The Art of Darkness

…And Thanks for All the Fish

July 18th, 2016 by Cobwebs

'ByeSo! I started this silly blog clear back in 2007, as a way to share my love of gothy weirdness with the world. Because I am an idiot I made it a personal goal to update without fail every single weekday, and although I’ve actually managed that for over nine years(!!!) I have to admit that things have been limping a bit of late. It’s time, I think, to pack it in.

I’ll probably still post occasionally–keep me in your RSS feeds (are those still a thing?)–but it’ll be sporadic. My archive, of course, will stay up for as long as I can pay the bills.

Thanks to all of the commenters who’ve encouraged me over the years. You’re welcome to look me up on Facebook; I’m still weird over there.

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Roundup of Short Horror Films

July 4th, 2016 by Cobwebs

There’s a nice selection of spooky shorts up at ScoopWhoop, including this one from India.

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“Doctor Who” Horror Trailer

June 27th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Doctor Who superfan TheTARDISGuy203 cut together footage from the William Hartnell era, set it to music from the Nightmare on Elm Street reboot, and created a pretty decent faux trailer for a horror movie.

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Vintage Mug Shots

June 22nd, 2016 by Cobwebs

Mug ShotThe book City of Shadows: Sydney Police Photographs 1912-1948 is a collection of period mug shots from the early part of the last century. Viewed through the filter of time, the results are haunting. (I don’t know what F. Schmelz there did in 1930 to get himself arrested, but the guy creeps me right out.)

The a time to get site has posted some images from the book, and a bit of googling–I was trying to find out what F. Schmelz did do–also turned up several more images and an essay at SCAN. These latter appear to be taken from the original police files instead of from the book.

These shots are an unusual source of inspiration for art or period photography. A collage of them would be an interesting wall display. I’m sure that in their time many of them were Very Bad People, but at this remove they seem almost ethereal.

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The Open Doors

June 20th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Saki’s (H.H. Munro) short story The Open Window has long been a favorite of mine. Future Shorts has done a video adaptation.

(via Not That Mike The Other Mike)

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June 13th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Rik Garrett is launching a new video series which explores “the historical exchange between art, science, and the occult.” The first episode covers the beginnings of Spiritualism.

(via Haute Macabre)

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Yet More Stuff I Found While Looking Around

June 1st, 2016 by Cobwebs

It’s time for another bunch of random stuff I want to share but can’t hang a whole post on. Some of them have no attribution, so if you happen to know the source for any of these please leave a note in the comments. (Click to view larger.)

Raven Cake

Raven Cake

This gorgeous thing is by Wicked Sinsations, who do lots of lovely cakes.


Chalkboard Message

This amused me vastly.

Noneuclidean Sweater

Noneuclidean Sweater

So did this. (via pdq)

Folies Bergere Poster

Folies Bergere Poster

Although Folies Bergere ads never had quite the same oomph as the ones from the Grand Guignol, there are a few that are elegantly spooky. There are a couple others here.

Spiderweb Door

Spiderweb Gate

This is by UK company Art of Metal, who have a lot of other neat pieces like this fairy mirror.

Call of Cthulhu

Call of Cthulhu

1) I think this is an excellent name for a seafood dish and only regret that betentacled things don’t feature in it more heavily.
2) I kind of like the idea of ol’ H.P. having an aneurysm at the dilution of his creature.

Goth Nail Art

Goth Nails

Assuming you have very steady hands, there’s a tutorial for this nail art here.

Reddit Thread

Reddit Screenshot

From this thread. Ow, ow, ow, ow, ow.

Sea Creature Bags

Sea Creature Bags

These handbags shaped like weird sea creatures are sort of awesome. From Japan, natch.

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West of Loathing

May 23rd, 2016 by Cobwebs

I’ve mentioned the web-based game Kingdom of Loathing previously. The team responsible for that game just released a teaser video for their new venture, West of Loathing:

You can sign up for newsletter updates here. If you play Kingdom of Loathing, one of their ascension challenge paths is Avatar of West of Loathing, which allows you to play as one of the character classes (Cow Puncher, Beanslinger, or Snake Oiler), providing a taste of WoL content.

Looks like fun.

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SHEL – Enter Sandman

May 9th, 2016 by Cobwebs

The indie-folk group SHEL did a neat, weird cover of Metallica’s Enter Sandman that turns it into a creepy lullaby.

(via Society of Rock<)

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April 25th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Blumhouse has a roundup of lesser-known “really scary” horror movies which mentions the terror anthology Dead of Night. The stories were all written by Richard Matheson, who was also responsible for the earlier Trilogy of Terror, which scarred many a childhood with its story “Prey.” Here’s the “Bobby” segment from Dead of Night (ignore Patrick MacNee there at the beginning; this video includes the last couple seconds of the previous story, “No Such Thing as a Vampire”).

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