The Art of Darkness

The Link Dump in the Rue Morgue

November 29th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Now Dead Again – The great, macabre cartoonist passed away last week. Neil Gaiman wrote a lovely tribute to him.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires – This novel sounds intriguing. Sarah Gailey gushes about it here.

Wicked Girls Saving Ourselves – Lovely poem/song by Seanan McGuire.

Dragon Gloves – Free crochet pattern for fingerless scaled gloves.

Creepy Old Record – This recording of an antique record is rather unsettling.

Virus Dots Silk Scarf – Attractive scarf printed with smallpox, ebola, H1N1, rabies, measles, and several others.

#HagFact – Amusing short Twitter thread about the “hag” D&D monster.

Old Besties – Cute little ‘toon about middle-aged fantasy creatures.

Weird Tales from the 20th Century – A MeFi roundup of “weird” stories from the last century. (Hat tip to Bruno)

ADHD Gothic – “there is an object in your hand. it is extremely important you don’t lose it. you look down. there is nothing in your hand.”

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The Link Dump of Zenda

November 22nd, 2019 by Cobwebs

SCP Foundation Legal Fund – The collaborative project is trying to shut down a copyright troll and needs to pay legal fees.

Renfield – They’re making a Renfield movie. “This take on the project is described as a comedic, lighthearted approach in the vein of Taika Waititi’s vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, in which Renfield realizes he is in a bad, co-dependent relationship.”

Grave Hunter – New web series focusing on cemeteries and the forgotten stories they hold. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Armor Antics – YouTube channel full of dancing, makeup tutorials, and other shenanigans, all done in full plate armor.

ADVENTURERS: We’re here for your treasure! – I want to try ALL of these adventurer/dragon interactions in my next D&D campaign.

O Have You Seen the Devle with his Mikerscope and Scalpul? – A nicely creepy short story that takes on the Jack the Ripper mythology.

no one came – This little illustrated story about a dog meeting Death will rip out your heart and stomp that sucker flat.

The Dead Beneath London’s Streets – An interesting article about archaeological finds in London.

Freddy Krueger Cake – Video demo of creating an astonishingly realistic bust of Freddy.

Funeral Quest – Web-based multiplayer game which “simulates the world’s second oldest profession – the Undertaker.” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Two Guys, a Girl, and a Link Dump

November 15th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Roommate Ghost – A creepily sweet little ‘toon. (Edit: Ooh; there’s a sequel.)

Poe Belongs to Baltimore, Baltimore to Poe – The Museums in Strange Places podcast explores Baltimore’s devotion to Edgar Allen Poe. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Edible Archaeology: Gingerbread Cuneiform Tablets – This would be a great holiday gift for the archaeologist on your list.

FeralWorks – This Etsy shop full of creepy lifelike jewelry is having a clearance sale, so grab a sutured-wound pendant while you can.

Away with the Wolves – Sweet short story about a werewolf, which the author describes as, “an extremely personal story about disability, chronic pain, and giving yourself permission to live in ways that don’t hurt.”

Labyrinth Christmas Party – Some great props and themeing ideas.

Small Town Cults – I would watch the HELL out of a TV show with this premise.

Bigfoot Bundt Cake – This really only works if you slice it just right, and I’m not sure if the inner layer would overbake, but it’s a neat effect. You could do it with other novelty-shaped cookie cutters too.

A Chicago Library Needs Help Transcribing 17th-Century Spellbooks – This is an interesting crowdsourcing exercise that almost certainly won’t result in loosing demons onto the internet. (Hat tip to xJane)

The Recycle Vulture – Kickstarter for cute vulture-themed merchandise.

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Link Dumps in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand

November 8th, 2019 by Cobwebs

The Color Out of Space Trailer – Nicolas Cage is starring in an adaptation of Lovecraft’s story and I am intrigued and appalled.

Live-Tweeting Dracula – @xoDrVenture read the book for the first time and tweeted the experience. It is glorious. “‘My dear mina, why are men so noble when we women are so little worthy of them?’ Bram Stoker I will exhume your corpse and slap the shit out of it for making me read such foolishness”

Concept: a temping/job placement agency specifically founded to help people who are having trouble finding employment due to supernatural interference in their lives. – I’d read a novel based on these ideas.

The “Get Thee to a Nunnery” Scene – The only way I could I love this suggested stage direction for Hamlet more is if Hamlet and Ophelia were played by David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

Choosing a Perfume – This ‘toon makes some good points.

Vincent Price and Boris Karloff’s Guacamole Recipes – Karloff’s is marginally passable. Price’s demonstrates why his forte was Chinese food rather than Mexican.

Good Omens Perfume Oils – Back in 2007, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab worked with Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett to create an official perfume oil line for Good Omens, and they’ve updated it with more blends for the show. Proceeds go to Gaiman’s and Pratchett’s charities of choice.

TRANHUNG Couture 2018 – I want to see a dress like this, only with pumpkins (or skulls) instead of flowers.

Meet the 25 Divas of Horror Who Define Halloween – A somewhat idiosyncratic roundup.

Ghosts in the Machines – Neil Gaiman recently reblogged this, saying, “Thirteen years ago, I wrote a Hallowe’en op ed for the New York Times, and hid some ghost stories in it…”

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The Link Dump Always Rings Twice

November 1st, 2019 by Cobwebs

Visigoths vs. Mall Goths – Kickstarter for a “tabletop roleplaying game and dating sim about the conflicts and romances among the warriors who sacked ancient Rome and 20th century spooky teens, set in a shopping mall in a Los Angeles suburb in 1996. There are a lot of bisexuals.” Buh? (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

For Ineffable Reasons – Amazingly detailed “Good Omens” cross-stitch pattern.

Vampire – This ‘toon made me giggle.

Wellington Paranormal – How did I not know there was a What We Do in the Shadows spinoff?!?

A Little Comic About Kisses and Curses – Sweet little comic about a girl with a family curse.

Baby and Dad Photoshoot – This zombie toddler chowing down on her dad is weirdly hilarious. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

Glass Symphony – Etsy shop full of lovely blown-glass spiders.

Which Halloween Monster Would Be the Best at Sex? An Investigation – “An exhaustive taxonomy of monsters, ranked by freakiest lay.” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

How to Make Kensington Gore – A recipe for the garish fake blood used in Hammer horror films.

(Translated) Weird Tales from the 19th Century – A MeFi thread of translated spooky stories. (Hat tip to Bruno)

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It’s the Great Link Dump, Charlie Brown

October 31st, 2019 by Cobwebs

It’s Halloween! The best day of the year! Here’s a bonus link dump to celebrate.

Little VVomen – This Little Women/The Witch mashup is wonderful. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Halloween Treats – Amusing ‘toon.

Scaredy Cat – Sweet little comic about a curious kitten and a dark Halloween night. It’s available for purchase as a mini-book.

Halloween Project Archive – A great roundup from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.

Horror Inheritance Tropes – In an epic Twitter thread, Captain Awkward tells us how to survive creepy bequests by deceased relatives. (Since the tweet she’s responding to is from a private account, the OP is: “If there’s one thing I have learned from horror movies, it’s that if you have a sick family member who rings a handbell when they need something, you GOTTA throw it the hell out when they die or it will ring itself at terrifying intervals. Send it to a handbell rescue, whatever.”)

What Cannot Follow – A lovely little ghost story.

Witchcraft in Western Iceland – The Rough Guide to Everywhere podcast explores Icelandic folklore. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Flatwoods Monster – This is a pretty great homemade cryptid costume.

Hot Blood – A 70s vampire disco song. Which is a sentence I never expected to type. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Live-Tweeting The Lost Boys – N.K. Jemisin did a re-watch of the 80s classic and tweeted about it.

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The Day the Link Dump Stood Still

October 25th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Vincent Price – Price died on this date in 1993. @spookperson explains the many ways in which he was awesome.

Phantom Frappuccino – Starbucks is selling a limited-edition “spooky” beverage. PSA: Charcoal powder can interfere with the effectiveness of prescription drugs, including birth control pills.

Flaming Like Anything – An erotic Good Omens zine is currently taking submissions.

Click Clack the Rattle Bag – Unca Neil reads us a short story.

Zombie Popsicle Mold – I sincerely doubt that the real popsicles would look anywhere near this detailed, but the spine-and-ribcage popsicle sticks are dynamite. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

Taking Shape: Developing Halloween From Script to Scream – Comprehensive book about the Halloween movie franchise. Bloody Disgusting discusses it here.

Canadian Gothic – “As an expat living in Canada, the more I live here, the more I’m convinced I’m actually stuck in some kind of cryptic horror nightmare country that’s subtly and slowly eating away at me.” An epic Twitter thread. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Happy Halloween – Sweetly spooky little ‘toon.

Haunted Mansion Scavenger Hunt – Cute party idea.

Dalí Tarot – I guess it shouldn’t surprise me that Dalí created a custom tarot deck, starring himself. A reprint of the deck is now available. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Alas, Link Dump

October 18th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Weird Tales from the 18th Century – A MetaFilter guide to what submitterator Bruno described as “Pre-Gothic Gothic.”

Halloween Drinks – Site full of Halloween-themed drinks and bottling ideas.

Stolen – Most cat lovers can probably relate to this ‘toon.

Boo-Meringues – I’m not sure if I’d have the patience to make these li’l meringue ghosts in any quantity, but they’re very cute. They can also be used as cake decorations.

Dracula: The Evidence – Kickstarter for an interesting “interactive experience” assemblage of items including letters, phonograph records, and newspaper clippings which tell the story of Dracula. (Hat tip to Bruno)

David Tennant Reads Vampire Stories – This man is trying to kill us.

1 like = 1 small American town and its annual harvest festival where strangers are definitely welcome – A Twitter thread of greatness.

Keys and Spectres – The Draw This in Your Style challenge gives artists the opportunity to experiment with a base image in their own drawing style. The image for this particular set is pleasantly creepy.

Don’t Turn On the Lights – “A familiar urban legend told several times over, and an investigation of stories and what slips between the cracks.”

Places of Residence for Accused Witches With Timeline – Cool interactive map of witch trials in Scotland. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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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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