The Art of Darkness

Savage Chickens

September 16th, 2008 by Cobwebs


I heart Savage Chickens.

(See also here, here, here, and oh the hell with it, just go visit the site and browse their archives.)

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eText: Dracula’s Guest

September 15th, 2008 by Cobwebs

I gathered up a bunch of public domain eTexts a couple of years ago for the Other*Worlds*Cafe, and ran across this in my wanderings. I found it again yesterday when I was digging through some archives, and wanted to share.

This was excised from Dracula by Bram Stoker’s publisher due to the length of the original manuscript. It was published as a short story in 1914, two years after Stoker’s death. Enjoy!

Bram Stoker

When we started for our drive the sun was shining brightly on Munich, and the air was full of the joyousness of early summer. Just as we were about to depart, Herr Delbruck (the maitre d’hotel of the Quatre Saisons, where I was staying) came down bareheaded to the carriage and, after wishing me a pleasant drive, said to the coachman, still holding his hand on the handle of the carriage door, “Remember you are back by nightfall. The sky looks bright but there is a shiver in the north wind that says there may be a sudden storm. But I am sure you will not be late.” Here he smiled and added, “for you know what night it is.”

Johann answered with an emphatic, “Ja, mein Herr,” and, touching his hat, drove off quickly. When we had cleared the town, I said, after signalling to him to stop:

“Tell me, Johann, what is tonight?”

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Big Top LaVey

September 12th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Anton Szandor LaVey. High Priest of the Church of Satan. Playin’ calliope music.

There’s…nothing else to say.

(via Cynical-C)

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Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial

September 11th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Fabric PumpkinsHere’s a quick project to get you in the Halloween mood:* Erin of Schlosser Design has a tutorial and downloadable pattern for making these cute fabric pumpkins.

It’d be fun to do a whole pile of these in different sizes and fabrics and use them as throw pillows or decorative accents. You could also fill them with plastic pellets instead of batting for a floppy beanbag pumpkin.

There’s lots of room for decorative excesses, too: Sew on buttons or charms, embroider pretty designs, use fabric paint or markers to give them jack-o’-lantern faces. Little personalized ones would make a cute hostess gift or wedding favor too.

Sigh. Is it Halloween yet? How about now?



Link (via CRAFT)

*I’ve been in the Halloween mood since last January, but that may just be me.

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Spooky Miniatures

September 10th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Spooky MiniatureI’ve mentioned haunted dollhouses previously, but Etsy seller Lil’ Witchy has taken it to a whole ‘nother level. She specializes in 1:12 Miniatures for “Witch’s Haunted DollHouses or Wizard’s scenes.”

I love her little absinthe set and spell cupboard.

The items aren’t cheap, but you can be certain of getting a one-of-a-kind item. For the enthusiastic spooky miniaturist, this would definitely be worth it.

Heck, I want some full-size versions of this stuff for my own house.


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Monster Laptop Sleeve

September 9th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Laptop SleeveShadaughter headed for college last week (sob!), so I made a fuzzy laptop sleeve to keep her company. This is a fun project that looks harder than it actually is; I’ve put together a tutorial so you can have a monster of your own to cuddle.

Shadaughter’s tastes run more toward pink fluffy bunnies than black fluffy bats (she’s the white sheep of the family), so this particular design has a certain muppety quality. A few minor changes in color choice and decoration would make this much spookier.

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“Opposites” Pillowcases

September 8th, 2008 by Cobwebs

PillowcasesOne of Craftster’s recent contests involved a Yin/Yang pillowcase theme: Day/Night, Good/Evil, Summer/Winter, etc. (I particularly love the “Dark Side” entry.)

I’m always looking for ways to insinuate dark things into more mainstream decorating schemes, and this type of project allows you to proudly display your bats by balancing them with songbirds. Extra points because the project is fairly small and doesn’t have to be complicated; it’s easy to be intimidated by something that requires a large investment of time or resources, but embroidery can be put down and picked up again whenever you have a few minutes to spare.

In addition to shams for bed pillows, this would be a fun motif for throw pillows or wall hangings. Do knights and dragons, vampires and victims, daydreams and nightmares…you get the idea.

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Another T-Shirt I Want

September 5th, 2008 by Cobwebs

Future Corpses of AmericaTopatoco, where Webcomic creators like Wondermark and Three Panel Soul peddle their wares, just added this shirt to their line.

The world’s largest social club and lobbying group, just beating out the Humanity of Man and the AARP. Future Corpses of America hosts awkward potlucks and sponsors holiday craft fairs in elementary schools. And they have one kick ass softball team.

I think I’ll get this to wear to work on Casual Friday.

I like the Zombie Attack and Baby Dracula shirts, too.

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Decorating with Lace

September 4th, 2008 by Cobwebs

CoastersThe Decorating with Lace site offers a wide variety of lace decorative items, including a bunch of Victorian and “Period Reproduction” Scottish lace. Best of all, they have a page dedicated to Halloween!

A few pieces are kitschy, but many of them are really very elegant; I particularly like the Gala Mantle and the Lampshade Cover.

Their prices seem fairly reasonable, although the crafty goth could probably reproduce some of the simpler pieces (like the spiderweb coasters) themselves. Spiderweb-patterned lace fabric isn’t hard to find (US source here, UK here), particularly around Halloween, when it’s everywhere.

I love the daintiness of these pieces, and the fact that most of them aren’t terribly spooky until you look closely. They’d be a nice way to keep a little gothiness around without scaring your houseguests.

(via Spooky Moon)

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Link Dump: Cross-Stitch

September 3rd, 2008 by Cobwebs

SkullduggeryI enjoy cross-stitch because it’s comparatively fast and uncomplicated, plus it’s easy to stop in the middle and pick it back up later. Here are some resources if you feel like stitching up something spooky.

1-2-3 Stitch! carries a large selection of “Halloween” cross-stitch kits, and for once they’re not all cutesy. I particularly like Skull-Duggery, Sleepy Hollow, and Remember Me on Halloween.

Spazzmanda did a cross-stitch version of the Fargo movie poster by blowing up a JPG so big that she could see the individual pixels. There are loads of great movie posters you could do something similar with if you’re suitably dedicated: Halloween, Psycho, and Frankenstein spring to mind. If you don’t feel up to doing the whole poster, you could choose one or two iconic details and just stitch those.

I love the “Hey, wait a minute…” effect of this pattern. You could stitch a similar sentiment using just about any baby-themed design. (Hat tip to Memarie Lane)

Subversive Crossstitch offers kits and patterns for sentiments like “People Are Cattle” and “Don’t Make Me Cut You.”

Your Personalized Pattern – Enter text in the form and it will generate a cross-stitch pattern guide to follow.

Not cross-stitch, but what the heck: Sublime Stitching has wonderful vintage-looking embroidery patterns with designs like vital organs and Day of the Dead calaveras.

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