The Art of Darkness

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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The Link Dump That Came to Sarnath

October 27th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Scarecrow – Cute little ‘toon.

My Favorite Spooky Plants – Twitter thread with lots of cool pictures.

Bat Friendly Tequila – Several brands of tequila are going the socially-responsible route by making their growing and harvesting procedures more friendly to the bats which pollinate them. You can read more about the project here.

Manimal Sanctuary – A “lurking simulator” in which you play a monster who consumes human emotions.

TKC Cozy Pawz – Custom pet costumes. The seller isn’t taking more orders until after Halloween, but there are some great photos. The Golden Retrievers dressed as Greek gods make me especially happy.

Hamburger Helper – I accept this anatomy as headcanon. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Legend of the Scarecrow – Touching little animated short. (via Shellhawk)

Brave Chef Brianna – Kid’s book about a young woman who sets up a restaurant in a city full of monsters.

Iguanamouth – Odd, evocative little ‘toon.

MonsterTalk – Podcast which “critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures.” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Game of Link Dumps

October 20th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Ava’s Dress – Spooky, evocative illustration done for Inktober.

Animal Guards – This made me giggle.

Cooking Price-Wise – An expanded edition of Vincent Price’s cookbook hast just been released, and includes contributions from his children and some additional recipes from his grandfather.

Stop Buying Dead Bats Online – They’re not ethically sourced and it’s causing environmental havoc.

On Balloons – Some thoughtful pet-rearing advice.

Mash the Patriarchy – Twitter account dedicated to celebrating the history of women brewing beer.

1770s High Wig Tutorial – Tutorial for re-creating an elaborate 1770s hairstyle. The entire Demode site is a great resource for period costuming.

Hellhound Service Animals – Marvelous list of suggestions for making traditionally scary supernatural creatures a little friendlier.

The Glass Hive – Etsy shop specializing in glass boxes and other small glass items. This coffin box is lovely. (via Spooky Moon)

Faith – Extremely creepy “retro” horror game. Free to play.

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Link Dump

October 13th, 2017 by Cobwebs

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – I somehow completely missed the fact that there was a remake of this, starring Doug Jones as Cesare. Jones also plays Count Orlok in an upcoming remake of Nosferatu.

Charlotte Dower, Monster Under Her Bed – This response to a writing prompt is wonderful.

Dead Friends – Sweetly macabre animated short. (Hat tip to DeVries)

My friend told me a story he hadn’t told anyone for years. – Neil Gaiman relates a story.

The Little Vampires – Odd little webcomic. (via WitchArachne)

Hipster Nativity Set – I have no words.

Dethskulpt – Super-creepy handmade ceramic mugs. (via Spooky Moon)

Whores of Yore – NSFW Twitter account celebrating vintage “jilts, cracks, prostitutes, nightwalkers, whores, she-friends, kind women & others of the linnen-lifting tribe.”

Stranger Things: The Game – Neat 8-bit game based on the series.

AnnaSiivonen – Etsy shop specializing in interesting metal jewelry, including neat spider earrings.

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The Link Dump of the Rising Sun

October 6th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Something True – Podcast which explores “incredible and bizarre true stories from the footnotes of history.” The one about the rocket scientist who was fired for his obsession with the occult is pretty great. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Vampire Mom – This illustration is weirdly sweet.

A New “Hocus Pocus” Movie Is Officially In Development – It’s being developed for the Disney Channel instead of theatrical release. Still, neat.

Pool Noodle Vine Arch – Tutorial for a great-looking Halloween yard prop.

Jaguar Hearse – I’ve always loved the modified Jaguar from Harold and Maude, so it’s nice to see this reproduction.

Tiny Lizard Dragon – This li’l penny-hoarder is the cutest. (The art is by Iguanamouth and I would link directly to her site but I loathe her Tumblr theme to distraction and thus you get a reblog instead.)

tender d&d – Twitter bot which provides “nice and gentle D&D characters.” For example, “Cecil, the tiefling cleric born into a family of hamster breeders.”

Little Soaps of Horrors – Etsy shop full of very cool handmade soap. (Hat tip to pdq)

Hieronymus Bob – This made me giggle.

Let’s Sacrifice Toby – Some splendid retro-look T-shirt designs that look like a cross between Stephen King and a Little Golden Book.

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The Clue of the Broken Link Dump

September 29th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Trick or Treat Giveaway 2017 – Halloween Artist Bazaar is holding an art basket giveaway.

Mythology Bot – Twitter bot which tweets fragments of the Motif-index of folk-literature. It’s kind of a surreal feed, but it might be handy for D&D inspiration.

Terry Gilliam’s Lost Animations from Monty Python and the Holy Grail Are Now Online – The official Python YouTube channel is sharing animations that didn’t make it into the movie.

Silvia Wild Creations – Etsy shop featuring cute little needle-felted creatures, including a bunch of adorable spiders.

Simpsons Coraline Parody – Neil Gaiman will be lending his voice to this year’s Simpsons Treehouse of Horror.

Morticia Gloves – Free crochet pattern for some pretty spiderweb gloves.

Nessie on the Net – Livestreams from cameras at Loch Ness. You can use your coffee break to try to catch a glimpse of Nessie, and even if you don’t succeed it’s fun to watch the sheep.

Metallic Skull Candle – These taper candles are attractive.

LOTR Drug Wars – Twitter thread espousing an interesting fan theory.

Vampire Bat Wipertag – This fits over a car’s rear windshield wiper and makes it look like the bat is flitting back and forth. The company offers several other Halloween-related tags.

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