The Art of Darkness

Sing a Song of Link Dumps

January 25th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Spiderween – An in-depth “arachnophobe-safe” guide to spiders.

Born to Be Posthumous – The “definitive biography” of Edward Gorey. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Fossil Cookies – Cute, easy idea for making edible “fossils.” The walnut dough seems like more trouble than it needs to be; I’m sure any firm sugar-cookie dough would work just as well.

Getting Dressed in the 18th Century – Working Woman – Part of a series the National Museums Liverpool has put together on 18th Century costume. There are also examples of an upper-class woman and gentleman that will make you deeply grateful for jeans and a T-shirt.

Zdzisław Beksiński – Supremely creepy art by a painter with a tragic history.

Dinosaurs – Artist Shimoda Masakatsu makes dinosaur sculptures–some wearable–from stuffed white cotton. (Hat tip to pdq)

Mutant Giant Spider Dog – This small dog dressed as a giant furry spider just wants snuggles.

Mawwiage in Tights – A Princess Bride/Robin Hood-themed wedding.

Warg – This made me giggle immoderately. (Some of the other cartoons on the site are NSFW-ish.)

Cthulhu Mittens – Free knitting pattern full of Lovecraftian goodness.

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The Link Dump and the Carpenter

January 18th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Why Snowpiercer is a sequel to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – This makes a weird amount of sense.

Fantasy Tumblr Would be Fucking Insufferable – An amusing thread.

DRAGULA: Season One Premiere – A search for “the world’s first drag supermonster.” (Hat tip to Bruno Bruno’s boyfriend)

Snowmen – An entry in Bogleech’s “Halloween Bestiary.” (Links to previous entries are at the bottom of the post.)

A Gift Giving Guide for Your Dark Valentine – A gothy roundup.

The Mended Spiderweb Series – Artist Nina Katchadourian used red thread to repair torn spiderwebs. These are oddly lovely.

The PoohingThe Shining comes to the 100 Acre Woods. Mildly NSFW due to cartoony nude bear portraiture, which is not a sentence I ever though I’d write. (Also see Alien vs. Pooh.)

Mehndi Cookies – Instructions for making gingerbread hands with edible “henna” tattoos.

Black Red and Poe Wedding Ideas – Although I question using “Nevermore” as a thematic element in a wedding, there are some lovely, elegant ideas here.

Bridges on the Body – Blog devoted to corsetmaking.

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The Link Dump of Edwin Drood

January 4th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Necronomicon Plush Cushion – This is certainly a…unique…accent piece. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Universal Horror – Nicely creepy short story.

Hair Skull – I’m not sure how much gel would be required to hold the curves in place, but this hairstyle is pretty cool.

Lace Cement Votive – Interesting DIY votive.

Inferno – Super-neat interactive map of Dante’s Inferno. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Pictures Of Saint Margaret of Antioch Where The Dragon Seems Like a Mild Inconvenience at Worst, A Beloved But Naughty Household Pet at Best – A thread of greatness.

Roly Poly Pill Bug – Knitting pattern for an adorably cuddly wood louse.

In the Late December – A sweetly hopeful story at the heat death of the universe.

Victorian Cannibalism – Interesting thread on how cannibalism was just one of those expected things for Victorian sailors, and how that finally changed.

Two Girls One Ghost – A horror comedy podcast in which “Best friends bonded by their paranormal experiences…recount their contact with the other side, tell each other ghost stories and invite listeners to join in on the fun.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

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Link Dump on 34th Street

December 21st, 2018 by Cobwebs

Tales From The Stitch – “I watch horror movies then I crochet those horror movies”

Yes, Virginia, there is a Cthulhu – Heartwarming.

The Epiplectic Bicycle – Short stop-motion film based on a story by Edward Gorey. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Creepy Christmas Film Festival – An advent calendar of short horror films.

The One Where… – A marvelous thread of creepy “alternate” Friends episodes.

Ethereal Dreams – A “gothic Christmas” music mix.

Tormented Artifacts – Custom leather accessories, steampunk impedimenta, masks, props, and other cool stuff.

HorrorNaments – Christmas ornaments depicting things like bloody axes and vampire bats.

Creepbay – “Creepy and cool online shopping.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

Edgar Allan Poe’s A Cryptmas Carol – This is my kind of holiday video. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Link Dumps We Have Heard on High

December 14th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Windswept Triple Candelabra – This is one of the most Goreyesque pieces of home decor I’ve ever laid eyes on.

A Swiss Dress from the 16th Century – Build notes for an authentic period costume. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Vivienne Westwood 1994 – A fashion thread of hilarity.

Insect Doll Shadow Boxes – These would be fairly easy to DIY and are creepy as hell.

How to Brine a Turkey by H.P. Lovecraft – Just in time for Christmas dinner!

Krampus – Crochet pattern for a super-cute Krampus dolly.

All I Want for Christmas is Darkness and Dread – Goth up your holiday music selections. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Huntress – Build notes for a nicely creepy mask.

The Year in Taxidermy – Interesting meditation on personal growth.

Lit Friends – Custom devotional candles featuring your own photo.

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I Saw Three Link Dumps

November 30th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Dating Ghosts – Another Chuck Wendig/Sam Sykes thread of greatness.

Southern Weather Discovery – You can pore through historical logbooks from Antarctic sledging expeditions and ship voyages and help climate scientists at the same time.

Rogue Taxidermy – There’s a woman-led art scene which produces pieces resembling what would happen “if Disneyland and a natural history museum got together.” (Hat tip to Cat)

The Lady Hero’s Journey – This McSweeney’s piece is all too accurate.

The extraordinary life and death of the world’s oldest known spider – This article about a 43-year-old spider is fascinating. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Color in Elizabethan Dress – A list of the names of cloth colors commonly used in the 16th and early 17th centuries. Goose Turd Green sounds particularly accurate.

The Hidden Message of ‘Addams Family Values’ – An interview with some of the cast.

Monster Rap – I had no idea that Bobby “Boris” Pickett had attempted to parlay his hit with “Monster Mash” into an entire career. This is quite a thing. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

She Still Loves the Dragon – Odd, melancholy short story by Elizabeth Bear.

Welcome to the Witch Capital of Norway – Interesting article about Vardø, Norway (linked through MetaFilter for the comments). (Hat tip to Bruno)

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Link Dumps

November 23rd, 2018 by Cobwebs

Beetle Coin Pouch – Cute little coin purses shaped like Stag and Hercules Beetles.

The Bela Session – Full release of Bauhaus’ first studio session from January 26 1979, where “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

Moth Couples Costume – This is pretty great.

10 Scary Short Stories You Can Read Online Now – A roundup.

The Silence Under Your Bed – Interactive horror anthology about “the strange, the spooky, the macabre.”

Stanley – This adorable little skeleton (and friends) by heathersketcheroos is charming. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

ABCs of D&D – Cute children’s book for teaching the alphabet. There’s also 123s of D&D to teach numbers.

Skin Like Porcelain Death – A nicely creepy short story involving porcelain dolls.

Someone write me a book… – I would absolutely read this book.

I Scream Sundae – This DIY costume is amazing. (Hat tip to Empress Pam)

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A Link Dump to Remember

November 16th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Local Haunts – Kickstarter for an anthology of comics featuring “small town legends, family ghost stories, and fears that span across cultures.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

Helpful Ghost – This Twitter thread is charming.

The Absinthe Enthusiasts Hiding Bottles in the Swiss Woods – I sort of love the idea of geocached absinthe. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Edgar Allan Poe Votive Candle – Devotional candles featuring secular icons are a bit overdone these days, but the ones by this company are very nice.

Bread and Milk and Salt – Sarah Gailey writes very creepy stories.

The Pumpkin Came at Midnight – Subtitle: “An Erotic Abduction.” This short work of fiction is apparently what the Great Pumpkin gets up to in his off hours. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The recipient of all those letters about Frankenstein writes back – Alexandra Petri tweeted, “just once I want to read the letter that the epistolary horror novel framing device guy gets BACK after sending 100 pages of nested narratives to his bewildered sister” and then followed up with a column imagining just that.

Adapted Austen – This thread of animal photos with Jane Austen quotes is much funnier than it should be.

Exploring Victorian London – Some amazing resources. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Curious Case of LoLo Moreno – Award-winning short horror film.

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The Best Little Link Dump in Texas

November 9th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Lost Film Adaptation of The Tell-Tale Heart Discovered – A long-lost, intact copy of the short film was discovered in an attic. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Books That Made Dracula – Bram Stoker’s reference materials for Dracula have been found at the London Library, complete with notes he made.

Top 10 HallowSCREAM BOOvies – A YouTube watchlist. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Inktober 2018 – For this year’s #inktober artistic challenge, @genicecream polled followers on what details to add to a cozily spooky house.

What We Do in the Shadows Promo Spots – FX is launching a series based on the mockumentary of the same name. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society – A while back the estimable Ursula Vernon speculated about a human maiden who dallied with fae men and didn’t pine away afterwards. Then she wrote this amusing short story about it.

This is the Church You Go To – A hilarious thread of church architecture. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Dress Up for Halloween, Medieval Style – The British Library’s Medieval Manuscripts blog has some tips.

Cauldron Cake – This is one of those decorating ideas that looks like it might be juuuuust within the realm of possibility for someone who isn’t a professional baker, but will probably end in tears for most of us. There’s a short “making of” video here. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

A Few Small Haunted Houses – This artwork is wonderfully evocative.

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Link Dump of Capricorn

October 26th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Sutter Cane’s Perilous Peninsula – Neat little “one page dungeon” adventure location for RPGs, featuring places like “Yokel Shacks” and “Dilapidated Mansion.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

Hero Forge – This company allows you to customize D&D miniatures and then have them 3D printed for you.

Loot Fright – LootCrate has spun off a horror subscription box.

If I Encounter One More Trade Name For a Gemstone or Other Attractive Mineral I Will Puke – This isn’t exactly goth, but if you’re interested in gemstones for either crafting or metaphysical purposes, it’s a really interesting read.

Stoning Our Neighbors to Death Makes the Corn Grow High, and Elitist Liberals Should Stop Attacking This Traditional Value – In the “too true to be funny” department….

Dragons of Wales – The @dragonsofwales Twitter feed is full of delightful little dragon illustrations, and you can purchase calendars and other items in their Etsy shop.

Vampire Fang Collection – Tutorial for an easy prop.

Submitterator Extraordinaire Pixel Pixie went on a tear and sent me several noteworthy videos this week:
Visiting the Edward Gorey House – Stuck in Vermont tours the house Gorey lived in for the last 14 years of his life.

Professor Peabody’s Last Lecture – This episode of Night Gallery stars Rob Reiner and a lot of green yarn.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Jeff Goldblum starred as Ichabod Crane in a low-budget TV movie and it is just as Jeff Goldblum-y as anyone could hope.

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