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Leather Link Dumps of Phobos

January 12th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Mushroom Costume – This photo was presented without comment so I don’t know its origins. I love the bracket fungus detail on the one leg.

Emma – Winning entry in the 2017 15 Second Horror Film Challenge. You can see them all here.

1 like=1 nightmare – This is a marvelously creepy thread.

Twilight Zone Reboot – Jordan Peele will be the executive producer of the series reboot on CBS.

The Evolution Store – All kinds of cool bones, preserved animals, and other oddities.

Family Ghosts – Each episode of this podcast explores a family secret.

Inal Bersekov – Tattoo artist who specializes in amazingly photorealistic tattoos. You can see more examples of his work on his Instagram feed.

Sin in Soft Focus – A look at movie history in the decade before the Motion Picture Production Code censorship guidelines were enforced.

Forgotten Fairy Tales – It’d be fun to recount these with a straight face and try to convince people that they’re some of the more obscure Grimm tales.

Stumbling on Skeletons in Old Odd Fellows Lodges – Cue the “skeletons in their closet” jokes.

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The Days of Wine and Link Dumps

January 5th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Coffin Spider – I like this illustration a lot.

Cryptkins – Adorable vinyl figures of cryptids like Nessie and the Chupacabra. Cthulhu is also in there for some reason.

Batbats – This Twitter thread is wonderful.

Portals of London – Site devoted to creating “a catalogue of London’s inter-dimensional gateways,” such as the Woolwich Anomaly It has a bit of an SCP Foundation vibe, and similarly doesn’t provide any indication that it’s a work of fiction.

Bill Domonkos – Artist who creates surreal, often creepy, gifs. (Hat tip to pdq)

Tattoos – Helpful guide for avoiding bad tattoos.

Millennial Greek Myths – These are chillingly accurate.

Life-Size Thestral DIY – It looks like the prop skeleton mentioned in the post is by Home Accents.

Making Sigils with Letter Shaping – Interesting method for making customized sigils.

Vampire – Heh.

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The Time Traveler’s Link Dump

December 29th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Goblin Market – One of the tasks you can perform in SFZero’s “game.” I really like the idea of getting together a group of friends and putting on a real-life Goblin Market. This (admittedly hard-to-read) description of one interaction is particularly great.

Vampire Carols – I like this Twitter thread and recommend that we all plan to go caroling next year.

Archaeology, Death Positivity and Public Engagement – Death & the Maiden looks at the intersection of archaeology and death.

The Door in the Kitchen – Spooky horror comic by Abby Howard.

Furry Monster Christmas Tree – It’s a bit late for this cute DIY project for 2017, but you can always get a jump on 2018.

Greenfire Farms – This farm sells many unusual breeds of chicken. 1) There’s an heirloom chicken breed called “Deathlayer,” which is probably the most metal poultry name ever. 2) They have the gothy Ayam Cemani breed at a price that curdles your blood but doesn’t freeze your marrow, making it alllllmost worth considering. 3) Somebody needs to come talk me down out of my let’s-raise-heirloom-chickens tree right now.

A History of Women Who Burned to Death in Flammable Dresses – Being fashionable used to mean being flammable.

Undated color photograph, c. 1970 – This Twitter thread describing “found photos” is splendidly creepy.

Stryx – Italy briefly had a televised Satanic variety show. Grace Jones was involved. The 70s were a truly weird time.

The Bayeux Tapestry – all of it, from start to finish – “A complete guide to the story as depicted on the famous Bayeux Tapestry.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

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The Message in the Hollow Link Dump

December 15th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Aziraphale’s Bookshop – Neil Gaiman shared a short video from the set of Good Omens. He confirmed on Twitter that the hat is one of Pratchett’s.

Krampus Hat Pattern – Free crochet pattern for a glorious hat.

The Brief, Wondrous, High-Flying Era of Zeppelin Dining – Interesting look at cooking and dining on the Hindenburg. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Bone Box – Skulls Unlimited has gotten on the subscription box bandwagon and will send you neat things like weasel skulls and owl pellets.

FX To Develop ‘Welcome To Night Vale’ Podcast For TV – I’m not sure how well this will translate to TV, but more power to them. All hail the Glow Cloud.

Frau Perchta and Others – Short Twitter thread about some of the creepier Christmas traditions worldwide. (I don’t know why the illustration of the Mari Lwyd includes a skate egg case in the foreground but I’m oddly okay with it.)

Benrangel Duvet Cover – IKEA duvet cover with a (headless?) skeleton print.

Melting Toht Candle – Your favorite melty Nazi, in handy candle form.

Sharing Things – Sesame Street parodies Stranger Things.

The Blonde Swan – Etsy shop full of very cool hats and headpieces.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Link Dumps

December 8th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Edward Gorey – The Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast looks at Gorey. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Gifts for Crow Lovers – Suggestions for the corvid fancier on your gift list.

Shit Cassandra Saw That She Didn’t Tell the Trojans Because at that Point Fuck Them Anyway – How far could Cassandra see into the future, anyway? (Hat tip to Bruno)

Altered Carbon Release Announcement – Netflix is doing a series based on Richard Morgan’s Takeshi Kovacs novels.

The Call of Cthulhu Dr. Seuss Style – This is nicely done. (Hat tip to DeVries)

Lizzie – Upcoming thriller based on the Lizzie Borden murders. Since the plot revolves around Lizzie (Chloë Sevigny) and her maid Bridget (Kristen Stewart) being lovers, this is presumably based on Ed McBain’s novel of the same title.

Go to Hell! – Board game in which you try to get Dante through all 9 circles of Hell. (via Jan)

How the Zombie Fungus Takes Over Ants’ Bodies to Control Their Minds – Everybody’s favorite zombie fungus is even more Lovecraftian than we’d thought.

Chuck Tingle’s Shirts for Buds – Tingle T-shirts and a glorious holiday sweater. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Cockroach Donuts – Instructable for some great-looking Halloween party treats.

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Link Dumps in the Stream

December 1st, 2017 by Cobwebs

Henry Rollins and Nick Cave – This made me giggle.

Vampire’s Kiss & Blood Inside – Short music video-ish film with a cameo by Tim Burton. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Anansi Boys Radio Drama – BBC Radio 4 is doing a six-part adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel.

An army of crows is being trained to clear streets of cigarette butts – 1) This is a pretty cool use of corvids’ natural intelligence. 2) Oh, sure, that’s what they say they’re training the army of crows for, but eventually they’re going to have an army of trained crows and that’s how the war starts. (Hat tip to pdq)

Harmonia – Evocative interactive short story/game. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Grinch Backstory – This Twitter thread is…plausible.

The Social Network Tarot – Tarot cards with themes like, “Fake Account” and “Russian Hacker.” (via Cat)

Lucas the Spider – This animation test features an adorable spider that I really want as a pet. (via xJane)

#HellfireBooks – @UrsulaV told @NeolithicSheep, quote, “Swear to god, you are like if the Foxfire books were set in hell” and the obvious response was to start writing them.

Why Horror VHS Artwork Was So F*cked Up – A “microdocumentary” about the artwork on VHS horror movies.

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A Moveable Link Dump

November 24th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Lady Blackbird – Cool-looking adventure module full of steampunky goodness. There are a number of video playthroughs online if you want a sample of gameplay. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Roasted Facehugger – This is the best Thanksgiving dish imaginable.

Poor Devil – The fact that not only was Sammy Davis Jr. interested in the Church of Satan but that he made a Lucifer-friendly sitcom pilot is somewhat mind-blowing. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Loch Ness Plush – These li’l Nessies made from upholstery fabric are adorable.

Meet Doug Jones, One Of The Biggest Movie Stars You’ve Probably Never Seen – Interview with the actor who played Billy Butcherson, Abe Sapien, the Pale Man, and many other heavily-costumed characters.

Sam Sykes and Chuck Wendig – It’s worth having a Twitter account just to read their exchanges.

15 Mini Horror Stories – rockpapercynic has been writing ultra-short stories prompted by photographs. There are some nice ones collected here.

Fox Letter Grades – I love everything about this “fox rates” Twitter thread. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Edible Body Farm – Death- and decay-themed confections. I think my favorite is the “five stages of decay” cupcake.

What We Do in the Shadows Original Short Film – The short that led to the mockumentary. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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The Link Dump of J. Alfred Prufrock

November 17th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Illustrations from Walt McDougall’s ‘Good Stories for Children’ – These are awesome. I want all of them as pets. (Hat tip to xJane)

70s Dinner Party – I have long suspected that the entire decade of the 70s was an incursion from some alternate universe, and this Twitter feed of 70s-era food does nothing to dispel that notion.

One of America’s Largest Collections of Memento Mori Is for Sale – This will be of interest to a lot of my readers.

Wiccapedia – I have no idea if this “modern day white witch’s guide” is any good, but the title is dynamite.

Something is Wrong on the Internet – “Someone or something or some combination of people and things is using YouTube to systematically frighten, traumatise, and abuse children, automatically and at scale, and it forces me to question my own beliefs about the internet, at every level.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

#FolkloreThursday – Neat hashtag, often featuring original art like The Gurt Dog.

Gorey’s World – The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT will be presenting an exhibit of Edward Gorey’s work. (via Pixel Pixie)

Brimstone Bread – Recipe for black-and-red bread that would be perfect for a party. See also the artist’s main site.

EasyPrintAndCut – Etsy shop full of creepy dollhouse miniatures, many of them downloadable papercraft.

Hilary’s Vanity – Goth clothing and accessories, including some lovely parasols.

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The Canterbury Link Dump

November 10th, 2017 by Cobwebs

A Mortician’s Tale – Wired reviews a game where you play a funeral director preparing corpses. (Hat tip to Bruno)

WeRateBats – Twitter account similar to WeRateDogs, except for sky puppies.

Opening Lines of New “Odyssey” TranslationThe Odyssey has recently been retranslated into English by Emily Wilson and the beginning is amazing.

Furniture Porn – Well-done parody of an old 90s porn site. Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Fantastic Beasts and How to Rank Them – Are harpies more or less implausible than mermaids? Feel free to leave your own rankings in the comments. (You can rank a few of them online here and see how your choices compare to others’.)

The Necronomnomnom – Kickstarter for “A Cookbook of Eldritch Horror.” (Hat tip to xJane)

Terrifying Japanese Ghosts That Will Haunt Your Dreams – An amusing roundup.

I Illustrated 31 Phobias For Feartober – These are nicely creepy.

Dragon Crochet Pattern – Downloadable pattern for a super-cute dragon.

If Star Wars Were an Icelandic Saga – “That’s no island,” said Víga-Óbívan, “That’s a warship.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

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Sing a Song of Link Dumps

November 3rd, 2017 by Cobwebs

But, what are we to wear? – Links to some vintage fancy-dress ideas. (Hat tip to Bruno)

@SamSykesSwears and @ChuckWendig – This Twitter conversation is a thing of beauty.

Neil Patrick Harris Family Halloween Costumes – A roundup of Harris’ family costumes over the years.

Largest Witchcraft Collection in North America Opens at Cornell – The exhibit will run through August 2018.

Read These (Legit Terrifying) Horror Stories by an Artificial Intelligence – An AI named Shelley has been trained on Reddit’s r/nosleep and now writes short horror stories.

Lepidop-Terror – This moth costume is pretty great.

An October Moment – After a long absence, Somewhere on the Masthead returns with a ghost story.

This is Halloween – Cute little ‘toon. (via Pixel Pixie)

Digital Death – Video described by submitterator Bruno as “A hard science take on ‘Professor, what is a Horcrux?'”

Top Ten Hauntings with a History Twist – Fun Twitter thread.

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