The Art of Darkness

Another Dumb Week of Link Dumps: Day 5

October 2nd, 2015 by Cobwebs

This concludes Yet Another link dump-o-rama. Regular posting (and once-a-week link dumps) resume next Monday.

The Comple’et Halloween Mixtape – Suggestions for a Halloween playlist.

Spider Egg Jell-O – These desserts with pearl tapioca standing in for spider eggs are astonishingly squicky-looking.

December Diamonds – Series of Christmas ornaments, mostly pinup-style, mostly mermen. It’s very odd. (via pdq)

Stephen Mackey – Artist who paints lovely surreal portraits inspired by painters such as Vermeer and Ingres.

Double Vision Makeup – Video “tutorial” (in the sense that you can watch the steps but there’s no guidance on how to do it yourself) for a neat double-face makeup effect.

Werewolf Dog Muzzle – Muzzle design that makes your dog look like a vicious, slavering beast. Yes, even chihuahuas.

Centipede Feeding Time – Interesting video which shows a variety of centipede species being fed.

Sally Amigurumi Pattern – Free pattern for Sally from NMBC.

Tauntaun Cookies – These aren’t really goth, but the gummi innards are inspired.

Creepy Shorts – Night Vale’s take on the “Juicy” shorts.

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Another Dumb Week of Link Dumps: Day 4

October 1st, 2015 by Cobwebs

Creepy Skulls Slouchy Hat – Ravelry crochet pattern for a skull-covered hat.

Pretzel Screams – Super-easy idea for a party treat. I’d never really thought of a pretzel as looking horrified before, but it turns out that if you give them eyes they totally do.

Gemma O’Brien – Artist spotlight of some of O’Brien’s work. She does gorgeous, intricately-detailed illustrations. (Hat tip to Guilherme)

Extraordinary Tales – An animated anthology of five of Poe’s short stories will be released on October 23. The article says that each story is narrated by a different actor, including Christopher Lee, Roger Corman, Guillermo Del Toro and Bela Lugosi, but since a couple of those guys have been dead for a while I’m assuming that “narrated” in this case means “using old recordings.”

Crazy Bonez – Good-looking skeletal animal props. Spiders may not technically have skeletons but we’ll ignore that fact for now.

Neil Gaiman on Banned Books – An interview with the author.

Arachnophobia – “Performance art” clock intended to remind us that “time creeps up on us all.” Whatever; it’s a clock shaped like a spider.

Ice Skull Molds – Molds that make 3D skull-shaped ice cubes. You’d have to start making them a month in advance to have enough for a party, but they’re neat anyway.

Li’l Ghost Garden – Serene little desktop game in which you direct a ghost to tend a virtual garden.

All the Best “Straight Outta” Submissions – io9 has a roundup of science fiction/fantasy-themed “Straight Outta” album covers. The Alien one is my favorite.

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Another Dumb Week of Link Dumps: Day 3

September 30th, 2015 by Cobwebs

What is Dreadpunk – A look at a subculture movement “that aims to push horror and dark fantasy in new (old) directions.”

Star Wars Movie Realization Figures – Bandai has a collection of action figures depicting Darth Vader, stormtroopers, Boba Fett, and other baddies as Japanese feudal warriors.

Cheesecake Ghosts – Easy method for making cute li’l googly-eyed ghosts.

Beasts of Burden – Horror comic series about a group of dogs (and a cat) who learn magic and fight the forces of evil. There’s a look at one of the stories here.

New Horror Text Games Give Voice to Marginalized Women – An interesting overview of “gender horror.”

ZombiePeepshow – Etsy shop full of amazingly over-the-top custom shoes with spikes and skulls and all manner of weird embellishments.

Lovecraft Letters – Bad dating profiles “translated” into the sort of thing that a Lovecraftian horror might write in an attempt to get a date. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Sugar Skull Sachets – Instructions for making cute calavera sachets out of felt.

Necto Cooler – In yet another instance of “craft beer makers with too much time on their hands,” a Philadelphia brewery has released a beer inspired by Hi-C’s Ecto Cooler. Huh.

DryBones Studios – Etsy shop specializing in jewelry and other items made of bone; their Facebook page is neat, too. They have a booth at the Maryland Renaissance Festival this year, and I got a pair of earrings made from weasel jaws. They’re lovely.

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Another Dumb Week of Link Dumps: Day 2

September 29th, 2015 by Cobwebs

DIY Lego Clock – Easy instructions for making a clock from a Lego baseplate, which can then be decorated with any minifigs you want. There are plenty of Halloween Legos to choose from, like these.

Free Horror eBooks – Guy McBryde’s horror stories are currently free on Amazon. (I haven’t read any of them–the author sent me a promotional email–but since they’re free you can check ’em out without penalty.)

Skull Knife – I doubt that this chef’s knife with a skull on the blade would stand up to heavy use, but it’d be cool to bring out for special occasions.

Motörhead Vibrators – The seminal (har!) metal band has launched a line of “pleasure tools that rock.” Oddly, there is no model called Orgasmatron.

The Potter Family – J.K. Rowling has a number of new Harry Potter stories online at Pottermore, and her newest piece explores his ancestry and family history.

I love the Victorian era. So I decided to live in it. – Historian Sarah A. Chrisman and her husband live in as authentically Victorian a manner as is possible. She does have a website, though, which strikes me as cheating.

Scary Cheese Assortment – I’m mostly just amused at the marketing genius who figured out how to promote their product for Halloween, but this is also a nice suggestion for a party.

Halloween Strawberries – These chocolate-covered strawberries (made, presumably, with colored candy melts) are adorable.

Honky Tonk Haints – Interesting article about a purportedly-haunted bar in Kentucky.

A Nightmare on Elm Street Soundtrack Set – Varèse Sarabande is releasing a complete collection of original soundtracks for all of the A Nightmare on Elm Street movies as part of an 8-disc box set.

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Another Dumb Week of Link Dumps

September 28th, 2015 by Cobwebs

I apologize, guys; I normally try to keep the week-long link dumps tamped down to no more than one a month, but I had a project that was making my brain cower in my skull like a startled guinea pig and didn’t have time to rustle up anything more substantial.

Those of you who complain that these marathon dumps contribute to your lost productivity will just have to resign yourselves to being less productive this week.

Haunted House – Alexander Henry fabric collection with several attractive spooky designs. I like the Favourite Haunts one, since it’s subtle unless you look at it closely.

Glow-in-the-Dark Eyeball Jelly Shots – Jell-o shots that look like eyeballs. There’s an easy nonalcoholic version here and a slightly more complicated one here.

American Horror Story Fashion Line – Hot Topic is releasing a five-piece collection, with each piece themed around a different season of AHS.

#PotterItForward – A rather sweet campaign encouraging long-time fans of the Harry Potter series to leave notes in the books for new readers.

Masques and Murder – “Renaissance revenge simulator” game in which you work to become a ruthless noblewoman. BoingBoing discusses it here.

Dandelion Earrings – Little glass globes containing dandelion seeds. The same seller has similar earrings containing moss and other natural elements.

Anti-Pills – Empty bottles with vintage-y looking labels for remedies like “Muriel Cheetbite’s ‘Anti-Nature Pills’.” I guess you could fill the bottles with mints or something.

Luna – Attractive lamp, in seven different sizes, made to resemble the moon.

Rowlf the Dog Reads “Grim Grinning Ghosts” – Disney is doing a Disneyland/Muppet crossover video series; here’s Rowlf doing a dramatic reading of the song from the Haunted Mansion.

Orcs of New York – An amusing parody of the Humans of New York project. (via Bruno)

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Straight Outta Link Dumps

September 25th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Horror Pinups – Karl Von Frankenstein has a series of “sexy fantasy” pinups of Jason, Freddy, and Michael. I have no words.

Women of the Haunted Mansion Cosplay – A group presentation at SDCC. What a great cosplay idea.

Floodland Vinyl Set – The Sisters of Mercy’s beast of an album Floodland is being reissued on vinyl, along with additional related works.

DIY Origami Bats – Some of these are fairly complicated, but the results sure are cute. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Lockhart – This Harry Potter-themed bar in Toronto looks like fun.

Time After Time Coming to TV – The awesome 70s time-travel movie Time After Time, which involved H.G. Wells chasing Jack the Ripper into the present day, is going to be turned into a procedural drama for television. Huh.

This Much Will Kill You – ASAP Science looks at the amounts of various substances (like coffee and cherry pits) required to kill a human.

Cotton Fingers – Fake packaging for “ladytime objects” meant for women suffering the Moonsickness. And that’s what I’ll be calling it from now on.

Manfeels Park – “The male dialogue in this webcomic is all taken word for word or adapted only slightly from web commentary by hurt and confused men with Very Important Things To Explain, usually to women.” (via Cat)

Flayed Human Flesh Tablecloth – Tye Rannosaurus was commissioned to create a fake “human leather” tablecloth for a horror film, and was kind enough to share her technique. This is awesomely hideous. (Also check out her Zombie/Serial Killer Corset.)

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Link Dumps?

September 18th, 2015 by Cobwebs

The Venus of Innsmouth – Great, subtle “artifact” that would be an interesting detail in an RPG.

The Problem with Vintage Magic Posters – Interesting article about collecting vintage posters which advertised magicians’ acts.

5 Horror Villains Who Aren’t as Bad as They Seem – Cracked tries to make the argument that some horror movie villains have understandable motives. Which still doesn’t make their victims any less dead.

The New Devil’s Dictionary – Bierce updated for the modern age.

Little Creations – Etsy shop specializing in Amigurumi adorableness. I love this dragon.

Dracula’s Dentures – These cookies are edging into “more trouble than they’re worth” territory, but they’d be cute for a vampire-themed party. (Hat tip to xJane)

Marauder’s Map Coffee Mug – Color-changing mug that reveals the Marauder’s Map when hot liquid is added.

Secret of Qwerty – Game designed to resemble an old-time RPG where you fight mean trees and ghosts and stuff by typing at them. You start the game at Homerow Castle.

Top 10 Medieval Butt-Licking Cats – The list you didn’t even know you needed.

Aurora Jungle-Juice – This cocktail is one color in normal light and another under black light. I believe the photo is ‘shopped, but it’d be a fun party drink anyway.

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Run! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps! Day 5

September 11th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Thank you for your kind indulgence. Regular posting and once-a-week link dumps will return on Monday.

Halloween Craft Roundup – Several cute projects; I particularly like the crocheted spiderweb corbels.

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows – Suggestions for words which describe hard-to-explain feelings like vellichor (“the strange wistfulness of used bookstores”) and rubatosis (“the unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat”).

Plush Narwhal Tutorial – Narwhals, narwhals, swimming in the ocean, causing a commotion, because they are so awesome. Now that I have that song stuck in your head, go look at the pod of plush narwhals because they are really cute.

Free Antique Illustrations – The British Library has released over a million images from its collection online for free. (Bonus link: BoingBoing mentions the project and includes a glorious assemblage of covers from vintage “adventure” magazines. I think my favorite bit is that the “weasel attack” victim looks startlingly like David Bowie.)

Sticky Page Markers – Sets of stickers for marking book pages that let you create scenes of Godzilla attacking Tokyo, aliens in a Martian landscape, and Nessie undulating in and out of the water.

Skeleton Cupcakes – I’m leery of complex edible cupcake toppers, but these skeletons made from yogurt-covered pretzels and marshmallows look reasonably straightforward. The related bag of bones snacks are even easier.

Victorian Trading Company – Their Halloween section has lots of good-looking Halloween home decor items. (Hat tip to Kathy)

Magical Unicorn Champagne Horn – Plastic drinking “horn” and base.

8 Horrifying Moments From Classic Kids Cartoons – The people who complain about inappropriate content in today’s cartoons never lived through the 30s.

JIMBOBART – Etsy shop with the tagline, “Drawer of things on things” which specializes in weirdly whimsical dishware featuring wolves who guard your snacks and mice who perform for cakes.

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Run! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps! Day 4

September 10th, 2015 by Cobwebs

Bad Motherf*ckers – Amazingly detailed action figures from The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, The Exorcist, and more.

Ghostz – Weird little browser-based game which imagines a virtual pet experience about caring for the ghost of a virtual pet that you let die.

5 Creepy Things You Learn Cleaning Up the Scene Of a Murder – This clickbaity headline is actually an interesting glimpse into the business of biohazard cleanup.

A Jolly Nightmare – Mashup illustration of Jack and Sally dressed as Bert and Mary Poppins. (via Tanya)

Marbled Red Vinasse Eggs – This riff on Chinese tea eggs make them look nicely bloody. If you can’t the red wine lees called for in the recipe, some red food coloring could probably be substituted.

A Dirty Job – Novel about a regular guy who discovers that he’s been recruited to gather the souls of the dying. The plot has certainly been done, um, to death, but the author is Christopher Moore and he writes funny stuff.

Infantium Victoria – Lovely goth baby clothes, which are often hard to find. (Hat tip to Beth)

Wee Witch’s Cottage – Cute miniature “witch house” with lots of neat details.

Compendium of Demonology and Magic – NSFW. BoingBoing looks at some of their “favorite monsters” from this 1775 guide to demonology.

Medusa Satchel – Felted Gladstone bag featuring a big ol’ gorgon.

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Run! It’s Another Week of Link Dumps! Day 3

September 9th, 2015 by Cobwebs

She Walks in Shadows – New anthology featuring women fighting Lovecraftian nightmares.

Transposed Horror – Iconic horror themes re-recorded in a major key are kind of adorable.

5 Hours of Edgar Allan Poe Stories Read by Vincent Price & Basil Rathbone – Vincent Price and Basil Rathbone could read the phone book and I’d listen to it. (via Shellhawk)

Crypt Hotel Room – A hotel in Maine is offering an uncomfortable-sounding crypt for rent.

On the Next Episode of Ghost Hunters – This ‘toon by The Fantastician is charming. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Tentacle Tie – Crocheted necktie full of suckery goodness. The same seller also has tentacle scarves.

We Light Your Scrotum on Fire – Apart from being the name of my next band, this Cracked article explores “realities of the morgue.”

Sandman Chess Set – Collectible chess set based on Gaiman’s graphic novels.

All-black Chickens – BoingBoing mentions the “perfect for goth urban homesteaders” (har, har) Indonesian Ayam Cemani chicken, which is completely black and sells for $199 per chick. Somebody in the comments mentions that the same breeder sells Swedish black chickens, which look identical to the untrained eye, for half that. That’s a teensy bit pricey unless you’re an awfully rich goth urban homesteader, but they’re still pretty neat.

Gooey Monster Eye Cookies – This isn’t of interest so much for the recipe as for the presentation. You could make any number of cookie recipes and use the same candy eyeballs for decoration.

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