The Art of Darkness

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Link Dump

September 21st, 2018 by Cobwebs

Spider Web – This filtered photo is my new desktop background.

The Orphans Major Arcana Deck – Kickstarter for a tarot deck featuring spooky Victorian-esque children.

You Might Be the Killer: The Movie – One of Sam Sykes and Chuck Wendig’s epic Twitter conversations has been turned into a movie, which is a sentence that wouldn’t have made any sense ten years ago.

Vintage Bat Cross Stitch – Sadly, the links that this post references no longer work, but the image it includes is detailed enough to serve as a chart.

Bosch Costume – Someone made (and is selling) the “ice-skating bird” demon from Hieronymus Bosch’s Temptation of St. Anthony triptych, and it is delightful.

Giant Eurypterid Body Pillow – Who amongst us has not yearned to cuddle a giant plush aquatic chelicerate? Now’s your chance!

Halloween Stamped Cookies – I really like the icing wash on these; it makes them look oddly antique.

Gothic America – This set of illustrations detailing the creepy flavor of regional America is lovely.

A Proper Selection – This vintage cartoon of a bat is adorable. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Curious Forgotten Lore – Twitter account which pairs weird photos and video clips with amusingly creepy captions.

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All the President’s Link Dumps

September 14th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Attic Boxes – For her birthday, author Cassandra Khaw asked other Twitter users to write microfiction for their followers. @dtmooreeditor opened boxes in his “possibly haunted, certainly storied” attic. (Some other fun ones: @DianaSousaBooks provided D&D characters, @KBSpangler let everyone “learn what That Neighbor You Hate just bought at the too-spooky antique store!”, @EldritchGirl did custom monsters, @mossdogmusic described castles, and @UrsulaV gave everybody fictional heirloom vegetables.)

The Ward – Pilot for a Lovecraftian sitcom. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

What if “Thriller” Actually Happened – A Twitter thread of greatness.

Starter Witch Kits – Sephora will be selling “entry-level witch kits” beginning in October. While I applaud the head-‘splodiness that this will cause many a conservative Christian, it seems wrong on a number of levels.

Autumn Traditions – Sam Sykes and Chuck Wendig, again.

The Kite Maker – Interesting short story about the aftermath of an alien “invasion.”

Toilets with Threatening Auras – Twitter account devoted to toilets that would make you consider just peeing in a wastebasket. I think this one is my favorite.

Imagining a Holiday – Neat documentary on the annual Halloween makeover at Disney’s Haunted Mansion. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Father William – “You are old, Father William; you look almost dead, And your deeds are most fondly remembered, Yet your manservant’s body was found in your shed, Dispatched, disembowelled and dismembered.”

Bargain Bin Blasphemy – Pop album covers “upgraded” to black metal. I think Satan and Garfunkel is my favorite.

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Finian’s Link Dump

August 31st, 2018 by Cobwebs

myNoise – Site that lets you customize background noise. This post discusses some of the neat things it can do.

Rating Polearms – Marvelous Twitter thread which discusses “one of the delightful examples of humans figuring out all over the planet that one of the best ways to kill/deter someone is with a big thing at the end of a long stick. YAY!”

The Spookbox – Twitter account which shares “Halloween novelty songs, horror scores and other spooky tunes.”

Peter Talks to a Spider – Peter Parker chats with a spider pal.

The CrowBox – Build a “vending machine” for teaching wild crows simple tasks. BoingBoing has a little more background here.

@LittleCurses – Twitter account full of marvelous bite-sized horror stories.

DIY Snake Cake Stand – Easy tutorial for a good-looking cake stand. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Sheila Rayyan – Makes cute little ceramic monsters and monster-decorated dishware.

Heart-Shaped Teapots – Shellhawk’s Nest has a roundup of some eerily-realistic anatomical heart teapots by Richard Notkin.

Haunted Hotel – Yet another entertaining Twitter exchange between Sam Sykes and Chuck Wendig.

My Grandma the Poisoner – Interesting read about a woman who may have been killing her relatives with kindness.

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Old McDonald Had a Link Dump

August 24th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Radioactive Phoenix – Haunting artwork. I’m linking to the artist’s Twitter thread about it, since they discuss its subject matter and where to buy prints.

How to Make Instant Pot Goth Quinoa – This how-to video is splendid. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Jane Austen Board Game – Amusing ‘toon.

No Flight Without the Shatter – Sweet, deeply melancholy short story about the end of the world.

The (Edible) Tooth Child – This cake re-creation of Channel Zero’s “Tooth Child” is deeply unsettling. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Throwing Sheyd – What’s better than a Jewish Demonology podcast? A Jewish Demonology podcast with a pun in its title. (Sheyd/שד is “demon” in Hebrew.)

For the approval of the Midnight Society – An amusing Twitter thread.

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein – This picture book about Mary Shelley is intended for children 5-8, but I won’t tell if you don’t.

OSR: Class: Witch Coven – A character class for the GLOG RPG system. You are a goat. I swear this makes sense. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Clown Egg Register – I occasionally suspect that Britain is just a collective hallucination and this kind of tradition does nothing to reassure me otherwise.

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The Link Dump and the Pussycat

August 10th, 2018 by Cobwebs

A Spectre is Haunting Unicode – This sounds like the title of a really nerdy horror story, but it’s actually an overview of the meaningless “ghost characters” that have accidentally been included in Unicode.

Getting Dressed in the 18th Century – Gentleman – A few months ago the National Museums Liverpool Twitter account posted a video of the rigmarole a (wealthy) 18th Century woman had to go through to get dressed. They’ve just posted a companion video showing a man’s dressing routine.

@MorningArrived – “Morning arrived like ten wombats driving a Porsche—three for the pedals, two for the shifter, two for the steering wheel, and three to lean out the windows and scream: “we’re all gonna die!” in the cutest possible way. #badnoir”

Milk Jug Skulls – Tutorial for making good-looking skulls out of plastic milk jugs. (Hat tip to pdq)

The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat – There should be more fairytales with dinosaurs in them.

What does it take to understand spiders? False eyelashes, capes and face paint – Which also sounds like the recipe for understanding drag queens. Anyway, neat article about researching spider behavior. (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Bloggess’ Secret Room – Amusing Twitter thread.

Illuminidol – “Idolatry of the 21st Century.” Offers devotional candles featuring pop-culture “saints.”

Terminal 00 – As submitterator Bruno phrased it, “TFW you’re a goth but also a web designer searching for a job.”

“Dead and Breakfast” Lap Desk – Tutorial for a nice-looking gothy lap desk. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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O Link Dump! My Link Dump!

August 3rd, 2018 by Cobwebs

ANATOMIKASCIENCE – Etsy shop specializing in interesting ethically-sourced diaphonized animals. (Hat tip to Anna)

Venus Flytrap Pumpkin Candy Holder – Tutorial for a cute “Audrey II” to help you hand out candy on Halloween. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Knit Dragon Scale Accessories – These gauntlets and tails made by knitting together aluminum scales are neat.

Popnihil Records: A Southern Gothic Tale – Profile of Matthew Moyer, founder of the Popnihil label. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Serious Question for #medtwitter – How would you defibrillate a centaur, anyway?

Blood Milk Jewels – Lots of lovely, gothy items. (Hat tip to pdq)

Magma Drake Specimen Box – Nicely-done box of “artifacts” from a dragon. The artist has several similar curiosities as well. (via Spooky Moon)

@movie_goofs – Twitter account dedicated to pointing out “Movie goofs too subtle for that big movie site.” For instance, “Cabin in the Woods (2012)/Factual errors/In the “monster breakout scene”, none of the monsters which are shown rampaging through the facility actually exist.”

Drunk History: The Real Dracula – Featuring Seth Rogen as Vlad. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Arachnomancy – Short, WTF-inducing clip from a cable TV show called “The Amazing Realm of Prophecy.” If you called up Central Casting and said, “Give me the host for a low-budget cable TV show about divination,” this guy is who they’d send. (Hat tip to pdq)

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Days of Wine and Link Dumps

July 20th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Infernal Creatures – Kickstarter for a book of rare vintage occult artwork. (Hat tip to Kitten Herder)

Robot Plant Stand – I want one of these as a pet. The spidery way it moves around is adorable.

Bats in the Night Sky – Knitting pattern for a super-adorable beanie. (via Spooky Moon)

Animals That Look Like Wizards – This thread is spectacular.

Spiderweb Farm – Sells plaques featuring real preserved spiderwebs. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

United Snakes of America – Fun poster of all species of snakes native to the U.S. and Canada.

The Alternative Limb Project – Prosthesis designers who offer unusual artificial limbs. The snake arm is especially interesting.

Animal Adventures: Tales of Dungeons and Doggies – Kickstarter for a set of D&D miniatures featuring dogs as all of the character classes.

Celestarium – Striking shawl pattern based on a real star chart.

Sugar Spooks – Site which showcases the Halloween-themed work of various sugar artists. Some gorgeous, intricate stuff. (via Spooky Moon)

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How Does Your Link Dump Grow?

July 13th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Dance of the Vampires – This is a famous German musical which was never released in English. YouTube user Count Monsparkle has kindly provided a translation. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Sam Sykes/Chuck Wendig, Again – Yet another amusing Twitter conversation, this one beginning, “@ChuckWendig so, you meet a girl and things are going nice and she turns out to worship the Great Old Ones. …dealbreaker?”

Save My Ink – This company will preserve a deceased loved one’s tattoos and tastefully frame the patch of skin for you.

Animatronic Raven DIY Kit – Mr. Chicken’s Prop Shop offers a really nice kit for building a servo-powered raven. They offer a lot of other neat goodies, too. (Hat tip to xJane)

Taxidermy Stuffed Animal Heads – Yes, yes, all taxidermy animals are technically stuffed, smartass. These are the plushy kind of stuffed.

Memento Mori DIY Clock Refurbish – Tutorial for a good-looking clock makeover. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Mending Moth Holes with Moths – These DIY moth patches are supposed to go over holes, but they’re pretty enough to use just for the sake of decoration. Death’s Head moths would be particularly attractive.

Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity – What’s cooler than flying spiders? Electric flying spiders. (Hat tip to pdq)

They Fight Crime! – Amusing random generator. “He’s a fiendish day-dreaming vampire hunter who dotes on his loving old ma. She’s a psychotic winged mechanic who hides her beauty behind a pair of thick-framed spectacles. They fight crime!”

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Everything’s Coming Up Link Dumps

June 22nd, 2018 by Cobwebs

Blood is Blood – Shirts printed with the blood of gay men as a statement against the faulty science of refusing gay men’s blood for transfusions or other medical purposes.

She Will Not Be Missed – Neat MeFi collection of information about obituaries. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Todd and Annette – The writing prompt about a sweet little old lady and the demon she mistakes for her grandson has continued making the rounds and has new additions.

Mermaid Lamnidae – This digital painting by David Gaillet features a nicely nightmarish mermaid. (Slightly NSFW for eldritch boobs.)

What is Dear David – Collected tweets and background information about writer Adam Ellis’ purported haunting. (via Spooky Moon)

44 Body Horror Movies To Kill Your Appetite – A disgusting roundup.

Bowiebranchia – Carefully curated Tumblr of nudibranchs that match outfits David Bowie wore. It is weirdly appealing. (via xJane)

Get the Look: Annie Graham’s Bloodied Linen Outfits in Hereditary – Come for the demonic influence, stay for the breezy, easy-to-wear fashion.

#DnDgate – After noted dipshit RPGPundit (who also writes as John Tarnowski and Kasimir Urbanski and hates it when you use his real name) attempted to gatekeep D&D, @RichAugust1 reclaimed the hashtag to discuss unusual dungeon entrances. I think this one by @casskhaw may be my favorite: “His skin irises apart, sinew and muscle retracting to a reveal a tear-dropped orifice cross-hatched with fine bones. Despite the pain it causes him, there is no blood, nothing but the faint scent of salt. It will only permit one visitant. Good luck.”

The Thing on the Fourble Board – This episode of Quiet, Please is a highly-regarded classic of horror radio.

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The Link Dump of Sleepy Hollow

June 8th, 2018 by Cobwebs

Phoenix’s Favorite Murderess – Interesting article about Winnie Ruth Judd.

When a beloved dog passes in the hereafter, they are given a choice. – The response to this writing prompt probably shouldn’t be read at work unless you want to explain to your co-workers why you’re bawling in your cubicle.

Teletubbies – This illustration is pretty great.

10 Things Bog Mummies Have Taught Us About Iron Age People – Who doesn’t love a good bog body?

The Thing in the Walls Wants Your Small Change – Sweet little short story about something in the walls.

Door of Durin – Redditor Eclipse_007 built a light-up “Mines of Moria” door for his home theater.

The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief – Free knitting pattern for an attractive vintage-y kerchief/shawl.

Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook – A Discworld-inspired cookbook.

The Power of the Vampire Myth – Now You See It looks at the subtext of vampire movies. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Cheap Old Houses – Neat Instagram account of “cheap homes with good bones,” aka “an excellent place to find that haunted house you’ve always wanted to live in.”

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