The Art of Darkness

The Link Dump Who Would Be King

January 24th, 2020 by Cobwebs

From Dracula to The Historian – A look at five Gothic novels which reflected the anxieties of their age.

EDF – The Necronomicon – A briefing video from the Eldritch Defense Force. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

If you hear weird noises in the night – A short, amusing Tumblr exchange.

The Beauty of Human Decomposition in Japanese Watercolor – Vintage Japanese watercolor makes even decomp look fancy. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

White Snake – Lovely snake skeleton made from lace.

Swords – A D&D-themed webcomic.

Sabrina Makeup Palette – NYX Cosmetics is launching a makeup kit inspired by Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Butterfly and Moth Sculptures – Artist Yumi Okita makes lovely oversized moths and butterflies.

Why Mary Shelley Was History’s Greatest Goth Queen – You will never be as goth as Mary Shelley.

Antler Guy – A lovely fic about the adventures of a demon in suburbia.

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A Connecticut Link Dump in King Arthur’s Court

January 17th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Bats – An excellent modification to Lizzo’s “Boys.”

Horror Fiction in the 20th Century – A scholarly tome about the development of the genre. The author talks about it here.

Don’t Date Vampires – This thread makes some valid points.

The Thing That Hides in Your Home – A guide to where in your home The Thing might be lurking.

Fire and Bone – Gorgeously detailed miniature metal animal skulls, suitable for wearing as jewelry or for display. The inestimable Pixel Pixie gifted me with a couple of these and I can attest to their loveliness.

Become a Sealand Noble – The Principality of Sealand sells titles: For a mere $45US you can become a Lord, Lady, Baron or Baroness. Pricier options include Count/Countess, Duke/Duchess, and Sir/Dame (Knighthood).

Vultures – An appreciation thread.

Microorganism Puppets – The tardigrade is kind of cute. The bacteriophage is fucking horrifying.

Greg the Gargoyle – Whimsical little ficlet about an office building with gargoyles.

Artful Ashes – This company swirls cremation remains into decorative glass tchotchkes.

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The Link Dump With Two Brains

January 10th, 2020 by Cobwebs

Night Spirit Studio – Etsy shop full of gothic cross-stitch patterns. I especially like the plague doctor.

Boleskine Rocks for Sale – You can own a piece of Aleister Crowley’s house. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Cthulhu Summer – Neil Gaiman answers a Tumblr ask.

Fruit Bat Quarter – The U.S. Mint is producing a quarter with a fruit bat on the back and I believe I will pay for everything with quarters from now on.

Im at a bar right now and a bunch of RPG heroes just walked in – A Twitter thread of greatness.

Pirate, Punk, and Other Skull Motif Knitting Patterns – A roundup. (via xJane)

Humans Mimicking Mermaids – I sort of love the idea that real mermaids would be spooked.

Not a Deer – Discussion about an Appalachian cryptid. “It was a deer in the way that a graveyard is a playground” is an absolutely dynamite line.

Cassius Warrington – As a proud Slytherin,* I am happy to headcanon this discussion of what might have happened if Cedric Diggory hadn’t been the Hogwarts champion in the Triwizard Tournament.

if two people sleep in a bunk bed do they have to share a monster – This Tumblr thread goes places.

*TERFS fuck off.

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The Link Dump and Sixpence

January 3rd, 2020 by Cobwebs

These Deathless Bones – Pleasantly creepy short story by Cassandra Khaw. CW for animal cruelty.

1 like = 1 fact about the child you can only see out of the corner of your left eye – A Twitter thread of greatness.

I Am a Bride – Short werewolf comic.

Vault of the Wordmonger – Unusual short story “set in a damaged future world where words – locked away for years – are only just starting to re-emerge from deep below the earth.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

The Witches Moon – Monthly subscription box of spells, herbs, crystals, altar items, and similar items for “the authentic witch.”

WitchyStitcher – Lots of fun, creepy cross-stitch patterns.

A Christmas Carol – The 1971 animated version of Dickens’ classic. (Hat tip to DevriesX)

Zodiac Witches Hat – Cute series of illustrations, also available as acrylic charms.

a Christmas movie I want to see – I would watch the hell out of this.

Star Wars / Labyrinth Crossover Comic – This makes an excellent point. (via Pixel Pixie)

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Silent Link Dump

December 20th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Live-Tweeting Carmilla – @xoDrVenture, who live-tweeted Dracula, is back with another classic. “Also Sheridan Le Fanu if you don’t give this girl a fucking name I will major in particle physics solely to go back in time and beat your ass”

Lucasfilm Developing a Willow TV Series – :::rending garments::: Nooooooo……

Conjuror’s Catalog – Kickstarter to reprint an 1899 catalog of magician’s illusions, tricks & stage props. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Prozo Books – Etsy shop full of lovely handmade journals with intricate, spooky covers. The bat is my favorite.

Professor Minerva McGonagall’s Letter to the Tenure Committee – This woman deserves tenure.

Vampire Weaknesses – Amusing Tumblr post.

hello friend. could you draw a ghoul – Iguanamouth answers an ask.

luluandGlass – Etsy shop specializing in stained glass items, including coffin-shaped trinket boxes.

Draculas – We really need to take Dracula ecology more seriously for the sake of the environment.

Hardback Reading Lamp – DIY project for turning a hardback book into a bedside reading lamp. If you’ve loved a book to death until its pages are falling out, this is a neat way to breathe new life into the cover.

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Have a Holly Jolly Link Dump

December 13th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Random Joke Magic Items – Some fantastic ideas for novelty items to add to a D&D campaign.

There’s Nothing Scarier Than a Hungry Woman – Interesting essay about how the act of women eating in horror movies is either empowering or horrifying depending on the audience it’s presented to.

We’re the Husbands from Every Haunted House Movie, and We Think You’re Just Not Giving Our New Home a Chance – Accurate.

Valley Ghouls – “Valley Ghouls is a comic about living in LA, dealing with monsters, and love. Mostly the last part.”

Lane Cramblin, Country Singer – I like the idea of country songs about cryptids.

Hellhounds – A wonderful list of hellhound breeds.

The School Field Trip – Amusing ‘toon.

The Bride’s Guide to a Lucid Dream Wedding – The “language of flowers” from an alternate universe where Cthulhu definitely exists.

H.P. Lovecraft Insurance – An amusing short video. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Medieval Meals – Modest cookbook/manners guide for those days when you want to eat like a 12th Century English peasant.

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Link Dumps in the Mist

December 6th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Dear Satan – Animated short film, narrated by Patrick Stewart, about a girl who accidentally writes a letter to Satan instead of Santa.

#ourgeneration horror stories – “The car won’t start. They call an Uber.”

My Arch-Nemesis Cynthia – Compelling bit of short fiction.

Horror Movies for Dogs – This ‘toon is remarkably accurate. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Apocalyptica – Tumblr thread about a bunch of different armageddon scenarios happening all at once and canceling each other out.

Slaw & Order – This isn’t even faintly goth, but if you appreciate cast iron cookware it’s pretty funny.

Brain Hat – Knitting pattern for a startlingly realistic-looking brain hat.

If the Crows Love You – A lovely, evocative image.

Staircase Remodel – I’ve seen stair risers painted as book covers before, but this one is very nicely done.

The Apocalypse of St. Johnny Cash – A disquisition on how Johnny Cash’s music meets the definition of “Apocalyptic Literature.” (Hat tip to Bruno)

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The Link Dump in the Rue Morgue

November 29th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Now Dead Again – The great, macabre cartoonist passed away last week. Neil Gaiman wrote a lovely tribute to him.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires – This novel sounds intriguing. Sarah Gailey gushes about it here.

Wicked Girls Saving Ourselves – Lovely poem/song by Seanan McGuire.

Dragon Gloves – Free crochet pattern for fingerless scaled gloves.

Creepy Old Record – This recording of an antique record is rather unsettling.

Virus Dots Silk Scarf – Attractive scarf printed with smallpox, ebola, H1N1, rabies, measles, and several others.

#HagFact – Amusing short Twitter thread about the “hag” D&D monster.

Old Besties – Cute little ‘toon about middle-aged fantasy creatures.

Weird Tales from the 20th Century – A MeFi roundup of “weird” stories from the last century. (Hat tip to Bruno)

ADHD Gothic – “there is an object in your hand. it is extremely important you don’t lose it. you look down. there is nothing in your hand.”

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The Link Dump of Zenda

November 22nd, 2019 by Cobwebs

SCP Foundation Legal Fund – The collaborative project is trying to shut down a copyright troll and needs to pay legal fees.

Renfield – They’re making a Renfield movie. “This take on the project is described as a comedic, lighthearted approach in the vein of Taika Waititi’s vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, in which Renfield realizes he is in a bad, co-dependent relationship.”

Grave Hunter – New web series focusing on cemeteries and the forgotten stories they hold. (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

Armor Antics – YouTube channel full of dancing, makeup tutorials, and other shenanigans, all done in full plate armor.

ADVENTURERS: We’re here for your treasure! – I want to try ALL of these adventurer/dragon interactions in my next D&D campaign.

O Have You Seen the Devle with his Mikerscope and Scalpul? – A nicely creepy short story that takes on the Jack the Ripper mythology.

no one came – This little illustrated story about a dog meeting Death will rip out your heart and stomp that sucker flat.

The Dead Beneath London’s Streets – An interesting article about archaeological finds in London.

Freddy Krueger Cake – Video demo of creating an astonishingly realistic bust of Freddy.

Funeral Quest – Web-based multiplayer game which “simulates the world’s second oldest profession – the Undertaker.” (Hat tip to Pixel Pixie)

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Two Guys, a Girl, and a Link Dump

November 15th, 2019 by Cobwebs

Roommate Ghost – A creepily sweet little ‘toon. (Edit: Ooh; there’s a sequel.)

Poe Belongs to Baltimore, Baltimore to Poe – The Museums in Strange Places podcast explores Baltimore’s devotion to Edgar Allen Poe. (Hat tip to Bruno)

Edible Archaeology: Gingerbread Cuneiform Tablets – This would be a great holiday gift for the archaeologist on your list.

FeralWorks – This Etsy shop full of creepy lifelike jewelry is having a clearance sale, so grab a sutured-wound pendant while you can.

Away with the Wolves – Sweet short story about a werewolf, which the author describes as, “an extremely personal story about disability, chronic pain, and giving yourself permission to live in ways that don’t hurt.”

Labyrinth Christmas Party – Some great props and themeing ideas.

Small Town Cults – I would watch the HELL out of a TV show with this premise.

Bigfoot Bundt Cake – This really only works if you slice it just right, and I’m not sure if the inner layer would overbake, but it’s a neat effect. You could do it with other novelty-shaped cookie cutters too.

A Chicago Library Needs Help Transcribing 17th-Century Spellbooks – This is an interesting crowdsourcing exercise that almost certainly won’t result in loosing demons onto the internet. (Hat tip to xJane)

The Recycle Vulture – Kickstarter for cute vulture-themed merchandise.

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