but completely gothy and awesome, mansion in San Francisco. It looks like there’s a restaurant there now. Poop.

KISS Garden Gnomes – I like this makeover much better than the zombie ones.

Fairy Godmother Cabinet – Assemblage artwork made for a “fairy godmother” swap.

Choi Xoo Ang – Artist who creates surreal, really creepy, sculptures. NSFW-ish.

Croshame – Hey, neat; I didn’t know these guys had an Etsy shop. Lots of weird little amigurumi like Baphomet and Sid & Nancy.

Cobra Cake – Despite its intricate appearance this loooong cake is made of halved bundt cakes and Rice Krispie treats, so it’s actually fairly DIY-able.

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Oh, No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

January 16th, 2015 by Cobwebs

This concludes Yet Another Doggone Week of Link Dumps. Regular posting (and once-a-week Link Dumps) return Monday.

DIY Umbrella Spider – This is technically a costume, but I see no reason why it couldn’t be used as standard rain gear. Just use water-resistant fabric instead of the felt and trouser socks.

Beyond the Dark Veil – Attractive book by the curator of The Thanatos Archive which explores post-mortem and mourning photography.

The Day My Kid Went Punk – Oh, cheesy after-school specials, how I miss you.

Hari Kuyo – This Japanese ceremony for honoring broken needles is rather sweet. There’s a bit more detail about the practice here.

Skele-Men – Completely Serious Comics makes me giggle.

Hogwarts-Themed Hotel Room – A London hotel has turned a couple of its rooms into Hogwarts dorm rooms.

GWAR Covers Pet Shop Boys – This is kind of awesome.

Pumpkin Patch – Desktop wallpaper featuring the pumpkin patch from It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The same site has some other interesting free downloads too.

Epic Rap Battles of History – This edition features Jack the Ripper vs Hannibal Lecter.

Dreams of Death – Pretty photo series featuring the insect victims of carnivorous plants.

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Oh, No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

January 15th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Zombie Scrub – “Removes dead skin.” :::rim shot:::

Now You Know – A list of interesting, offbeat sites, like (rain and thunderstorm sounds) and (lets you know in advance if the dog/pet gets injured in whatever movie you’re watching.

Inspector Pancakes Helps the President of France Solve the White Orchid Murders – Kickstarter for “a children’s book most definitely not for children.” It looks adorably horrifying.

Dr. Chase’s Receipt Book – A book of patent advice dating from 1888. This review makes it sound kind of awesome.

Grandma’s Ceramic Figurines Get a Grim Makeover – Artist Tom LaBonty gives cutesy ceramic figurines a very metal makeover.

Knitted Candy Corn – Free pattern for teensy knitted candy corn from Mochimochi Land.

The Vanilla Studio – Amusing menorahs and candlesticks made from toy dinosaurs and other critters. I particularly like the non-kosher Menobster. (Bonus: Check out this sea monster menorah.)

The Greatest Werewolf Art of the Middle Ages and Renaissance – A roundup of interesting images.

Candy Corn Party Mix – This salty/sweet mix would be great for a party.

Weapon: A Visual History of Arms and Armor – I have long adored DK books for their gorgeous photographs, and even if you’re an avowed pacifist this look at the history of weapons is fantastic. Click the “Look Inside” feature to browse some of the pages.

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Oh, No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

January 14th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Frightening Finery – WebUrbanist did a feature on “macabre” jewelry creations.

Miskatonic University T-shirt – The Miskatonic U. Fighting Fishmen are the pride of Arkham.

Ravens are Shitty Houseguests – Myths RETOLD tackles Poe.

7 Deeply Bizarre Horror Shorts to Watch on YouTube – A roundup.

Impossible Magnets – “Souvenirs from places you’ll never visit.” Neat “souvenir” magnets for places like Oz and Jurassic Park.

The Strange Log – Twitter feed “Documenting the strange poetry of changelogs and patch notes.” I think my favorite so far is, “Turkeys no longer bounce when they contact water.”

Witch’s Spell Books – Easy tutorial for making prop books. These would look very cool with taxidermy eyes in place of the googly eyes.

The Gorey Store – Loads of Gorey-themed merchandise. I like the li’l bat necklace.

Stuffed Pizza Skulls – Something else to do with your skull cupcake pans.

The Etiquette of Courtship – “…many a promising affair has been ruined because a suitor sent his lady a buttercup, meaning ‘That’s the last dance I’ll ever take you to, you big cow,’ instead of a plant with a more tender significance.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

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Oh, No! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

January 13th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Threads of the Dead – Etsy shop with interesting gothy clothing. I like the ouija board bikini.

20 Bizarre Hearses Around the World – If by “bizarre” you mean “awesome.” (I’m also fairly sure that several of these are privately owned and driven rather than actually being used to haul around corpses, so the title would more accurately be “hearselike vehicles.”)

Re-covering a Parasol – Steam Ingenious has a tutorial for covering a parasol frame with the fabric of your choice.

Here’s How You Sell a Haunted House – Interview with a real estate agent about selling allegedly haunted homes. My favorite line: “If people fall in love with a home, there are things that they’ll look past,” with the implication, “such as a screaming skull in the attic.”

12 Fetishes That Will Brighten Your Day – Aw, man; I sort of hope there’s porn about the little Zoloft doughball too.

Total Nightmare – Subtitle, “Why I can’t play horror games.” Heh. (There’s a sequel here.)

Facehugger Leash – I have no idea how well this works as an actual dog leash, but it’s certainly striking.

Steampunk LEGO – Coffee-table book full of steampunky Lego designs. It doesn’t provide build instructions, so it’s more just to admire someone else’s creations, but it might at least be a source of inspiration.

Porcelain Creatures – Ukrainian artists Anya Stasenko and Slava Leontyev create delicate, fanciful porcelain monsters and animals. There are more photos on their Facebook page (a couple of the illustrations there are NSFW).

Dubious Expedition – Fantastic set of fake “specimens” from a Lovecraftian expedition of discovery.

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