The Art of Darkness

The Link Dump Resists

March 17th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Obsolete Scientific Theories – …that would make good heavy metal band names. Heh.

Hidden Hearts – Winsomely creepy hollowed-out dolls with dioramas inside.

Please Don’t Tell My Parents I’m a Supervillain – The first in a series of YA novels about a normal middle-schooler who happens to be a supervillain.

The Chronic Argonauts – H.G. Wells book free online at Project Gutenberg. (Hat tip to DeVries)

10 Best ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ Episodes of All Time – A roundup over which to quibble.

Lorica Leggings – There’s a Kickstarter for historically-accurate Medieval armor leggings.

Stay Safe – An amusing comic by Iguanamouth. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Superman vs. Clark Kent – This isn’t really goth but I like it because it makes so much sense.

The Yorick Project – Build notes for hacking Amazon Alexa to speak out of an animated skull.

my dude looks like the babadook – This epic, epic (over 100 tweets so far) thread by Goth Ms. Frizzle is sublime.

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A Link Dump’s Purpose

March 10th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Spring Fever – This Hot Topic ad and the accompanying commentary are heartwarming.

The Order of the Thinned Veil – A “society of like-minded individuals who choose to live our lives steeped in the legends, lore and customs of Halloween.” In other words, our kind of people.

The Blackcoat’s Daughter – io9 reviews a promising-sounding horror movie.

CollectedEdition – Etsy shop specializing in lovely 3D-printed metal jewelry, including thorns and insects.

Steampunk Astrolabe Table – Astonishingly, this gorgeous thing is 3D artwork rather than a physical device. I want a real one.

Xenomorph Tiki Mugs – “In space, no one can hear you drink.”

Horrors Beyond Belief! – A reading guide for Emily Carroll’s horror comics.

Help Transcribe Phyllis Diller Jokes – The Smithsonian is crowdsourcing help for transcribing Diller’s enormous card catalogue of over 52,000 jokes. (You need a goth connection? Diller voiced “The Monster’s Mate” in the classic Mad Monster Party.)

Western – Artist Roman Chaliy mixes old-West iconography with the undead, resulting in skeletal gunslingers and other neat images.

Writing Prompt – Most likely based on this legendary Tumblr post, a recent Reddit prompt was, “In the canine world, humans are celestial beings who live for more than 500 years at a time. The caretaker of you and the past seven generations of your family will die soon.” Beware the onion-chopping ninjas infesting the thread. (Hat tip to xJane)

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Killer Link Dumps From Outer Space

March 3rd, 2017 by Cobwebs

The Widow’s Jar – Amazingly detailed automaton by Thomas Kuntz. Slightly NSFW. (via Poopisan)

I Love Bat Cookies – Adorable bat-themed cookies, with some proceeds going to help bat conservation.

Vlad – This made me laugh entirely too hard.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Merchandise – To celebrate the upcoming 20th(!!!) anniversary of Buffy, YahooTV has a look at some clothing and other merch. (Oh god I feel old.)

Aethiocarenus burmanicus – This Cretaceous insect is described by Gizmodo as “Quite Possibly the Ugliest Bug Ever Found Trapped in Amber.” I think it looks more like it was drawn by Edward Gorey.

The Tea Dragon Society – A sweet, serene little webcomic about tea dragons. (Which makes sense in context I swear.)

Each night Father fills me with dread – I don’t know where this poem/illustration is from, but I dig it.

Felted Anatomical Specimens – Artist Lana Crooks makes amazingly-detailed anatomical specimens out of silk and wool. (Hat tip to pdq)

Pojo’s Pure Vermont Soap – They sell “normal” soap like goat milk and honey…and also Garlic & Holy Water Vampire Repelling Soap, Silver & Holy Water Werewolf Repelling Soap, zombie-themed SOAPOCALYPSE and some other weird stuff. The vampire soap comes with a money-back guarantee if you’re attacked by a vampire, so there’s that.

The Big Scary Show – Podcast for fans of the “big three ‘H’s (Halloween, Horror, and Haunted Houses).”

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Alas, A Link Dump

February 24th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Ann Arbor’s Fairy Doors – Ann Arbor, MI is home to a collection of fairy doors.

Light + Paper – Site which sells intricate, delicate paper cutouts, many in the shape of human organs.

LirikasByLirika – Etsy shop specializing in tights, gloves, and other accessories embellished with jewels and applique patches. Dark Forest and Wild Cherries are particularly appealing.

British Retro – Reproduction vintage clothing with fantastic style.

The Scariest Animal That Will Never Hurt You – Yay, whipscorpions! I especially like the photo of the mother carrying around its young. (Hat tip to DeVries)

Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies – Nebula Award Finalist Brooke Bolander’s short story is available online for free.

Useless Creatures (and Why They Matter) – Screwworm flies and cuttlefish are just as worthy of saving as polar bears.

Pet Flytrap – Sells a variety of carnivorous plants (including rare and unusual cultivars), terrarium kits, and supplies. Their sampler pack is a nice way to get started.

Animatronic Cat Ears – Instructions for making moveable cat ears. The same idea could easily be used for horns, antennae, or tentacles.

Fantasy Novel Title Generator – Stumped for a title for that big, fat, derivative fantasy novel you just extruded? Have no fear! This generator pumps out surprisingly plausible titles.

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The Link Dump of Shalott

February 17th, 2017 by Cobwebs

#RejectedSpells – Amusing Twitter hashtag. I like, “Detect Magic Johnson” and “Comprehend Difference Between Your and You’re.”

Geeky Sex Toys – Unicorn horn dildos, Green Lantern cock rings, and much else. NSFW. Duh.

Beauty and Lord Voldemort – A mashup trailer of greatness.

How Fleetwood Mac Invented Goth – Uhm?

Crazy Yearbook Quotes From Students Back in 1911 – Smartasses are eternal. Also Alice Winslow is my spirit animal.

Wisconsin Death Trip – This account of the misfortunes surrounding the town of Black River Falls is a horror movie waiting to happen, although they’ll have to change the town name to something a little less obvious-sounding. (via Beans)

Gregorian Voices – Online Gregorian chant generator. Also available as a free app.

Lore – Podcast about true-life scary stories.

Coexisting With The Fair Folk Who Have Taken Up Residence In/Around/Beneath Your University: A How-To Guide – This ‘toon (and the accompanying notes) are splendid. (Update: Someone was inspired to create a university newsletter.)

The Midnight Screecher – Despite sounding like a sex act, this is a suggested “entertainment” from an 1873 book entitled What Shall We Do To-Night?. I don’t know what that head piece is made out of.

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Pretty Link Dumps All in a Row

February 10th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Sarah Duyer – Artist who creates ceramic works like teapots with spider legs.

Banana Slug Mask – Who doesn’t need a banana slug mask?

Lovecraftian Letters – Huge set of magnetic words featuring H.P. Lovecraft’s unique vocabulary.

Arctic Ambience – Ten hours of sounds including frozen ocean, ice cracking, snow falling, icebreaker idling and distant howling wind, recorded on a polar icebreaking vessel.

That time we looked at buying an empty town where a massacre happened – The Bloggess shares a Twitter Moment.

Halloween Wine Charms – Set of Halloween-themed magnetic drink markers. There are a couple of other styles available too: 1, 2.

Dinosaur Park – “the dinosaur park is like a dog park, but cooler” I love the image of the guy feeding the “birds.”

The Mesmerist – Interesting-sounding YA novel about a teenage sham spiritualist who discovers she actually has the ability to speak with the dead. The same author also wrote Hoodoo, about a boy trying to learn to conjure.

Vintage Gothic Dessert Table – Stunning setup for a wedding reception dessert table; it’d be appropriate for any fancy party.

Ronit Baranga – Sculptor who creates weirdly cute demonic babies, dishware with fingers and mouths, and other mildly unsettling stuff. I think Time for Tea is my favorite.

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A Study in Link Dumps

January 27th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Depicteur – Company which will turn a photo into an oil painting, including fantasy treatments that will make your housepet look particularly majestic.

#dinodinaseries – Photographer Jorge Saenz uses some plastic dinosaur friends in his travel photos, and the results are adorable and wholesome.

The Haunted Dollhouse – Interesting-sounding subscription service in which you build a dollhouse and solve puzzles to unveil a tale of horror.

Calvin and Hobbes Nursery Mural – This is a great mural in its own right, but the same wall-projector technique could be used with other, spookier images.

Horror Europa – A sequel to Mark Gatiss’ “A History of Horror” which explores European horror cinema. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Crispy, Crunchy, Crawly – Article (with recipes) discussing the tradition of eating bugs in Japan.

yo bro is it safe down there in the woods? yeah man it’s cool – Artist Tomislac Jagnjic has awesome titles for his artwork.

Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters – Neat coffee-table book about del Toro’s “Films, Notebooks, and Collections.”

Doc Martens Museum Collection – Docs decorated with classic paintings. I am heartbroken that the Bosch ones are sold out.

Mythical Beast Travel Posters – Retro-look travel posters which advertise the mythical creatures of various destinations. These are available as prints and are completely wonderful.

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The Link Dumps of Wrath

January 20th, 2017 by Cobwebs

New Bat Species Discovered – This pretty little bat has its own genus.

Collectable Hieronymus Bosch Figurines – Resin sculptures of details from various Bosch paintings. I…got nothin’. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

The Dark Birds – Grim, fairytale-like short story by Ursula Vernon.

Sea Monster Moppe – Thrifted Ikea dresser gorgeously made over with vintage sea monster art and a woodburning tool.

Insect Embroideries – Lovely hand-embroidered beetles, bees, and other small critters.

Cuddling Bats – Cute photo of a pile of bats. “Scrunchy spelunkys” is my new favorite description of such a phenomenon.

Winter Tide – Novel which explores Lovecraft from the perspective of a citizen of Innsmouth.

Hogwarts Running Club – Organization which allows you to become a “member” of a Hogwarts house and run in events for charity.

Fairy Tale Fragments – Twitter feed which tweets evocative sentences that sound like something from fairy tales: “There once lived a swan maiden who had a glass coffin,” or “The bloody queen courted the wise old man.”

Your Daily Bat – Daily bat art and free bat facts!

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When a Link Dump Calls

January 13th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Haunted Housework – T-shirt featuring adorable little ghosts spooking up their house.

Dark Crosses – Etsy shop specializing in gothy cross-stitch patterns.

Victorian Criminal Slang – An interesting lexicon.

Eat Your Heart Out, Sorting Hat – EPBOT has some custom Hogwarts House digital banners for use as profile pic frames on Facebook.

How to Tell If You’re in an Anne Rice Novel “1. God has abandoned you. You’re fine with it. Really.” (via Pixel Pixie)

EARrings – Silicon earrings that resemble human ears, in many different flesh tones. The same artist also makes rings shaped like a human finger.

I’m gonna be a vampire. Maybe. – The Bloggess receives spam. Followup posts here and here.

Badass Face Art – Some amazing effects, heavy on the skull imagery. (via Pensive)

Wee Free Men Heading to Cinemas – The Jim Henson Company will be helping to bring Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegles to life. Crivens.

Deathbulge – This ‘toon amused me. (via Shellhawk)

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I Wandered Lonely as a Link Dump

January 6th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Stiffs – Come for the Lee Atwater Invitational Dead Pool, stay for the irreverent obituaries.

Neolithic “Spirit” Masks – Apparently the Stone Age featured Death Eaters.

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection – Currently free on Kindle. (As is the complete Conan the Barbarian.)

Christopher Lee Discusses Peter Cushing – Included in the interview are tidbits regarding Lee and Cushing’s shared fondness for Sylvester and Tweety Pie.

Dungheaps & Dragons – Where does all the effluvia in your standard D&D dungeon go? This RPG aims to find out. The basic idea is described here.

Spider Embroideries – Artist Adam Pritchett embroiders spiderwebs into holes in fabric, then adds spiders around the edges. This would be a brilliant way to fix a hole in a piece of clothing.

Stephen King’s Peanuts – Artist Hal Hefner created this great double homage to Charles Schulz and Stephen King.

JacobinCalendar – “The ORIGINAL twitter based French Revolutionary Calendar.” Accept no substitutes. (Bonjour! Today is Marl day in the Snowy month in the 225th year.)

Abbot & Hast – Publications and tchotchkes for funerary professionals. They sell cute little model hearses and lapel pins with legends like “Embalming Artistry Professional.”

Building the Ultimate Dungeon Master Screen – This DM screen made for a gamer gift exchange is gorgeous.

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