The Art of Darkness

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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A Tale of Two Link Dumps

April 21st, 2017 by Cobwebs

Rituals – This ‘toon and its sequel illustrate the problem of rituals that involve planetary alignments.

Haunting of Hill House Miniseries – Netflix is adapting Shirley Jackson’s novel into a 10-episode series.

Death’s Head Watches – A roundup.

Bat Legs – Interesting discussion of the anatomy of bat legs.

Paper Horror Houses – Lovely free downloadables. (Hat tip to WitchArachne)

Strange Remains – “Corpses, bizarre history, and macabre excavations.”

Artful Ashes – This company will swirl cremains into pretty glass globes, so you can use your loved ones as a paperweight I guess.

Ravenous Werewolves – Why werewolves are always hungry.

Ghostwatch on Shudder – The infamous (and hard-to-find) BBC mockumentary that caused a War of the Worlds-style panic in Britain is currently streaming on Shudder.

Ruin Days – This company will anonymously send glitter to your enemies, ranging from a mere envelope full of glitter to a spring-loaded glitter bomb.

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Fear and Link Dumps in Las Vegas

April 14th, 2017 by Cobwebs

So How Does a Centaur Eat, Anyway? – Asking the hard questions.

Vamp Tag – Vampire bats being silly.

This Animator Makes Surreal GIFs from Famous Artwork – A look at artist Kiszkiloszki’s odd little animations. (Hat tip to pdq)

Elder Goths – “When Growing Up Doesn’t Mean Abandoning Your Favorite Youth Culture.” Well, duh.

The Tomato Thief – This lovely short story by Ursula Vernon has been nominated for a Hugo Award this year.

Bubba and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers – A prequel to Bubba Ho-Tep.

Ghoul – Iguanamouth responds to an artistic request.

DIY Faux Metal Crowns – Tutorial for making great-looking crowns from cardboard.

The Person Who Discovered Sharks – The ‘toon is amusing. The Twitter thread is hilarious.

The Addams Family Dancing Blitzkrieg Bop – An amusingly edited video. (Hat tip to pdq)

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Island of the Blue Link Dumps

April 7th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Enchanted Rose – Video tutorial for making a great-looking rose in a cloche, similar to the one in Beauty and the Beast. You could make the rose black and venomous-looking and use it as a Halloween prop as well.

The Washing Away of Wrongs – Photographer Robert Shults created a series of images of Texas State University’s Body Farm, documenting the lives of workers and the donor bodies themselves, “without sensationalizing this often gruesome work.” Some photos may be disturbing.

Raul Julia as Dracula – Some publicity shots from a 1977 Broadway play in which Julia replaced Frank Langella as the Count. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

End of an Era – Shellhawk’s Nest is having a sale.

Dream – An entertaining Tumblr post.

Buddhist Beetle Sculpture – Sculpture of a Buddhist deity made from 20,000 beetles. (Hat tip to pdq)

Hairyography – You can buy a calendar of hairy dudes dressed like fairies. It is magical.

Tentacuddle Wrap – Knitted blanket similar to the wraps that give you a mermaid tail, except this gives you tentacles.

Pugtopsy – Snorts of Sorrow – This April Fool’s Day video of a pug-fronted death metal band is…well…it’s something.

Medieval Villagers Mutilated the Dead to Stop Them Rising, Study Finds – Archaeologists have found fairly solid evidence of this hinted-at practice.

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Beauty and the Link Dump

March 31st, 2017 by Cobwebs

Something in the Blood – A new biography of Bram Stoker.

Spider Lamp – I’m annoyed to have to post a Facebook link, but this piece doesn’t appear on the artist’s site or Etsy shop. This steampunky nightlight is lovely.

You’ll Be Safe Here – A lovely image which pays tribute to all of geekdom.

My Backyard Monsters – Weird little crocheted things, many with free patterns. Who doesn’t need a miniature Kodama or a taxidermy deer butt?

Medieval Weapons Ice Tray – I’m not sure how practical these would be for keeping drinks cold, but they’re pretty neat anyway.

Dragons Like You Don’t Usually See Them – Some adorable dragon illustrations.

Road Sign Tarot – An amusing Tumblr exchange. I’d like to see somebody do a real tarot deck like this.

Nautilidae – Knitting pattern for an awesome chambered nautilus.

Bride of Frankenstein Doll – Artist Suzanne Forbes made a dynamite “gothic burlesque” costume for a poseable Bride doll. This would be a great Halloween costume.

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas – Ursula K. Le Guin’s beautifully depressing classic short story.

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Dr. Link Dump and Mr. Hyde

March 24th, 2017 by Cobwebs

Fireproof Faux Human Skulls – Pile a bunch of these in your fireplace to make houseguests nervous. Also available in white.

Fiber – Short story by Seanan McGuire, narrated by a teenage former zombie.

Longswords Are Not “Manly” – An interesting dissection of various types of swords.

Agents of Sin – Some interesting concept art for soldiers paired with various Deadly Sins. Reminds me a bit of Jim Butcher’s Denarians.

Call of Cthulhu Metal Dice Set – Kickstarter for some amazingly intricate dice, complete with teensy tentacles.

Etiquette & superstition: voluntary and involuntary surrender of cream – Instructions on how to pass the cream and also how to steal it if you’re a witch. (Hat tip to pdq)

All the Bats – Amusing ‘toon. I like Steve.

Crying Unicorn Candle – Light the candle, and the ceramic unicorn weeps rainbow-colored tears out of its empty eyesockets like it’s just looked at the Ark of the Covenant.

Tamberlane – Sweet webcomic about a clumsy bat who takes in a baby. There’s a Kickstarter for a print run.

Everything That Will Kill You, from A to Z – A marvelously Gorey-esque video. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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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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