The Art of Darkness

The Wicker Link Dump

June 30th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Rise – Amusing ‘toon. (via Pixel Pixie)

Elin Thomas – Fiber artist whose works include a collection of mould and lichen. The crocheted “petri dishes” are particularly interesting.

Todd and Annette – Sweet little story based on the writing prompt, “An old and homely grandmother accidentally summons a demon. She mistakes him for her gothic-phase teenage grandson and takes care of him. The demon decides to stay at his new home.”

Famous American Ghosts – An amusing roundup.

Inflatable Coffin Buffet – Coffin-shaped cooler for parties; it’d also be fun to float in a pool. (The vendor has a European site as well.)

A Guide Through the Haunting World of “Folk Horror” – Bandcamp has a roundup of dark, pagany, folk-ish music.

Gothic Toggs – Some attractive clothing. This jacket is certainly imposing.

The Apprehension Engine – An instrument created for horror movie soundtracks, to play “the music of nightmares.”

Falconry – A short primer on taking up the sport.

Hong Kong’s Fortune Teller Shops – Interesting photo series of the oddly office-like shops run by fortune tellers in Hong Kong. These are all clearly Executive Fortune Tellers. (Hat tip to pdq)

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No Link Dump For Old Men

June 23rd, 2017 by Cobwebs

Dread Singles – Novelty Twitter account with a bit of a Night Vale vibe. Tends to break character more than Night Vale.

26 Dark AF Kitchen Products To Match Your Soul – Clickbaity headline, a couple of interesting products.

Lovecraft Country – Jordan Peele is adapting the novel into a series for HBO.

Beatrix Potter’s Secret Journal – Potter kept a coded journal for years, and a “superfan” was finally able to translate it.

Skull Obsession – Skull-themed clothing and accessories. I love these boots.

100 Best Horror Movies of All Time – A list about which to kibitz.

The Cider That Comes From Beyond the Grave – Malus Immortalis is a limited-edition cider made with apples foraged from a famous Brooklyn cemetery. (via Beth)

Insomnia – Neat illustration.

The Marsh Test – Atlas Obscura has an interesting article on the test used in the 1800s to check for arsenic poisoning.

Riverdale Season Two – This Twitter thread made me giggle.

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Arsenic and Old Link Dumps

June 16th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Bioshock Doll – Really nice “Little Sister,” plus accessories, all handmade.

How a Raven Chose a Man as Her Mate – The title of this video clip is slightly misleading, but it’s a cute look at the “special bond” between the Tower of London’s Ravenmaster and one of his charges.

Under the Knife – YouTube series that “takes a humorous look back into our medical past.” This is a really neat channel. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Flower Dinosaurs – This deep learning cross between a book of dinosaurs and a book of flowers is gorgeous.

Unknown Peoples – Interesting Twitter feed which tweets out short descriptions of mythical races and cultures, such as, “The Culture of the Bog. Their society includes eleven distinct genders. They have been exiled from their homeland.” and “The Northern Tribe. They paint stripes across their horns with teal clay. Their merchants are rumoured to trade ideas for gold.” Might be useful for RPG worldbuilding.

Bokaclava – Pattern for a balaclava that looks like the classic Doctor Who monster Bok if you know who that is, and like a demon sticking its tongue out if you don’t. (Hat tip to Jan)

NerdLacquer – Fandom-themed lip balm and nail polish with names like “Carrie,” “Blavatsky,” and “General Effing Leia.”

Conjuring Arts Research Center – Atlas Obscura explores a library devoted to magic (the Houdini kind, not the Harry Potter kind).

At Home Imagineering – Custom home theater styled after 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and full of steampunky goodness.

Decomposing Daiquiri – A friend posted this, explaining that the ice cubes are made from frozen Zombie. “The drink gradually transforms from a Daiquiri into a Zombie as the ice cube ‘decomposes.'” Fun idea for a party. (Link just goes to a photo.)

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Link Dump of a Wimpy Kid

June 9th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Antler Guy – I love every part of this.

Skull Face – Makeup artist Vanessa Davis creates gorgeous skull-themed makeup effects. (Hat tip to pdq)

Peter Cushing Movies – Long list of movies starring one of our favorite horror icons.

Cook What Thou Wilt – Artist Stuart Faulkner makes Aleister Crowley-themed cooking utensils. I suppose everyone needs a hobby. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Pass the Dormice – A look at the ancient Roman practice of breeding and eating of dormice.

A guide to being an apathetic Byronic aristocrat vampire in the 21st century – A series of helpful suggestions. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Porca Miseria! – Really interesting chandelier that looks like exploding crockery. If you have access to Facebook, there’s a better photo here.

Reader, I shagged him: Why Charlotte Brontë was a filthy minx – An argument that Brontë’s biographer sanitized the “filthy, frustrated, sex-obsessed genius.”

Pigeon Shoes – From Japan, natch. You could use the same general guidelines to do ravens instead of pigeons.

Alien Recut as a Comedy – I love a good genre-swapping trailer. This one reimagines the original Alien as a sci-fi comedy featuring a troublesome kitten.

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The Tell-Tale Link Dump

June 2nd, 2017 by Cobwebs

A Crash Course on Creation Myths – Neat video series.

@ASmallFiction – Twitter feed of micro-fiction which tends toward the dark and creepy.

What Kind Of Head Was This Skull Inside Of? – Fun skull-identification quiz. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Ghost Realtor – A Nathan for You comedy segment involving an unfortunately haunted house.

The Yummy Mummy’s Hand – Neat Halloween food idea.

Tabletop Audio – Great collection of ambient sounds to use as atmosphere for tabletop gaming.

Amigurumi Bat Pattern – Free pattern for an adorable little crocheted bat.

Chimaephera – Series of myth-inspired creatures made from animal bones.

Beauty and the Beast Gender-Swapped – An amusing series of ‘toons.

Licensed to Curse – Attractive set of props based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, including Auror credentials and magic supplies. (via Propnomicon).

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Pretty Link Dumps All in a Row

May 26th, 2017 by Cobwebs

The Dark Crystal Trailer – Netflix is turning the movie into a series. Here’s a first look.

Victor Frankenstein Rant – A tweet of epicness.

Backyard Bat Hanging Sculptures – Pretty handmade copper garden decorations.

A Brief History of Goths – Interesting, short TED-Ed video which traces the word from ancient barbarians all the way through its use as a descriptor for a subculture. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Giblets the Anatomy Bunny – Cute plush bunny with removable organs.

The Medieval Agricultural Year – Interesting look at farming by the seasons.

Morbid Curiosity – Review of a cool-sounding trivia/discussion card game about death.

As Nice As Mice – Etsy shop specializing in li’l felt mice, including several dressed for Halloween. My favorite is “Mouseferatu.” (via Spooky Moon)

Ultima Online Massacre – This carefully-planned mass murder is both hilarious and infuriating.

Highly Evolved Bats – Really interesting discussion of bat anatomy and behavior in speculating how a “human” with bat ancestry instead of primate ancestry might look and behave.

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Link Dump of a Wimpy Kid

May 19th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Junkrat Cosplay – This entire costume is amazing, but the wig that makes it look like the character’s hair is on fire is particularly cool.

A Tenth Life – Sweetly melancholy little tweetstory by @MicroSFF.

The Beauty of Horror – Adult coloring book with intricate, creepy illustrations to color. There’s also a sequel.

How Did Dracula Become the World’s Most Famous Vampire? – Neat animated TED talk on the Dracula phenomenon. The full lesson is here. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Werewolf Myth – The last line made me giggle.

The Calvarium – Fabric, furniture, and other “unique hauntings for life.” (via Shellhawk)

THe Bat Man of Mexico – Interesting article about one man’s quest to encourage bat-friendly tequila manufacture.

Sheep Marketing Ploy – A lovely filk about Fenton, Death Sheep from Hell.

Lego Spider – This big, hairy Lego tarantula is amazing.

Bat Bags – Great roundup of batty handbags.

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The Link Dump From Beyond Infinity

May 12th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Vampire Bats are Nerds – In response to this post, c-rowlesdraws drew a nerd bat and then the obvious followup.

Horror Movie Blooper Reels – I think there should be bloopers at the end of every horror movie so it’s easier to sleep afterwards.

Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allan Poe – A look at the “phenomenon of Poe,” and locations associated with him that can be toured. (via Cat)

The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 – This board game based on John Carpenter’s The Thing sounds like a lot of fun.

Hatching Pumpkin – Iguanamouth responds brilliantly to a reader request.

Thunderhead – So. Thrash Grass is thrash metal combined with bluegrass and here’s a sample.

Skeleton Lamps – Everybody needs a posable life-sized skeleton body lamp. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Bejeweled Skeletons – Smithsonian Magazine has some great photos of blinged-out Catholic martyrs.

Sandwich Demons – I rather like this series of responses to a writing prompt.

Historic Book Odour Wheel – University College London researchers have created a guide to the smell of old books. (Image of the wheel is near the bottom of the article.)

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Planet of the Link Dumps

May 5th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Silence of the Lambs: A Romantic Comedy – Nicely-done trailer mashup that changes the genre of a movie.

The Devil in America – Novelette by Kai Ashante Wilson, available online for free. (Hat tip to pdq)

Warlock Holmes – An amusing “paranormal adaptation” of the Sherlock Holmes series. There’s also a sequel.

Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets – Interesting article on new scientific techniques being used on bodies such as Tollund Man.

Squeezable Pimple Cupcakes – Sweet Crispy Jesus.

Black Ice Cream – This is cool, but you could probably get a similar effect using black gel food coloring in your favorite ice cream recipe, and it would be much safer.

European Pagan Rituals – Awesome photoset of costumes used in surviving pagan festivals.

Michell Tapia – Jeweler who uses fossil ivory for scrimshaw, making attractive calaveras and other designs. Some of her work can be purchased here. (via Spooky Moon)

Romania’s Problem with Dracula – A look at the myth vs. the reality.

Victorian Mourning Ring – This one incorporates a glass eye from the deceased. That’s…different.

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A Link Dump Runs Through It

April 28th, 2017 by Cobwebs

BuzzFiend – Parody Twitter account with monstrous clickbaity headlines. “6 products for keeping your gaping maw enviable and alien for spring,” “Finally, a demon’s take on necromancy,” “Top 20 recipes for the most heretical blood pudding you’ve ever had.”

Winchester – Helen Mirren is set to star in a thriller about the Winchester House.

A Sisterhood of Scares – A look at female horror fandom.

owl-victorika – The site is all in Russian, but it features adorable crocheted chameleons, beetles, and butterflies. (via Spooky Moon)

Creepy Sounds in the Cornfield – Two hours of atmospheric background cornfield noises.

Black Nebula – Goth carrots!

Stephen King’s Stranger Love Songs – “Heartbreak songs” from the 70s and 80s reimagined as the titles of Stephen King novels. This art series is remarkably well done.

3D Printed Women’s Fantasy Armor – This armor (which even lights up!) is spectacular.

Rage Against the Machine Played on Toy Instruments – The Wackids specialize in covering rock songs on toy instruments. This rendition of “Killing in the Name” is much better than it has any right to be. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters – Graphic novel which presents itself as the diary of a ten-year-old girl’s investigation into her neighbor’s murder.

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