The Art of Darkness

The Link Dump of the Black Lagoon

April 6th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Time Travel Organizations – I would watch the hell out of a TV show with this premise.

Empathy Cards For Serious Illness – I think my favorite is, “When life gives you lemons, I won’t tell you a story about my cousin’s friend who died of lemons.”

Civilizations at the End of Time: Dying Earth – A look at the far future, and the end of the Earth. (Or, as submitterator Bruno described it, “gothic futurism.”)

Zombie Outbreak Writing Prompt – This is a brilliant idea.

She Who Hungers, She Who Waits – Evocative, creepy short story about parasitic goddesses and sacrifice.

The Secret Sexual World of America’s Renaissance Faires – I don’t think anybody who’s ever been to a RenFaire would be surprised that they’re popular with the BDSM crowd but it apparently surprised this author.

The Beautiful Men of Goth and Post-Punk – A photo roundup.

Hiding Easter Eggs – I have accepted Sarah Gailey’s thread about the holiday ecosystem as headcanon.

The Box of Astaroth – Artist Dan Baines makes wonderfully spooky miniature “ritual cabinets.”

The House with a Clock in Its Walls – A movie based on the classic children’s horror novel will be released in September. Oh, hooray! Starring Jack Black. Dammit, dammit, dammit, dammit.

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The Yellow Link Dump of Texas

March 17th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Fright-Rags – Horror movie T-shirts and novelties.

Obituary – Although work on this cartoon seems to have faltered–the last blog post is from 2016–this Graveyard Book-esque pilot is cute.

Cultural Werewolf Divide – Amusing discussion about Old World vs. New World werewolves.

Werewolves and their “Time of the Month” – And speaking of werewolves, I want to read a book based on this idea.

Dracula: A Chamber Musical – Link to a download site where you can view this “fairly unknown (but successful) Canadian musical from the 90s.” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Mermaid Babies – I have accepted this progression from “fish” to “mermaid” as headcanon.

Myrntai – Artist who draws lovely, creepy ink ravens and other creatures.

1 like = 1 cryptid I just made up – A Twitter thread of greatness. I especially like Old Mags.

The Sound of His Voice Like the Colour of Salt – Lovely, creepy short story about a houseful of ghosts.

The Moth Radio Hour – This episode of the podcast includes segments on Neil Gaiman and London’s Highgate Cemetery. (Hat tip to Bruno)

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I am Joe’s Link Dump

March 9th, 2018 by Cobwebs

A Guide to the Hidden Language of Gifting Spooky Animals – “Magpies: I would commit civilized murders in your name.”

Sign in a Toy Store – There’s a horror story in here somewhere.

mysouldesign – Etsy shop specializing in lovely jewelry and accessories made of vintage fabric and beads, including spiders and human hearts. (Hat tip to Cat)

Tómarúm – Swedish photographer Christine Linde creates creepily atmospheric photos inspired by Scandinavian folklore.

Sirens – Emily Wilson, who recently did a modern translation of The Odyssey, has an interesting thread about her translation decisions regarding Odysseus’ encounter with the Sirens.

But then what does he eat? And how does he process it? – MetaFilter looks at centaur anatomy. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The City of Brass – Entertaining retelling of one of the stories from 1,001 Nights. There’s another story here.

Loch Ness Monster Stuffed Animal – Pattern and good tutorial for making a big felt Nessie to cuddle.

The Parasitological Museum of Meguro – There’s a museum in Japan devoted to parasites. I don’t recommend viewing these images if you’re snacking.

Passover Cocktails for Each of the Ten Plagues – I love that somebody took the effort to match drinks to plagues.

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All the World’s a Link Dump

March 2nd, 2018 by Cobwebs

The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington – Lovely short work of speculative fiction.

One Bird’s Treasure – I like to think that crows use this kind of vocabulary.

The Sandman Universe – Neil Gaiman is launching a new Sandman imprint.

A Song About an Anglerfish – There should be more songs about anglerfish, tbh.

Addams Family Lego Mansion – You can vote to help make this prototype a reality.

The Call Girl of Cthulhu – This seems to be a comedy rather than porn, which seems like an almost criminal waste of a title.

Insanely Creepy Dolls – (Facebook link; sorry.) Small photo album of dolls that you’d rather not wake up to find standing next to your bed.

Concept – “That scene in every 90s high school movie where someone shows the new kid around the cafeteria (‘that table is the nerds, those are the jocks, the goths, the cheerleeders’ etc) except it’s a medieval tavern and each table has a different d&d class.” Heh.

Messed Up Things That May Have Happened in New Orleans History – A modest roundup.

#GlamourToads – A hashtag of very photogenic toads.

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The League of Extraordinary Link Dumps

February 16th, 2018 by Cobwebs

You Have Been Murdered By Clerks – The Medieval Death Bot’s explanation about why so many murders were by “clerks.”

Weeds – A lovely short comic about “A garden. And a curse.” The second half is here.

Let’s Make Halloween Pompoms – Yes, let’s. Instructions for making cute li’l ghosts, skulls, and eyeballs. These would be a great accent for a hat or sweater.

The Edible Museum – Chocolates shaped like fossils, creepily-realistic human hearts, toads, and other unusual shapes. (Hat tip to Cat)

Sylvia Plath – Lovely, thoughtful thread about the tragedy of Plath’s suicide.

The World’s Tiniest Dragon – The response to this writing prompt is adorable.

Man Redefines Horror By Building a Singing Furby Organ – If there isn’t some future Phantom of the Opera-type thing starring this organ, somebody is missing a bet. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Dark Galadriel – This method for creating “scale mail” armor with round sticker labels is brilliant.

Familiar Witchcraft – Kickstarter for enamel pins with a witchy aesthetic.

Spider Cupcakes – Easy-to-make cupcake topper idea.

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Gulliver’s Link Dump

February 9th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Alfred E. Crowley – This made me giggle.

The Price – A proof-of-concept animation for Neil Gaiman’s short story.

Game of Thrones Wine – Wines “inspired” by the series. Fun for a viewing party.

Death and the Dog – If you can read this bittersweet little ‘toon without getting some “dust in your eyes” I don’t want to be your friend.

Ian Malcolm Amigurumi – This is spectacular.

Skull Tie-Dye Shirt – Tutorial for making a surprisingly detailed tie-dye skull T-shirt.

Fighting in Ballgowns – A really great thread on how to fight in a fancy dress.

Dead People Suck – An interview with comedian Laurie Kilmartin, who inadvertently live-tweeted her father’s death and wrote a “guide for survivors of the newly departed.”

Miss Monster – Cool custom masks and other items. I love this panther.

Tortured Candles – Super-easy idea for making creepy Hellraiser-esque candles.

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The Link Dump of the Dawn Treader

February 2nd, 2018 by Cobwebs

“Superhero Plans” Insurance Coverage – A discussion of yet another pitfall of living in the Marvel universe.

How to Change: Your Duvet Cover – This Twitter thread is remarkably accurate.

The Ghost Stories We Tell Around Photon Fires – Evocative ghost story with a science fiction setting.

Dark Shadows Streaming on Amazon – The entire labyrinthine series is now available online.

Balanced Breakfast – I’d eat this cereal.

3,500 Occult Manuscripts Will Be Available Online – Author Dan Brown has made a donation to Amsterdam’s Ritman Library which will allow them to digitize thousands of obscure occult manuscripts and make them available free online. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Umberto Mulignano – Instagram feed for an artist who uses polymer clay to create gorgeous dragons and other fantastical creatures.

My Naym is Floof – An amusing LOTR riff on this.

Origin Story – Odd, melancholy little story about the last of the fairies, who works in a charnel house.

Knife Block – Amusing Twitter thread about the advantages of storing kitchen knives in a drawer.

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There Will Be Link Dumps

January 26th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Frankenstein 200 – To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, ASU’s Center for Science and Imagination has launched a free, interactive, multiplatform experience for kids which combines online activities with hands-on activities in January and February at museums and science centers across the US.

@butterflyjasmine49 – Instagram feed of a makeup artist who incorporates dead insects in her designs. The mealworm eyelashes are certainly…interesting.

The Dream Collector – In the 60s and 70s photographer Arthur Tress asked children about their nightmares and then re-created them in staged photos.

Someone Realized An HP Lovecraft Poem Maps Perfectly to Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” – And the results are beautiful. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Scream Scene – Podcast which reviews horror movies in chronological order.

The Hydraulic Emperor – Short story by Arkady Martine. As Tracy O’Brien put it, “If you’ve checked every used bookstore you’ve ever been in for that one particular volume you’re sure you’ll never find, you should read this story.”

Strawberry Finch – Amusing tweet.

Alternate Beginning for IT – There was a joke opening made for the 2017 film that’s made it onto DVDs as an extra “deleted scene.”

Raising the Dead – A fascinating look at recovering a body from a deep underwater cave.

Fossilized Spider Tracks – Ancient evidence of cuddly spider feets.

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Ali Baba and the 40 Link Dumps

January 19th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Earworm – Amusing Nedroid ‘toon.

Leonora Carrington – The “lost, last surrealist” was written out of history from the 50s till the 2000s. She re-emerged to global accolade before her death at age 94.

Beauty and the Beast – Photographer and prop-maker Червона Ворона created an amazing paper-mache “Beast” and did a gorgeous photoshoot.

Sarlacc Pit Baby Lounger – Allow your infants to “snuggle in awesomeness without the fear of being digested over a thousand years!”

r/iamthenight – Subreddit devoted to cute bats.

Simon Stålenhag – This artist’s evocative portfolio hints at a strange, dystopian future. Prepare to scroll forever, though. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

Steampunk Chair – This steampunk wheelchair makeover is gorgeously detailed.

The Sausage Princess – Ursula Vernon looks at some of the weirder fairy tales.

The Tombstone House – This house built from the gravestones of Civil War soldiers is certainly…unique.

Mosquito Foot Microphotography – This photo of a mosquito’s foot at 800X magnification looks like a lost H.R. Giger illustration.

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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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